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to mulch or not to mulch

Should I or should I not use mulch in an organic/biodynamic garden in Hawaii, and WHY? help me analyze pros and cons of mulching... [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Jul 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Need a cheap substitute for a big flowerpot

I'm wanting to start a little cactus community in one, big pot, but I'm having a hard time finding a pot that's as large as I'd like for a decent price. I'm starting to give up on finding one cheap enough and am now trying to think of another object I could use as a flowerpot substitute. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by picea on Jul 7, 2008 - 16 answers

Save the bees, not the beetles!

How do I rid my roses of Japanese Beetles without killing the bees? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Jul 3, 2008 - 8 answers

I don't need a minister to call me a (Garden) Groom.

Does anyone have direct experience of using a Garden Groom hedge trimmer? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Jul 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Help a gardening novice xeriscape his yard

I'd like to landscape my yard in a way that requires very little maintenance and water. [more inside]
posted by medpt on Jun 29, 2008 - 16 answers

I go on holliday the plants are going to die?

I am going on holiday for 14 days, leaving behind several plants on the window seals in a small flat. There is no neighbor / friend to look after them in our absence. How can I make sure that the plants will not die? I have 2 tomato plants in pots, climbing tomatoes in a hanging basket and few pots with chillies. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jun 25, 2008 - 11 answers

When should a garden be watered?

What time of day should the garden be watered? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 22, 2008 - 16 answers

Permaculture for Rationalists?

GardenFilter: Gardening noob wants to start a permaculture garden, what to read? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Jun 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Window Garden of Eden, Baby, Don't You Know That I Love You?

Help me make my window garden a success. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Jun 17, 2008 - 4 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

How to control weeds in my garden?

Seeking practical alternative to Roundup weed killer for Florida flower garden. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Jun 16, 2008 - 10 answers

Garlic and onion growing and harvesting advice

I’m growing garlic and onions for the first time in my new home. Can I harvest the greens from these plants while they’re growing without harming the bulbs? I’m in a colder climate that is very hot in the summer – Winnipeg. [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones on Jun 12, 2008 - 11 answers

help me not kill my new lemon tree!

Help! I was just given a potted lemon tree! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jun 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Grass or weed?

Why can't I have a weed lawn? [more inside]
posted by walla on Jun 5, 2008 - 46 answers

Paint my thumb green!

Help me plan and plant a garden this summer! [more inside]
posted by onalark on Jun 4, 2008 - 22 answers

Where to get a good push lawnmower?

What is the best brand/model of push lawnmower? [more inside]
posted by theinsectsarewaiting on Jun 2, 2008 - 18 answers

Friend, foe, or escargot?

Help me identify this garden snail, please? Most of the info I've found on garden snails is centered on the Pacific Northwest & California. I'm in Philly, and am unsure as to what varieties of snails are common on the east coast. [more inside]
posted by desuetude on May 24, 2008 - 3 answers

Can I water my garden from two stories up?

I recently planted a vegetable patch. There is no outdoor water, so water must come from the apartment. My window is around thirty feet from the ground. Would it be bad for the plants if I misted them with water out the window? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on May 21, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me grow some salsa!

Growing a few green chile plants in the hot desert. Any tips or tricks? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin on May 20, 2008 - 10 answers

What edibles to grow in a garden with small kids in Toronto?

What edibles should we plant in the garden? Parameters: inexperienced gardeners, Toronto, raccoons and squirrels will be present, items that are exciting/educational for four-year-olds, and it's a plot in a community garden that we probably won't visit every day. [more inside]
posted by winston on May 12, 2008 - 22 answers

Moving a tree…. Or not.

I need to move a little tree, but I’m afraid I’ll end up killing it. Is it worth the risk? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on May 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Peonies vs. sumac, round 2

Help me rescue my long-abandoned peonies! [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Apr 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Living off the fat o' the land

We've got a tiny patch of dirt in our back yard and want to grow edible stuff. We're not that serious, just mostly goofing off. What could we grow out there using existing foodstuffs? By that, I mean, we want to grow green onions, for example. Can we just grab a few green onions from the fridge, cut off the bottom, and plant those? Are there any other simple-to-grow foodstuffs we should consider? We're in Southern California, but the patch of dirt only gets direct sunlight maybe 1-2 hours a day.
posted by edjusted on Apr 27, 2008 - 22 answers

I didn't rake in the grass seed before covering with straw - help!!

Did I totally mess up by meticulously preparing our yard with a tracter/box blade, spending days removing rocks and debres, planting 50 pounds of Fescue seed, thereafter covering it with 23 bails of straw, and watering it almost daily, but completely skipping the part about raking the seed into the soil? 7 days and counting. [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Apr 25, 2008 - 13 answers

Can I grow tasty lettuce in my closet?

Can I grow lettuce and other veggies all year long? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Apr 22, 2008 - 19 answers

Portable DAB radio recommendation

I'm looking for a good, cheap, portable DAB radio to use outside. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Apr 19, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I make the Internet tell me when to plant things?

Tastyfreshveggiesfilter: does anyone know of a public calendar or similar notification service to which an aspiring gardener who has dirt and planting in his genes but has little prior experience with the green stuff could subscribe, e.g., in Google Calendar or iCal? [more inside]
posted by socratic on Apr 14, 2008 - 11 answers

How to defoliate a vacant lot?

Short of agent orange, what are my defoliating options? I have a large open lot (45 x 100) in a major city. I need to spray something, lay something, chant something or light something that will insure that I do not have a repeat of last years 7' high weed-forest. [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Apr 9, 2008 - 20 answers

ideas for a big planter box?

What should I do with this giant brick planter box that fronts my house? [more inside]
posted by peep on Apr 4, 2008 - 13 answers

Parsley, sage, rosemary and... one pot?

Basil, parsley, mint, sage, rosemary: which combinations will work best when potted together in a balcony herb garden? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Apr 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me grow the indoor bamboo garden of my dreams

I'd like to grow bamboo in a container indoors (I have a sunny south-facing window that it can live in front of). Any advice about the best varieties, how to get it to grow tall, and where to get a plant (I'm in NYC) would be much appreciated. (NB: I am NOT looking for info on "lucky bamboo" plants, I want the real thing)
posted by agent99 on Mar 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Where can I get some Lady Bugs in West LA?

Where can I get some Lady Bugs in West LA? I'm looking to protect a garden from other insects. Thanks! I'm in the mar vista/culver city area.
posted by skEwb on Mar 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Good gardening podcasts?

Can anyone recommend interesting and useful podcasts about gardening and garden design? [more inside]
posted by brighton on Mar 12, 2008 - 2 answers

Vacant Lot Rennovation

Winter Guerrilla Gardening: need help planting in a temperate environment in the winter/early spring. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Mar 12, 2008 - 9 answers

NEMATODES!!!!!!

Does anyone know an organic method for controlling plant-damaging nematodes in the soil? This is asked on behalf of a Tampa, Florida resident, wary of the very toxic nematicides offered by chemical pest control companies. [more inside]
posted by SixteenTons on Mar 10, 2008 - 4 answers

pepper pesto?

Made some pesto with chili pepper leaves by mistake. Now what? [more inside]
posted by jujube on Feb 28, 2008 - 6 answers

How does a garden grow?

I'd like to work on my garden and lawn. I know nothing about gardening and lawn care. What are some good online resources? [more inside]
posted by suki on Feb 25, 2008 - 8 answers

"Hip" Urban Gardening Resources?

Are there any urban gardening resources along the same lines as, say, Make, Craft, or Instructables? [more inside]
posted by jtron on Feb 3, 2008 - 7 answers

What crops can I grow in poorly draining/waterlogged soil?

what fruit or vegetable crops I can grow in a rather poor draining back garden in the UK? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan on Feb 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Where did I screw up forcing my tulip bulbs?

I have tried to force some tulip bulbs indoors this winter and have failed miserably, but don't know why. [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Jan 31, 2008 - 7 answers

my limited gardening options, let me show you them

Where should I put my garden? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Jan 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Why do my rosemary plants die every winter?

Help my rosemary plant live through the winter! [more inside]
posted by slogger on Jan 12, 2008 - 15 answers

No more roast worms! Or worm-icicles, for that matter.

My amazing awesome husband got me a composter! Yeah! Now what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by jujube on Jan 11, 2008 - 8 answers

I'm searching for an obscure organic hippy magazine from the 70's

I'm looking for a magazine from the early 70's that was geared towards natural hippy lifestyles, homesteading, composting, crafts, self-sustainability and organic gardening. Does this ring a bell with anyone and can you help me find some back copies?
posted by watercarrier on Dec 10, 2007 - 24 answers

I'm looking for gift suggestions for a beginning gardener.

I'm looking for suggestions for good gifts for a beginning gardener. Books? Seeds? Tools? [more inside]
posted by whir on Dec 9, 2007 - 17 answers

Is my Benjamin wet enough?

Do you have a happy Ficus tree? Can you help me water mine? [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 5, 2007 - 12 answers

How Do I Grow a Fancy Indoor Lawn?

I would like to grow an indoor lawn that will thrive, using organic methods if possible. I can't seem to find helpful information on the topic, although I bought 'Gardening on Pavement, Tables, and Hard Surfaces' (thanks Cabinet of Wonders...) for some inspiration. Any ideas or experienced indoor lawn growers out there? [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Nov 2, 2007 - 9 answers

What are your best tips for a new greenhouse owner?

What are your best tips for a new greenhouse owner? [more inside]
posted by adriana on Oct 22, 2007 - 6 answers

What doesn't kill you makes you tastier.

Treating seeds to increase flavor? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Oct 21, 2007 - 4 answers

I am looking for gardening experiments

I am looking for gardening experiments [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 21, 2007 - 9 answers

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