I need help finding a Christmas gift for my dad. I'm looking for:
- Something that requires occasional hands on -- a project, but not a full-time project
- Something a little science-projecty and geeky, but that does not involve a computer (he's 72 and not terribly computer literate; he does have an iPad, though)
- Something that has a definable end result
- Something he can attend to while my folks spend three months in their RV this winter
- Most likely something plant-related
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posted by mudpuppie
on Dec 17, 2013 -
My neighbour threw a biggish one of these out in a pot; it was half dead, but I noticed this small pup at the edge of the container and rescued it.
I'm thinking Agave? Maybe Aloe?
posted by New England Cultist
on Oct 30, 2013 -
I am looking for some evergreen shrub/bush/small tress suggestions to plant along the front of our house. I am originally from Australia and have little idea of plants etc here in the US so any help or suggestions appreciated, and I'm happy to try something people might think is unusual if it meets the requirements.
We are in Zone 5 (Northern Indiana) and the spot we'd like to plant them is part shade in summer and pretty much full shade all winter. We'd be looking at around the 3 to 5 foot range in height and are happy to prune them thought I'd prefer them to not need pruning all the time but also not to be so slow growing they take years to reach the desired size. I am not planning on trimming to fancy shapes so the plants don't have to be hedging style plants, just keep their leaves all year around. [more inside]
posted by wwax
on Aug 19, 2013 -
Hi folks, our garden has a moderately bad horsetail (marestail) infestation going on. I'm new to this gardening thing. So, any tips on getting rid of the stuff? [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson
on Jul 30, 2013 -
My wife is an avid gardener with a permaculture bent. We have a 1/3 acre suburban lot. Of our available gardening area, 1/3 is lawn which we do not water, 1/3 is stuff that we do not water. 1/3 is dwarf fruit trees, berry bushes, raised beds, vegetables, fig tree, a variety of plants. How can I understand what an appropriate amount of watering is needed for this amount of garden? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Jul 16, 2013 -
Say you had a team of three to five people working once per week over a year doing a gardening project on one acre of land and poly tunnels in a cold-to-moderate climate with clay and loamy soil (England). What tools would they need a weekly basis and what tools would they need on a once-per-year or quarterly basis?
posted by parmanparman
on May 6, 2013 -
Now that I have a balcony, I wanted a little garden out there with window boxes. I purchased window boxes and a bag of Miracle Gro online. I already had two potted flowers that were about to burst from their pots. (I was going to buy more tomorrow after the boxes arrived and I had an idea how much room I would have.) The Miracle Gro arrived and despite no warning on the website, it says "Not for use in containers." Will I kill my flowers if I go ahead and use it? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin
on Apr 19, 2013 -
I have a nice 4' long fluorescent grow light
set up in my study. I am busy starting up plants for spring and it is on 14 hours a day. The light is working perfectly and seedlings are growing beautifully, but I am wondering about any possible damage it might do to my eyes, as I spend many hours a day in the office working. The hood that came with the light is very narrow so a lot of light reflects up into the room, though I am not looking directly into it, the reflected light is always visible out of the corner of my eye.
Should I be worried about it? My main concern is exposing my eyes and skin to UV light and damage, but could there be other things I should be worried about too.
Can I fix the hood by say sticking some foil on it so less light bounces up into the room and is directed downwards? Or should I just move it to another room? I have no other heated rooms in my house at the moment it could go in so I worry about the seedlings
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
posted by wwax
on Mar 13, 2013 -
Horticurious: Please help me identify this plant that was growing among the catnip. [more inside]
posted by aparrish
on Sep 15, 2012 -
What kind of peppers are these, and when will they be ripe?
I got a pepper plant from the farmer's market on a whim, and it's started making a bunch of tiny little peppers. Except! I lost the little tag that says what kind of peppers they are and I have no idea when they'll be ripe. I do know the guy said they're edible, they are not just ornamental, but I can't tell, and there are all sorts of colors going on with these cute little guys. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL
on Aug 2, 2012 -
I'd like to plant bamboo to cover up an unsightly structure that borders my property. Can anyone make a recommendation for which varieties of bamboo might be best? [more inside]
posted by illenion
on Jul 1, 2012 -
Someone stole a potted plant off of my back porch. I'm assuming it was a neighbor or guest of a neighbor, because our alley is locked off. Anyway I am pretty sad and angry (who steals a plant??? It was a $2 farmer's market plant in a $15 pot), and also worried about my other plants. How can I protect them? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles
on Jun 18, 2012 -
I just opened a brand! new! bag of potting soil, and there are a bunch of mushrooms growing in it. Is this a sign that I have amazing! potting soil full of vitality, or a sign that I should return it to the store?
posted by ambilevous
on Jun 10, 2012 -
I could really use some help identifying some plants that have popped up in my garden. [more inside]
posted by wwax
on May 3, 2012 -
I want to fill or cover a large water feature on my property so it's child-safe, does not require maintenance, and ideally, allows planters/planting. Advice? Online guides? Experience? [more inside]
posted by bq
on May 2, 2012 -
For the first time in my life I have a garden! What books should I read to take me from gardening ignorance to green-fingered? Both the garden and I are in the UK.
posted by xchmp
on Mar 27, 2012 -
Previous homeowners built concrete retaining walls around trees in the backyard, creating large tree pits. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by Maarika
on Mar 3, 2012 -
Looking for websites or book recommendations for a gardening new to North American Zone 5 gardening. [more inside]
posted by wwax
on Jan 24, 2012 -
has appeared in my Portland, Oregon yard. It's about 8 ft tall, its leaves
are monstrous and it's reproducing- there was one of them last year, there are now about five. It has large, furry leaves and a thick, green stem which has white pips on it.
Gardening Mefites, what is it?
posted by nicktf
on Sep 1, 2011 -
Can I eat peppers that have been gnawed by squirrels, or will I die of rabies? [more inside]
posted by brina
on Aug 25, 2011 -
Gardening question! I've got a potted tomato plant, with tons of green tomatoes. They were ripening up nicely, but when I went to pick some, they were rotting on the vine. Cracked at the stem and rotting in the center.
The green ones are already cracking and darkening around the stem. See picture.
What's wrong with them?
posted by Stagger Lee
on Aug 10, 2011 -
So my Utah apartment I'm staying at over the summer has a decent-sized balcony, and I want to grow things on it. How can I do it, what should I grow, and what do I need? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow
on May 4, 2011 -
I have long-term custody of a potted citron tree that's a year or two old. It seems to be doing OK, but the central stem/trunk doesn't have any leaves at the top of it: Photo of the tree here
. Should I prune the top of the trunk? If so, when and how? Is there any other pruning I should be doing at this point in its growth?
posted by rivenwanderer
on Mar 7, 2011 -
Suggestions needed for mid-to-low maintenance, ornamental, native plants that I can grow in D.C. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard
on Aug 1, 2010 -
What is this insect
sitting on my flower? There are four of them that I can see on the plant. I have a cat that goes in the backyard, can these infest him?
posted by BuddhaInABucket
on Jul 29, 2010 -
I like gardening, but I am put off by a few aggressive flies who never cease to buzz at me or very close to me whenever I go outdoors. Is there any way to deter them? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi
on Jul 14, 2010 -
MeFi gardeners - need help troubleshooting a non-fruiting yellow pear tomato plant. [more inside]
posted by arachnid
on Jul 12, 2010 -
I'm the recent proprietor of a small plot of land, and would like to grow something there. That concludes what I know of gardening. [more inside]
posted by monocultured
on Jun 26, 2010 -
What are the best shade-tolerant, ultra-low-maintenance plants for my mom's terraced flowerbed? [more inside]
posted by oblique red
on May 14, 2010 -