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]
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action - Meister Eckhart
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]
Container garden: Plastic storage bins... is the plastic safe for food? [more inside]
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]
What are some useful gardening apps for my iPhone? [more inside]
I'd like to use hard PVC piping to make a worm tower for my garden - how safe is this? [more inside]
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]
Got distracted and planted my onion sets and my peas in the same row... [more inside]
Will planting potatoes poison the hummingbirds? [more inside]
My sister is turning 40 soon. Can you help me find a good gift to give her? [more inside]
What can I apply to to the plastic sheeting of my cold frame to prevent it from fogging up? [more inside]
Help me wow my dad. Where can I buy the hybrid tea rose named "Picture?" [more inside]
Where can I buy hop rhizomes in Philly or NYC? [more inside]
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.
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]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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.
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]
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?
Gardeners! Help me narrow down what three varieties of tomato to grow on my tiny urban deck. [more inside]
Gardening solo for the first time. What's a 30 year old woman to do to prepare for Spring? [more inside]
[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]
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]
What are these brown spots on my improved meyer lemon tree? [more inside]
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]
What's a good plant for a small basement home office with a small basement-style window? [more inside]
What should I plant? [more inside]
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]
It's getting cooler here in Heretical-land, and my tomatoes haven't ripened yet. Halp. [more inside]
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.
Will it be safe to eat vegetables that have been grown in soil containing decorative plant fertilizer capsule / pellets? [more inside]
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?
How can I establish a cheap, efficent container garden system for vegetables? [more inside]
How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
Gardening/landscaping ideas needed. [more inside]
Do my tomato plants have late blight? And if so, is there anything I can do other than destroy them? [more inside]
Lazy and cheap gardening in Los Angeles: what plants, fruits, etc. are cheaper to grow (and maintain) than to buy? [more inside]
Suggestions needed for mid-to-low maintenance, ornamental, native plants that I can grow in D.C. [more inside]
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?
I'm trying to help my mom pick a new city to move to, with various specific criteria ... [more inside]
Recommendations for houseplants that are both cat-friendly and thrive in low-light. [more inside]
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]
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.
MeFi gardeners - need help troubleshooting a non-fruiting yellow pear tomato plant. [more inside]
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]
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]