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Not so hot Jalapenos

Chilli Pepper   

Nice to see a page for hot peppers on here. I have a question that I'm sorta posting on behalf of a friend. He said he grew some jalapenos up last year but the peppers were very...

Asked by: Bill (3 points)   Posted:March 7, 2013

2 answers    2317 views

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How to remove apple tree suckers

Apple    ND

Our apple tree is producing extensive suckers and I’m worried about cutting them as I have been told that this will just make the tree produce even more of them. Any advice as...

Asked by: Jack Wilson (1 point)   Posted:March 6, 2013

2 answers    8102 views

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What would cause flowers to fall off pepper plant?

Pepper, bell   

Hi.I have noticed this two years running. My bell pepper plant will produce lots of flowers, but they drop off without producing fruit. What could be causing this? I'd really...

Asked by: Nina R (1 point)   Posted:March 5, 2013

4 answers    26069 views

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Best method for hardening off plants in spring?

General    OK Zone 7

is this one of those things that everybody has their own preferred way of doing or is there a definitive method that I should follow. I lost some plants last time round and...

Asked by: Emily Field (1 point)   Posted:March 5, 2013

2 answers    5184 views

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best depth for raised bed?

General    IL, Zone 8a

I want to install a raised bed and as well as some leafy greens, I’d like to grow some root crops later in the season like carrots and potatoes. Whats a good depth of soil which...

Asked by: Sharon Conroy (1 point)   Posted:March 4, 2013

2 answers    3148 views

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cross-pollinating squash


I was intending to grow up at least three different types of squash this spring but I have read that they are likely to cross pollinate. what exactly does this mean in terms of...

Asked by: Susan Davis (1 point)   Posted:March 3, 2013

3 answers    2899 views

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Is it advisable to use root hormone to speed up growth of strawberries?

Strawberry    None Given

Question posted on behalf of Mwaura Gathuka from Kenya. I have been using root hormone to speed up growth of my strawberries. Is this advisable? The root hormone i have been...

Asked by: deactivated (1 point)   Posted:March 2, 2013

2 answers    5914 views

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How to prevent wilt on tomatoes?

Tomato    USA

My entire tomato crop was wiped out because my plants got wilt last summer, what’s the best way to stop the same thing happening again this year?

Asked by: Maggie Muffins (8 points)   Posted:March 2, 2013

3 answers    5056 views

Result of 32 mm of rainfall event over a ~45 min period on Feb 2, 2013
Advice on cover crops for soil erosion control in Tanzania

General    Luvilukuni, Tanzania

We are currently experiencing massive soil erosion in the Kisongo area of Tanzania. The general location can be found on a Google Earth search. What might be some fast growing,...

Asked by: Markus Walsh (4 points)   Posted:March 2, 2013

7 answers    9329 views

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Which produce can I grow in Pennsylvania in a partial shade garden?


I am an amateur gardener with only about 3 or 4 years of experience. I have a yard with a small corner of full sun, but I'd like to make use of the rest of the area as well,...

Asked by: Miriam Stein (5 points)   Posted:March 1, 2013

1 answer    1368 views

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my squash shriveled up

Squash    NJ

My squash got to about 3 inches long and then just shriveled up. what could have caused this? can i grow squash again this year or will the same thing happen?

Asked by: Beth Johnson (2 points)   Posted:March 1, 2013

1 answer    5054 views

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what is the best organic fertilizer to use?


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    3800 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    1771 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    3756 views

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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...

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

1 answer    2039 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    2049 views

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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...

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

4 answers    15122 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    3663 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    13725 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    2899 views

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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...

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

2 answers    2521 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    5121 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    5129 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    2154 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    2829 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    79043 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    2699 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    2392 views