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what is the best organic fertilizer to use?

General   

can you recommend a good balanced fertilizer (organic) for tomatoes, eggplant, squash? when is the best time to apply it to my vegetables. thanks

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted:February 28, 2013

3 answers    3722 views

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What to add to my soil & when?

General    State College, PA

I live in central Pennsylvania (zone 6) and killed some of my lawn before last growing season in order to make a vegetable garden. Things grew quite well with a little bit of...

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

4 answers    1731 views

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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...

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

1 answer    3710 views

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How to plan a succession planted garden?

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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...

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

1 answer    1995 views

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What can I do to grow strawberries in nyandarua Kenya?

Strawberry    None Given

I was somehow discouraged coz I understand that nyandarua is too cold and the strawberry fruit cant do well.This is where my land is.What advice can you give me?

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

0 answers    2017 views

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Can I add coffee grounds directly to my soil?

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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...

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

4 answers    14956 views

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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...

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

3 answers    3586 views

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How to acquire Strawberry seeds in Kenya?

Strawberry    None Given

Strawberry seeds are not available in Kenya.Seedlings which are expensive and bulky to transport are the only planting materials available.How can we acquire seeds? Is there...

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

2 answers    13610 views

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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...

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

1 answer    2864 views

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Making a vegetable garden from scratch

General   

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...

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

2 answers    2445 views

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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...

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

3 answers    5077 views

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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...

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

3 answers    5104 views

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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    2113 views

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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...

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

2 answers    2787 views

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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 (3 points)   Posted:February 22, 2013

3 answers    78930 views

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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....

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

3 answers    2675 views

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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...

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

1 answer    2343 views

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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....

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

2 answers    6628 views

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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...

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

2 answers    2179 views

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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    1758 views

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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?...

Asked by: Melanie Young (3 points)   Posted:February 21, 2013

2 answers    2154 views

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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...

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

2 answers    2583 views

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Why did my seeds not grow?

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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...

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

5 answers    7998 views

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Growing organic soybeans

Soybean   

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...

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

2 answers    3167 views

Newbie gardener needs help planning vegetable garden

General   

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...

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

2 answers    2080 views

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Advice on planting lima beans

Bean   

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...

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

1 answer    1968 views

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Feedback

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...

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

3 answers    2087 views

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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    1479 views

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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...

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

2 answers    2810 views