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Gardeningfilter - Horsetail. Ugh.

Hi folks, our garden has a moderately bad horsetail (marestail) infestation going on. I'm new to this gardening thing. So, any tips on getting rid of the stuff? [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson on Jul 30, 2013 - 7 answers

The slow vegetable drip

Our garden is happily producing vegetables for us, and I want to take some of this fresh, homegrown produce and preserve it. However, we're not getting large enough batches of produce to actually can or pickle. How do I work around this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jul 29, 2013 - 7 answers

How to fix my dumb landscaping mistake?

My boyfriend got a chimenea for Christmas and we figured we'd create a safe little area in the backyard for it. Problem is, we just dumped the gravel over the existing grass, and you guessed it - the grass and weeds are now growing up through the rocks. It looks completely insane. [more inside]
posted by marshmallow peep on Jul 19, 2013 - 17 answers

how much water does our garden need?

My wife is an avid gardener with a permaculture bent. We have a 1/3 acre suburban lot. Of our available gardening area, 1/3 is lawn which we do not water, 1/3 is stuff that we do not water. 1/3 is dwarf fruit trees, berry bushes, raised beds, vegetables, fig tree, a variety of plants. How can I understand what an appropriate amount of watering is needed for this amount of garden? [more inside]
posted by diode on Jul 16, 2013 - 15 answers

How to hire domestic workers ethically.

I'm in Los Angeles and I'd like to hire a weekly or bi-weekly gardener and cleaning person. I just don't know how to do so in the most ethical way possible. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Jul 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Gardening and plant placement in an overcast climate

How does living in an area with near-constant overcast skies affect the placement of plants that are labeled "Full Sun", "Part Sun/Part Shade" or "Shade"? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Jul 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me cheaply improve my crappy apartment's barren soil/dying shrub

What are some cheap plants/landscaping that can grow in the shady barren-dirt-place next to my condo's front door and/or something I can do to revivify the pathetic shrub that languishes nearby? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Jul 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Edible plants to grow in the shower?

I have a large bathroom/shower room. It is a Japanese bathroom where the whole room gets wet and has a drain in the middle. I am looking for edible plants that like that type of wet/humid/warm environment. The room has a large northerly facing window but does not get any direct light. Maybe some kind of tropical fruit?
posted by Infernarl on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Plants for privacy screening in the SF Bay Area

Could any of the great gardeners on Metafilter offer advice about what to plant along a fence to create some privacy screening? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jun 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Make the sad lilac bushes happy

I'm visiting my folks this weekend, and their lilac bushes are looking a little sad. Why are they sad? How can we make them happy? [more inside]
posted by nat on May 26, 2013 - 6 answers

I'm looking for flowering or edible, shade-tolerant container plants.

I'm looking for flowering or edible, shade-tolerant container plants. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Is it okay to plant pepper seeds from China?

A friend of mine recently brought back a bag of crushed red pepper from her home city in China. I had the idea of trying to plant some of the seeds in my plot at a local community garden and seeing if they'd grow. My concern is whether this would be safe and legal to do. [more inside]
posted by serathen on May 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Starting Channel Island Bush Poppy from seed?

I have long lusted after a Channel Island Bush Poppy (dendromecon harfordii) but can never find the plant at any of our local native plant nurseries here in Los Angeles. I ordered seeds and have found conflicting information about how to start it from seed. I received a packet of seeds and a pink slip of paper that contained the same chemicals released in brush fire conditions. The instructions said to soak the paper with the seeds for 24 hours and then sow. No more information than that. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on May 20, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I fix this overgrown plant that won't sit upright?

In my office, there's this crazy plant that become quite overgrown. There's a stem that I think should be sitting upright, but the leaves are so overgrown that it has become top-heavy and everything simply spills over the side. I tried staking the plant upright, but it fell over after a few days. Here's a photo of the plant. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on May 14, 2013 - 6 answers

My lawn! My perfect lawn! It's... under attack.

So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 11, 2013 - 25 answers

Gardening tool kit?

Say you had a team of three to five people working once per week over a year doing a gardening project on one acre of land and poly tunnels in a cold-to-moderate climate with clay and loamy soil (England). What tools would they need a weekly basis and what tools would they need on a once-per-year or quarterly basis?
posted by parmanparman on May 6, 2013 - 4 answers

The best, most stylish planting pots online?

I'm looking to outfit an apartment window garden with some kick-ass pots of various sizes and shapes. Where's the best online retailer of not-plastic, not-boring brown, pots and gardening containers? Bonus if they sell supplies like potting soil and live plants and seeds.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Urban gardener flower seed resource?

I'm looking for a reliable, affordable online outlet to buy flower seeds for my container garden. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Apr 19, 2013 - 10 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

Turning this brown thumb to green...

Are succulents and/or sedums a good choice for Baltimore west-facing window boxes? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Apr 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Plant Identification

This is our plant, Plant. What kind of plant is it? I picked Plant up a few years ago in a fancy garden store but it was unlabelled and they didn't know what it was either. A few more clues inside. [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse on Apr 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Please give me free gardening advice

I have a small porch and I would like to have some pretty flowers growing on it now that it's finally warming up. However, every time I've tried achieve this in the past, it has ended in dead plants and wasted money. I need help with this of the most remedial sort. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Apr 4, 2013 - 23 answers

Choosing a dwarf fruit tree for a garden

I have a large container in my back yard that I want to use for a dwarf tree. The container is at least 3 by 3 feet and gets full sun. It's very important that the tree stay short - four feet is best, five feet would be ok. I want to get tasty fruit from it. I want it to stay healthy and require minimal maintenance. Please give me species recommendations and tips. [more inside]
posted by bq on Mar 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Non-gardening city dweller in search of cheap and easy access to basil.

I'd like to turn a piece of my apartment into a garden. Like, an herb garden. Probably. Help. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Mar 19, 2013 - 20 answers

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

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