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What yard, lawn, or garden tools can't you live without?

What yard, lawn, or garden tools or other items can't you live without? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es on Apr 16, 2012 - 36 answers

Fruits and veggies for a cold, shadowy place

This year I'm trying container gardening for the first time. I've planted some indoors stuff (peppers, physalis, chervil) and am waiting for the shoots to come up. Tomato seeds are on the way (hopefully). I live in Amsterdam (think NYC climate) in an apartment, and I've got a teensie tiny (30cm by 2m / 1' by 7') french balcony facing southeast that I'm going to try to make the most of. At the back (southwest), I've got much more space (about 3m2/27 sq ft), but due to the surrounding buildings it's almost always shadowy and drafty there. I'd really like to make use of this space though, seems like a waste not to. Any ideas what plants I could try growing there? (Please don't say salad. I hate salad.)
posted by Skyanth on Apr 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Need short Australia-friendly tree that will earn its keep

I need recommendations for small trees, or bushes or shrubs or something, that absolutely won't grow taller than two metres high, can handle dry conditions (Australian summers) and temperatures between -5 and +40 Celsius. Ideally they should either have pretty flowers or produce something edible (but not citrus, I have enough of those already). Needs to be available in Canberra. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me pick the perfect plant

I need a fairly cheap, hard to kill, awfully pretty plant that comes in a 6-pack or more of bedding plants. And would be happy in a small pot. [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Apr 5, 2012 - 19 answers

MyGarden?

Are there any free cloud-based garden planning tools? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I use compost tea in my indoor garden?

How can I best use "compost tea" on my potted herbs (and what should I avoid)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Please recommend a unique house plant

I am looking for a recommendation of a unique house plant/tree, and where to buy it. [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Recommend me some gardening books

For the first time in my life I have a garden! What books should I read to take me from gardening ignorance to green-fingered? Both the garden and I are in the UK.
posted by xchmp on Mar 27, 2012 - 10 answers

I need to create flowerbeds from scratch

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 - 10 answers

Help me plant sunflowers

I'm a gardening n00b and I want to fill my yard with sunflowers, guide me please... [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Mar 8, 2012 - 18 answers

For best results, add worms.

My husband and I just bought a house and we negotiated for the previous owners to leave the seemingly unused compost bin. It's an Earth Machine. Composters of Metafilter, where do we begin? [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Mar 8, 2012 - 20 answers

What are you, little green thing?

Plant identification filter! What is this plant that's growing in my garden? Do I want it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Tree pit mitigation strategies?

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 - 8 answers

Step away from the irises, methhead. They don't have any copper in them.

What are your best creative ways to deter flower thieves? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench on Mar 2, 2012 - 42 answers

What do with all the $#%!$ pecans?!

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 - 37 answers

Can I use Fedex and UPS boxes for mulching?

Can I use any cardboard, such as Fedex and UPS boxes, for mulching? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Feb 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Growing food at home. Or trying to.

Any indoor gardeners or hydroponic fans out there today who could help me out? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Feb 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me grow up not out

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 - 6 answers

Help me eat my garden.

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 - 11 answers

What is this grassy crap in the spinach?

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 - 7 answers

Terrarium

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 - 11 answers

Cypress trees...what to do with 'em

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 - 7 answers

What's this piece called?

Please help me find the name of a classical music piece I saw performed on a TV program. [more inside]
posted by Devils Slide on Dec 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Root depth and breadth

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 - 4 answers

Where do I buy seeds for hydroponics? And assorted questions.

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 - 8 answers

Green fingered Mefites, how close should I plant a plum tree to my house?

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 - 9 answers

Can you identify this succulent?

What succulent is this? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Nov 17, 2011 - 2 answers

What rocks trap and hold heat best?

What kind of rocks collect, hold and release heat best? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on Nov 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Help, I Canna Deal With These Bulbs!

Practical suggestions for overwintering canna bulbs, please? A LOT of canna bulbs? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Nov 4, 2011 - 2 answers

The Winter of My Herbs' Discontent

How do I not kill my herbs this winter? Container gardening in NYC. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Oct 31, 2011 - 12 answers

How to pretty up plastic?

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 - 4 answers

What can I do with a giant pile of premature tomatilloes?

What can I do with small tomatilloes? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk on Oct 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Websites of +5 gardening

Good gardening websites? Looking for organized information and not like, meandering contentless blog posts. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Oct 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Kale is $3+ a bunch, so I need to figure this out

Tips on growing winter greens? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Last-minute soil for winter garden

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 - 9 answers

Black Spots on Curry Leaf Plant

Block spots on my curry leaf plant (Murraya koenigii). What's killing my poor plant? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Oct 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Can living things be copyrighted?

Can there be copyright in a tree? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Oct 6, 2011 - 21 answers

What's With This Weed Barrier Thing?

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 - 9 answers

What plant volunteered itself to be grown by my friend?

Asking for a friend: What on earth is this plant that apparently volunteered itself to be grown in a pot? [more inside]
posted by strixus on Oct 1, 2011 - 7 answers

How Should Our Garden Grow?

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 - 20 answers

Pretty pink and purple

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 - 4 answers

What is this enormous plant?

This 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 - 14 answers

Can I salvage squirrel-ravaged peppers?

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 - 15 answers

Mystery giant glass bottle in garden?

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 - 19 answers

Why are my tomatoes rotting on the vine?

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 - 11 answers

Does this apple pie taste like poison to you?

Help me identify this apple (or apple-looking) tree - and tell me if it will kill me. [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Aug 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Bee balm bushes begin bending; bothers buzzv

Why is my bee balm falling over? [more inside]
posted by buzzv on Jul 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Save my mom's tomatoes from the squirrels

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 - 20 answers

Save my sunflowers from the hungry moths!

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 - 3 answers

Thorns, Thorns Everywhere!

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 - 23 answers

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