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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    24231 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    2149 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    2353 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    1642 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    6415 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    3208 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    3244 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    12284 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    4619 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    2435 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    3042 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    1652 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    4356 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    1538 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    84075 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    2337 views

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Advice on growing corn for a beginner?

Corn (maize)   

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    1888 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    2581 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    1637 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    1349 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    1655 views

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Getting rid of slugs on cherry tree

Cherry (including sour)   

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    5208 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    2422 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    2467 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    4243 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    5639 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    6587 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    7273 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    2137 views