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Tomato varietals for beginners

Tomato    State College, PA

What tomato varietals are ideal for a beginning tomato grower? And if they are similarly easy to grow, which varietals are best for flavor?

Asked by: Lauren Quevillon (2 points)   Posted:February 9, 2013

5 answers    2916 views

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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...

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

2 answers    1614 views

What happened to my rhubarb?

Rhubarb    None Given.

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...

Asked by: Jenny Servick (2 points)   Posted:February 9, 2013

3 answers    4241 views

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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...

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

1 answer    1483 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...

Asked by: Sarah E (3 points)   Posted:February 8, 2013

6 answers    83667 views

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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    2205 views

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Advice on growing corn for a beginner?

Corn (maize)    None Given.

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...

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

1 answer    1827 views

Balcony vegetable plants after a visit from squirrel.  How to deal with these unwanted guests?
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...

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

2 answers    2502 views

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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    1581 views

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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    1313 views

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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    1610 views

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Getting rid of slugs on cherry tree

Cherry (including sour)    None Given.

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...

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

1 answer    5134 views

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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...

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

2 answers    2375 views

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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...

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

2 answers    2357 views

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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...

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

4 answers    4069 views

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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...

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

3 answers    5562 views

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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...

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

1 answer    6534 views

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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...

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

2 answers    7174 views

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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...

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

1 answer    2088 views

What is this stuff?
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...

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

2 answers    6688 views

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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....

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

4 answers    3190 views

My cayenne pepper
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    3344 views

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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    1924 views

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When to move tomatoes to the garden

Tomato    None Given.

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    4361 views

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Timing of planting potted raspberries

Raspberry    None Given.

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...

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

1 answer    1884 views

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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...

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

1 answer    1927 views

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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...

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

2 answers    1464 views

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Aphids on plants

Basil    None Given.

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...

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

3 answers    3575 views

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Onion seedlings

Onion    None Given.

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...

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

1 answer    2207 views

Squash plant with mottled leaves

Squash    USA

My squash plants have developed this strange mottling on the leaves. Any ideas what this is? Thanks

Asked by: Maggie Muffins (8 points)   Posted:January 31, 2013

2 answers    4319 views