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Snow and my garden

First winter in our new house, and the first real (but probably short lived) snow will come Wednesday (USDA Hardiness Zone 6A). We won't have to to prep for this snowfall, but what should we be doing longer term for the plants in our garden during the winter? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Red and yellow peppers froze on the vine

I thought that we had harvested all the peppers that were going to ripen. I was wrong. [more inside]
posted by WyoWhy on Nov 22, 2014 - 4 answers

I kill plants. I have a plant. What do I do?

Last night a neighbor very sweetly brought me this little plant - a stub of what seems to be a succulent, about 3 inches high, potted in a tiny glass pot. I have no idea what it is or what it needs, and I'd like to keep it alive. Please help! [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Nov 20, 2014 - 16 answers

What is the Food Justice Movement? How do I get involved?

I've seen the Food Justice Movement referred to a lot but I don't have a clear idea of what it means. I'm also wondering what opportunities are out there. [more inside]
posted by hummingbird on Nov 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Zone 5 Artichoke Gardeners, Please Hope Me

I've been growing artichokes here in Michigan off and on for close to two decades. I've never successfully wintered over any of the plants and am wondering if there are any Zone 5 Mefites with a thumb greener than mine that can help with my overwintering strategies. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Oct 27, 2014 - 2 answers

can you suggest a hardy climber?

I'm looking for something like ivy or wisteria than can survive in harsh heat and sunlight.
posted by Opengreen on Oct 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Hantavirus protocol and gardens

When we picked up the small, wooden compost bin in our community garden plot, a group of mice ran out from underneath it. Then my spouse flipped the bin face down, probably kicking up some dust. I am concerned about hantavirus exposure when the bin was upended, and also about how to clean up the site. [more inside]
posted by feets on Oct 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Lemons!(?!)

Our awesome new flat has a large garden area attached to it. It's primarily all paving stones, excepting the borders and what appears to be an untamed lemon tree in the corner. I need help with some plant identification and basic lemon tree triage. Difficulty level: Rome, Italy [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Oct 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Is this clover or oxalis and how do I get rid of it?

I'm new to gardening and throughout the spring have been vigilant about keeping my flower beds clear of weeds. Then a few weeks ago, this started coming up and has completely taken over. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Sep 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Follow the rock-paved road

What to do with a rock path in our yard that is almost covered in grass? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Aug 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Given an average rate how do I calculate how often to do something?

I get seed packets that (usually) give a germination rate. How do I calculate how many seeds to plant to give me a 'y' probability of getting 'z' seeds to germinate? [more inside]
posted by sevenless on Aug 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Gardening on a non-profit budget...

I'm now in charge of a non-profit greenhouse that utilizes the square foot gardening method. How can I closely replicate Mel's Mix without breaking the bank? (And other greenhouse gardening advice happily accepted within!) [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Aug 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Gardening Greenhorn

I have outdoor space for the first time in my life at my new house. But as a lifelong apartment dweller and city boy, I have virtually no horticultural knowledge. Can you recommend resources to help orient me in my little yard? I'm pretty much at square one. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 6, 2014 - 19 answers

Mystery tree: Do I cut it down?

Scene: yardwork in progress. I notice a tree where no tree has gone before, having sort of popped up in our Rose of Sharon patch. 1. What is it and B. Should I cut it down? It's already 12-15 ft. tall.
posted by pjern on Aug 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Garden peeps: any idea what this might be? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jul 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Hey I heard you like the wild ones.

I need ideas for what wild, low-maintenance flowers and plants to try to grow in half our yard that was previously mulch. [more inside]
posted by Bacon Bit on Jul 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Can this schefflera be saved?

I have a large (4' tall) schefflera in my office that has been infested with aphids for a few years now. At the recommendation of a coworker, I tried half-heartedly to get rid of them one time over the course of a few weeks by spraying the leaves with a mixture of dish soap and water, but this was way too time-intensive given that I do not care about this plant at all, and I'm not sure it helped, anyway. The thing is, I feel guilty letting it slowly die an aphid-ridden death. [more inside]
posted by something something on Jul 16, 2014 - 9 answers

A bouquet of cauliflowers?

I seem to have loads of brassica plants (cauliflower?) cropping up in my flowerbeds. I've sprinkled various mixed flower seed but no veg! They maybe are from previous tenants? (My first summer in this house). They are taking over but I'm reluctant to pull them up in case they are actually from my flower seeds! Gardeners of MeFi, can these be anything else or do you think they are definitely veg?
posted by KateViolet on Jul 15, 2014 - 7 answers

"Reboot" an inherited composter?

The prior owners of our house--and in all likelihood, the owners before them--had a composter. When we bought our house, the composter was about half full with matter. Is it necessary to "reboot" the composter to begin using it, or should we just start with what's in there? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Make our garden ... not die?

When we rented our current flat, it came with a front garden that we are supposed to take at least minimal care of -- weeding and pruning, that kind of thing. The problem is, we haven't the faintest idea how to weed or prune or ... anything else. Help! [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Gardeningfilter: name those plants...

Hi folks, a friend is looking to do some garden remodelling. She's seen a couple of plants she'd like and took photographs, but has no idea what they actually are. So, green-fingered members of the green, can you help? Images and snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Houseplants that can withstand the Eye of Sauron?

What indoor plants will thrive with the sun blazing down on them? I have gorgeous 8' tall windows and inviting wide windowsills. I want to keep lots of plants on them, but my southeastern exposure has turned most things into shriveled up husks. I know that cacti are the obvious answer, but I haaaate cacti. Does anything else love tons of light and heat?
posted by TwoStride on Jul 5, 2014 - 23 answers

Help with planting beds?

I have been carving some planting beds out of my lawn, and they actually look pretty good! But since I had to rip up some sod, they are about a half an inch lower than the lawn itself. Is this ok, or should planting beds be level with the lawn itself?
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jul 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Hop on up!

I'm looking to turn a chainlink fence, together with lines up to my roof, into a semipermanent trellis. What material should I use to build it? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jun 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Steer compost and vegetable gardens

I asked this question a couple weeks ago. Nothing is growing, although I have been watering faithfully every day. The tomato starts don't look particularly happy either, and the dill, oregano, and pepper starts have died (though the basil, sage, and cilantro look ok). [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

What are these flowers?

I have a bunch of flowers in my yard. Pic 1. Pic 2. What are they? I am particularly interested in the blue one, but there are an awful lot of flowers.
posted by amber_dale on Jun 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Where are my female zucchini flowers?

I planted a zucchini plant in a container in March (I'm in the US, zone 9) and it has only given male flowers. It's probably gone through 6 generations of flowers by this point. Am I ever going to get squash? What's going on here? Details provided inside. [more inside]
posted by karbonokapi on Jun 9, 2014 - 4 answers

What is wrong with my trees?

I live in east Tennessee and I have a couple of trees in my yard that get what I think is a fungus of some kind but I can't identify it. I have tried to google the disease but I can't seem to find it. Spiky growths come out of the berries and some leaves will get similar growths later in the season. [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Jun 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Can I plant this moldy/fungusy rose bush?

Just unwrapped my recently delivered William Baffin rose, to discover a lot of clumpy white and green mould or fungus all over the roots. This is the first rose I've planted, so I have no idea if this is normal (nitrogen nodules?) or if it is, as my instincts say, a very unhealthy thing (kill it with fire). [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit on May 30, 2014 - 4 answers

How does my garden grow?

Getting a very belated start on planting my garden. Raised beds, zone 8, vegetables. What seeds can I plant this late, and what kinds of starts should I get? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 30, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I grow rosemary indoors?

Every time I try to grow rosemary indoors, the plants die. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on May 27, 2014 - 13 answers

What/why are these mushrooms growing in my rubber plant?

I've raised my beloved rubber plant from a little 5" guy to fine young lad of almost 5'. I noticed today that there are now little mushrooms growing on him! WTF. Is this bad for my plant & should I do something about it? Is it an indicator of something wrong in its environment? Album here. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on May 24, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I lawn? How do I garden?

My lawn is a terrible mess of weeds, luckily in a neighborhood where almost everyone has a terrible lawn so I'm not bringing down property values. How do I fix it, preferably without pesticides? What do I need to fix? What time of year should I do things? What kinds of plants can I plant in Minnesota? How does a total newb start this stuff, especially a total newb with a busy schedule and back pain? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 23, 2014 - 28 answers

What kind of squash is this?

A volunteer squash has appeared in my vegetable garden. Is it safe to eat? The only squash I've grown in the garden has been zucchini and cucumber and this looks like neither. The plant is more of a long vine instead of a starburst vine like a regular zucchini. [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Best DIY Bible/Resources?

What are the best DIY resources in 2014? I really enjoy thisoldhouse.com, but it's largely just entertainment, rather than instructional. Websites, magazines, and books are all fair game. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Good Plant for Apartment

Any suggestions for a good apartment plant? Minimal light and minimal fuss preferred. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on May 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Pioneer/Homesteading/Country Life books

I love reading books about homesteading and pioneer living that are more than just how to's. I'm looking for something like Laura Ingles, but for adults. Some examples of what I've enjoyed and a snapshot of my bookshelf below the fold. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle on May 7, 2014 - 27 answers

How can I garden while maintaining the health of my yard?

I have a yard of my own for the first time in my life, and I'm really enjoying getting into gardening. We've been here about two and a half years, and it's still very exciting for me to have so much dirt of my own to play with. I started my tomato and cantaloupe seeds under a grow light a few weeks ago, and am looking forward to planting them outside soon. However, I'm afraid to till or dig up the soil in any way, because I don't want to do anything that could contribute to erosion, or otherwise damage the health of my soil. Are my fears valid? If so, do you know of any gardening methods that will prevent erosion and help maintain a healthy yard? [more inside]
posted by sam_harms on May 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Inside girl versus mud.

What do people wear on their feet to garden? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Apr 30, 2014 - 24 answers

A budding question

Oh gardeners and florists and other plant people of Mefi, can you help me figure out what this flower is? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Apr 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Do I actually need a watering can for my vegetable garden?

First-time gardener here. Hooray—I inherited a half-plot in my neighborhood garden in Boulder, CO! Now I'm wondering if I should invest in a watering can or if I'm okay without. [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Apr 11, 2014 - 13 answers

What went wrong?? Garlic edition.

I planted garlic in pots on my windowsill 4-5 months ago. All was going well until a few weeks ago when the greens stopped appearing. Having never grown garlic before, I didn't worry too much, thinking this was a part of the process and that maybe bulbs were forming beneath the dirt. Today, I went to water the garlic and it fell right over... basically showing me a minuscule garlic bulb with no root system. I am completely confused. Please help me figure out what went wrong so I do this right the next time! [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Apr 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Balcony vegetable patch

I live in an apartment and am thinking about growing vegetables in containers, not sure where to start! [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me grow great greens

I suck at gardening. Past gardening efforts have ended in disaster (bug infestations, groundhog eating everything, plants dying for no obvious reason that I can see). This year, though, I would like for it to be different. I would like to grow my own leafy greens--kale, spinach, lettuces, chard, collards, etc. I'm not so interested in other things like tomatoes and peppers. Do you have any advice for exactly what I need to do to grow great greens? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Custom gardening calendar

I would like to create custom gardening calendar - biodynamic calendar + edible wild plants for my region + crop rotation + phenology + some other things. And then I would like to receive email reminder for each day that would remind me what to sow when, with what and what to pick in the wild. What would be the best software to do so?
posted by leigh1 on Mar 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I use these seeds?

Despite the several inches of snow still on the ground, it's time to start thinking about gardening. I have some seeds left over from last year - are they going to be any good? How do I make sure that they're still viable? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Gardening for the overbooked

We've just started renting a house, so we can grow delicious things to eat! However, I need to unpack (and write, and cook, and teach, and...) rather than garden. I am willing to throw a certain amount of money at this problem. What should I look for at garden stores? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Is it possible to build and maintain a live moss table?

I have a metal tray-style table I'd love to fill with moss. The tray is about 1.5" deep. My livingroom is pretty bright but my bedroom is dark. My questions for you are: 1) How do I install the moss? 2) Where do I put it? 3) How do I maintain it? Do I need a clear surface over the moss to contain moisture or can I rely on regular watering/misting? 4) If the moss won't work, are there other low/small similar plants I can substitute with?
posted by qzar on Feb 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me learn to garden. Difficulty level: Scotland

I have a new house with a lot of garden space (~60sq m), and I have no idea what I'm doing. I need guidance starting pretty much from the beginning, but a lot of the recommended books I've seen are for the US and not the UK. [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Feb 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Don't die, little cacti

So I have this little plant that I got a few years ago and I sort of... forgot about him a lot. I know I know - I'm a bad plant mom! He's been up on a window sill tucked behind a curtain so I only remembered to water him very occasionally. Is he dead? Or can he be saved? Does anyone know what type of cacti or succulent (shows what I know, right?) this is, and how much I should be watering him? Also since it's been a while - would replanting help?
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Feb 4, 2014 - 7 answers

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