I have a ficus tree in our yard (planted by the previous homeowner) that is growing too fast and the roots have breached the main sewer line on our property. The trunk of the tree is maybe eight inches in diameter, and completely removing the tree is dicey due to terrain and sewer line considerations. I live in Hawaii. Any suggestions?
What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost? [more inside]
My wife heard a German word for the last frost date, but she can't remember it. Are there any German-speaking gardeners who can tell us? It was a pretty long word with multiple syllables.
Will a paper bag protect my potted plants (herbs and flowers) from frost? [more inside]
Is there any way to repair the brown patches on my lawn caused by dog pee? [more inside]
I'm a totally novice gardener. What should I plant in my flowerpots? [more inside]
I'm fantasizing about landscape modeling software for laypeople. [more inside]
I'm looking for creative, inexpensive ideas to keep vegetables safe from thieves and pranksters. [more inside]
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]
Help a first-time vegetable gardener strategize what to grow versus what to keep buying at the farmers' market. [more inside]
We've had high winds the last few days, and these tiny purple flowers have been drifting into my yard from parts unknown. I am obsessed with finding out what they are! [more inside]
Vegetable gardener living in SoCal (zone 9) wants to try growing black-eyed peas (cowpeas) in big raised beds in the backyard this summer. Problem: being Yankee-born and raised, I have never grown, eaten, nor even seen black-eyed peas before, on the vine or off. Suggestions for backyard-worthy varieties, gardening tips, companion planting possibilities, and authentic recipes desired.
Help me save my rosemary bush! This bush is in my back yard. I live in Phoenix, AZ. The bush has been there for 13 years, but in the past 6 months 90% of it died. I suspect it was either due to a freeze or some windborne weed killer. Up to now I have not maintained it at all (in terms of active watering, etc.) other than trimming it back occasionally. How can I save it?
Spring time gardening care filter. Need a little advice. [more inside]
Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife? My yard is full of weeds. It looks awful. We're having an awful time getting rid of the weeds because there are just too many to manually pull each out. So my husband wants to use a "Weed and Feed" or some similar weed killer on our entire lawn to kill the weeds, then start seeding grass. [more inside]
What plants can withstand urban squirrel, raccoon, and bird assaults (and might repel flies while they're at it?) [more inside]
My hemlocks are looking pretty pale at the moment. Help me get them back to their former glory. [more inside]
What would you like to eat from my garden? [more inside]
I need help planning an outdoor workbench. [more inside]
Is there any way to save this plant?? [more inside]
I'd like to hang a small screw-in type grow light (not a giant florescent tube) above my plants to help them out. Possible? [more inside]
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]
Resources for an experienced gardener moving to the northeast? [more inside]
I'm looking for pretty/ interesting blogs about homesteading and living in rural areas [more inside]
Making my own mushroom plugs? [more inside]
My girlfriend rescued a sorry-looking Chrysanthemum from a bargain bin at a garden centre and is determined to keep it alive and well. She says she hasn't found clear answers via searching so far, so I've got a few queries on her behalf... [more inside]
Help me pick a potato. [more inside]
Is growing sprouts in my bedroom a good idea or will it result in hellacious odors and weeping and gnashing of teeth? [more inside]
What plants are suitable for putting on our deck in Seattle? There's no yard/soil, so they must live in containers. The deck is quite large so I was thinking about large decorative plants like small trees or some form of bamboo. Climate-wise, we have the typical PNW weather of moist winters that only fall below freezing a few days out of the year. Also, we are completely ignorant of gardening and would rather have something that can survive with a minimum of attention.
What's it like to live with bees? [more inside]
My outdoor basil plants are being chewed away by something that leaves behind tiny black grains. Who is the culprit, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
Automatic watering tanks/reservoirs? (not necessarily for plants) [more inside]
Few questions on winterizing young trees and bushes. [more inside]
What winter vegetables can I grow in pots in a warm climate? [more inside]
Where can I plant a tree if I don't own land? [more inside]
I've inherited a greenhouse and it is full of cactuses and succulents. I would very much like to keep them alive and healthy but I do not know where to begin! How can I become a cactus caretaker? [more inside]
Can you help me identify this mystery plant/fruit? Will it kill my dog if he eats it? Is it edible? Photos included! [more inside]
Winter container gardening... or, to be more specific, what to do with the containers? [more inside]
My crazy gardener advised me to cut the bottom off of my avocado tree's pot and put the whole shebang in the ground instead of removing it from the pot. Is he crazy? [more inside]
Tomatofilter: Why aren't my tomatoes red? [more inside]
Is there a way to measure how much sunlight different parts of my yard get over the course of a day? [more inside]
Squirrel! Crazy squirrel is eating my tomatoes! What can I do besides offering it napkins? [more inside]
Tomato grower expertise needed. [more inside]
"Pepper," to me, means "bell pepper," but my neighbor gave me two cayenne pepper plants, and the peppers are starting to turn red. When should I harvest them, and what should I do with them? [more inside]
I always assumed that plants draw all their water/nutrients from the soil, getting only CO2, etc. through their leaves. My girlfriend is adamant that 'leaves need watering because they absorb moisture too'. [more inside]
How do I nurse a very sick tomato plant back to health? I gave it far too much tomato feed by mistake, and a day later the leaves are horribly droopy/wilted (but still green), though my tomatoes are still looking like they're ripening. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how best to recover it? It's an indoor variety, grown in a foil pouch if that helps.
What are these creepy little bugs on my flowering plants? They don't appear to be causing much damage, but they're gross and are creeping me out. They steer clear of the herbs and veggies, and only seem to swarm on a couple of flowering plants, mostly on the leaves and stems.
Can I replant rooted herbs I got from a local grocery store? [more inside]