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How do I get rid of asparagus beetles?

Asparagus    None Given

I have a four year old asparagus patch and yesterday I noticed some brown and black beetles on the stems. I looked them up and found out they are asparagus beetles. I have never...

Asked by: Denis Schneider (1 point)   Posted:May 2, 2013

2 answers    3782 views

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How to control the spread of raspberry bushes?


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 (5 points)   Posted:May 1, 2013

3 answers    21584 views

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Holes in pepper leaves

Chilli Pepper    FL, United States

My pepper plants have got holes in the top leaves. As far as I can tell, there are no insects anywhere on the plant. Is this some kind of physiological disorder? The peppers are...

Asked by: Lauren S. (1 point)   Posted:May 1, 2013

2 answers    3824 views

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Praying mantis for controlling pest in the vegetable garden

General    CT

Has anybody ever purchased praying mantis egg cases? If so, would you recommend them as a method of keeping pest populations under control in your vegetables? I often see them...

Asked by: Rod Morrison (2 points)   Posted:April 30, 2013

5 answers    5476 views

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Plastic Laying

General    None Given

I want to move my layers of plastic closer together, currently we plant winter rye and mow inbetween rows. As we expand and need to be more efficient about using that land I...

Asked by: Aliza Pickering (1 point)   Posted:April 29, 2013

2 answers    2737 views

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Does it matter what size my seedlings are when I transplant?

General    NY

This is my first time growing my own vegetables and all of the seed packets say to plant in the ground after danger of last frost. Does it matter if my plants are still on the...

Asked by: Jennifer Casey (2 points)   Posted:April 28, 2013

5 answers    4335 views

looking for what this weed may be used for.
What's this weed that grows quite frequently under trees?


I'm looking to find out what this weed is called - it grows very small white flowers and the leaves are bumpy like a mint leaf. What is its beneficial value in homeowner's...

Asked by: Roseann Sorrentino (3 points)   Posted:April 26, 2013

1 answer    2240 views

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Looking for a cover crop

General    Central New Hampshire

I'm trolling for suggestions for a cover crop I can use to fill in around the big, ugly, plastic clean-out openings to my septic system. Once it's established, it must withstand...

Asked by: Peg Boyles (142 points)   Posted:April 26, 2013

3 answers    3058 views

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How to remove stones from soil


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 (1 point)   Posted:April 26, 2013

4 answers    27657 views

very large weed by the house. :-/ beneficial or garbage?
What is this large-leafed weed that grows near other shrubs


Here are two photos of a large-leafed weed. I have a scale of my hand for it since it is a large leaf and weed. Grabbed as much as I could out of it and just threw it out. They...

Asked by: Roseann Sorrentino (3 points)   Posted:April 25, 2013

4 answers    5554 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


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 (3 points)   Posted:April 24, 2013

7 answers    19502 views

some of the onion sets were pushed out of the ground but when I picked up others
are my onions going to the worms?

General    zone 4

I came out this morning to check on the garden after a chillier than expected night. What I found was something that has been driving me crazy, onion sets laying out on the...

Asked by: J.D. Archer (31 points)   Posted:April 24, 2013

2 answers    3904 views

The Lesion
Apple trunk lesion

Apple    Albuquerque, NM Zone 7b

Trying to figure out what is going on with this apple trees trunk it is about 3 years old.The lesion appears to be spreading growing. Any ideas and or treatments would be...

Asked by: Wurgulf (45 points)   Posted:April 23, 2013

3 answers    6489 views

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Most productive vegetables for limited space?


What specific vegetables plants give really good yields of produce? I do not have a lot of space in my garden to dedicate to vegetable growing but I would like to plant some and...

Asked by: Stan (1 point)   Posted:April 22, 2013

6 answers    8436 views

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How to grow potatoes in sacks?

General    None Given

I live in Glasgow UK and I have an idea to plant potatoes and other vegetables in sacks in the shared garden at the back of my house. I have never grown any vegetables before....

Asked by: morag sievwright (1 point)   Posted:April 21, 2013

3 answers    5541 views

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Maintaining productivity of tomatoes in high tunnels

Tomato    None Given

I grow tomatoes organically in high tunnels. The tomatoes are grown in the ground, irrigated using drip, trellised on a string and with the exception of the cherries, fully...

Asked by: Andy Fellenz (4 points)   Posted:April 20, 2013

4 answers    5398 views

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Sour-tasting tomatoes - What causes this?

Tomato    Central Florida - Zone 9A/9B

What is causing freshly-grown tomatoes to constantly be sour, regardless of variety. It must be something in the culture/environment as the neighbor's tomatoes are fine. This...

Asked by: Susan League, UF/IFAS Sumter Program Assistant (30 points)   Posted:April 20, 2013

1 answer    3426 views

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Green mulch for shaded area of garden?

Buckwheat    near Johnstown, PA

Can anybody recommend a green/living mulch which will do well in a shaded area of my garden? I do not have time to do much with it this year but I intend to grow edibles on it...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted:April 19, 2013

2 answers    2407 views

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pros and cons of using roundup v lasagna gardening?


I already have a ton of weeds sprouting in the area I was planning to plant my vegetables. I was considering spraying with something like Roundup but then I began reading that I...

Asked by: Alex Ramirez (2 points)   Posted:April 19, 2013

6 answers    5084 views

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How do I transplant seedlings to the garden?

General    PA

I will be trying to transplant some seedlings that I started indoors to my vegetable garden quite soon. I grew seeds in a few different containers to see what I liked best. I...

Asked by: Karen Miller (2 points)   Posted:April 19, 2013

3 answers    4408 views

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What ate my seedlings!?

General    USA

I have been hardening off my seedlings for a few hours outside each day and when I went to bring them in today, something had eaten the tops off them! I haven’t seen any rabbits...

Asked by: Maggie Muffins (8 points)   Posted:April 18, 2013

2 answers    2809 views

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Should I fertilize my seedlings?

General    None Given

I was just wondering if I need to provide my growing seedling with any additional food? I have tomatoes, egg plant, peppers etc. which are not ready to go outside yet. How long...

Asked by: Tucker123 (1 point)   Posted:April 18, 2013

3 answers    2689 views

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Controlling stink bugs organically

General    None Given

Are they any closer to taking care of Stink Bugs organically. I'm in Pennsylvania, and grow my farm organically. My tomatoes are damaged every year by them. They take small...

Asked by: Brian Mc Donnell (2 points)   Posted:April 18, 2013

2 answers    3149 views

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Controlling marmarated stink bug organically

Tomato    143 Saxton Lane Walker Valley NY 12588

have we gotten any closer in controlling the stink bug in the New York State, organically?

Asked by: Linda Borghi (1 point)   Posted:April 17, 2013

1 answer    1699 views

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Why are my lettuce seedlings "leggy"?

Lettuce    NY

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 (2 points)   Posted:April 17, 2013

5 answers    19845 views

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How do you deter squash bugs naturally?

Squash    Frankfort, NY

Do you know of any ways to deter squash bugs? I regularly scout for eggs under the leaves and destroy them, but always seem to be over-run by them anyways. Any good companion...

Asked by: Brick House Acres (9 points)   Posted:April 17, 2013

4 answers    5084 views

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How do you deter cucumber beetles?

Cucumber    Frankfort, NY

My cucumber vines were literally sucked dry last year by cucumber beetles. Does anyone know of companion plants or non-toxic treatments to discourage them? I really don't want...

Asked by: Brick House Acres (9 points)   Posted:April 17, 2013

2 answers    5272 views

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How do I growing tomatoes in hanging baskets?

Tomato    Zone 7B

I would like to grow some cherry and/or grape tomatoes in hanging baskets. What exactly does this involve? Do I just need to fill the basket with regular potting mix and...

Asked by: cara smith (3 points)   Posted:April 16, 2013

3 answers    9842 views