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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...

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

3 answers    3844 views

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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...

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

3 answers    3428 views

What kind is the seed on the left?
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...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy (167 points)   Posted:April 5, 2013

2 answers    2956 views

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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...

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

1 answer    2042 views

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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?...

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

1 answer    8239 views

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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...

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

3 answers    10681 views

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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...

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

1 answer    4101 views

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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...

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

2 answers    4769 views

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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...

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

2 answers    2385 views

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Can I salvage overwatered pepper seedlings?

Pepper, bell    Zone 7

I made the mistake of entrusting the care of my seedlings to my neighbors kid while I was away for a few days and when I got home last night I found that my peppers are really...

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

2 answers    3389 views

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How exactly do I use chicken poop in my vegetable garden?

General    United Kingdom

So, knowing that I am keen on growing vegetables a friend who recently started keeping chickens offered me all the chicken poop I could ever want :-) I have heard of people...

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

4 answers    21840 views

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Which herbs can be directly seeded in garden?

General    IL, Zone 8a

I'm in the midst of planning my first herb garden and questions keep cropping up. I had originally thought to start all of my plants from seed indoors but now I'm not sure. Is...

Asked by: Sharon Conroy (1 point)   Posted:April 3, 2013

3 answers    4166 views

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Can I grow garlic in pots on patio?

Garlic    MA

I think I want to try growing elephant garlic but I wondered if I can grow these in pots placed in a sunny part of my patio? The aim is to save some space, is elephant garlic...

Asked by: Sarah E (3 points)   Posted:April 3, 2013

1 answer    3797 views

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How many eggplants should I plant?


I am considering growing eggplant this year for the first time but I do not know how many to plant. How many fruits does each plant produce? I live in South Carolina, zone 8a I...

Asked by: Jenny Servick (2 points)   Posted:April 2, 2013

3 answers    7471 views

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Growing asparagus as an annual?

Asparagus    MD

Hi everyone, I would like to grow some asparagus but everything I read says not to harvest for at least two years after planting. Is it possible to grow it and just replant it...

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

1 answer    2639 views

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Trellis spacing and training peas

Pea    UK

I wondered if I could trouble you for some advice about the best method of trellising pea plants. What is a good spacing for the slats on the trellis? and how can I train the...

Asked by: Robyn (4 points)   Posted:April 2, 2013

2 answers    4717 views

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Best way to add calcium to soil to prevent blossom end rot?

Tomato    SC

I have a tomato growing question. I have experienced problems with blossom end rot on past tomato crops and I would like to try growing some again this year. If it is caused by...

Asked by: Melanie Young (3 points)   Posted:April 1, 2013

5 answers    109770 views

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is it worth it to grow heirloom tomato varieties?

Tomato    SC

I am fascinated by some of the heirloom varieties of tomato out there. In particular, I have been looking at a variety called 'indigo rose' which looks beautiful and sounds...

Asked by: Melanie Young (3 points)   Posted:April 1, 2013

3 answers    2697 views

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How to prevent damping-off?

General    NY

I have just lost a batch of pepper seedlings to what I think (thank you to people on here) was damping-off. I did a quick google search and found that damping-off can be caused...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted:April 1, 2013

2 answers    2222 views

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Starting a herb garden in zone 8

General    IL, Zone 8a

I have a bed that I would like to plant as a dedicated herb garden, I usually grow veg and know little about herb gardening but I would very much like to learn. I am already...

Asked by: Sharon Conroy (1 point)   Posted:March 31, 2013

1 answer    1990 views

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Preventing grey mold on cucumbers in greenhouse?

Cucumber    None Given

I own a small greenhouse that lets me get a head start on some of my vegetables. Last year my cucumbers were afflicted by what I believe was grey mold. Once it hit, it spread...

Asked by: Denis Schneider (1 point)   Posted:March 31, 2013

2 answers    2938 views

Apricot tree and where I would prune
Pruning an apricot tree - how and when

General    Lausanne, Switzerland

I'm attaching an image of a young apricot tree, and I've indicated where I would prune the tree. Am I doing this right, or overdoing it? It's very hard to find clear information...

Asked by: Marcel Salathé (25 points)   Posted:March 30, 2013

1 answer    2920 views

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Can peas grow in a sandy soil?

Pea    None Given

I have been researching what I can grow in my soil as it is, are peas a good idea? I would ideally like to grow some sugar snap varieties or will the plants not tolerate it. I'm...

Asked by: Jenny Robertson (2 points)   Posted:March 29, 2013

3 answers    4129 views

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What can I do to help my overwintered lavender along this spring?

Lavender    OH Zone 6

I planted out a few lavender plants this past Fall for the first time and I am eagerly awaiting the onset of Spring to see how it faired over winter. What can I do to ensure it...

Asked by: Rosemarie (2 points)   Posted:March 29, 2013

1 answer    2013 views

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Preparing soil for cranberry planting

Cranberry    ND

I have been given six cranberry bushes by a friend of mine that he dug from his garden. They are in currently in plastic buckets and I confess that I do not really know a lot...

Asked by: Jack Wilson (1 point)   Posted:March 28, 2013

1 answer    1848 views

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How to get started growing your own mushrooms?

Mushrooms    KS USA

I really want to try growing my own mushrooms and I have seen kits advertised that provide various substrates to grow them in such as sawdust. I like the idea of wood growing...

Asked by: Mike T. (3 points)   Posted:March 28, 2013

3 answers    14544 views

Avocado seed set up to germinate (or not)
Avocado seed won't germinate, what's the problem?

Avocado    Pennsylvania, USA

By way of illustration to a user back in February, I tried my hand at germinating an avocado seed from a store bought fruit. The picture is dated 2/6 and the original post can...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy (167 points)   Posted:March 28, 2013

2 answers    15253 views

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Best way to relocate established raspberry patch?


I have 6 established Latham raspberry plants that I unfortunately need to move due to another project I am undertaking in my garden. From what I can see early spring is the...

Asked by: Krissie (1 point)   Posted:March 28, 2013

2 answers    2499 views

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How do bush cucumbers compare with vining varieties?

Cucumber    USA

I am interested in trying out some bush cucumber varieties this year, would anybody be able to comment on the pros and cons compared with a regular vining variety, particularly...

Asked by: Maggie Muffins (8 points)   Posted:March 27, 2013

3 answers    8547 views