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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    2358 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    6640 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    2187 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    1765 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    2180 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    2599 views

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Why did my seeds not grow?

General   

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    8022 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    3187 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    2096 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    1983 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    2098 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    1490 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    2825 views

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How to grow a ginger plant?

Ginger   

What is the best way to grow my own ginger? Can I grow it from seeds or will I be able to grow it from some root bought at the grocery store? Would I just be able to put it...

Asked by: Megan Long (3 points)   Posted:February 16, 2013

2 answers    3196 views

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Best way to trellis raspberries?

Raspberry    NJ

I would like to plant two varieties of raspberry in my yard, a summer fruiting variety and an autumn fruiting variety. Is there a trellis system that works best for raspberry? I...

Asked by: Beth Johnson (2 points)   Posted:February 15, 2013

1 answer    24209 views

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Getting started with peas in containers

Pea    NY

I am a complete gardening novice. I've never grown any of my own plants before and I don't even have a garden. I have a small balcony and would really like to grow some pea...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted:February 14, 2013

1 answer    2119 views

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White clover as a living mulch?

Clover    near Johnstown, PA

I am considering seeding white clover as a living mulch around my veggies and strawberries to try and keep the weeds down this year. Does anyone have any advice about the best...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted:February 14, 2013

1 answer    2340 views

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Pruning fruit trees in colder regions

General    State College, PA

What would be the best timing to prune fruit trees in colder regions like central PA? I have an apricot, prune plum, quince and a black elderberry that need pruning. The trees...

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

1 answer    1633 views

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What edibles can I grow in the shade?

General    San Jose, CA

A good portion of my backyard is shady - probably only around 3-4 hours of sun per day due to tree cover, however I'd still like to try and grow something edible there to...

Asked by: Amie Frisch (16 points)   Posted:February 13, 2013

6 answers    6394 views

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Can I grow okra in PA?

Okra   

I'd like to try my hand at growing some okra in my vegetable garden, is it possible to grow it successfully here in central PA and if so, what is the best way to do it?

Asked by: Krissie (1 point)   Posted:February 13, 2013

3 answers    3189 views

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What is the best way to grow strawberries?

Strawberry    FL

Should I start them from seed and transplant to the garden or should I buy some young plants from a nursery? Does either way produce a better result in terms of the quality of...

Asked by: Jill (2 points)   Posted:February 12, 2013

3 answers    3221 views

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How to hand pollinate tomatoes, peppers and squash?

Tomato    near Johnstown, PA

I would like to hand pollinate my plants this year as I'm not satisfied by the yields I have been getting. What is the best way of doing this for tomatoes, peppers and squash?

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted:February 12, 2013

3 answers    12269 views

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what is causing holes in my pepper plants leaves?

Pepper, bell    MI

another problem with my pepper plant! i was watering this morning and noticed that there are holes in at least two of the younger leaves at the top of the plant. the plant...

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted:February 11, 2013

1 answer    4615 views

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Celery for beginners

Celery    None Given

I'm growing celery, but I can't find a comprehensive write up on growing techniques. Should I clip it around a foot to help concentrate the plants energy? Any knowledge shared...

Asked by: Gordon (2 points)   Posted:February 11, 2013

1 answer    2425 views

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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    3018 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    1646 views

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What happened to my rhubarb?

Rhubarb   

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    4311 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    1529 views

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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    84001 views