Over many years of learning how to cook, I developed from slavishly following recipes (and often screwing up anyway) to being able to improvise with a decent success rate. Now I'm learning how to garden, and would like to make a similar transition. If you have done this, what helped? [more inside]
I'd like to buy a small (~6 inch), HIGH QUALITY pruner. It needs to stay LOCKED so that I can carry it around. I've been looking at Felco pruners, but they seem to be tailored for heavy-duty pruning and are pretty large to carry around all the time as a general purpose tool. Leatherman's Micra looks nice (I've been needing to get a multitool too...) but I'm looking for a dedicated pruner.
I have inherited multiple generations of household items that I would like to donate to the best possible recipients in Atlanta or sell if there is a market for these items. [more inside]
I live in Sunset zone 14. Could I grow a Cinchona Pubescens tree in my yard? Because: how awesome would it be to have both a lime tree and a quinine tree, maybe at the front walkway or something? (Cue Esquivel.) Bonus: where to buy the rootstock?
I live in Arizona, where medical cannabis has been state law for two years now. The industry is still a wee sapling, and it's a dream of mine to legally grow and sell to dispensaries and to patients directly. This is the best time to make my dream happen, before the market blossoms, yeah? Puns aside, I'm having significant trouble finding accurate and helpful information on the internet--how do I do legal cannabis growing? What's the application I need to turn in to which department to receive which license? What are the do's and don't's and points of etiquette in handling a federally illegal substance? Tell me what I need to know! [more inside]
This past week I was at a job interview and was asked what my favorite book on gardening was and I had trouble answering. I eventually said Dirr, but felt that my answer was kind of boring; this led to the realization that I should probably do some reading. Please help me find some good books about plants. [more inside]
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]
Help me figure out what to do with my new gardening group! Indoors and out, with an emphasis is on safety. [more inside]
Are there any free cloud-based garden planning tools? [more inside]
I'm thinking of building a terrarium to combine the excitement of cultivation and microcontroller/control systems hacking. What are some interesting organisms to grow in a terrarium that would justify elaborate control of lighting, humidity, and temperature?
I want to know how deep and how wide the roots of various plants will normally grow. Trees, gourd vines, wheat, clover, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, marigolds, everything. I want to make sure my raised beds are high enough and also want to prevent plants from choking each other out.
I'm looking for an iPhone app that can use a previous photo as a transparent overlay to match up when when taking a new photo. I want to take photos of a tree every week and have each photo look as similar as possible to show the growth of the leaves.
Can I move a blackberry plant safely? [more inside]
Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
What is this mystery plant, and how can it be saved? [more inside]
SO what's this OTHER thing growing on my backyard tree. And more important, will I soon be able to eat it? [more inside]
Recommend some house plants! [more inside]
Yet another plant identification question! [more inside]
How can I, or rather my landlady, save some thyme that has just been brought in for the winter? [more inside]
Are there any respectable horticulture textbooks with specifically Canadian content? [more inside]
Please help me identify a wild berry in Western Canada? [more inside]
Please identify this houseplant. This tall and skinny houseplant intrigues me, and I would like to get my own. Who can tell me what it is, and possibly where I would go to get one? (i am a plant newb)
Oh hive mind: wield your mighty collective horticulture-fu to help me bring the seashore to my apartment! Help me figure out how to grow Rosa Rugosa inside and make my sweetheart happy! [more inside]
Tell me about careers in horticulture [more inside]
Can anyone help me identify this odd cabbage-like plant that we have tons of growing on our property? Pictures and more description inside. [more inside]
Can I grow wine grapes in Boston? Advice and anecdotes sought... [more inside]
One of my container garden tomato plants is sick. What's wrong with it? [more inside]
How difficult is it to graft fruit stock onto root stock for the backyard horticulturist? [more inside]
I am looking for a nondestructive climbing vine that does well in shade. [more inside]
How do I make my schefflera (umbrella tree, S. actinophylla) branch out? [more inside]
PlantFilter: What is "pinching off" and how do I do it? [more inside]
I find myself responsible for a semi-large, quite varied chunk of landscaping. Shrubs, flowers, trees, you name it. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. Where can I find help? [more inside]
I have a hazelnut tree. Each year at this time, the tips of the branches extrude 2-3 inch long caterpillar-like growths which drop off. What are these called, and what is their function? This is undoubtedly a simple question which many can answer, but nevertheless hard to google.
I've decided that I need a new hobby and am thinking that growing bonsai trees might be it. [Guess what waits inside...] [more inside]
New orchid grower seeks advice as he hunkers down for yet another Canadian winter! Can any mefites recommend good books on growing orchids indoors? Actually, any advice about orchids, grow-lights and other tropicals that might grow well in my urban apartment would be very much appreciated.