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How do I grow food in my shady apartment?

How do I grow food and be more sustainable in a shady city apartment? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Jul 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Please don't let these tomates go!

Tomato Plants showing some mold (SoCal) [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jun 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Garden bugs

I have some questions about pest control in the garden, coupled with mysteriously disappearing plants. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 23, 2009 - 16 answers

canieatitfilter: the poop edition!

Can I Eat It Filter: a cat pooped in my lettuce bed... [more inside]
posted by Wavelet on Jun 11, 2009 - 21 answers

What plant is this?

What plant is this? [more inside]
posted by Sourisnoire on Jun 10, 2009 - 14 answers

What are these berries in my yard?

What's this bright magenta berry growing in my yard? [more inside]
posted by MeghanC on Jun 9, 2009 - 14 answers

Name That Plant

It's time for another round of Name That Plant. I got a flat of plants for free and i'm not sure what they are. Can you help identify? pic here [more inside]
posted by escher on Jun 8, 2009 - 6 answers

What is the name for this type of fencing?

What is the name for this type of fence? Fairly thin metal posts with lots of tabs punched out onto which a large metal mesh can be placed (not chain link) and fastened. (And where can I get some?) [more inside]
posted by imposster on May 31, 2009 - 11 answers

Help us eat for the winter!

We want to freeze vegetables for the winter. Here's the trick: we don't want to use a refrigerator. [more inside]
posted by puckish on May 31, 2009 - 19 answers

Tomato Plant Identification

I found some tomato plants growing wild in my back yard in February. I transplanted them to a safer location, and now one of them is about five feet tall (and going). Help me identify the tomato variety? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on May 29, 2009 - 9 answers

the bunny will be reassigned to an undisclosed location

how do I utilize my have-a-heart trap to get the bunnies out of my garden? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on May 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Where is that hole in my garden coming from?

Something is digging in my garden, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on May 20, 2009 - 14 answers

How can I direct or reflect sunlight into a shaded part of my garden?

How can I direct or reflect sunlight into a shaded part of my garden? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan on May 6, 2009 - 2 answers

What is this plant?

What is this plant? [2,3] [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on May 2, 2009 - 9 answers

What are a few strange or exotic vegetables/herbs/fruit that I can plant in my new garden?

Just shoveled out a new garden 2 weeks ago. Put some tomatoes and peppers seedlings in, and already have some baby pepper and tomato plant is flowering well. Looking for strange or exotic veggies or herbs I can put into the remaining space. This east facing plot probably gets 4-6 hours of direct sun (more once we get further into summer). I live coastal in San Diego, so it would be zone 10. It also never get's hotter than 90F, and never below 32F. Very dry, so low water plants are a plus, but I dont mind watering a small area often. I have no preference starting from seed or seedling, so either one works.
posted by ShootTheMoon on May 1, 2009 - 20 answers

Help me with my garden

TexasvegetableGardenFilter: Ok..So i decided to build a garden box and i need help with what i should and shouldnt plant. I built a 3x8 garden box and is about a 1 1/2 ft deep, and would like to grow organic vegetables, what can i plant this weekend? I was hoping to grow a salsa garden..Onions, Tomatoes, Jalepenos, etc..What else?? How many plants is it capable of housing? Spacing between plants?? Never done this before and im really excited just need some advice to get started. Thanks!!! I live in Dallas, Tx.
posted by lateriser on Apr 29, 2009 - 8 answers

too many squirrels!

How can I get rid of squirrels so I can have a balcony garden? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Apr 28, 2009 - 18 answers

Hard as a rock, now with more rocks.

I have a fairly large yard (1440 sq. ft.) in the Los Angeles area that is like a giant rocky slab of concrete mixed with a bit of 25 year old construction debris. I would like to have a beautiful yard in which I enjoy myself. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Apr 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Help with flower Garden?

I am planting my flower garden this weekend, and looking for suggestions. It gets no sun in the morning, and FULL sun from about 11am/12pm until sunset. I live in DC Area. I would like to find some stuff that is low maintainence. Any help would be great?
posted by fozzie33 on Apr 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Looking to buy healthly blueberry plants in Massachusetts!

Where can I buy established blueberry plants that are ready for transplant in northern Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins on Apr 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Backyard Or Farmers' Market?

Help a first-time vegetable gardener strategize what to grow versus what to keep buying at the farmers' market. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Apr 14, 2009 - 24 answers

Will my flowers grow?

How long is a pack of flower seeds good for? [more inside]
posted by boulder20something on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Here comes the sun, so let's put it to work

Small, inexpensive solar projects for the yard? Got one done and I'm curious about what else I can do... [more inside]
posted by azpenguin on Apr 3, 2009 - 4 answers

No, not the band.

Vegetable gardener living in SoCal (zone 9) wants to try growing black-eyed peas (cowpeas) in big raised beds in the backyard this summer. Problem: being Yankee-born and raised, I have never grown, eaten, nor even seen black-eyed peas before, on the vine or off. Suggestions for backyard-worthy varieties, gardening tips, companion planting possibilities, and authentic recipes desired.
posted by Asparagirl on Apr 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Tasty crops for a gin garden?

Seeking appropriate and flavorful crop suggestions for my gin garden. [more inside]
posted by potch on Mar 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Living in a toxic waste dump

Asking for a friend. She got her soil tested and the lead levels are at a toxic, and in fact, illegal level. It's a rental, and the whole building was planning a community garden in the yard. Now they're not so sure. [more inside]
posted by nax on Mar 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Can I buy a more robust swingball (tetherball) set in the UK?

Can I buy a more robust swingball (tetherball) set in the UK? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Mar 25, 2009 - 5 answers

So you'd like to build a garden wall...

Is there an 'ask metafilter' on the internet for home/yard projects? Not that I'm disputing the collective mind here, but I'm looking to build something in my backyard and it seems to me there must be some group of contractors who all get together somewhere on the internet to tell amateurs that they're doing it wrong. Of course if you KNOW how to install a yard retaining wall, then, by all means, speak up. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 23, 2009 - 24 answers

Help me dry out... my lawn

How can a water logged lawn be improved? The lawn is always wet - even in a good summer due to living on a high water table. Is it possible to significantly decrease the amount of water in the lawn? In the UK. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Mar 22, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I start my own backyard garden?

GreenThumbFilter: I'd like to start a garden in my backyard to grow some veggies and herbs and stuff -- like the Obamas' garden, but obviously at a lot smaller scale. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel on Mar 21, 2009 - 17 answers

Building raised beds on asphault

Building a raised garden bed on an asphault driveway. What about drainage? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Mar 19, 2009 - 8 answers

What can I say... I love growing things!

Spring time gardening care filter. Need a little advice. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar on Mar 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Just let me grow you some food already!

What would you like to eat from my garden? [more inside]
posted by TheArpenter on Feb 27, 2009 - 40 answers

Pottering around in style

I need help planning an outdoor workbench. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Feb 25, 2009 - 4 answers

Make My Garden Grow ... in a drought year!

Rainwater collection, on the cheap, in a rental? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Feb 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Planning victory for my victory garden

I am completely overwhelmed with all the information online about starting a vegetable garden. Looking for personal anecdotes about what works and what doesn't; bonus points if you started on extremely clay-based soil. [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Feb 8, 2009 - 36 answers

Juglone paranoia! Please don't kill my tomatoes, black walnut trees!

I have 2 black walnut trees in my yard. I am starting a vegetable garden this year. How should I proceed to maximize my chances for success considering the toxicity of the trees? [more inside]
posted by palegirl on Feb 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me design a bird feeding station

Help me design a bird feeding station for my garden. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jan 26, 2009 - 7 answers

I've got little onions. I want big onions all season long. Help?

Onion starts. I got them in a bunch of 50 for cheaper than the seed packet. Can I save them for later planting? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jan 25, 2009 - 4 answers

A taste of poison paradise?

How can I test my family's garden vegetables for nutrition/toxins? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser on Nov 15, 2008 - 7 answers

What's it like to live with bees?

What's it like to live with bees? [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel on Nov 14, 2008 - 16 answers

Shade-tolerant plant that will prevent bank erosion?

Looking for a shade-tolerant plant that will prevent bank erosion that I can grow in North Carolina's triangle region. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Nov 5, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I stop whatever is chewing my basil plants?

My outdoor basil plants are being chewed away by something that leaves behind tiny black grains. Who is the culprit, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by teem on Oct 31, 2008 - 5 answers

Help Me Get Hope

Election 08: Best way to mount my campaign signs? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Oct 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Winter container vegetables in San Diego?

What winter vegetables can I grow in pots in a warm climate? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 27, 2008 - 5 answers

I don't own the land I want to garden on.

Where can I plant a tree if I don't own land? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious on Sep 26, 2008 - 6 answers

How to keep cats from bombing our yard?

How do I keep cats from crapping in our front yard? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Sep 24, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I fix my Houston backyard?

Garden project: I want to renovate the backyard since Hurricane Ike has given me some time off. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Sep 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Creative winter container gardening?

Winter container gardening... or, to be more specific, what to do with the containers? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 on Sep 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Ineed some help here.

Another of the endless stream of "name this childhood book" questions that y'all are so good at answering. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 6, 2008 - 8 answers

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