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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


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

What kind of lawn can I grow in almost total darkness.

What kind of ground cover can I use in Massachussetts in stygian darkness. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Oct 10, 2007 - 9 answers

Is it safe to eat--next summer?

Can we safely grow some vegetables or herbs in soil that that apparently has had copious amounts of pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide applied to it two years ago and probably also for several years prior? [more inside]
posted by Anisoptera on Sep 12, 2007 - 24 answers

What can I grow that I just can't buy?

I was wondering if I could get some suggestions on strange, tasty, and difficult to purchase food I can grow in my garden. [more inside]
posted by fcain on Sep 11, 2007 - 40 answers

ID please, young plant!

WTF is this plant that apparently we are growing very successfully? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Sep 4, 2007 - 18 answers

Botanyfilter: How to collect hosta seeds?

Do I really have to wait for hosta seeds to dry on the plant? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Sep 2, 2007 - 2 answers

Feather my bookshelf

After a run of reading somewhat serious, oftentimes depressing fiction and nonfiction, I'm looking for something more domestic. Have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Aug 29, 2007 - 19 answers

Srange balls found in potted plants!

What are these weird little balls magically appearing in my potted plant's soil? [more inside]
posted by missmle on Aug 22, 2007 - 14 answers

Gift for girlfriend going away for gardening school

Help me fill a giftbag for my girlfriend. She is moving away for a year attending a school on professional gardening. I want to give her a few inexpensive things that she will find useful when we are away from each other. So far i only came up with a nice hand cream she can use after a day of digging. Would love some suggestions from mefiites.
posted by ilike on Aug 18, 2007 - 22 answers

What native plants can make a lawn in Montreal?

I have dirt in my front yard! Rather not grow (Kentucky blue) grass lawn this far north in Montreal. What's a native hearty plant that will serve a soft green bed? [more inside]
posted by Mozai on Aug 14, 2007 - 12 answers

In search of some roses

I'm interested in starting a few rose plants and I have no idea where I can find out about certain strains that appear to be ghosts on the internet. I've found that there is some people who have genetically engineered a blue rose and I'm interested in acquiring a blue rose plant engineered or not and I don't want to just dye white roses blue. Any information about roses that look like the ones from the film "V for Vendetta" is also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Aug 7, 2007 - 7 answers

Fusarium wilt: destroy immediately?

So my tomato plants look a bit sick (yellow -> brown leaves on the bottom). If it has fusarium wilt, must I destroy it? [more inside]
posted by bread-eater on Jul 29, 2007 - 3 answers

Help Me Grow A Lavender Garden

I'm about to plant five small lavender plants that I brought back from my trip to Puget Sound. Please tell me, what else can I plant that will complement these?
posted by partner on Jul 25, 2007 - 17 answers

Urban (Garden) Blight

One of my container garden tomato plants is sick. What's wrong with it? [more inside]
posted by dw on Jul 11, 2007 - 7 answers

Shaded garden plot needs color!

It's July, I'm in central North Carolina (Zone 7 or 8 depending who you ask), and I have an unused, mostly shaded 3' x 6' dirt plot at the side of our front lawn that I'd love to put some color in to brighten the neighborhood. What can I plant there now that'll give me the most color through the fall? Annual or perennial, bonus points for drought-tolerant but that's not essential).
posted by mediareport on Jul 2, 2007 - 5 answers

That's a nice ____ in your garden

What's an inexpensive but durable way to label plants? [more inside]
posted by derMax on Jul 1, 2007 - 15 answers

Bald In The Middle

How do i stop this hydrangea from sagging? [more inside]
posted by modernsquid on Jun 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Cucumber woes

Cucumber woes - why are my baby cucumbers falling off without maturing? [more inside]
posted by chundo on Jun 19, 2007 - 8 answers

I'm Really In The Weeds Here

Help someone who knows basically nothing about gardening control a never ending growth of weeds [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jun 2, 2007 - 22 answers

Help me save my beer bottle ivy plant!

Help me save my beer bottle ivy plant! [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil on May 24, 2007 - 11 answers

White spots on pea plant leaves

Pea plant problems: Some of the leaves on my "Super Sugar Snap" pea plants (grown from seed, planted about 5 weeks ago) have developed white spots. (sample 'bad' leaf, sample 'good' leaf) What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by gwint on May 22, 2007 - 12 answers

I kill baby plants!

I kill baby plants! Help me, gardeners! [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on May 17, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me germinate my citrus seeds!

I have some citrus seeds that did not originate from a genetically modified/selected crop of trees that I would like to germinate and hopefully see fruit one day. They were picked out of fruit approximately 3 weeks ago. Whats the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by OzMoges on May 9, 2007 - 18 answers

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