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Seeking opinions on columnar apple trees

Has anybody planted em? Ate em? I'm eyeing the well-established Scarlet Sentinel/Golden Sentinel vs new Urban Columnar Series. I will pay more up front if that gets me tastier apples. Thanks.
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting on Mar 16, 2013 - 3 answers

 

Can grow lights cause eye damage?

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 - 5 answers

Training for Urban Ag- Gardening/Farming and Horses

So I am really interested in the Food Justice movement and urban gardening. Ideally, I would like to be involved with helping people grow their own food in the city. I have NO experience. I am pursuing a Masters in Public Health and I think that this would dovetail nicely with my research interests. Would it be a good idea for me to get formal training in gardening? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

From garden to Eden

Is there a gardening tool that changed your life? Looking for a gardening-themed gift for a talented home gardener. The garden is suburban, mostly just plants and lots of flowers (no veggies or fruit trees). In S. California, if that helps. Alternately, which of your favorite gardening tools would you upgrade to a nicer one?
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Feb 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Can I keep a plant in my car?

I would like to keep a plant (alive) in my car, possibly in a cup holder. Is there a plant that could handle my car's interior environment, isn't too fussy about watering, and is not covered in needles? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Feb 13, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I use my compost?

I have a 3-year old, ~28 cubic ft. compost pile in my backyard that is contained in an uncovered chicken-wire cylinder. I do not touch it aside from adding compostable material to it, but I haven't added anything for several months. What I can see on the top of the pile is not broken down. I don't know anything about using compost in gardens other than what I've Googled, and it all seems to be tailored for people who put way more effort into their compost than I do. What do I need to do to get it ready to put into my raised-bed vegetable garden this spring, and how, specifically, do I actually use it in my garden? Should I mix it in with a particular kind of soil, or should I put a layer of compost and a layer of something else? I have a shovel and some other very basic gardening supplies, but I don't have a pitchfork, and I cannot afford additional equipment like a tumbler. I've seen this previous question.
posted by quiet coyote on Feb 7, 2013 - 8 answers

What vegetables should I grow in my chilly room?

Inspired by onions sprouting in my cupboard, I'd love to plant some veggies inside. I have and area about 4'x2' to plant, in front of a south facing window that gets plenty of sun. But my house isn't very warm. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Jan 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Organic fungicide vs. powdery mildew?

Gardeners of MeFi - have any of you used Safer Garden Fungicide or an equivalent product to effectively control powdery mildew in your garden? I want to believe it will work, but I'm skeptical.
posted by ryanshepard on Jan 14, 2013 - 3 answers

What has gone wrong with my squash, cucumbers, and peas?

Oh no! My winter squash, cucumbers, and peas are failing. Can anybody tell me why and what, if anything, I can do about it? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Mystery Plant

What kind of plant did we wind up with in our planter box? [more inside]
posted by Tknophobia on Jan 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Can you identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Dec 30, 2012 - 11 answers

What type of hedge is this and what hedgetrimmer can I use to trim it?

What type of hedge is this and what hedgetrimmer can I use to trim it? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Nov 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Will sawdust that has varnish kill my garden?

Will sawdust that has varnish kill my garden? A friend of the family asked if we wanted a large pile of sawdust he had from doing some woodwork. Sawdust makes good mulch. We wanted to accept, but some of the furniture that the sawdust had come from had been varnished and we weren't sure if that would kill our garden and/or poison the plants. Is it dangerous to use this sawdust.
posted by ArthurBarnhouse on Nov 24, 2012 - 5 answers

It's a beautiful tree but it's a pain to landscape around.

What sorts of things can I plant in my back yard that won't be ruined by Western red cedar needles? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Can I grow herbs in an indoor wall-mounted planter?

Can I grow herbs that hang on the wall indoors and make them look nice too? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Oct 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Asparagus from seeds

As a novice gardening is it crazy for me to try to grow asparagus from seeds? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Suddenly gourds!

What sort of success rate would one have growing gourds by just leaving gourds outside to do what they will? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Oct 7, 2012 - 9 answers

[Name-that-plant-filter] What is this potted plant/tree?

[Name-that-plant-filter] What is this potted plant/tree? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Oct 2, 2012 - 8 answers

I will hug him (ouch!) and squeeze him (crap!) and I will name him George.

I went a little nuts at Home Depot last night and bought 7 tiny cacti/succulents. Please help me to not kill them. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Oct 2, 2012 - 7 answers

What are some low-maintenance plants that grow in the shade?

Can you suggest some plants for a shady yard? North of Seattle, brown thumb. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

How would you turn this yard into a vegetable garden?

Vegetable gardening experts of the green, please help me make the best use of my back yard. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Upside-down-gardening apparatus. How did you do it?

I'm very keen to try growing my tomatoes upside down next year. Do you have any suggestions on what to hang the buckets from? [more inside]
posted by vegetable100% on Sep 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Plant ID

Horticurious: Please help me identify this plant that was growing among the catnip. [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Sep 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Inpatient gardening ideas, please!

Help me figure out what to do with my new gardening group! Indoors and out, with an emphasis is on safety. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Sep 5, 2012 - 7 answers

...and all I got is dirty looks by the neighbors.

Other than grass, what can I plant in my pervious concrete paver driveway in Seattle, WA? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Aug 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Make like a tree and leaf

How do I get rid of a tree? Catch: The tree is already in pieces. [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Aug 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me grow delicious produce!

I am in Guelph, Ontario. My partner and I just bought a house, so I have a yard of my own for the first time ever. Point me to some resources for a gardening novice in this part of the world to dig into (no pun intended) over the cold months! [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Aug 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Potatoes okay after a hot summer in the ground?

Should-I-Eat-ThisFilter, gardening edition: while cleaning my garden after months of neglect, I found a ton of gorgeous fingerling potatoes. The bad part: they've been in hot soil all summer. I didn't even know they were there. [more inside]
posted by liet on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

What the heck ARE these things?

Can you help us identify this interesting little garden insect? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Aug 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Transplanting success in the hot sun

Tell me your suggestions for transplanting plants when the temperature is hot. [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 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

What kind of peppers are these, and when will they be ripe?

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 - 17 answers

Will Boston Ivy harm my stucco siding?

I have mature and well established Boston Ivy (not English Ivy) growing on the side and front of my stucco house. I am worried about damage to the stucco, but I am finding conflicting information about whether I should remove it. Does anyone have any clear guidance on this? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by neksys on Aug 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Help save whats left of my potatoes?

Our potato plants are dying miserably with the drought in our area we tried for two weeks to water them when it was possible. To compound this problem pests were way up and the plants that aren't dying were eaten despite sometimes HOURS a day removing the problem bugs by hand. But we have potatoes... question inside. [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Jul 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Can these over-ripe cucumbers be saved?

Can I do anything with these extremely over-ripe cucumbers? [more inside]
posted by gwint on Jul 17, 2012 - 9 answers

What else am I going to kill with these sticky traps?

Sticky traps vs. flea beetles - what else am I going to kill? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jul 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Is this a weed or what?

Weed or flower filter: I was on vacation for a week or so and now there is a bunch of stuff here that I can't identify. HELP! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jul 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Beautiful Permaculture Yards in 30 minutes or less per week

My suburban yard began as a permaculture project but is overrun with invasive grass. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by diode on Jul 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Tall clumping bamboo for Southern California?

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 - 9 answers

Gardening novice needs some help!

I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I stop plant thieves?

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 - 20 answers

When to prune a weeping pussy willow?

When and how should I prune my very sad weeping pussy willow? [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

How long will this lettuce likely last?

I'm growing an organic garden with a friend this year. This morning, we harvested lots of salad greens and I took a paper bag of them home. They have not been washed, and they are in the paper bag sitting inside my fridge in the crisper drawer. How many days do you think it is likely they will last? Is there anything I can do to keep it fresh longer?
posted by long haired child on Jun 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Mushrooms! You are nice, but why are you in my soil?

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 - 8 answers

Toughest garden vegetable there is?

Toughest garden vegetable (or herb) there is? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Jun 8, 2012 - 22 answers

Creative suggestions for landscaping a yard

I have a house that needs creative landscaping—but I'm in over my head. Can you recommend inspiring photos or magazines or websites, or some guides to getting started choosing ground cover, hedges, flowers, etc, for a landscaping newb? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jun 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Weeding out weeders

Gardening newb question: nejiri gama vs. ho-mi vs. three-prong hand cultivator vs. Cape Cod weeder - which weeder for flowerbeds and a small raised garden? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jun 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me build a little greenhouse in your soul

Please help me make the most out of my tiny new greenhouse. Tips on growing, stretching the seasons, maintenance, record-keeping and other garden matters are welcome. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on May 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Will evergreen shrubs survive a Calgary winter in planters?

Will any coniferous shrubs survive the winter in planters on my deck? I am in Calgary Alberta, zone 3a. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on May 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Some questions about lighting, indoors and out

Dim bulb regarding electricity seeks illumination. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on May 26, 2012 - 5 answers

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