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Plant identification filter (x2): Maine edition

Our neighbors have these two perennial plants growing on the side of their hill, next to the sidewalk. They seem to be the only hillside plants that really gain any traction and spread from year to year. What are they? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Jun 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking for a wood stove / bbq for outdoor heating and cooking (UK)

I'm looking for suggestions/advice on outdoor heating/cooking options for my garden. I want something with the following properties: [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jun 24, 2016 - 0 answers

Unused backyard spot. Level of difficulty: shade & chickens

There's an eyesore of a barren area, about 2m,5 x 2,5m (8ft x 8ft), in my backyard. I want to do something about it. Challenge #1: part of the area is permanently shaded. Challenge #2: I have two free-range chickens eager to eat everything tender and green. [more inside]
posted by sively on May 31, 2016 - 10 answers

How deeply to water new seedlings?

If I have some relatively newly sprouted seeds growing in the yard, should I just be watering the top few inches of soil? I know deep watering is good for root growth, but is it just a waste of water to water, say, 8-12 inches down? Is it preferable to slowly increase watering depth as time goes by?
posted by theshire on May 30, 2016 - 2 answers

Plant ID? It's not marijuana.

This plant has been showing up every year for 12 years now. I don't know what it is. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by yesster on May 15, 2016 - 11 answers

Are these fertilizer recommendations off by an order of magnitude or...?

I got my soil tested for my new vegetable garden and am following my state extension service's recommendations for applying organic fertilizers. However, when comparing the amount they recommend versus the instructions on the packages, I'm beginning to wonder if there's a typo on the extension service's webpage... [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on May 9, 2016 - 19 answers

Blogs for gardening/landscaping with an "Apartment Therapy"-like vibe

I'm a new homeowner (1 year now!) and am interested in learning more about gardening after decades of apartment dwelling. There are a lot of garden blogs out there, and I'd like to start by reading some that have a similar vibe to a home design blog I'm very familiar with, Apartment Therapy. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on May 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Easy shallow container plants?

I have a lot of containers for my garden, but a whole lot of them are maybe gallon size or smaller. What vegetables or herbs don't need a ton of root room? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on May 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Bamboo Plant Labels: how to make them last

We have been labeling plants in a public garden with 1 inch bamboo and black text printed on clear all weather label tape. These labels don't last as long as we'd like them to and we're looking for ideas on how to fix this so we don't have to replace 40% of them each year. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on May 4, 2016 - 17 answers

Soil Test for heavy metals?

Hey cuties! I'm looking for a home soil test for figuring out whether I have high heavy metal concentrations in my yard (and therefore whether I can plant veggies right into the earth vs having to build raised beds). I'd previously used DrGoodEarth dot com (an online send-away service), but that site seems to have expired/gone. I'm happy to either use a service where I send in samples (as I did for Dr Good Earth), OR to bring samples IRL to a local place around Louisville KY. I'm not as concerned with the clay/sand/loam/silt breakdown as I am with Is There Lead Or Something In Here. Okay, thanks!
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Please recommend an alternative to grass for my back yard.

Low maintenance ground cover needed. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Apr 16, 2016 - 10 answers

How can I create a lush, green balcony?

I have a small apartment balcony and I hope to be able to have all the walls covered in green this summer. I feel like there is a lot of potential for it to go well, maybe, but I just have no idea what to do! I've been researching, but I could really use some help in weighing my options. Gardeners, plant lovers, apartment dwellers, please help with your insights! [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Apr 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Name! That! Plant!

Our front garden beds are covered in this vine-like green monster- what is it? Trying to determine if it's an actual weed or something that was planted on purpose. Either way, I want to get rid of it, so tips on that would also be helpful.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 11, 2016 - 8 answers

Gardening in California: What to do with a DEEP container?

Short version: I have a crate that is 50 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 35 inches deep. What plants have roots that can take advantage of the depth, but don't need much space to spread laterally? Long version: [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Apr 9, 2016 - 15 answers

Is this even a thing, landscaping edition

Having purchased a house on a sizable plot of land (0.6 acres), we find ourselves in a pickle -- we'd like to fix up the yard, currently best described as "woefully neglected", but we'd like to do the work ourselves. The problem being, while we have a good idea of what we want, we don't know how to do it. We want some sort of mentor, somebody to review ideas, tell us broadly how to go about doing the work, give us feedback after we're done, and so forth. [more inside]
posted by genehack on Mar 31, 2016 - 8 answers

Edible plants for bay area garden

Just moved to a place in SF south bay (mediterranean climate) with an empty raised bed garden, approx 10' x 5'. There are a couple of trees over it and fences/buildings blocking the west and east, so it only receives filtered light in the middle of the day. Any recommendations for edible plants (including herbs) that will grow well here? [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi on Mar 28, 2016 - 5 answers

What is this plant in my back garden?

Can someone identify this plant? For the record, everything that looks red in the photo is actually a dead brown colour. It's looked mostly like this since I moved into this house in October, but the green bits on the ground are new. I'd like to know what it is so I know how to manage it. [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F on Mar 27, 2016 - 4 answers

How to fix this yard (dead grass, maple sprouts)

Misterben and I bought our first house this past summer. Over the winter, most of the grass in our small front lawn died due to grubs eating the roots. Seeds scattered from the neighbor's maple tree into the resulting mud now appear to be sprouting all over. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Mar 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Closer to the edge?

What kind of edging can I use to contain a garden that abuts a sidewalk? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on Mar 13, 2016 - 8 answers

How to take care of an existing garden and make it my own?

We moved into our new home (Bloomfield, NJ) last May and inherited a beautiful garden from the previous owner that we did nothing to maintain. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Mar 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Planting time for native honeysuckle in zone 7b?

What's the advised planting time for Lonicera sempervirens (Blanche Sandman honeysuckle vine) in zone 7b? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Feb 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Please fence me in...

One of our rotten dogs (pictured here) escaped our backyard last night, almost certainly by jumping the back fence. Luckily, we were able to find him, but once he finds an escape route, he will try it again & again. To rule out this specific exit, I'm considering the idea of planting bushy shrubs along the fence to break up his running start and act as an extra buffer. I have a bit of a black thumb and need help deciding what to plant! [more inside]
posted by marshmallow peep on Feb 29, 2016 - 12 answers

MISSION: AERIAL FOOD CUBE

I want to make a food-producing container garden on our (rented) apartment's small balcony. The good news: the balcony gets tons of sun. The bad news: the usable footprint is about 6'x6' and 6' of vertical space. What can I do to grow the most vegetables in this space? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 22, 2016 - 17 answers

Looking for a very specific plant

I'm looking for a drought resistant, shade tolerant, tall (at least 4 feet) perennial that can survive in a metal planter. [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Feb 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Favorite fruit trees in pacific northwest

I have room for perhaps 5 semi-dwarf fruit trees in my backyard near Seattle (Zone 8b), plus a handful of berry bushes. I know blueberries and apples grow well here so I plan to have some of each. Also, some (all?) plums nearby seem remarkably pest-free. Are there other favorites that aren't too much fuss that the family can enjoy picking? Figs? Cherries? Are mulberries too messy? I'm usually a DIYer but is it worth it to hire a edible landscaping consultant in this case? Thanks.
posted by Space Dog on Jan 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Are master gardener courses realistic? What about 'realistic for me'?

I'm thinking of doing this either next year or the following. Can I get some experiences, thoughts, and feedback? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Botanical Garden Documentaries

Has there ever been a travel series that focuses on various botanical gardens around the world? I'd like to live vicariously through a presenter as they visit the best temple gardens, indoor jungles, prairie gardens, and so on. Availability on some streaming service or at my local library would be ideal. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Can I nom it?

I moved into a great new place yesterday, with a garden. I have hit the Holy Grail of Paris-area apartments. However. Garden has plants from previous tenant. I have cats. Cats will nom the plants. I'm unfamiliar with a few of the plants, and am particularly worried about curious noms of this one. MeFi, can my cats eat these? Or should I remove them? [more inside]
posted by fraula on Oct 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Ideas for outdoor container plants that accept ill-treatment?

I have a practical need/personal desire to have some outdoor plants in containers -- some small, some medium, some large containers--as well as, preferably, some hanging baskets. However: I hate caring for outdoor plants in containers. What plants might a disinterested-but-interested gardener use with these constraints? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

What to replace bolting rocket with in my hot but shadey garden bed?

I have a garden bed in Sydney, Australia, that is in part shade, but it's clearly now too hot for the rocket and other lettuces that were in there, as they are all bolting as soon as they mature. What should I replace them with for the summer months? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Identify my bush and berries?

We have this bush in our yard which is growing these berries, closer view. Can anyone identify it and tell us whether the berries are poisonous to toddlers or dogs? (No toddlers or dogs have eaten these berries yet.)
posted by merocet on Sep 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Rabid tomato sauce

Something has been taking bites out of my tomatoes... probably squirrels or birds. I washed them, generously cut off the affected area, and cooked the sauce for 30 minutes. Am I about to poison my husband and teens?
posted by LittleMy on Sep 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Quick garden plant genetics question

Out of about 20 okra plants from the same purchased seed packet, I have one that's an especially good fruit producer - maybe 50% more than his neighbors. Is it worth my time to make a special effort to plant next years crop only from his seeds, or does this fall within the range of random variation / don't bother?
posted by ftm on Aug 26, 2015 - 4 answers

A garden mystery: why does this butterfly house swing on its own?

Asking for a friend: she has a butterfly house gourd in her back yard, suspended from a wrought iron hook standing in her garden. Each evening, it begins to swing of its own accord. Can you solve this mystery? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Aug 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Aphids and earwigs and grasshoppers, oh my!

My garden suffered greatly this year from attacks from insects- what can I do next spring to avoid this happening again? [more inside]
posted by mollywas on Aug 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for an evergreen climber for a north-facing wall. In Scotland.

We have a stone house with a little doorway area that's just perfect for a trellis and a climber - we could eventually support something to about 12-14 feet high and 7 feet wide at its widest point. We'd love to plant something that would stay evergreen all year round and ideally would flower at some point in the year. [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Jul 26, 2015 - 3 answers

I planted chicory, and I got...?

We have a small garden that we planted with chicory and bishop's flower. What we got was not. What is it? [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Jul 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Can I cut down this big scary plant?

Is this Giant Hogweed or something else? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jul 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Over-Pruned Cherry Plum - will it survive?

We had some landscape type people come in to trim back the bushes and such in our yard and part of that involved trimming back our cherry plum tree. I came home and found that they left nothing but the largest primary branches , having taken EVERYTHING else off. Will this sad thing make it through the summer? [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten on Jul 14, 2015 - 17 answers

Plant nurseries in DC area?

We have friends who just purchased a new home, and we'd love to get a gift certificate to a really good nursery in the DC area. She is an avid outdoor, non-edibles gardener. Can you advise where the best place for us to get the card at?
posted by lil' ears on Jul 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Which of these flowering climbers should I plant?

I have an arbor that I'd like to have some climbing woody flowering vines or other plants on. I'm in hardiness zone 7a and the plants must be in containers. Jasmine, clematis, honeysuckle, climbing rose? [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Jul 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Gardening at night, in the morning, whenever.

I'm looking for images of residential gardens that embody high design standards--websites are fine; books are great. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Raised bed garden built from cardboard?

My sister and I are trying to figure out how to do raised bed gardening on the extremely cheap. I have proposed building the beds out of the cardboard boxes left over from our recent move. What are the likely consequences of this plan, and do you have a better and/or cheaper option? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Jul 2, 2015 - 35 answers

Green caterpillar with red head eating rose leaves

What is this bug? It's an inch-long caterpillar with a distinct red head, chewing holes in my rose leaves. I found a great picture online, but no really useful info. I'm in DC, and these things are destroying the foliage on my roses, as well as some of my vegetable plants. Most importantly, how do I get rid of them?
posted by MrMoonPie on Jun 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I start from scratch with my flower beds? And if so, how?

My flowerbeds are overrun with weeds, no matter how much I pull. Should I start completely over, and if so, what's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Jun 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Doing the Garden State Right

What bush/shrub should I plant in the newly open garden space underneath my front window? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 16, 2015 - 10 answers

What is this plant?

A plant appeared next to my tomato plant in a balcony box and I'd like to know what exactly it is. [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Jun 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Resources for becoming a more intuitive gardener?

Over many years of learning how to cook, I developed from slavishly following recipes (and often screwing up anyway) to being able to improvise with a decent success rate. Now I'm learning how to garden, and would like to make a similar transition. If you have done this, what helped? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Jun 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Is the sawdust from composite decking safe for my herb garden?

I'm currently having a deck installed in my backyard - yay! We're using composite decking made from recycled wood and high density polyethylene plastic. I noticed last night that they are cutting the boards quite close to my herb garden and the dirt and plants are covered in sawdust. Will this sawdust make my herbs/tomatoes unsafe to eat? [more inside]
posted by melissa on Jun 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Weed or vegetable?

I have some new unknown plants springing up in my inherited plot. Could you help me identify some of these from the photos? I'm guessing they are about half weeds, half vegetables. [more inside]
posted by tasty on May 31, 2015 - 8 answers

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