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Best way to add calcium to soil to prevent blossom end rot?

Tomato    None Given.

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 ( points)   Posted:April 1, 2013

5 answers    109424 views

White spots on squash and zucchini leaves

Squash    None Given.

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 ( points)   Posted:February 8, 2013

6 answers    83496 views

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Plant & grow a nectarine tree from their stones

General    None Given.

Can you plant & grow a nectarine tree from their stones?

Asked by: pauline ( points)   Posted:August 19, 2013

4 answers    80111 views

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How far apart should tomatoes and peppers be spaced?

Pepper, bell    None Given.

I read somewhere that I should not plant tomatoes close to peppers. I guess this is something to do with an increased risk of disease as they are related? How far apart do they...

Asked by: Ed Simmons ( points)   Posted:April 13, 2013

4 answers    79598 views

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How to build a trellis for grape vines

Grape    None Given.

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 ( points)   Posted:February 22, 2013

3 answers    78874 views

Tips of avocado leaves are turning brown

Avocado    None Given.

I wondered if anybody might be able to help me identify the problem with my avocado plant. This is my first time growing one and I can't seem to find a definitive answer to what...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy ( points)   Posted:December 20, 2013

6 answers    72231 views

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Cucumbers producing flowers but no fruit

Cucumber    None Given.

I have a problem with my cucumber plants. They have been growing well and look very healthy. I have seen lots of flowers so far but no cucumbers. I grew them last year with no...

Asked by: Bill ( points)   Posted:June 3, 2013

2 answers    44083 views

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Is it a good idea to put Epsom salts on to tomato plants?

Tomato    None Given.

My friend swears by Epsom salts for her tomato plants. She says that it supplements the magnesium and prevents blossom-end rot. I thought blossom end rot was caused by a lack of...

Asked by: Denice Williams ( points)   Posted:April 14, 2013

5 answers    33842 views

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Pear trees that don't produce fruit

Pear    None Given.

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 ( points)   Posted:March 26, 2013

2 answers    31007 views

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How to remove stones from soil

General    None Given.

The soil in my yard is very stony I really want to be able to be able to grow root crops. Is there anything I can use to remove the rocks or will I simply have to dig them out...

Asked by: Nina R ( points)   Posted:April 26, 2013

4 answers    27487 views

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What would cause flowers to fall off pepper plant?

Pepper, bell    None Given.

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 ( points)   Posted:March 5, 2013

4 answers    25893 views

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Best way to trellis raspberries?

Raspberry    None Given.

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 ( points)   Posted:February 15, 2013

1 answer    24112 views

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How to turn a male Papaya tree into a female tree?

Papaya (pawpaw)    None Given.

Does anyone know how to turn a male Papaya tree into a productive female Papaya tree?

Asked by: Dr. Manlio V. (Vinny) Mendoza, Ph.D., USAF (Ret.) ( points)   Posted:October 17, 2013

2 answers    23984 views

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Ant control for vegetable garden

General    None Given.

I have been noticing that I have a few more ants in my garden this year than I did in previous years. I know that they won't do much harm to my fruit and veg but they are really...

Asked by: D. Thompson ( points)   Posted:May 31, 2013

5 answers    22964 views

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How to amend sandy soil to make it suitable for vegetable growing?

General    None Given.

I would really like to grow vegetables in my garden but the soil is very sandy. How can I make it suitable for vegetable growing? Is there anything that would grow in the soil...

Asked by: Jenny Robertson ( points)   Posted:March 16, 2013

5 answers    21983 views

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How exactly do I use chicken poop in my vegetable garden?

General    None Given.

So, knowing that I am keen on growing vegetables a friend who recently started keeping chickens offered me all the chicken poop I could ever want :-) I have heard of people...

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

4 answers    21688 views

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How to control the spread of raspberry bushes?

Raspberry    None Given.

I planted raspberry bushes in my small yard two years ago. This was my first experience with berry bushes and I didn't realize how incredibly rapidly they would take over. My...

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

3 answers    21459 views

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How much seed do I need to grow half acre of red bulb onions?

Onion    None Given.

Question posted on behalf of Sarah Ameso from Kenya. I would like to grow half an acre of red bulb onions. Kindly advise on how much seed I will need.

Asked by: deactivated ( points)   Posted:March 10, 2013

3 answers    20737 views

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Why are my lettuce seedlings "leggy"?

Lettuce    None Given.

I started lettuce seedlings about 14 or 15 days ago. I planted them in a seed starting mix in flat trays by planting 3 or 4 seeds together in one hole. I positioned the trays in...

Asked by: Jennifer Casey ( points)   Posted:April 17, 2013

5 answers    19633 views

some type of thistle??? how can i take it out of the yard safely?
What is this thistle plant, and how do I use or remove it

General    None Given.

I have many of these plants (weeds) in my backyard and they have thorns. How do I take them out of the yard while it is hard to use the lawnmower over them? I researched online...

Asked by: Roseann Sorrentino ( points)   Posted:April 24, 2013

7 answers    19358 views

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What is the expected yield of maize per acre in Yatta region of Kenya?

Corn (maize)    None Given.

How many bags of maize should a farmer expect to harvest per acre after planting PAN variety of maize seed?

Asked by: ELDAD ( points)   Posted:October 15, 2014

2 answers    18905 views

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Why are my pumpkin plants wilting and dying?

Pumpkin    None Given.

I have a small garden at my house and I grew pumpkins in my garden for several years without problems, but this year the plant are wilting and not happy. I have have been...

Asked by: Teresa ( points)   Posted:January 30, 2013

2 answers    18732 views

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Earworms on corn - which pesticide should I spray when?

Corn (maize)    None Given.

When is the best time to spray for corn earworms? I am currently using Sevin. Is there a better pesticide to use?

Asked by: Bill Zimmer ( points)   Posted:July 15, 2013

4 answers    15582 views

Avocado seed set up to germinate (or not)
Avocado seed won't germinate, what's the problem?

Avocado    None Given.

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 ( points)   Posted:March 28, 2013

2 answers    15163 views

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How to grow cucumber vertically?

Cucumber    None Given.

I am sure I read somewhere (possibly even on here) that it is possible to grow cucumbers vertically on a trellis. Could somebody please advise of a simple method of doing this...

Asked by: Cat Sullivan ( points)   Posted:March 17, 2013

5 answers    15053 views

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Can I add coffee grounds directly to my soil?

General    None Given.

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 ( points)   Posted:February 26, 2013

4 answers    14888 views

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How to get started growing your own mushrooms?

Mushrooms    None Given.

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. ( points)   Posted:March 28, 2013

3 answers    14412 views

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Topping tomato plants

Tomato    None Given.

So having read a bit more about growing indeterminates I have another question. Some people seem to advocate topping the tomato plants to ripen fruit later in the season, while...

Asked by: cara smith ( points)   Posted:March 12, 2013

3 answers    14059 views

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Do I need to add earthworms to new raised bed?

General    None Given.

Is it necessary to add worms to raised beds? I built the bed by layering cardboard an newspaper over a piece of lawn before I layered on the soil due to weed problems in my...

Asked by: Greg Coyle ( points)   Posted:May 15, 2013

5 answers    13930 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 ( points)   Posted:February 25, 2013

2 answers    13530 views