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What can I say... I love growing things!

Spring time gardening care filter. Need a little advice. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar on Mar 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife?

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife? My yard is full of weeds. It looks awful. We're having an awful time getting rid of the weeds because there are just too many to manually pull each out. So my husband wants to use a "Weed and Feed" or some similar weed killer on our entire lawn to kill the weeds, then start seeding grass. [more inside]
posted by feeshbitZ on Mar 14, 2009 - 32 answers

Welcome to the jungle.

What plants can withstand urban squirrel, raccoon, and bird assaults (and might repel flies while they're at it?) [more inside]
posted by peggynature on Mar 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Oh Deer My Hemlocks Need Help

My hemlocks are looking pretty pale at the moment. Help me get them back to their former glory. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Mar 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Just let me grow you some food already!

What would you like to eat from my garden? [more inside]
posted by TheArpenter on Feb 27, 2009 - 40 answers

Pottering around in style

I need help planning an outdoor workbench. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Feb 25, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me help my plant

Is there any way to save this plant?? [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain on Feb 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Can a grow light save my plants?

I'd like to hang a small screw-in type grow light (not a giant florescent tube) above my plants to help them out. Possible? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Feb 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Planning victory for my victory garden

I am completely overwhelmed with all the information online about starting a vegetable garden. Looking for personal anecdotes about what works and what doesn't; bonus points if you started on extremely clay-based soil. [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Feb 8, 2009 - 36 answers

Setting down roots near Boston

Resources for an experienced gardener moving to the northeast? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Feb 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking for rural blogging

I'm looking for pretty/ interesting blogs about homesteading and living in rural areas [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Feb 4, 2009 - 19 answers

mushroom mushroom

Making my own mushroom plugs? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Jan 20, 2009 - 3 answers

Chrysanthemum houseplant/gardening advice

My girlfriend rescued a sorry-looking Chrysanthemum from a bargain bin at a garden centre and is determined to keep it alive and well. She says she hasn't found clear answers via searching so far, so I've got a few queries on her behalf... [more inside]
posted by malevolent on Jan 10, 2009 - 2 answers

One potato, two potato, Mr Potato Head

Help me pick a potato. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Dec 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Let's soak seeds in water and see what happens...

Is growing sprouts in my bedroom a good idea or will it result in hellacious odors and weeping and gnashing of teeth? [more inside]
posted by fantine on Dec 3, 2008 - 13 answers

Large decorative plants that will survive in a container on a Seattle deck

What plants are suitable for putting on our deck in Seattle? There's no yard/soil, so they must live in containers. The deck is quite large so I was thinking about large decorative plants like small trees or some form of bamboo. Climate-wise, we have the typical PNW weather of moist winters that only fall below freezing a few days out of the year. Also, we are completely ignorant of gardening and would rather have something that can survive with a minimum of attention.
posted by matildaben on Nov 18, 2008 - 11 answers

What's it like to live with bees?

What's it like to live with bees? [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel on Nov 14, 2008 - 16 answers

How can I stop whatever is chewing my basil plants?

My outdoor basil plants are being chewed away by something that leaves behind tiny black grains. Who is the culprit, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by teem on Oct 31, 2008 - 5 answers

Better than automatic watering...

Automatic watering tanks/reservoirs? (not necessarily for plants) [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Oct 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Help needed winterizing trees!

Few questions on winterizing young trees and bushes. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar on Oct 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Winter container vegetables in San Diego?

What winter vegetables can I grow in pots in a warm climate? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 27, 2008 - 5 answers

I don't own the land I want to garden on.

Where can I plant a tree if I don't own land? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious on Sep 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Cactusfilter: How do I bring 200+ cactuses back to full health and keep them alive for the winter?

I've inherited a greenhouse and it is full of cactuses and succulents. I would very much like to keep them alive and healthy but I do not know where to begin! How can I become a cactus caretaker? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Sep 21, 2008 - 4 answers

What is it? Is it food?

Can you help me identify this mystery plant/fruit? Will it kill my dog if he eats it? Is it edible? Photos included! [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Sep 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Creative winter container gardening?

Winter container gardening... or, to be more specific, what to do with the containers? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 on Sep 17, 2008 - 4 answers

How I get rid of a Phylloxera grapevine infestation?

(Amature Viticulture filter)...What do I do to get rid of a Phylloxera infestation? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow on Sep 16, 2008 - 5 answers

tree in pot in ground

My crazy gardener advised me to cut the bottom off of my avocado tree's pot and put the whole shebang in the ground instead of removing it from the pot. Is he crazy? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Sep 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Tomatofilter: why won't mine ripen?

Tomatofilter: Why aren't my tomatoes red? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Aug 31, 2008 - 14 answers

Measure sunlight in yard to determine new garden spot

Is there a way to measure how much sunlight different parts of my yard get over the course of a day? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Aug 23, 2008 - 14 answers

Calling Boris and Natasha....

Squirrel! Crazy squirrel is eating my tomatoes! What can I do besides offering it napkins? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Aug 21, 2008 - 21 answers

High-acidity Tomato Variety Wanted

Tomato grower expertise needed. [more inside]
posted by sluglicker on Aug 21, 2008 - 30 answers

Cooking with fresh cayenne peppers

"Pepper," to me, means "bell pepper," but my neighbor gave me two cayenne pepper plants, and the peppers are starting to turn red. When should I harvest them, and what should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Aug 14, 2008 - 18 answers

Can plants 'drink' through their leaves?

I always assumed that plants draw all their water/nutrients from the soil, getting only CO2, etc. through their leaves. My girlfriend is adamant that 'leaves need watering because they absorb moisture too'. [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Aug 4, 2008 - 18 answers

Please help me with my poor tomato plant!

How do I nurse a very sick tomato plant back to health? I gave it far too much tomato feed by mistake, and a day later the leaves are horribly droopy/wilted (but still green), though my tomatoes are still looking like they're ripening. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how best to recover it? It's an indoor variety, grown in a foil pouch if that helps.
posted by farfaraway on Aug 1, 2008 - 3 answers

What are these creepy yellow buggies?

What are these creepy little bugs on my flowering plants? They don't appear to be causing much damage, but they're gross and are creeping me out. They steer clear of the herbs and veggies, and only seem to swarm on a couple of flowering plants, mostly on the leaves and stems.
posted by booknerd on Jul 28, 2008 - 11 answers

Can I replant rooted herbs I got from a grocery store?

Can I replant rooted herbs I got from a local grocery store? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses on Jul 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Identify my plant and its pest

What is this plant? And what is eating it? [more inside]
posted by condour75 on Jul 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Indoor gardening?

What kinds of food plants will grow inside by a window? [more inside]
posted by mjewkes on Jul 22, 2008 - 10 answers

Keep my garden growing

Where can I get quality seeds on line? Looking specifically for beets and chick peas (trying out mid-summer planting, why not). I have a broken ankle so I can't get to the garden store and they have garbage seeds anyway. Thanks!
posted by nax on Jul 21, 2008 - 10 answers

Under Milkweed?

Yet another plant ID question: What's this? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jul 19, 2008 - 12 answers

ID this little white flower?

Flower Identification filter: What is this plant? [more inside]
posted by MaudB on Jul 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Selling plants of uncertain ancestry.

Plant breeders' rights question - propagation and sale or plants, when in ignorance of the fact that the plant you're propagating and selling is a registered variety. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

to mulch or not to mulch

Should I or should I not use mulch in an organic/biodynamic garden in Hawaii, and WHY? help me analyze pros and cons of mulching... [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Jul 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Need a cheap substitute for a big flowerpot

I'm wanting to start a little cactus community in one, big pot, but I'm having a hard time finding a pot that's as large as I'd like for a decent price. I'm starting to give up on finding one cheap enough and am now trying to think of another object I could use as a flowerpot substitute. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by picea on Jul 7, 2008 - 16 answers

Save the bees, not the beetles!

How do I rid my roses of Japanese Beetles without killing the bees? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Jul 3, 2008 - 8 answers

I don't need a minister to call me a (Garden) Groom.

Does anyone have direct experience of using a Garden Groom hedge trimmer? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Jul 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Help a gardening novice xeriscape his yard

I'd like to landscape my yard in a way that requires very little maintenance and water. [more inside]
posted by medpt on Jun 29, 2008 - 16 answers

I go on holliday the plants are going to die?

I am going on holiday for 14 days, leaving behind several plants on the window seals in a small flat. There is no neighbor / friend to look after them in our absence. How can I make sure that the plants will not die? I have 2 tomato plants in pots, climbing tomatoes in a hanging basket and few pots with chillies. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jun 25, 2008 - 11 answers

When should a garden be watered?

What time of day should the garden be watered? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 22, 2008 - 16 answers

Permaculture for Rationalists?

GardenFilter: Gardening noob wants to start a permaculture garden, what to read? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Jun 17, 2008 - 10 answers

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