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Flea beetle irradication?

Broccoli    State College, PA

I hate flea beetles. I grew great broccoli at my first garden and was so excited, then moved and my new garden had flea beetles that chewed the broccoli plants so much that they died. I moved again, last year, and the first year at this garden I refused to grow broccoli because I was afraid it...

Asked by: Ruth Nissly (6 points)   Posted: February 27, 2013

1 answer    4650 views
How to plan a succession planted garden?


I have three raised beds, each 7' x 3' and it was a very productive summer last year. I am confused about the idea of succession planting, it just seems overwhelming! Is there a simple way to get started with a plan for succession planting so that I can really get the most out my beds this year?

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted: February 27, 2013

1 answer    2518 views
Can I add coffee grounds directly to my soil?


A friend of mine says that you can just toss coffee grounds out onto the soil as a way of composting but I am not so sure about this. I thought coffee was very acidic, will that not harm my plants? can they absorb the coffee through their roots?

Asked by: Stacey Cottrell (1 point)   Posted: February 26, 2013

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Is it worth it to pot little herb plants you can buy at the grocery store?

General    Pennsylvania, USA

This is something I am always wondering when I buy herbs at the grocery store that come in a little bit of potting soil: would it be worth it to put them in a bigger pot? Will they continue growing if I don't harvest too much leaves at once? For instance my favorite: basil. It would be would be...

Asked by: Charissa (3 points)   Posted: February 26, 2013

3 answers    4620 views
Can I transplant an established asparagus plant?

Asparagus    WI

I have a small patch of asparagus in the yard that I planted 2 years ago. I would really like to move it to another spot to make space for a raised bed but I don’t want to risk my asparagus harvest next year. Has anybody ever moved an established asparagus bed before? If I try it will I damage...

Asked by: Maddy Kendall (1 point)   Posted: February 25, 2013

1 answer    3358 views
Making a vegetable garden from scratch


I want to plant a vegetable garden in my yard which is currently covered in grass. I want to cut away a section of the grass to make room for the vegetables but I’m not sure what I should do to the soil underneath to make it suitable for growing. Can i just dig it to loosen it up or is it best to...

Asked by: Danielle (1 point)   Posted: February 24, 2013

2 answers    3305 views
How many tomato plants should I grow (family of 4)

Tomato    None Given

All of us tomato lovers and would like a decent supply over the summer months. How many should I plant out to keep us going? Is there a very prolific fruit producing variety thats best?

Asked by: Vicki Albright (2 points)   Posted: February 23, 2013

3 answers    6603 views
How do I construct a raised bed for growing vegetables? What are the best materials to use?

General    United Kingdom

The soil in my garden just isn’t up to task so I have been reading about how you can build a raised bed and I think that this is the solution. I have some pine wood in the garage, can I use that to build it? What is the best soil to fill it with?

Asked by: Greg Coyle (3 points)   Posted: February 23, 2013

3 answers    5995 views
How to start slips from sweet potato?

Sweet potato    OK Zone 7

What is the best way to start slips from sweet potato and when is it best to transplant them? Lots of different methods out there and I’d like to hear what folks on here think.

Asked by: Emily Field (1 point)   Posted: February 23, 2013

1 answer    2807 views
Sweet pepper plant flowering and setting fruit... again

Pepper, bell   

Is it usual for a container grown pepper plant which has been overwintering indoors to flower and start setting fruit so early. There’s still snow falling outside here and getting enough light is a problem with north facing windows. The plant is covered in flowers and I can see the tiny fruits....

Asked by: Jess Haines (1 point)   Posted: February 22, 2013

2 answers    3856 views
How to build a trellis for grape vines

Grape    SC

How do I build a trellis that is suitable for grape growing? Is it similar to raspberries or are there other ways to do it?

Asked by: Melanie Young (9 points)   Posted: February 22, 2013

3 answers    101555 views
What plants would be easiest to grow and keep in pots?

General    Pennsylvania, USA

Moving into a new home with a little patio I decided I would really like to try and grow my own veggies, fruit and herbs. I will mainly have to keep my plants in pots though. What plants would you recommend to a newby without green fingers?

Asked by: Charissa (3 points)   Posted: February 22, 2013

3 answers    4142 views
Apple tree did not blossom after pruning

Apple    PA

We pruned our apple tree in February last year and it did not blossom at all all year. I remember there was a cold snap at some point soon after the tree was pruned. Was it perhaps the weather that caused this or was it as a result of incorrect pruning? It’s a beautiful old tree and I sincerely...

Asked by: Michelle Hay (1 point)   Posted: February 22, 2013

1 answer    3111 views
How can I tell determinate and indeterminate tomatoes apart?

Tomato    FL

I have been trying to help my sister with the tomato seeds she planted and when I asked if they were determinate or indeterminate she looked at me like I just grew another head. Of course she has lost the packet and has no idea what kind of seeds she bought. My question is will I have to wait for...

Asked by: Denice Williams (4 points)   Posted: February 22, 2013

2 answers    11078 views
Best containers for transplanting seedlings?

General    PA

Can anyone here recommend the best type of containers to use to transplant seedlings into my veggie garden? I’m planting quite a lot of plants this year and I’d like something a bit more cost effective than the peat pots I used last year for my more sensitive plants.

Asked by: Marsha Anderson (5 points)   Posted: February 21, 2013

2 answers    2911 views
Is there a way that questions can be sorted by region?

PlantVillage    Ocala, Florida

Asked by: ANN BROWN (1 point)   Posted: February 21, 2013

1 answer    2199 views
Can I plant grapes in the spring?

Grape    SC

What is the best time of year to plant out grapevines in the yard? I want to try and make my own wine. Is it possible to grow them from seeds or should I buy some transplants? What is a good variety to grow here in SC, especially for wine making?

Asked by: Melanie Young (9 points)   Posted: February 21, 2013

2 answers    3136 views
Weeds choked my herb garden

General    NC

I planted a herb garden last year in my backyard and by the Fall, it was totally overrun with weeds and I couldn’t keep up with pulling them out. I would prefer not to have to use any chemicals on my plants is there anything I can do to prepare for planting or does anybody have any suggestions...

Asked by: Ann McIntyre (1 point)   Posted: February 21, 2013

2 answers    3354 views
Why did my seeds not grow?


Ok so I have been trying to to do the whole grow your own thing but I just can’t get anything to sprout. I gave up last year after spending too much money on seeds and supplies only to have nothing happen. I don’t know if there is any point trying again this year. All my seeds were in trays in...

Asked by: Susan Davis (1 point)   Posted: February 21, 2013

5 answers    9082 views
Growing organic soybeans


My wife and I have about an acre of land by our house that we want to grow soybean on. There are at least two other growers in our area but they do make use of pesticides. We want to do this completely organically and avoid the use of herbicide. What are the best ways of keeping the weeds down on...

Asked by: George Gifford (3 points)   Posted: February 20, 2013

2 answers    4412 views
Newbie gardener needs help planning vegetable garden


I am trying to plan a small 5 x 2 ft raised vegetable bed. I don’t have much space but I’d like to grow at least some tomatos, peppers, beans, lettuce (2 types) and some squash in a square ft design. I don’t know how to fit this all in - isit too much, how many of each plant can I grow in a...

Asked by: Natasha Jackson (2 points)   Posted: February 20, 2013

2 answers    3352 views
Advice on planting lima beans


I started out growing bush lima bean for canning. I had some plants turn yellow and not growing as well. I also had mold. I could see it on leaves. There were also some insects around in bunches. I hear if I grow another type of plant I could grow it alongside my beans that might help me get max...

Asked by: Matthew Harris (1 point)   Posted: February 20, 2013

1 answer    2636 views

PlantVillage    None Given

Neat site. What software does it run on? Also some first impressions I want to share, these are actually difficult to remember later but are very important as these first impressions are what make people stay. Some of these may sound overly curt but I just want to get them out there without...

Asked by: Istvan Albert (3 points)   Posted: February 19, 2013

3 answers    2602 views
How can I keep deer out of my garden?

General    NY

They cause so much damage and I really want to stop them getting in. They even knocked part of my fence down! Does anyone know of an effective way of deterring them permanently?!

Asked by: Cat Sullivan (2 points)   Posted: February 18, 2013

1 answer    2152 views
Best mix for jalapeño pepper seeds

Pepper, bell   

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place. I am looking for advice on the best mix to use for growing jalapeño seedlings. Some people seem to use a regular potting mix while others use various soilless mixes. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Asked by: Bill (3 points)   Posted: February 18, 2013

2 answers    4029 views
How to grow a ginger plant?


What is the best way to grow my own ginger? Can I grow it from seeds or will I be able to grow it from some root bought at the grocery store? Would I just be able to put it straight out in the garden or do I have to start indoors?

Asked by: Megan Long (3 points)   Posted: February 16, 2013

2 answers    4576 views
Best way to trellis raspberries?

Raspberry    NJ

I would like to plant two varieties of raspberry in my yard, a summer fruiting variety and an autumn fruiting variety. Is there a trellis system that works best for raspberry? I have a fairly large back yard and I know roughly where I would like to plant, I just don't know how to design the...

Asked by: Beth Johnson (2 points)   Posted: February 15, 2013

1 answer    26317 views
Getting started with peas in containers

Pea    NY

I am a complete gardening novice. I've never grown any of my own plants before and I don't even have a garden. I have a small balcony and would really like to grow some pea plants in containers and let them climb around the railings. I like their flowers. Everything I read says they are nice n...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted: February 14, 2013

1 answer    3683 views
White clover as a living mulch?

Clover    near Johnstown, PA

I am considering seeding white clover as a living mulch around my veggies and strawberries to try and keep the weeds down this year. Does anyone have any advice about the best way to do this and any problems I should be aware of? I don't want the clover taking over!

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted: February 14, 2013

1 answer    3252 views
Pruning fruit trees in colder regions

General    State College, PA

What would be the best timing to prune fruit trees in colder regions like central PA? I have an apricot, prune plum, quince and a black elderberry that need pruning. The trees are rather young and have only just started blooming last spring. However, they need to be thinned out already...

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

1 answer    2351 views
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