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What can I grow starting now?

I just got a patch of garden I can start growing things in. It is a bit late in the summer, so I am guessing I am out of the planting window for many vegetables. I was wondering what I could grow now that I may be able to harvest in the fall. Maybe chillies? I'm up for anything. I live in Portland, Oregon.
posted by Paul the Octopus on Jul 21, 2016 - 13 answers

Harvesting kale: whole plant, or bit by bit?

I put some kale plants in my very small back yard patch this summer and it's flourishing. The question is simple: when I want some kale, do I cut down one whole plant, or do I trim a branch here, a branch there, off several plants? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jul 21, 2016 - 11 answers

Mystery pink flower

I planted some seeds directly in my garden but what has come up is not what I sowed! Any idea what it is please? I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Jul 11, 2016 - 3 answers

You okay,succulent?

One of my succulents(some type of aeonium,not sure) has developed weird black marks. Cannot figure out what they are. Green thumbs, please help! [more inside]
posted by InkDrinker on Jul 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Why are my okra leaves feathery?

Last year my okra had happy full leaves that kind of looked more like this. This year most of it looks like this. It's still producing okay but l imagine the plant would be happier if it had nice full leaves. Raised bed, good soil, no pests in sight - any ideas? It's been super hot - could that be it? Thanks in advance for any ideas!
posted by ftm on Jul 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me ID these weeds

When I moved in to my flat a few years ago, I inherited a tiny plot that was mostly weeds and managed to develop a nice-ish lawn. Now it's worse than before. How do I fix this on my own? [more inside]
posted by joboe on Jun 28, 2016 - 6 answers

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

Growing cilantro

I am a serial killer. A cilantro-plant serial killer. Help me stop. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jun 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Ways to keep worms safe while digging in the garden

I really hate it when I'm digging in the garden and accidentally slice a worm in half with my shovel. What are the best ways to prevent this from happening? [more inside]
posted by metaphorever on Jun 10, 2016 - 12 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

Ok to layer dirt in my compost?

I have equal parts dirt and 2/3rds complete compost. Can I combine? [more inside]
posted by cgs on May 29, 2016 - 6 answers

What can replace my beloved white bark birch trees?

We have a line of 5 birch trees along our driveway. They are beautiful all year long, screening the neighbor's house from our living room view in the summer, dropping leaves and letting in more light in the winter, but still a lattice of branches to screen a bit. They are all dead or dying. Bronze boring beetles. Nothing can be done. According to more than one expert, "Birches are no longer a sustainable species in our part of the world." What can we plant instead? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 14, 2016 - 9 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

If and when to fertilize pre-fertilized potting soil

I've planted a few vegetables in containers outside (I'm in NY if that matters). I used sta-green potting soil, which claims to have up to 9 months of slow release fertilizer. I bought some miracle-gro liquid fertilizer, but I'm not sure if that would be too much in addition to what's in the potting mix? If not, when would you suggest to start adding the miracle gro? [more inside]
posted by theshire on May 8, 2016 - 5 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

How to grow tender squash

Why are my yellow squash growing tough, leathery skins like a gourd? [more inside]
posted by archimago on May 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Did Snapchat hellban my garden injuries?

I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for this, but I am curious about it in any case. I took a few photos for my "story" in Snapchat when I was working on the yard yesterday including one later where I pointed to my cut up forearms from working with all the brush. When I spoke with my SO today, he'd seen the story, but not that specific photo. We compared notes sitting right next to each other: when I look at my story on Snapchat, I see the image. When he looks at my story, it skips right over it. When I look at who has seen my snaps, all the ones around it have a few views and that one has zero. What happened? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Apr 22, 2016 - 8 answers

Fruit tree disease

I have 4 fruit trees: apricot, nectarine, peach, plum. 2 of them appear very unhealthy in their foliage: apricot & peach. The other 2 are fine. What's wrong with them? Pictures [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Apr 22, 2016 - 7 answers

Container Gardening, Now With Less Deck Collapse!

When installing a container garden, does the distribution of weight matter for the safety of the deck it's sitting on? [more inside]
posted by shaka_lulu on Apr 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Vegetable gardening: Lining plastic pots to prevent leaching?

What would be the best way to line a pot made of non-food-safe plastic so that I can grow tomatoes in it? Got the pots without thinking about the material and they're not returnable... [more inside]
posted by manzanita on Apr 19, 2016 - 25 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

If a plant could nudge behavior...

I live on a corner. I need to plant something to border the corner that says, "please respect that this is my yard, not public property." I would like it to be reasonably attractive and low maintenance. [more inside]
posted by papergirl on Apr 6, 2016 - 27 answers

a kinder, gentler flamethrower

I want a flame weeder that isn't going to involve too much anxiety about, oh, I don't know, explosions. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Mar 28, 2016 - 9 answers

I need an executive vp for my house.

Does this service exist -- an executive vice president for your house? Someone that you hire, and say to them, "I will give you $1000 a month, and you come in and do stuff to my house. Repairs, gardening, decorating, etc. I don't have to direct you, because you are making all of these choices yourself. Do you think the back bedroom needs to be painted? Then you do it, as long as you stay inside the monthly budget." [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 27, 2016 - 20 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

Can anyone help me translate a warning sign into Spanish?

I have some flowers I would like to keep the gardeners from cutting, and so far telling them in person hasn't worked consistently, either because of language or turnover. I'd like to put up some signs near them in English and Spanish to make it clearer. So can anyone translate: "These [I plan to insert a picture or two] are flowers, please do not cut them back or spray weedkiller on them." If someone wants to be fancy and give translations of "heritage four o'clocks' and 'heartleaf ice plant' that I can put in for 'flowers', that would be keen, but flowers is fine. [more inside]
posted by tavella on Mar 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Outdoor cold hardy plants: safe to plant before a freeze?

I ordered some cold hardy ferns (ostrich and ghost) and wintergreen to install in a shady area in my yard. They arrived today, just before my area (Boston, zone 5b/6a depending on your map preference) is due for a mild cold snap with temps in the 20s over the weekend and a possible snowstorm. [more inside]
posted by hilatron on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I DIY this gardening gift (seed organizer/keeper)?

Hello gardeners and DIY people of MeFi! I'm in the market for a gardening-related gift for mr. hgg, and I came across this seed keeper in the Lee Valley catalogue. It seems like a good, useful present for a serious amateur gardener, but it's really...utilitarian looking. On the other hand, this Mac and Ninny Seed Keepsake Book is exactly the aesthetic I'm looking for. I would just order that one, but unfortunately it's not available for shipment to Canada. So, if you garden/are good at DIY, what would be the best way to go about recreating the Mac and Ninny book? I thought I could just get a letterpress (?) 3-ring binder cover and then add pocket pages, but despite many Etsy searches, I'm having trouble finding anything that has a similar look. My second issue is I'm not sure what sort of pages to put inside. I suspect I'm not using the right search terms. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Mar 13, 2016 - 6 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

Make my pilea great again (gardening question)

My pilea peperomioides (Chinese money plant) is doing okay, but not great. I want it to look lush and lovely like the ones I see in pictures! [more inside]
posted by kitty teeth on Mar 10, 2016 - 2 answers

Can you identify this house plant?

Can you identify this house plant? [more inside]
posted by peep on Mar 8, 2016 - 8 answers

What is going on with these plants?

My apartment complex gardner planted 4 "white catawba rhododendron" bushes (?) in January. Two of them seem to be doing great, and two look like they're dying (?) This makes me sad but I know just about nothing about plants. Pictures after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Automocar on Mar 8, 2016 - 8 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

I want summer in February

It's freezing and I want to look at happy green things. Recommend me some gardening blogs?
posted by topoisomerase on Feb 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Garden-themed gift / poem

For my sister's milestone birthday, my gift is garden themed but I need your help. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Feb 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Do you wanna swap veggies?

'Cause I sometimes have too many, like the bajillion lemons that are once again on their way. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jan 16, 2016 - 12 answers

App to identify plants?

Both my apartment complex and workplace have lovely landscaping. I am new-ish to this area/climate (SoCal) and realized I know the names of almost none of the plants or flowers used. I would like to gradually fix this, in part for future reference for when we hopefully are able to buy a house with yard in a few years. What iphone apps or other resources will help me to easily identify one plant a day so that I can do this over time? Not really interested in trips to arboretums or nurseries right now, I want to do this as an ongoing project.
posted by ellebeejay on Jan 10, 2016 - 10 answers

How to cope with retirement?

My workaholic father retired recently. He was completely and passionately devoted to his profession (Medicine) for over 42 years. In all the time that he worked, 12 to 14 hours a day, he developed practically no hobbies or interests apart from his work. I hardly remember him watching a movie or reading a book (outside of work) or socialising (and on the occasion that he HAD to, it was a chore). In fact, it was hard to keep him away from the Hospital where he worked, even on Sundays. As one can imagine, retirement has been a hard transition for him, although, of course, he had been anticipating this change for a very long time. [more inside]
posted by synapse2512 on Dec 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Don't Squash my Summer Dreams

Squash bugs ate two years of cucurbits, will one year off cure us of them? [more inside]
posted by aetg on Dec 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Are my avocado tree's leaves going to be sad forever?

During a two-week summer vacation, my avocado tree went unwatered and was near death when I got home. Most of the leaves came back OK in terms of color/texture, but not in orientation. They still hang straight down, looking like this. Will the older leaves ever straighten out again?
posted by paul_smatatoes on Dec 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Little Tree, Don't Die On Me

Dear gardeners of MeFi: I have a small Japanese Maple in a container. It's susceptible to frost, but the weather's so weird (thanks, global warming) that I'm not sure whether I'm killing it with the wrong sort of care. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Dec 2, 2015 - 4 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

Tips for growing a magnolia tree from seeds

I dearly love the magnolia tree in our backyard. This year, it produced a handful of seeds, which look kinda like red-orange colored peanut M&M's. I really want to do everything I can to raise happy, healthy magnolia trees from these seeds if I can. [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Oct 25, 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

Birdseed, dog food and potting soil proximity in retail.

Calling on hardware/homegoods/pet/general store folks! I have heard that it is bad to stock pet food next to bags of WILD birdseed and/or soil due to contamination possibilities. Is it ok to put bagged WILD birdseed next to bagged soil? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 18, 2015 - 1 answer

Jade plant carnage - guilt, soil and repotting

So our big office jade plant - given to ME by a green-thumbed former co-worker and the wonder of the floor - fell over in the night and broke into a million pieces. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Sep 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Sago Palm Houseplant Problems

I have a small Sago Palm in the living room that seems perfectly happy sending out new growth and then letting them die. (Photos) I thought the new fronds would mature into new leaves but they uncurl and then just yellow and die. I was told not to cut the yellowing fronds off as the plant self-cannibalizes, but they're not very attractive - how do I either stop the fronds from dying or discourage new growth?
posted by The Whelk on Sep 13, 2015 - 7 answers

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