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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    4747 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    109889 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    2722 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    2246 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    2019 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    2959 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    2955 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    4171 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    2030 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    1868 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    14606 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    15300 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    2516 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    8608 views

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How can I prevent vine borers on zucchini?

Squash    NC

They are a persistent problem for me in my garden. Would row covers work? I love zucchini and I don't want to stop growing it.

Asked by: Ann McIntyre (1 point)   Posted:March 27, 2013

3 answers    2621 views

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Pepper seedlings collapsed after thinning

Pepper, bell    NY

Could anybody tell me where I went wrong with my peppers? I had sown seeds in flats and I think I was over exuberant with them. I tried to thin them and everything was ok but...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted:March 27, 2013

4 answers    4038 views

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Pear trees that don't produce fruit


I was speaking to a friend of mine last week about our respective garden problems and she happened to mention that the pear trees she has in her garden do not produce fruit. Is...

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted:March 26, 2013

2 answers    31191 views

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How do I know when its safe to work the soil in my garden?

General    MA

Like everybody else, I'm desperate to get back out in the garden this Spring but I know it can be damaging to start working the soil too early. It's clearly not time yet -...

Asked by: Sarah E (3 points)   Posted:March 26, 2013

2 answers    2548 views

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Is it possible to grow taro in zone 8?

Cocoyam    South Carolina

Out of curiosity, I have tried them and like them and noticed the page and it got me thinking... I'd quite like to try something different, would it be possible do you think?

Asked by: Simon (2 points)   Posted:March 26, 2013

1 answer    2458 views

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Last frost date in Pennsylvania?

General    PA

I give up. This weather is so awful. Does anybody have a good resource for the predicted last frost date in central Pennsylvania? It seems no matter how much I plan, the weather...

Asked by: Marsha Anderson (5 points)   Posted:March 25, 2013

3 answers    3162 views

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When to fertilise crab apple?

Apple    York, UK

I was wondering if it is necessary to fertilise the mature crab apple trees I have in my garden and if so when? Is it best to do this early in the Spring or does it matter? We...

Asked by: Johnboy (2 points)   Posted:March 25, 2013

2 answers    4211 views

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Can I add wood shavings to soil to loosen it?

General    None Given

I was considering adding some wood shavings to the soil in my back yard to try and loosen it a little, it gets very compacted and I would like to do something to make it a bit...

Asked by: Tucker123 (1 point)   Posted:March 24, 2013

4 answers    3900 views

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What causes grapes to shrivel up before harvest?


I have a grapevine in my garden that looks healthy enough and each year it seems to be doing fine, only for the grapes to shrivel up before they are ready to harvest. I have...

Asked by: Fred Johnson (3 points)   Posted:March 24, 2013

3 answers    7974 views

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Can I reuse seeds from last year?

General    UK

While out in my shed looking for some seedling trays I discovered a few packets of seeds from last year that I had forgotten about. Can I sow them now or do the have a certain...

Asked by: Robyn (4 points)   Posted:March 23, 2013

4 answers    4420 views

Spider mites on pepper
How to treat red spider mites on indoor pepper?

Pepper, bell    MI

It seems I tempted fate by saying in earlier posts how well my pepper plant was doing indoors over winter as over the past week or so it started developing symptoms of spider...

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted:March 22, 2013

2 answers    5387 views

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Storing potatoes for later growing

Potato    None Given

I'd like to grow potatoes this year. During the Winter, I get my potatoes from a farm share and I really like them, so I'd like to grow them in my garden this year. My problem...

Asked by: Angie Hayes (1 point)   Posted:March 22, 2013

1 answer    1955 views

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How to reduce disease build up

General    PA

Hi I saw the reply about rotation and I myself have had problem with late blight and powdery mildew on different plants (tomatoes, eggplants and basil, but also others). I...

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

3 answers    2696 views

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Growing tomatoes in the same place after disease

Tomato    None Given

I grew tomatoes least year and they got heavily infected with disease. I was told it was late blight which I see has spores. It it ok to plant in the same place twice? I think I...

Asked by: Denis Schneider (1 point)   Posted:March 19, 2013

3 answers    1571 views

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questions organized by topics other than crops?

PlantVillage    Lihue, HI

As a plant pathologist, I like looking for questions to answer about diseases/disorders and I can do that for a variety of crops. Is there any way to cross reference posts based...

Asked by: Kathryn Fiedler (72 points)   Posted:March 19, 2013

2 answers    2081 views