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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

Fill my garden with yellow flowers!

Is it too late in the growing season to propagate my forsythia? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jun 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Plants for pets.

What plant should I get that would be safe for both cats and ferrets? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Can You Spray Sulphur And Fertilizer At The Same Time

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 - 2 answers

Help for a Bonsai

Hello! I'm having difficulty with my Bonsai tree! Help a confused beginner horticulturist out! [more inside]
posted by theJigsawLady on Jun 7, 2011 - 3 answers

What's eating my plants?

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 - 13 answers

Sick curry tree

Help! My potted curry leaf tree has suddenly had its leaves start shriveling and turning brown. What's wrong with it, and how can I save my plant? [more inside]
posted by JiBB on May 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Bring me a shrubbery

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 - 17 answers

Does anyone recognize this flowering plant?

Can anyone identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on May 18, 2011 - 6 answers

The Giving Tree

As it turns out, the big weed that I couldn't cut down last year is a Boxelder maple (Acer negundo), and we've decided to keep it as a shade tree for our deck. Now I'm addicted, and I want more trees. What would you suggest for our climate and placement? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on May 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Friend or foe? Plant or weed?

I'm in Southern California and have a tiny patch of dirt, so over the past couple of years, we've been trying to grow random things, seemingly with no success, except recently, a bunch of stuff sprouted up. Please help ID these. [more inside]
posted by edjusted on May 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Can I plant vegetables by just cutting them up and putting them in the ground?

Can I plant vegetables by just cutting them up and putting them in the ground? Specifically tomatoes and cucumbers. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on May 9, 2011 - 20 answers

What plants would be good for screening a window?

What plants would be good for screening a window? Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on May 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Tomato's are a dyin.

Help out dying greenhouse tomato's! [more inside]
posted by SirStan on May 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Are my peppers and tomatoes doomed?

What's wrong with my peppers and tomatoes? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on May 5, 2011 - 8 answers

How to garden cheaply on my balcony?

So my Utah apartment I'm staying at over the summer has a decent-sized balcony, and I want to grow things on it. How can I do it, what should I grow, and what do I need? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on May 4, 2011 - 12 answers

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action - Meister Eckhart

I want to make perfect vegetable beds and seek the advice of all you edaphologists*. [more inside]
posted by wilful on May 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Squirrel Nut Tree

I want to plant some trees in the front yard that appeal to squirrels and birds. One would think that nut trees (hazel, chestnut, etc) would be a good choice but there's one thing - I'm hugely allergic to them and their pollen. What sort of tree should I plant? [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten on May 4, 2011 - 7 answers

A Growing Concern

Container garden: Plastic storage bins... is the plastic safe for food? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on May 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Raised Bed vs. Traditional Gardening

I have a plot in a community garden. I'm trying to decide if I want to use the raised bed/square foot gardening method or just use the soil that's already there. [more inside]
posted by chara on May 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Is there an app for doing my weeding?

What are some useful gardening apps for my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Apr 29, 2011 - 3 answers

Toxin-free low rent vermiculture

I'd like to use hard PVC piping to make a worm tower for my garden - how safe is this? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Aside from mushrooms, are there any decorative houseplants I can grow in a dark and neglected apartment?

Does a dark and somewhat uninhabited apartment mean I can't have houseplants? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 20, 2011 - 20 answers

In a fit of boneheadedness, I planted onions and peas in the same row...

Got distracted and planted my onion sets and my peas in the same row... [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Apr 13, 2011 - 10 answers

What you do not smell is called Iocaine Potato...

Will planting potatoes poison the hummingbirds? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Apr 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Happy 40th birthday Sis! I better not see this on Ebay!

My sister is turning 40 soon. Can you help me find a good gift to give her? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 4, 2011 - 15 answers

how do I keep my plastic coldframe free of condensation?

What can I apply to to the plastic sheeting of my cold frame to prevent it from fogging up? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Let's see what you can do, askme. Where can I buy the rose called "Picture?"

Help me wow my dad. Where can I buy the hybrid tea rose named "Picture?" [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can a lady buy a hop rhizome in this town?

Where can I buy hop rhizomes in Philly or NYC? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves on Mar 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Climbing Peas Need First Aid!

I planted climbing peas about 2 weeks ago and they are turning yellow, drying out despite a fair amount of water, and losing their nice green color. I think I overwatered them to begin with, but I let them go without water for a few days, and put them outside so they could get more light. Now they look like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60463163@N06/?saved=1 Please help! What should I do? I live in San Jose, zone 8B if that matters. Nights are in the upper 40's and days are in the mid to upper 60's. Gardening newbie, all other plants are doing well.
posted by luciddream928 on Mar 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Growing gourds in Brooklyn

I'd like to grow hard-shell gourds (and maybe bamboo) on my Brooklyn deck, for making musical instruments. What varieties of plants should I grow? Where can I get seeds? What should I know about growing this stuff in containers, and preparing it after harvest? Is trying to grow bamboo to useful sizes out of the question? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Caring for a potted citron tree

I have long-term custody of a potted citron tree that's a year or two old. It seems to be doing OK, but the central stem/trunk doesn't have any leaves at the top of it: Photo of the tree here. Should I prune the top of the trunk? If so, when and how? Is there any other pruning I should be doing at this point in its growth?
posted by rivenwanderer on Mar 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Keeping squirrels from digging up my garden

Squirrel Wars: Can I lay down a layer of chicken wire or hardware cloth directly on top of my raised beds to keep the squirrels from digging up my plants, and then let my veggies grow through the wire all season? [more inside]
posted by yarly on Feb 28, 2011 - 12 answers

What are some good seeds to give as gifts?

This is for all of the green thumb mefites out there. I am looking for unique seeds to give as a gift to a friend who lives in southeastern Alabama. She is an advanced gardener with a degree in horticulture, so it should be something rewarding, but with a bit of a challenge I think. She enjoys interesting flowers as well as food goods. Any good suggestions?
posted by ozomatli on Feb 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me transfrom my suburban yard into a patch of Texas.

I would like to populate my yard with native plants that would grow on their own in my local climate (read: no extra watering, very low care). How can I, a gardening novice, successfully transfer cuttings of live plants I encounter on my hikes around the area to my yard? What should I look for? What should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Feb 17, 2011 - 9 answers

how to calculate fence shadow

Is there an easy way to calculate the length and time of the shadow cast by my fence this spring and summer, for gardening purposes? Specs: 8 ft tall solid wood fence running almost exactly east to west, located in Washngton, DC.
posted by yarly on Feb 13, 2011 - 20 answers

How and when to replant young grape vines?

I think I've failed in my first test as a backyard gardener by planting some grape vines in a stupid place. What can I do to save them? [more inside]
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks on Feb 8, 2011 - 9 answers

My garden doesn't grow. I don't have one.

I'm looking to start a small vegetable garden this year. I'm in Westminster, CO. I have no experience with gardening. Where do I start? and when do I start?
posted by boo_radley on Jan 31, 2011 - 21 answers

What kind of tomatoes should I grow?

Gardeners! Help me narrow down what three varieties of tomato to grow on my tiny urban deck. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jan 6, 2011 - 35 answers

Gardening Solo

Gardening solo for the first time. What's a 30 year old woman to do to prepare for Spring? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on Jan 5, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I care for my new "living Christmas tree"?

[Plant Filter] How do I care for my new dwarf conifer, a Lawson Cypress also known as "Treasure Island"? I purchased him from my local nursery two days ago, where they were selling small "living Christmas trees" as novelties. It is a very lovely little tree, and I would actually like to keep it potted inside if possible, but I'm not sure if it will be too warm for this species. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Dec 3, 2010 - 5 answers

What kind of greenhouse for zone 5?

Our school in Salt Lake City is fundraising to build a greenhouse - what should we consider related to the actual construction/type of greenhouse? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Dec 1, 2010 - 5 answers

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