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?
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]
What kind of plant did we wind up with in our planter box? [more inside]
Can you identify this plant? [more inside]
What type of hedge is this and what hedgetrimmer can I use to trim it? [more inside]
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.
What sorts of things can I plant in my back yard that won't be ruined by Western red cedar needles? [more inside]
Can I grow herbs that hang on the wall indoors and make them look nice too? [more inside]
As a novice gardening is it crazy for me to try to grow asparagus from seeds? [more inside]
What sort of success rate would one have growing gourds by just leaving gourds outside to do what they will? [more inside]
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]
Can you suggest some plants for a shady yard? North of Seattle, brown thumb. [more inside]
Vegetable gardening experts of the green, please help me make the best use of my back yard. [more inside]
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]
Horticurious: Please help me identify this plant that was growing among the catnip. [more inside]
Help me figure out what to do with my new gardening group! Indoors and out, with an emphasis is on safety. [more inside]
Other than grass, what can I plant in my pervious concrete paver driveway in Seattle, WA? [more inside]
How do I get rid of a tree? Catch: The tree is already in pieces. [more inside]
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]
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]
Can you help us identify this interesting little garden insect? [more inside]
Tell me your suggestions for transplanting plants when the temperature is hot. [more inside]
What has happened to my tomatoes? And can I save the rest of the poor things? First time gardener inquiring within. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Can I do anything with these extremely over-ripe cucumbers? [more inside]
Sticky traps vs. flea beetles - what else am I going to kill? [more inside]
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]
My suburban yard began as a permaculture project but is overrun with invasive grass. What can I do? [more inside]
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]
I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
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]
When and how should I prune my very sad weeping pussy willow? [more inside]
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?
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?
Toughest garden vegetable (or herb) there is? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Will any coniferous shrubs survive the winter in planters on my deck? I am in Calgary Alberta, zone 3a. [more inside]
Dim bulb regarding electricity seeks illumination. [more inside]
Which purple or purple-ish bearded irises smell good? [more inside]
Talk to me about building a perennial garden from the ground up. I'm a fairly new gardener, and have recently bought a number of plants online. This worked well, because we have a small but complicated garden layout (in terms of sun/shade/water) and I can figure out specifics without getting overwhelmed. I also enjoy being present in a nursery to see the plants in person, but the good places are a fairly long drive away and weekend crowds can drive me insane. Given a list of desired plants, how do you go about buying them? What is the most cost effective way of doing this? [more inside]
Best way to turn a wooden box into an herb garden? [more inside]