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Is it a good idea to put Epsom salts on to tomato plants?

Tomato    FL

My friend swears by Epsom salts for her tomato plants. She says that it supplements the magnesium and prevents blossom-end rot. I thought blossom end rot was caused by a lack of calcium? Can the tomato plant really take anything up from the Epsom? If so then is there a particular concentration to...

Asked by: Denice Williams (4 points)   Posted: April 14, 2013

4 answers    38961 views
How far apart should tomatoes and peppers be spaced?

Pepper, bell    Zone 7

I read somewhere that I should not plant tomatoes close to peppers. I guess this is something to do with an increased risk of disease as they are related? How far apart do they need to be planted?

Asked by: Ed Simmons (3 points)   Posted: April 13, 2013

4 answers    93234 views
Raised bed not draining


We have had some heavy rain recently and I noticed some puddles on the surface of my raised bed and now I’m a bit worried that water isn’t draining properly. Is there anything I can do to aid the drainage through?

Asked by: D. Thompson (2 points)   Posted: April 13, 2013

2 answers    3918 views
What can I use to coat unfinished wood planters that won't harm my edibles?

General    NY

I have just bought two large wooden planters at the store to plant up some of my seedlings for my balcony garden. I was thinking I might even get some strawberry transplants to go in them if I can find any. Anyway, is there something I can use to seal the wood with that won't be toxic to any...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted: April 12, 2013

1 answer    6078 views
Best pH for vegetable growing?


Is there a value I should be aiming for that is suitable for most vegetables? I bought a kit and tested last year and it said that my soil was 6.5. I didn't have massive yields but I was quite happy with my first attempt but I would like to improve this year. Is it possible to maintain different...

Asked by: Stan (1 point)   Posted: April 12, 2013

2 answers    4128 views
How can I attract more bees and pollinators into my garden?

General    near Johnstown, PA

I swear I used to see a lot more bees in my garden than I do now. More or less everything I plant is self pollinating but if I was going to plant something like raspberry then I would quite like to attract the bees back. Has anybody had success with a particularly attractive flower? What else can...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted: April 12, 2013

5 answers    11507 views
What vegetables can I plant on a slope and what's the right way to do it?

General    near Johnstown, PA

Towards the end of my back yard there is a slope down towards an old railroad. I go back and forth on whether I should plant anything there. We usually plant in an area closer to the house but it is tempting to extend our garden to plant a few more vegetables. The truth is I am not sure of what...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted: April 11, 2013

2 answers    7954 views
Is it too late to start tomato seeds?

Tomato    OH Zone 6

I found some seeds I saved from last years tomato plants that I had completely forgotten about. I'm in zone 6 and have started planting other seeds a few weeks back. Am I too late to plant my tomato seeds now and if so will they be still be viable next year?

Asked by: Rosemarie (2 points)   Posted: April 11, 2013

2 answers    7167 views
Pecan Trees in clay soils - what can I add to improve soil content?

General    Johannesburg, South Africa

I want to plant some Pecan trees but I'm not sure how they will grow in our dark clay soil. The area is well suited in terms of temperature. I want to grow them using organic methods.

Asked by: Cornelis (2 points)   Posted: April 11, 2013

3 answers    6329 views
Why does my Cat Nip not germinate?

General    Racine WI

Started Cat Nip indoors under lights 14 Days ago, followed directions temp is about 60 Deg but getting nothing. help!

Asked by: Wayne Clingman (2 points)   Posted: April 10, 2013

1 answer    4219 views
How to grow radish in a bag?


Somebody mentioned to me that they used to grow radish in a plastic bag and that it was really easy. Could someone tell me how to do this? I want to try it

Asked by: Krissie (1 point)   Posted: April 10, 2013

2 answers    8484 views
Best method of protecting plants from late frosts?

General    UK

Always like to be prepared, I live in Scotland and the weather can be quite unpredictable and it wouldn't be the first time I have been caught out with a frost and lost my young plants. I haven't planted anything outside yet but I wondered what people's thoughts were on different types of...

Asked by: Robyn (4 points)   Posted: April 10, 2013

3 answers    9367 views
Can I use a 40W high intensity bulb in a desk lamp for seedlings?

General    NY

I went to the store to get a bulb to supplement the lighting on my seedlings. I figured I would try and get a bulb to fit one of the old desk lamps I have lying around. I stupidly didn't write down the details of the bulbs recommended by people on here and I came home with a high intensity bulb....

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted: April 9, 2013

3 answers    6074 views
This is the bulb: GE high intensity
Can I plant anything in an area where plants got powdery mildew last year?

General    None Given

I had several cucumbers plants last year that got powdery mildew and I wondered if I can plant anything in that area of the garden this year? I know of course that I should not plant more cucumbers. I have read that the fungus can survive on plant debris lying on the ground and I was careful to...

Asked by: Vicki Albright (2 points)   Posted: April 9, 2013

4 answers    3387 views
Is it too early to plant broccoli transplants in CT?

Broccoli    CT

I live close to Torrington, CT and I am planting broccoli for the first time. I have been working on hardening them off for the past 2 weeks but I'm a bit nervous of planting them in the ground. I believe broccoli to cold hardy? The forecast says that the temperature will dip early next week back...

Asked by: Rod Morrison (2 points)   Posted: April 9, 2013

2 answers    2401 views
Chili fruits turning brown - what's wrong?

Chilli Pepper   

Could anybody tell me what would cause the peppers on a thai chili plant to turn brown? I have a few peppers overwintering indoors and they have sporadically flowering. My thai plant flowered and the fruits started do develop but are now going brown - any ideas?

Asked by: Jess Haines (1 point)   Posted: April 8, 2013

2 answers    3884 views
Can I grow potatoes over summer?

Potato    MD

From what (very) little I know about vegetable gardening they seem to be harvested in winter. I would love some home grown potatoes over summer to make potato salads and things. Can I plant them for harvest over summer? If so how is it done?

Asked by: Mel (2 points)   Posted: April 8, 2013

3 answers    10384 views
Is is it safe to plant veg close to yew trees?

General    York, UK

There is an area of our garden in the SW corner that we pinpointed over the weekend for growing some veg in but our neighbour has some conifers growing close to the fence. I asked him what kind they were and he said that they are European Yews - which I thought were poisonous? Is it alright to...

Asked by: Johnboy (2 points)   Posted: April 8, 2013

1 answer    4455 views
How do I plant blueberry.

Blueberry    PA

I would like to add some blueberries to my garden but I'm not sure how to plant them, or when. What is the optimum soil pH for blueberry? How can I prepare the soil for planting them? Is it best to plant in spring?

Asked by: Michelle Hay (1 point)   Posted: April 7, 2013

1 answer    3312 views
Can I plant anything in my new garden this year?

General    York, UK

I moved house this past Autumn and inherited a nice garden with our new house. The house has apple trees growing and there is plenty space for growing some veg. I'm a little worried as it appears I missed my chance to do any prep work in Autumn and I don't really know if I can plant anything this...

Asked by: Johnboy (2 points)   Posted: April 7, 2013

3 answers    4090 views
How can I keep squirrels, chipmunks, birds etc. away from sunflowers?

Sunflower    Pennsylvania, USA

I absolutely love sunflowers and am planning to try growing them on the part of my balcony that gets most sun. I tried this last year and the squirrels ate my seedlings soon after they emerged. How can I protect them as they grow so that I have the best chance of enjoying those beautiful flowers...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy (4 points)   Posted: April 6, 2013

1 answer    6911 views
How deep do I need to dig my soil in Spring?


Is there a general rule of thumb for digging compost into the soil in the spring? Is it necessary to use a rototiller or can I get away with digging by hand? My soil is always very compacted after winter and hard to work with.

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted: April 6, 2013

2 answers    4715 views
Are there any vegetables I can grow completely indoors?

General    NY

I don't have a garden, just a balcony and I think I'm getting close to my limit space wise with what I have sown already. Is there anything that I can grow completely indoors? I am trying out watermelon in a container but I know that that will need to out in the sun. I have just planted some more...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted: April 6, 2013

2 answers    4377 views
Avocado seed germination and seed differences

Avocado    Pennsylvania, USA

In what may be the most badly designed scientific experiment ever I set up 2 new avocado seeds to germinate last night. I only bought two avocados and decided to set one up in soil, and one in water (I will now have to repeat the entire process in order to determine if it was seed type or the...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy (4 points)   Posted: April 5, 2013

2 answers    4143 views
What kind is the seed on the left?
How can I determine the cause of bitter cucumbers?


My cucumber harvests were bitter last year and I did not realize at the time that this may actually be caused by environmental factors as I had not grown that particular variety before and just put it down to a bad selection. I have purchased a different variety this year but I guess the...

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted: April 5, 2013

0 answers    2558 views
How should I care for my strawberries in Spring?

Strawberry    NJ

My strawberry plants (like the rest of the garden) are in need of sprucing up this Spring. What should I be doing to get them back to their best? Should I prune the dead leaves? Also is it best to remove runners as they are produced to concentrate the plant's energy back to fruit production or...

Asked by: Beth Johnson (2 points)   Posted: April 5, 2013

0 answers    8858 views
How do you keep weevils from destroying beans if you don't have a freezer?

Bean    northern California

Every year I find a few weevils in one or two varieties of beans when it's time to plant them. I know the usual way to prevent eggs from hatching is to make sure the beans are dry and then put them in a chest freezer at 0F for a few days. But I was wondering how bean seed was protected before...

Asked by: Tanya in the Garden (128 points)   Posted: April 4, 2013

3 answers    20029 views
How do I make my own potting mix?

General    KS USA

Is it cheaper to buy the ingredients and mix up my own soil for potting on my seedlings? I'm going through a fair amount as my seedlings get bigger and I think I would be willing to source the right things and make my own, does anybody have a good general purpose recipe they would care to share?

Asked by: Mike T. (3 points)   Posted: April 4, 2013

1 answer    4759 views
Why would I grow squash on hills?

Squash    None Given

I am investigating growing some squash and I frequently read that it should be grown on hills. Why is this, what benefit is it to the plant? Would you recommend growing this way and if so, how do I do it? Do I mound the soil up around the plant or plant seeds into it? A little confused here

Asked by: Angie Hayes (1 point)   Posted: April 4, 2013

2 answers    10455 views
Successive plantings of lettuce

Lettuce    CO

I am growing up some lettuce plants and I would quite like to have a supply of it over spring and into summer if I can. How often do I need to sow seeds? Every two weeks seems like the recommended but this seems very long for only a small amount of lettuce. There is only me and my husband so I...

Asked by: Becca Harman (1 point)   Posted: April 4, 2013

2 answers    3026 views
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