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Is this bush dying?

What is wrong with this bush? If it is dying, how can I save it? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on May 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Are Ants Cherry Farmers?

What are these ants doing in my cherry tree? Difficulty: no aphids. [more inside]
posted by carlh on May 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Does anyone recognize this flowering plant?

Can anyone identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on May 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Before and After pictures of a garden

StockPhotographyFilter: I need before and after shots of a garden. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on May 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Are my peppers and tomatoes doomed?

What's wrong with my peppers and tomatoes? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on May 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Big web sites for outdoors activities.

What are the most popular online destinations/forums/communities for gardening, hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities? [more inside]
posted by bagadonuts on May 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Raised Bed vs. Traditional Gardening

I have a plot in a community garden. I'm trying to decide if I want to use the raised bed/square foot gardening method or just use the soil that's already there. [more inside]
posted by chara on May 1, 2011 - 10 answers

To Eat It or Not To Eat It?

We've recently moved into a new place with an empty lot. The previous tenants used parts of the lot to garden, but it's now overgrown with a mix of food plants and weeds. Over the past month, we've had this plant popping up. It looks sort of spinachy, but we don't want to start mixing it into salads unless it's actually edible. Can anyone identify it? Closer look here.
posted by tau_ceti on Apr 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Blueberry plant advice needed please

Please help my bring my blueberry plant back to life! [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Apr 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Aside from mushrooms, are there any decorative houseplants I can grow in a dark and neglected apartment?

Does a dark and somewhat uninhabited apartment mean I can't have houseplants? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Caning, southern style!

How do I go about finding sources for cane sugar stock in my area? Yea, for growing... [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Apr 12, 2011 - 3 answers

how do I keep my plastic coldframe free of condensation?

What can I apply to to the plastic sheeting of my cold frame to prevent it from fogging up? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Favorite museum/garden/attraction visitor experience technology?

What is your favorite, can't miss museum, botanical garden, aquarium, zoo or other attraction that is using cool visitor experience technology? Bonus points if they're in Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles or Seattle. [more inside]
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. on Mar 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Do it In A Week (and a bit)

I'm going away for a week and a bit. Is there anything I can set up now that will done and ready to be enjoyed when I get back? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Climbing Peas Need First Aid!

I planted climbing peas about 2 weeks ago and they are turning yellow, drying out despite a fair amount of water, and losing their nice green color. I think I overwatered them to begin with, but I let them go without water for a few days, and put them outside so they could get more light. Now they look like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60463163@N06/?saved=1 Please help! What should I do? I live in San Jose, zone 8B if that matters. Nights are in the upper 40's and days are in the mid to upper 60's. Gardening newbie, all other plants are doing well.
posted by luciddream928 on Mar 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Help a clueless man grow pretty poppies

Poppies? As part of the facebook Pay It Forward meme, I received five tiny packets of poppy seeds that a friend cultivated. I have a balcony. I live in Portland. I have questions! [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Mar 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Keeping squirrels from digging up my garden

Squirrel Wars: Can I lay down a layer of chicken wire or hardware cloth directly on top of my raised beds to keep the squirrels from digging up my plants, and then let my veggies grow through the wire all season? [more inside]
posted by yarly on Feb 28, 2011 - 12 answers

How to sow seeds properly?

I am planting a container garden for the first time. I am planting herbs and vegetables that require 36" of space when mature, but I'm wondering if I need to give them that much space when I am sowing them and growing seedlings? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Feb 24, 2011 - 22 answers

Is our garden safe?

Please help me decide if we should replace the pressure treated wood foundation of our raised-bed garden. [more inside]
posted by lilgoyl on Feb 16, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I keep predators out of my small container pond?

How can I keep predators out of my small container pond? [more inside]
posted by aldebaran on Feb 12, 2011 - 10 answers

I need newspapers. Lots of them.

Where can I get a big stack of newspapers for free/cheap? Or other garden mulch substrate. [more inside]
posted by Big_B on Feb 8, 2011 - 14 answers

How to get moonflower vine to thrive and bloom in Seattle?

Help me finally get a moonflower (Ipomoea alba) to thrive and bloom in my Seattle garden this year. [more inside]
posted by Rula Lenska on Jan 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Perennial favorites

What should I plant now to enjoy down the road? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Jan 14, 2011 - 22 answers

Like Tupperware for tulips

Can I brick over my tulip bulbs? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 8, 2010 - 7 answers

How do you work with grass plugs?

Grass plugs, a small-tenderly kept area, and no luck... How am I messing this up? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Nov 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Anyone got any suggestions for a small but beautiful tree for my little front garden?

Anyone got any suggestions for a small but beautiful tree for my little front garden? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan on Oct 29, 2010 - 15 answers

Fall Garden Help!

What should I plant? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Oct 6, 2010 - 6 answers

how best to deal with a burrowing critter

how best to deal with a burrowing creature (don't know what kind) that is threatening my new trees? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

What do I need to make this Toro weed trimmer work?

I was given an electric Toro weed trimmer. It powers up and the motor seems to function fine, but it's missing the part required to hold the wire. What do I need to attach to it? Some part, some cap, a thingy, a doohickey? Not even sure what to search for or ask for at the hardware store. Here are pictures of its business end. Can you tell me what I need to buy to make this work?
posted by Mo Nickels on Sep 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Young grasshopper seeks grass-wisdom.

How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

What trees are native to the Jersey City region of NJ?

What trees (preferably evergreen) are native to the Jersey City, New Jersey (USA) area? [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Sep 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall.

Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall. Best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Aug 23, 2010 - 12 answers

How do I best advertise office space for rental in Covent Garden?

I'm looking for the best way to rent out some office space in the UK — specifically, one floor of a building in Covent Garden. Help! [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Aug 18, 2010 - 1 answer

A garden of things that are cheaper to plant than to buy

Lazy and cheap gardening in Los Angeles: what plants, fruits, etc. are cheaper to grow (and maintain) than to buy? [more inside]
posted by Xere on Aug 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Watering Can For My Mother

My mother's birthday is coming up and I'd like to buy her a 'fancy', but usable watering can. Any suggestions?
posted by nam3d on Aug 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Plant identification: eat it, nurture it, or kill it with fire?

Please help me identify the plants - flowers, weeds, veggies, herbs - in the garden of the house we just bought. There are several plants that I don't recognize, so I'd really appreciate any clues you might have! [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Aug 7, 2010 - 18 answers

Attack of the Killer(?) Tomatoes!

I'm growing several containers of tomatoes on my deck, and also... something else. Blue tomatoes!? Can anyone tell me what these are? (A few other photos: 1, 2, 3)
posted by graventy on Jul 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me determine if this is edible in some way other than giving it to Ralph Wiggum to taste.

What kind of fruit or vegetable is this? And more important, can I eat it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 20, 2010 - 29 answers

Cat-friendly Low-light Houseplant Recommendations

Recommendations for houseplants that are both cat-friendly and thrive in low-light. [more inside]
posted by saladin on Jul 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Plant ID help please

Plant ID filter: Can you help me ID these two plants located in central Texas? [more inside]
posted by GlowWyrm on Jul 16, 2010 - 9 answers

How to determine if water from rain barrel is safe in garden

I'm looking for information regarding the safety of using water from a rain barrel in a vegetable garden. Has anyone seen any studies that test water from a rain barrel to determine its quality? How would I go about getting water tested to make sure it's safe?
posted by GernBlandston on Jul 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me with the proper pruning of a neglected baby pear tree.

I planted a young pear tree about 2 years ago, and neglected to prune it over-winter when you're supposed to. It now looks a bit like a backwards "r" (photographic evidence). Should I prune it now? Or should I wait till winter? And how should I go about pruning it? It seems to have one long central (very bent) trunk and not many side branches at the moment.
posted by handee on Jul 13, 2010 - 2 answers

My yellow pear has gone pear shaped.

MeFi gardeners - need help troubleshooting a non-fruiting yellow pear tomato plant. [more inside]
posted by arachnid on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Compost or cleanse it with fire?

Oh god what is this? [more inside]
posted by saturnine on Jul 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Help get rid of flies off shrub

How do I get rid of an infestation of flies from my euonymus (kiautschovicus/manhattan?) shrub? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jul 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Narrow indoor window sill shelving needed

I need some sort of interior window sill shelving for the winter as my succulent collection has grown a bit out of control. I've googled and I can find next to nothing perhaps because I can find the right terminology. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jun 21, 2010 - 6 answers

How do we reap when our beds are turning?

Questions about soil preparation and space planning for garden beds [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Jun 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Tomato growing advice

Hey tomato gardeners! I have some questions. Do you use blossom set spray on your tomatoes? Would you recommend it? Do you pinch off suckers? Do you remove some blossoms in pursuit of fuller fruit? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Jun 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Container Gardening Advice

Container gardening: looking for your wisdom, tips & tricks... [more inside]
posted by jammy on Jun 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me water my square foot garden!

I've built my first square foot garden, and I'm looking for tips on how I can automate (or at least make easier) the watering process. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on May 29, 2010 - 8 answers

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