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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

What are these brown spots on my improved meyer lemon tree?

What are these brown spots on my improved meyer lemon tree? [more inside]
posted by stranger danger on Nov 17, 2010 - 2 answers

Not spending any money, being frugal, and DIY

Blogs for this EXTREMELY BROKE moment of my life? The best blogs about being frugal, DIY, crafty, freegan, coupon-clipping, urban homesteaders, or just plain broke? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Nov 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Vegetable friend for my underground lair

What's a good plant for a small basement home office with a small basement-style window? [more inside]
posted by swift on Nov 11, 2010 - 14 answers

Fall Garden Help!

What should I plant? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Oct 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Maggots ate my brain, er, compost

Hello, Backyard Gardeners! So, I went to check on my compost bin and discovered a maggot invasion (warning: kind of gross) and I'd like to know if you have any advice. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Sep 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Save my tomatoes!

It's getting cooler here in Heretical-land, and my tomatoes haven't ripened yet. Halp. [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Sep 8, 2010 - 17 answers

Gardener to farmer planning?

Sometime home gardener wants to sew seeds of becoming a farmer, well at least to family and friends. Looking for recommendations of good reads and thoughts you might have if you have made this journey yourself? Have always has some minor involvement in gardening since childhood, but very hobbyish. Now, think it is tie to at least begin to develop the skill set to move to a different level.
posted by dougiedd on Sep 6, 2010 - 13 answers

will my vegetables be safe to eat?

Will it be safe to eat vegetables that have been grown in soil containing decorative plant fertilizer capsule / pellets? [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Sep 5, 2010 - 4 answers

What do I need to make this Toro weed trimmer work?

I was given an electric Toro weed trimmer. It powers up and the motor seems to function fine, but it's missing the part required to hold the wire. What do I need to attach to it? Some part, some cap, a thingy, a doohickey? Not even sure what to search for or ask for at the hardware store. Here are pictures of its business end. Can you tell me what I need to buy to make this work?
posted by Mo Nickels on Sep 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Dirt Cheap? More like Dirt Expensive! Amirite?

How can I establish a cheap, efficent container garden system for vegetables? [more inside]
posted by Quadlex on Sep 1, 2010 - 28 answers

Young grasshopper seeks grass-wisdom.

How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Gardening ideas wanted.

Gardening/landscaping ideas needed. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Are my tomatoes doomed?

Do my tomato plants have late blight? And if so, is there anything I can do other than destroy them? [more inside]
posted by milkcrateman on Aug 29, 2010 - 3 answers

A garden of things that are cheaper to plant than to buy

Lazy and cheap gardening in Los Angeles: what plants, fruits, etc. are cheaper to grow (and maintain) than to buy? [more inside]
posted by Xere on Aug 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Native plants for a DC backyard?

Suggestions needed for mid-to-low maintenance, ornamental, native plants that I can grow in D.C. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 1, 2010 - 5 answers

What is this insect on my flower?

What is this insect sitting on my flower? There are four of them that I can see on the plant. I have a cat that goes in the backyard, can these infest him?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jul 29, 2010 - 9 answers

where should my mother retire to?

I'm trying to help my mom pick a new city to move to, with various specific criteria ... [more inside]
posted by mkuhnell on Jul 18, 2010 - 19 answers

Cat-friendly Low-light Houseplant Recommendations

Recommendations for houseplants that are both cat-friendly and thrive in low-light. [more inside]
posted by saladin on Jul 16, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I deal with aggressive flies in my yard?

I like gardening, but I am put off by a few aggressive flies who never cease to buzz at me or very close to me whenever I go outdoors. Is there any way to deter them? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Jul 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me with the proper pruning of a neglected baby pear tree.

I planted a young pear tree about 2 years ago, and neglected to prune it over-winter when you're supposed to. It now looks a bit like a backwards "r" (photographic evidence). Should I prune it now? Or should I wait till winter? And how should I go about pruning it? It seems to have one long central (very bent) trunk and not many side branches at the moment.
posted by handee on Jul 13, 2010 - 2 answers

My yellow pear has gone pear shaped.

MeFi gardeners - need help troubleshooting a non-fruiting yellow pear tomato plant. [more inside]
posted by arachnid on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Idiot-proof gardening

Idiot-proof gardening: I have containers on my patio. I live in Los Angeles. I want to grow things I can eat. I want it to be very very easy. What should I plant? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Jul 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Growing Plants In Heat & Wind

What can I plant on a hot, windy roof garden? My New York City apartment boasts a private roof deck. The problem: It gets constant sun all day long, and is the tallest building around, so it can get quite windy. Nearly everything I've planted has shriveled and died. What will work? [more inside]
posted by eduke on Jul 7, 2010 - 15 answers

The plants, they don't water themselves. Until now!

Please tell me everything you know about drip irrigation. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jul 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me find a plant stand

Where can I find an inexpensive, simple indoor plant stand/flower pot holder? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jun 30, 2010 - 4 answers

What low maintenance plants to plant on steep sunny hillside to enhance home’s curb appeal?

What low maintenance plants to plant on steep sunny hillside to enhance home’s curb appeal? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jun 29, 2010 - 9 answers

The word for my garden is forest

I'm the recent proprietor of a small plot of land, and would like to grow something there. That concludes what I know of gardening. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Jun 26, 2010 - 17 answers

Reviving a dead garden?

I moved into a house with a large, dead backyard garden. The garden's soil is hard as rock, and there are no weeds. Bad, right? I'd like to plant herbs and vegetables, but I don't know how to start. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jun 25, 2010 - 25 answers

Tomato growing advice

Hey tomato gardeners! I have some questions. Do you use blossom set spray on your tomatoes? Would you recommend it? Do you pinch off suckers? Do you remove some blossoms in pursuit of fuller fruit? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Jun 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Vintage seed bombing

Seed-bombing filter: Are latex balloons OK to throw into vacant lots? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Jun 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me figure out how to actually reap the strawberries I've sown.

I've got a strawberry patch in my backyard, but I've yet to actually get a strawberry from it. The raccoons and other varmints eat them all. What, other than sitting on the garden bench with a shotgun 24/7, is the most effective way to protect my strawberries?
posted by orange swan on Jun 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Container Gardening Advice

Container gardening: looking for your wisdom, tips & tricks... [more inside]
posted by jammy on Jun 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Is a compost pile ever "done?"

Newbie composting question: How is your compost ever "done" if you keep adding new kitchen scraps and material to it? [more inside]
posted by mamessner on May 31, 2010 - 15 answers

Green apps

App Filter: I'm looking for a plant identification/database app for the ipod touch. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on May 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me water my square foot garden!

I've built my first square foot garden, and I'm looking for tips on how I can automate (or at least make easier) the watering process. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on May 29, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I grow a giant cabbage?

I should have paid more attention at 4-H camp. I want to grow a giant cabbage and a giant pumpkin. How do I help them get huge? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on May 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Fly poop --> compost?

Compost question: can I turn this gloopy wet black soldier fly manure into usable compost? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on May 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Help my mom select low-hassle, shady plants?

What are the best shade-tolerant, ultra-low-maintenance plants for my mom's terraced flowerbed? [more inside]
posted by oblique red on May 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Garden snail behavior-- how far and fast do they travel (etc.)?

Garden snail behavior-- how far and fast do they travel (etc.)? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on May 13, 2010 - 1 answer

How to say "Cheap compost here" in Spanish?

Can you help me convey a gardening-related message to my Spanish-speaking downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on May 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Can this yard be saved?

How do I transform my patchy, lumpy and weedy Texas yard into a more pleasant space that requires little maintenance and not too much water? [more inside]
posted by theexpgen on May 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Best way to haul water to a nearby vegetable garden

I have a community garden plot and it's around the corner from my house! Yay! Apart from a shared rain barrel, there's no water available AT the garden site! Booo! What's the best/easiest/cheapest way for me to get water from my apartment to my plants? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Apr 29, 2010 - 22 answers

Lazy gardening isn't cutting it

Cheap / free options for garden record-keeping? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Is it a bush? A tree? A whazzit?

Yet another plant identification question! [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Apr 20, 2010 - 9 answers

The Clay Beneath My Feet...

Why would new, store-bought soil turn to clay in just over a year? [more inside]
posted by destro on Apr 17, 2010 - 15 answers

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