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Squash bugs and cucumber beetles

Squash    None Given



My zucchini had powdery mildew. The garden center gave us rose Rx. which states it is organic. It seems to have helped. In the process of spraying that, I discovered squash bug eggs, nymphs and adults. And also cucumber beetles. I started hand picking these but am finding many more than I...

Asked by: Cindy (2 points)   Posted: July 27, 2013

2 answers    2718 views
Does Basil (Tulsi in India) have medicinal properties?

General   



Does this plant have medicinal properties? In India we have the same plant which is called Tulsi. Thanks

Asked by: Padam Jain (1 point)   Posted: July 27, 2013

4 answers    5529 views
Is rainwater better for vegetable plants than regular tap water?

General   



I have been trying to decide on an irrigation system for my veg plants and I read a lot about folks using collected rainwater in place of the hose to irrigate their vegetable gardens. Is rainwater truly better for your plants? Has anybody noticed a difference in health and quality of their...

Asked by: David Brewer (3 points)   Posted: July 26, 2013

2 answers    4117 views
Heirloom seeds for hardi zone 8 A and ecoregion 4 A.

General    None Given



Can someone please clarify why it's important to know both the eco region AND the hardy zone? Is there a correlation between the two? Also, my family is supposed to be in region 8 A, but I'm not sure that's correct. This is a mountain valley (Southwest Washington @ 750 feet.) with its own...

Asked by: Boyd McLaughlin (3 points)   Posted: July 25, 2013

1 answer    2499 views
Wild Plant Identification on New Property

General    None Given



We recently moved onto some acreage in northern Michigan that has many plants that are new to me. I would really like to learn about what is currently growing here, but am having a hard time identifying plants. For instance, I have two different kinds of red berrying bushes that I have had no...

Asked by: April (2 points)   Posted: July 25, 2013

1 answer    3171 views
Small Brown Beetle Devouring my Peach Leaves

Peach    None Given



During the last two weeks my stonefruit trees have had their leaves totally devoured. I'm concerned they will die, 90% of their leaves have been eaten. Tonight I found many handfuls of these small, fat, dark brown beetles eating the leaves. I want them dead and I want my trees to survive. ...

Asked by: Charles (2 points)   Posted: July 24, 2013

2 answers    5211 views
Brown Beetle, size of my pinky fingernail, eating my Peach Leaves!
How will I know when my green beans are done producing?

Bean    Indiana



I would like to plant a fall garden and I have limited space. I don't see hardly any little beans hanging on my green bean bushes so I'm wondering if they are finished. Can I pull the bushes and plant more?

Asked by: JoLyn Graf (1 point)   Posted: July 22, 2013

2 answers    7082 views
Bugs on squash

General    None Given



A friend of mine sent me a picture of some bugs on her squash plant, it looks to me like the squash or pumpkins bugs but instead of being the gray brown or brown they are white and green, are they the same thing?

Asked by: Kelli (2 points)   Posted: July 22, 2013

3 answers    4221 views
Bugs on squash plant
whats wrong with my blackberries?

Blackberry   



Would anybody be able to tell me what is causing this to happen to my blackberries? Many of the berries have this pink colour but some are perfect. The berries taste quite tart but the plants are just fine as far as I can see. How can I stop this happening? Thanks

Asked by: Steve (1 point)   Posted: July 22, 2013

4 answers    6274 views
What to do against Japanese Beetles on grapes

Grape    Lausanne, Switzerland



My grapes are suffering badly from japanese beetles that seem to have taken over the plants - see images below. Does anyone know how to solve this problem - i.e. how can I get rid of the beetles before they start killing off the other plants? Many thanks!

Asked by: deactivated (25 points)   Posted: July 21, 2013

7 answers    15644 views
Beetles on grape leaves
New Gardner: Best Organic Farming Tutorials?

General    None Given



Hi all, We are starting a family plot in the backyard for the first time this year. We have ~150 sq feet of space to start, we have heirloom seeds ready to go and we are preparing the land using the lasagna technique - layers of cardboard, water weeds, newspaper and compost. The problem...

Asked by: von (2 points)   Posted: July 20, 2013

3 answers    3691 views
When to pick carrots?

Carrot    None Given



I am new to growing carrots. How do I know when they are ready to pick?

Asked by: Laura (1 point)   Posted: July 20, 2013

1 answer    3221 views
Indoor tomato plants

Tomato    Oregon



We have a very short growing period here and no greenhouse, so I am attempting to grow tomatoes indoors. I have had limited success, but know I can do better. I need tips on growing tomatoes indoors - lighting, grow space, air circulation, etc.

Asked by: Barbara H. Peterson (1 point)   Posted: July 19, 2013

2 answers    3648 views
How do I know when corn is ready to harvest?

Maize (corn)   



My corn plants all have ears but I do not know when I should harvest them. I have some super sweet and popcorn varieties, sorry I don’t remember exactly which ones and they have been growing extremely well and look very healthy. Is it ok to open the husk while and take a look at the corn while...

Asked by: Stan (1 point)   Posted: July 19, 2013

3 answers    6573 views
I'm only getting blossoms but no fruit - should I trim back?

General    None Given



This year I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, red bell peppers and strawberries. Only the tomatoes and bell peppers are producing. The others, I'm only getting blossoms. I planted just after Mothers Day here in Columbus, OH. I understand that there are male and female blossoms thx to this...

Asked by: Paul Jorgensen (1 point)   Posted: July 18, 2013

2 answers    2062 views
Mottled yellow leaves on sunflower

Sunflower   



I have a question about my sunflower plant. The leaves have developed mottled yellow patches and I can't figure out what is causing it. All the leaves on the plant are affected and the discoloration goes right through the leaf to the bottom side. I can't find any insects on the plant and it is...

Asked by: Em (1 point)   Posted: July 17, 2013

2 answers    6134 views
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Container Gardens

General    State College, Pa



I am moving to a new apartment with a lovely second story deck. I'm certain the deck gets some sunlight during the day, but the lot is quite shaded. Will my zucchini, cucumber and basil container garden still produce fruit if they don't have as much sun as my previous apartment? Also, I have...

Asked by: Michelle Bixby (2 points)   Posted: July 15, 2013

3 answers    3422 views
Earworms on corn - which pesticide should I spray when?

Maize (corn)    None Given



When is the best time to spray for corn earworms? I am currently using Sevin. Is there a better pesticide to use?

Asked by: Bill Zimmer (2 points)   Posted: July 15, 2013

4 answers    21080 views
What produce can be planted in mid to late summer in the northeastern USA?

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What specific produce plants can be started in July or August in Pennsylvania (zone 6)?

Asked by: Miriam Stein (5 points)   Posted: July 14, 2013

2 answers    3142 views
Protecting tomatoes from late blight

Tomato    Zone 7B



The recent very wet weather seems to be helping late blight emerge early this year and I have plenty of tomato plants that I need to try and protect. I don't use fungicides, my plants are well spaced. Does anybody know of anything organic I can use to protect my tomatoes?

Asked by: cara smith (2 points)   Posted: July 13, 2013

3 answers    3201 views
How do I prune tomato plants?

Tomato   



My plants have gotten a bit out of control and I have no idea what to do with them. I've been pruning here and there but I have no idea what I am doing being honest. Can anyone provide some guidance to help me do it correctly?

Asked by: D. Thompson (2 points)   Posted: July 12, 2013

5 answers    5653 views
Best mulch for vegetables?

General    KS USA



My vegetable garden has been drying out quickly in the recent heat and I would like to use mulch to help conserve water, particularly when I am at work in the heat of the day. Is there something that works best for vegetables? I am growing lots of different peppers, both hot and sweet varieties,...

Asked by: Mike T. (3 points)   Posted: July 12, 2013

2 answers    2003 views
Preparing a vegetable garden for Fall

General    PA



So my vegetable garden is a complete disaster. The wet weather and storms caused so much damage and all of my plants have succumbed and died leaving me with no summer harvest this year. I am keen to have another shot and plant more for a late harvest into the Fall and perhaps even the winter...

Asked by: Marsha Anderson (5 points)   Posted: July 11, 2013

1 answer    2448 views
How do I know when cucumbers are ready to pick?

Cucumber    OH Zone 6



How can I tell if my cucumbers are ready to be picked? I’m a first time cucumber grower and my plants have several fruits about 2” long so far. From what I understand I want to avoid them turning yellow as this means I have waited too long. Is there a foolproof way of telling when they are ready...

Asked by: Rosemarie (2 points)   Posted: July 10, 2013

2 answers    14318 views
How to stop powdery mildew spreading?

Cucumber    USA



One of my cucumber plants has developed powder mildew and I wanted to get some advice on how people control this effectively without the use of chemicals. Is it enough to wash it off of the leaves with soapy water or is there a natural fungicide that I could try?

Asked by: Maggie Muffins (1 point)   Posted: July 8, 2013

4 answers    5212 views
Should I remove dead/dying leaves from pumpkin plants?

Pumpkin    MD



My plants are doing well and look healthy, both have fruits which are looking great. My question is, should I be trimming off the dead leaves? I'm not sure if it is better to leave them be or take them away. Which is more likely to encourage diseases?

Asked by: Mel (2 points)   Posted: July 6, 2013

2 answers    14041 views
Too late to prune apple tree?

Apple    NY



We have an apple tree growing at our summer house that is in desperate need of pruning. Unfortunately I only discovered it this week. I know that pruning is usually done when dormant but will it harm the tree if I was to do it now? The tree is currently fruiting, the apples look quite small...

Asked by: Cat Sullivan (2 points)   Posted: July 5, 2013

1 answer    2016 views
When to plant sprouted garlic

Garlic (Allium Sativum)    MA



I have been given a sprouted soft neck garlic clove and I'm not sure what to do with it. When is the best time to plant, can I do it now? I'd prefer to plant in a container kept outdoors if possible. How should I correctly store this until planting?

Asked by: Sarah E (2 points)   Posted: July 4, 2013

1 answer    3232 views
Will seedlings recover from accidental glyphosate (roundup) spraying?

General    None Given



I sprayed my passion fruit seedlings with a glyphosate (roundup) by mistake, will the seedlings survive? And after how long will the seedlings recover for transplanting?

Asked by: samwel (1 point)   Posted: July 3, 2013

2 answers    2572 views
Smoking and tomato viruses

Tomato    CT



I'm a smoker and a good friend and fellow gardener informed me that I had to be careful around my tomatoes as I could pass diseases from the tobacco to them. I thought he was yanking my chain but a google search revealed the truth. What do I do to avoid passing viruses to the plants? Can it be...

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

2 answers    3558 views
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