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what is causing holes in my pepper plants leaves?

Pepper, bell    MI

another problem with my pepper plant! i was watering this morning and noticed that there are holes in at least two of the younger leaves at the top of the plant. the plant currently sits in the window and I do not disturb it at all. i am not aware of damaging it and i cant see any trace of any...

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted: February 11, 2013

1 answer    9901 views
damaged leaves
Celery for beginners

Celery    None Given

I'm growing celery, but I can't find a comprehensive write up on growing techniques. Should I clip it around a foot to help concentrate the plants energy? Any knowledge shared is appreciated.

Asked by: Gordon (2 points)   Posted: February 11, 2013

1 answer    2927 views
Lamp for growing seedlings indoors

General    State College, PA

I would like to use a lamp to help my indoor seedlings get a good head start this year. I assume that a warming lamp like the ones being used for chicken houses won't be the thing to go for... Any suggestions on what lamp/fixture to get?

Asked by: Rahel Salathé (13 points)   Posted: February 9, 2013

2 answers    2247 views
What happened to my rhubarb?


I took this picture of my rhubarb plant at some point over the summer. It survived but what was wrong with it? Will it grow again? As far as I remember, all the other plants nearby were fine and this happened quite suddenly. The soil looks a bit dry because I may have taken the picture before...

Asked by: Jenny Servick (1 point)   Posted: February 9, 2013

3 answers    7598 views
Growing blackberry in FL

Blackberry    FL

Hey! I love blackberrys and I would really like to grow them in the yard. I hear they prefer cold temperatures, what are the chances I could grow them here in Florida? I'm just outside Gainesville.

Asked by: Jill (2 points)   Posted: February 8, 2013

1 answer    2036 views
White spots on squash and zucchini leaves

Squash    MA

I've had these pictures of my squash plants since summer and wasn't sure who to ask. Both my squash and zucchini plants ended up with strange white spots on their leaves which were quite different from one another. I wondered if it was a disease? It was my first time growing both and I'd like to...

Asked by: Sarah E (2 points)   Posted: February 8, 2013

6 answers    104914 views
Raspberry plant not fruiting

Raspberry    None Given

I bought a raspberry plant two years ago and it has not fruited. Other than a lack of fruit it seems to be a happy plant. Why would it not fruit?

Asked by: Molly (1 point)   Posted: February 8, 2013

2 answers    3241 views
Advice on growing corn for a beginner?

Maize (corn)   

I am desperate to try my hand at growing corn this summer. All of the advice I can find about growing it seems quite complicated. What is the easiest method for a beginner like me. Are some varieties easier to grow than others? What is the minimum space that I need to grow it? Thanks in advance....

Asked by: Ellie (1 point)   Posted: February 7, 2013

1 answer    2982 views
Squirrels on my balcony (and plants)...

General    State College,PA

I am not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but I thought someone might be able to help. My wife and I tried to grow a few tomato, pepper and herb plants on our balcony last summer, but unfortunately our apartment complex is also home to a large number of squirrels that are...

Asked by: Alex Hernandez (2 points)   Posted: February 7, 2013

2 answers    4124 views
Balcony vegetable plants after a visit from squirrel.  How to deal with these unwanted guests?
Companion planting - what goes together?

Basil    South Carolina

I keep reading that I should plant basil next to my tomato plants to improve their flavor - how does this work? What else can I plant together?

Asked by: Simon (2 points)   Posted: February 7, 2013

1 answer    2405 views
How do I get started with composting?

General    Zone 7

I think that this year I would like to get started making my own compost to maintain my vegetable garden. How do I get started and what are the best materials to put in?

Asked by: Ed Simmons (3 points)   Posted: February 6, 2013

1 answer    2017 views
how do i know what type of soil i have?

General    MD

sorry more questions for you. i am trying to choose which plants to grow but i dont know what type of soil i have in my garden. is there an easy way to find this out?

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

2 answers    2233 views
Getting rid of slugs on cherry tree

Cherry (including sour)   

We have a cherry tree in our backyard, not sure how old it is, was there when we moved two years ago, but it is quite big and I assume its been there for several years. It’s getting pretty badly damaged by slugs. They are leaving holes all over the leaves and it looks awful. Can you suggest...

Asked by: Sam Walker (1 point)   Posted: February 5, 2013

1 answer    6226 views
how do i grow my own seeds?

General    MD

i saw some packs of seeds at the store over the weekend and it made me think that I would like to try to grow some of my own veg this year is it difficult? what do i need to get started? what is the easiest veg to grow?

Asked by: Mel (2 points)   Posted: February 5, 2013

2 answers    3271 views
Dividing rhubarb plant

Rhubarb    UK

Quick question. I have a wonderful rhubarb plant that I promised to share with a friend so that she too could grow it in her garden. I had completely forgotten about this and now I fear I may be too late to divide the plant. Should I have done this in the autumn?

Asked by: Robyn (4 points)   Posted: February 5, 2013

2 answers    3329 views
Which type of mulch should I use?

General    Zone 7

Which mulch is best to use on my vegetable garden? Last year I found it difficult to keep up with the weeds and this year I want to be prepared. I have a variety of plants I want to grow and have just planted several varieties of pepper and lettuce indoors but I also want to grow squash in a few...

Asked by: Ed Simmons (3 points)   Posted: February 4, 2013

4 answers    6601 views
Should I buy a heat mat for my seedlings?

General    NC

I am starting to make plans for my vegetable garden this year. I would like to grow peppers, lettuce, peas and maybe eggplant. I plant to start my seedlings indoors soon and I wondered if I should buy a heat mat for my trays. I have some space in the basement to set up my seedlings but my...

Asked by: Ann McIntyre (1 point)   Posted: February 4, 2013

3 answers    6751 views
When and how to plant pear tree

Pear    MO

I really want to try planting some fruit trees in my back yard this year. I’d really like a pear tree. I’ve been trying to read up on how to do this but some sites recommend winter and others say spring for planting. I’m confused. Does any body have any experience with fruit trees and if so can...

Asked by: Dave P. (1 point)   Posted: February 4, 2013

1 answer    7400 views
Growing avocado from seed

Avocado    South Carolina

Has anybody ever managed to successfully grow an avocado tree from the seed of a store bought one. I have a seed that I have saved from an avocado I had last week. If I plant it will it grow into a tree and if so how do I do it... I’d love to try...

Asked by: Simon (2 points)   Posted: February 3, 2013

2 answers    9257 views
Pruning crab apple trees

Apple    York, UK

My wife and I have inherited two apple trees in our new garden. They are growing next to the house and we know NOTHING about gardening. They are at least 10ft tall. A friend of ours said we should prune them over the winter. Is this true? No idea how or when to do this, any help greatly...

Asked by: Johnboy (2 points)   Posted: February 3, 2013

1 answer    2810 views
White growth on ceramic pots

General    MI

This white stuff is growing all over my indoor ceramic pots which have my pepper plants growing in them. Is this a fungus or something? Could it be related to the death of my pepper plant which was in one of these pots? (Posted in pepper section). Is it something I should be concerned about and...

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted: February 2, 2013

2 answers    8731 views
What is this stuff?
Is there a specific feature that you would like to see on PlantVillage?

PlantVillage    Lausanne, Switzerland

When we started developing PlantVillage, we had a lot of ideas what we wanted it to be. Over time, we let some of them go, refined others, and came up with completely new ones. We'll be working on PlantVillage every day to make it a better platform. Our philosophy is that features will only be...

Asked by: deactivated (25 points)   Posted: February 2, 2013

4 answers    5024 views
Pepper plant died

Pepper, bell    MI

Does anybody know what might have happened to my Cayenne pepper plant? It was doing ok indoors over winter and started looking sickly this week. I think it has died. Any ideas?

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted: February 2, 2013

3 answers    5385 views
My cayenne pepper
Pickling cucumbers

Cucumber    NY

I would love to grow some varieties of cucumber to pickle this year. Can anybody recommend a tasty variety to grow and perhaps share your pickling recipe?

Asked by: Cat Sullivan (2 points)   Posted: February 1, 2013

2 answers    2758 views
When to move tomatoes to the garden


When should I move my tomato plants into the garden? I started from seeds and all my plants are quite tall now but I’m not sure when to plant. I’m in Southern California.

Asked by: Fred Johnson (3 points)   Posted: February 1, 2013

4 answers    5240 views
Timing of planting potted raspberries


I just acquired a few raspberry canes from a friend who had them potted and I’m not too sure what to do with them at this time of year. Should I plant them now? I believe that they are summer fruiting although she was unsure what variety. Thank you in advance for your help.

Asked by: Steve (1 point)   Posted: February 1, 2013

1 answer    2643 views
What to plant next to sunflower

Sunflower    SA

I have some sunflower plants growing in my garden and I have a bit of space left I would like to plant on. Can anybody recommend something I can plant beside them? I'm in Cape Town South Africa.

Asked by: Susan D (4 points)   Posted: February 1, 2013

1 answer    2667 views
Plant new tomato seeds?

Tomato    None Given

Just wondering if anybody has any advice on whether I should pull up the tomato plants which survived over winter or will they produce a decent crop again? I have some beefsteaks which look OK but not sure how well they will do this year. Anybody tried this?

Asked by: Tucker123 (1 point)   Posted: February 1, 2013

2 answers    2024 views
Aphids on plants


I am growing some basil and other herbs on my balcony and I just cant get rid of the aphids. I try to remove them all only for them to reappear!!! What can I do to get rid of them?

Asked by: Em (2 points)   Posted: February 1, 2013

3 answers    4668 views
Onion seedlings


I started planting my new onion seeds a couple of weeks ago and all was going well but over the last day or two they have started to shrivel up and die. I used a seedling starting mix and started in flat seed trays and I have been watering them every day. I have never grown onion before, did I do...

Asked by: Red (1 point)   Posted: January 31, 2013

1 answer    2864 views
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