Spring is right around the corner, and we're starting to plan our Backyard Project™. Is there an Apartment Therapy-like website for backyard inspiration? Looking for lots of photos and write-ups about things like brick patios, decks, gardens, water features, etc.
It's time to begin my dream garden - help me design it! I've always dreamt of being self-sufficient enough to virtually take my family off the food grid. Last year we moved to a house with an acre of land, all woods, and as soon as this latest snow dump disappears the contractors will arrive and clear approximately 5,000 sf of it (out-of-scale pictures here). I'm poised on the brink of drawing up plans and am eager for some input; I've got the wee beginnings of an orchard coming in March, plus the beds will be built of harvested timbers and thus fairly permanent, so I want to get the design right the first time. [more inside]
Recommend me the best gardening blogs! [more inside]
What are your favorite tasty, high-yield garden vegetables? [more inside]
I am doing a lot of landscaping gigs lately, and want to start planting Edible Landscape for folks. How much should I charge for an edible tree package? [more inside]
Will Shakeaway cat repellent have the unwanted effect of repelling my dog, too? [more inside]
I unexpectedly received several rare strawberry plants. Currently living in USDA Zone 6 -- what can I do to ensure they survive such late planting & a potentially hard winter? [more inside]
Is using a concrete slab with holes for plantings the best weed prevention in my backyard garden? [more inside]
What should I do with a (relatively) giant back yard? [more inside]
How to turn an abandoned field into a productive vegetable garden? [more inside]
Poison oak within garden yard mulch (scratch) How long will it be toxic (scratch) Any way to make it less? [more inside]
What do I do with the lower meadow that is currently overgrown with goldenrod? [more inside]
How do I build a basement vegetable garden in winter? I have gardened over spring/summer/fall outdoors. I need advice on what lights to buy, what vegetables can grow over winter, how to pollinate, etc. Also, can I use heat lamps to help with the warmth loving vegetables, or is that too energy inefficient?
I'd like to find a source in NE Illinois or even Chicago for heirloom seeds and garlic for my Aunt, bricks and mortar if possible. I couldn't seem to find anything promising online, and there are a lot of online places, but I'm in Canada so I have no experience with the U.S. based companies. [more inside]
I'm being offered $100 to remove "Ornamental Grasses", any experience with the removal of plants would be greatly appreciated. I need the money, badly, I just have never done this kind of work before. [more inside]
Ideas for backyard garden on heavily wooded lot? [more inside]
We've been getting molehills in our front garden lately, and we want them to go away. Which anti-mole technology is best for us? [more inside]
So for the second year in a row, our cucumbers have grown spherical, small and nasty. We would prefer traditionally-shaped cucumbers that are not essentially bitter balls of seeds. No good cukes this year (I think we got a few normal ones last summer). Any ideas why this is happening? [more inside]
I am a failure as a gardener and a human being. What the hell did I do wrong with the vegetable patch? [more inside]
I'm thinking of replacing my lawn with artificial grass or some other thing that doesn't require constant upkeep. I'd like to hear your experiences with such horticultural matters. [more inside]
IdentifyPlantFilter: A new plant has sprung up in my Mother's rock garden this year. She loves it, but had no idea what it is! Can you help us identify it? [more inside]
GardenFilter: We just harvested some potatoes and came across these potato-like knot things. We found about five or six in a bed that hosted both potatoes and garlic, though they were found kinda far from the garlic and well under ground—at least four inches. What are they? [more inside]
I just bought a brand new house in mid-May. I've never owned a home before and I'm new to yard keeping. The entire yard was sodded in May. Recently my builder mentioned following Scott's four step process. I'm located in the midwest. Can you explain what Scott's four step process is? Can you also point me to a link (preferably on Lowes.com) for exactly which fertilizer I should buy to use this week? Any other tips to help a newbie? Thank you!!
PlantIdFilter: I've searched all the weed databases for my area trying to id this thing here. No luck, so either it's not a noxious weed or I need more help. [more inside]
Every year on my porch in Boston, Ma. I grow a few different vegetables in large planters. This year one is pumpkins. After several years of growing crops in the same soil, how can I rejuvenate the soil to make it better for the next crop?
GardenFilter. What insect will these translucent (and possibly glowing) eggs turn into? Photo here. [more inside]
Help us use our abundant home-grown tomatoes, even though our tomato tastes disagree! [more inside]
I am responsible for managing a small coffeehouse. We are currently offering free wifi to our customers. We are looking for an option to restrict our internet access. There are two possible options we are considering: 1. Have a redirected landing page for a customer first logging onto our network. This would allow us to capture their e-mail address, have them agree to an AUP, etc. 2. Install a more elaborate software system to give our customers custom access codes, etc. Our wireless router is a Linksys WRT160N. Thank you.
Help me identify this weird plant growing in our garden. [more inside]
How do I grow food and be more sustainable in a shady city apartment? [more inside]
Tomato Plants showing some mold (SoCal) [more inside]
I have some questions about pest control in the garden, coupled with mysteriously disappearing plants. [more inside]
Can I Eat It Filter: a cat pooped in my lettuce bed... [more inside]
What's this bright magenta berry growing in my yard? [more inside]
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]
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]
We want to freeze vegetables for the winter. Here's the trick: we don't want to use a refrigerator. [more inside]
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]
how do I utilize my have-a-heart trap to get the bunnies out of my garden? [more inside]
Something is digging in my garden, what do I do? [more inside]
How can I direct or reflect sunlight into a shaded part of my garden? [more inside]
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.
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.
How can I get rid of squirrels so I can have a balcony garden? [more inside]
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]
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?
Where can I buy established blueberry plants that are ready for transplant in northern Massachusetts? [more inside]