We have a house with exactly zero flowerbeds (or landscaping in general for that matter) and it has no curb appeal whatsoever. THIS SHALL NOT STAND! I have some experience gardening, but creating beds from scratch seems a bit major at first glace. Help me make new flowerbeds, and help me make a good plan for our new beds. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Previous homeowners built concrete retaining walls around trees in the backyard, creating large tree pits. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by Maarika
on Mar 3, 2012 -
There are pecans everywhere. Formerly they carpeted the backyard, now they're in huge container in the living room. Mostly. There are still more to pick up. A LOT more, the pecan tree has been surprisingly fruitful this year.
What the hell does one do with a ton of freshly picked pecans, besides eat them and/or give them out to friends and family? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Garden filter: Favorite fruits and veggies to grow in zone 5 (Denver) and best vertical trellising options you've come across. [more inside]
posted by no bueno
on Jan 25, 2012 -
Looking for websites or book recommendations for a gardening new to North American Zone 5 gardening. [more inside]
posted by wwax
on Jan 24, 2012 -
Has anyone else noticed that in loose-leaf packages of spinach from the store there's often a few leaves of a grass-like green in with them? What are they, and why do they go bad so fast? [more inside]
posted by gusandrews
on Jan 17, 2012 -
I'm thinking of building a terrarium to combine the excitement of cultivation and microcontroller/control systems hacking. What are some interesting organisms to grow in a terrarium that would justify elaborate control of lighting, humidity, and temperature?
posted by phrontist
on Jan 17, 2012 -
I have a row of cypress trees denoting one property line. There are 14 of them, about 30-40 ft. They are useless as a fence as the bottom 10 ft of each is completely denuded. Nothing grows in a 6 ft strip either side - is there some miracle plant that would enjoy this hostile environment? If I have them removed, will the soil recover? As an Englishman in Portland, Oregon, I'd dearly love a beech hedge there...
posted by nicktf
on Jan 14, 2012 -
I want to know how deep and how wide the roots of various plants will normally grow. Trees, gourd vines, wheat, clover, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, marigolds, everything. I want to make sure my raised beds are high enough and also want to prevent plants from choking each other out.
posted by gray17
on Dec 15, 2011 -
I'm thinking about starting an indoor hydroponic garden soon, using a guide I found on Instructables
for DWC. What are some good vegetables/fruits to grow beyond tomatoes and herbs, which would ideally grow at similar temperatures and light levels as tomatoes and herbs? And what's the best place to buy seeds, either online or in the Princeton/New Brunswick, NJ area? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Nov 22, 2011 -
We bought a plum tree, originally to keep in a pot in a patio, that location didn't work out, and now we think that if we take it out of the pot and plant it in the ground it will do better next year. How close to our house can we plant it? [more inside]
posted by foleypt
on Nov 20, 2011 -
What materials can I use to decorate (i.e. completely cover and disguise) the outside of a plastic container? I have made some self-watering planters from storage containers, but they’re very ugly as-is and I want to decorate them. Looking for methods that are durable and weather-resistant, and (if known) won’t leech into the plastic and the soil. [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Oct 28, 2011 -
Good gardening websites? Looking for organized information and not like, meandering contentless blog posts. [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Oct 21, 2011 -
We have a new house and huge yard. We're eager to fill it with plantlife. In fact, we're a little too eager and found some good prices, so we already bought over 200 seedlings, half of which are kale and chard.
We live in Davis, CA, in the CA central valley near Sacramento, in the west region that is known for particularly clay-y soil.
Our main source of garden information is from: http://daviswiki.org/gardening
See inside for 9 questions we have as last-minute uneducated gardeners.... [more inside]
posted by oneous
on Oct 16, 2011 -
Block spots on my curry leaf plant (Murraya koenigii). What's killing my poor plant? [more inside]
posted by destrius
on Oct 15, 2011 -
Some more gardening questions! I know they'll sound kind of dumb, but we are total ignoramuses and could use the advice. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Oct 4, 2011 -
Seeking help from MeFi gardeners! We're about to move into a place that we're really excited about, and our landlady- who lives next door- wants us to have a plan for the garden. I think I may have done some weeding a couple of decades ago, but am otherwise clueless as to how to proceed. Soil-based special snowflake questions inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Sep 19, 2011 -
I saw some potted flowers on someone's front gate and I would like to know what they are. They were bright pink, shaped like impatiens, but the leaves were a uniform and solid dark maroon/purple. They were sort of the same color as maple leaves before they turn in the fall. Unfortunately, I could not get a picture of the plant, and I have been looking at images of impatiens and other flowers all night with no luck. Green thumbs of AskMe, do you have any ideas?
posted by oflinkey
on Sep 18, 2011 -
has appeared in my Portland, Oregon yard. It's about 8 ft tall, its leaves
are monstrous and it's reproducing- there was one of them last year, there are now about five. It has large, furry leaves and a thick, green stem which has white pips on it.
Gardening Mefites, what is it?
posted by nicktf
on Sep 1, 2011 -
Can I eat peppers that have been gnawed by squirrels, or will I die of rabies? [more inside]
posted by brina
on Aug 25, 2011 -
Can you tell me what this large glass jar found in my rented house's garden might be used for? [more inside]
posted by dougmoon
on Aug 12, 2011 -
Gardening question! I've got a potted tomato plant, with tons of green tomatoes. They were ripening up nicely, but when I went to pick some, they were rotting on the vine. Cracked at the stem and rotting in the center.
The green ones are already cracking and darkening around the stem. See picture.
What's wrong with them?
posted by Stagger Lee
on Aug 10, 2011 -
My mother has a squirrel problem. She has a ton of tomato plants and now that they're coming in, the squirrels are picking them and eating part of them. Is there something she can do to save her plants? Note: killing the squirrels is not an option--she would rather not have tomatoes than kill the squirrels.
posted by Kimberly
on Jul 28, 2011 -
Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Jul 13, 2011 -
I am going to inherit neglected piece of land that is covered in wild blackberry bush. There are fruit trees and currants somewhere in there, but I can't get to them. I don't know where to start with this - I would like to make this piece of land manageable, but I don't want to use herbicides and kill everything in sight. Are there any earth-friendly/permaculture solutions to this?
posted by leigh1
on Jun 12, 2011 -
Is it okay to mix the sulphur
with some VF-11 fertilizer
and spray both at the same time? I think I'm seeing some phosphorus deficiency (red segments on the leaves) so want try and address it and also want to keep up my powdery mildew prevention regime.
posted by zeoslap
on Jun 8, 2011 -
Something is eating the plants in my garden. I don't know what it is or how to stop it. Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by celerity
on May 28, 2011 -
What plant should we put in the box out front? Next to our stoop is a raised brick box with maybe 20x20x10 inches filled with dirt, where we want to plant something for decoration. The problem is that no matter what we plant, after a couple of months somebody comes along and pulls it out. [more inside]
posted by postel's law
on May 19, 2011 -