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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

Will I kill my window box plants with Miracle Gro?

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 - 11 answers

My tomatoes - they've got the black lung.

What has happened to my tomatoes? And can I save the rest of the poor things? First time gardener inquiring within. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Aug 6, 2012 - 16 answers

Root depth and breadth

I want to know how deep and how wide the roots of various plants will normally grow. Trees, gourd vines, wheat, clover, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, marigolds, everything. I want to make sure my raised beds are high enough and also want to prevent plants from choking each other out.
posted by gray17 on Dec 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Last-minute soil for winter garden

We have a new house and huge yard. We're eager to fill it with plantlife. In fact, we're a little too eager and found some good prices, so we already bought over 200 seedlings, half of which are kale and chard. We live in Davis, CA, in the CA central valley near Sacramento, in the west region that is known for particularly clay-y soil. Our main source of garden information is from: http://daviswiki.org/gardening *** See inside for 9 questions we have as last-minute uneducated gardeners.... [more inside]
posted by oneous on Oct 16, 2011 - 9 answers

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action - Meister Eckhart

I want to make perfect vegetable beds and seek the advice of all you edaphologists*. [more inside]
posted by wilful on May 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Young grasshopper seeks grass-wisdom.

How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

The Clay Beneath My Feet...

Why would new, store-bought soil turn to clay in just over a year? [more inside]
posted by destro on Apr 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Hydroponic/Soil combo growing

Is there any method to combine hydroponic gardening with conventional soil gardening? [more inside]
posted by boby on Dec 6, 2009 - 4 answers

What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost?

What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jun 2, 2009 - 12 answers

H2O lovin' plants?

Gardening Filter: I am looking to plant along my side fence, which lies on the South side of my poorly graded backyard. This is a wet area (low grade) and I would like suggestions--flowers or shrubs. [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on May 4, 2009 - 11 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

Help with Clay Topsoil

The soil in my tiny yard is hard as concrete, but I want to grow a garden. Tips? [more inside]
posted by maryh on Jun 17, 2008 - 19 answers

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