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Vitamins for trees?

I've planted a variety of trees around my house - kwanzan cherries, tulip trees, flowering crabapples - and many seem to have shared problems. These are 1) extra thick trunks for their size, 2) a tendency toward something like witch's brooming, and 3) a tendency to grow off vertical. No basic nutrient problems on soil testing, but haven't done trace minerals. Should I break up with them, or is there someway to work this out?
posted by bullatony on Jun 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me grow great greens

I suck at gardening. Past gardening efforts have ended in disaster (bug infestations, groundhog eating everything, plants dying for no obvious reason that I can see). This year, though, I would like for it to be different. I would like to grow my own leafy greens--kale, spinach, lettuces, chard, collards, etc. I'm not so interested in other things like tomatoes and peppers. Do you have any advice for exactly what I need to do to grow great greens? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Best houseplant soil mix and filler for use in self-watering planter?

Should the capillary action which will allow water to soak upward from the bottom of my self-watering planters be a factor in selecting a potting mix for Arrowhead Vine houseplants, or is the ideal potting mix the same regardless of whether they receive most of their water from the surface? Also, what would be the best lightweight "filler" for the bottom portion of the planters? [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 on Nov 18, 2013 - 2 answers

USGS Layers

Because of the federal government shutdown, the USGS website has been shuttered and all the data that I use regularly has been taken offline. I need to find a source for the "Official Soil Descriptions" [google cache works now, but I anticipate this will last a while, so I need all of them] and the soil survey layers for the state of Texas. Any idea where I can download these?
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Is there a map of dirt?

New England dirt is brown. In the south, it's red, and in other places it is almost black, or more like tan. Is there map that shows dirt colors throughout the US? Or even just an article or two about regional dirt colors? Please point me in the right direction, dear Mefites! [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Sep 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Suggestions for business deal presentation

Some months from now, I hope to sit down with some companies interested in buying a particular kind of soap. I'm looking for any suggestions, best practices, or wisdom about how such a presentation should be structured, what information a buyer would like to know, etc. [more inside]
posted by lhtw90 on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Will I kill my window box plants with Miracle Gro?

Now that I have a balcony, I wanted a little garden out there with window boxes. I purchased window boxes and a bag of Miracle Gro online. I already had two potted flowers that were about to burst from their pots. (I was going to buy more tomorrow after the boxes arrived and I had an idea how much room I would have.) The Miracle Gro arrived and despite no warning on the website, it says "Not for use in containers." Will I kill my flowers if I go ahead and use it? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Apr 19, 2013 - 11 answers

My tomatoes - they've got the black lung.

What has happened to my tomatoes? And can I save the rest of the poor things? First time gardener inquiring within. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Aug 6, 2012 - 16 answers

Is my garden poisonous?

Hey Dr. Hodgins: my garden soil is pretty like a rainbow! How do I find out what's making it that way, and whether it's safe to grow veggies in? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Carbon Cycle for Dummies

Calling all soil scientists: Could someone explain the carbon cycle diagram on this page to me like I'm a three year old? [more inside]
posted by stray on Apr 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Ashes to...?

What is best to do about a large pile of wood ashes in the corner of my yard? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Feb 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Root depth and breadth

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.
posted by gray17 on Dec 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Last-minute soil for winter garden

We have a new house and huge yard. We're eager to fill it with plantlife. In fact, we're a little too eager and found some good prices, so we already bought over 200 seedlings, half of which are kale and chard. We live in Davis, CA, in the CA central valley near Sacramento, in the west region that is known for particularly clay-y soil. Our main source of garden information is from: http://daviswiki.org/gardening *** See inside for 9 questions we have as last-minute uneducated gardeners.... [more inside]
posted by oneous on Oct 16, 2011 - 9 answers

peace lily leaves keep turning brown at tips

why do the tips of the leaves on my peace lily keep turning brown? [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on May 27, 2011 - 3 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

Vivisepulture

Could a person survive for 1.5 hours in a casket, buried ~0.5-1m in desert sand? [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Jan 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Is our soil any good?

We are interested in buying a block of land, and would like to know if the soil is good quality for growing produce. How can we learn more about the soil? can we have it tested? [more inside]
posted by lottie on Nov 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Gauge for measuring soil moisture

Have you used a soil moisture gauge? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Sep 3, 2010 - 3 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

There's gold in them thar backyards.

Is there a name for the flaky, layered clay/soil deposit with a striking metallic sheen found in my childhood neighborhood in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on May 21, 2010 - 12 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

Sand Gardening For Dummies

I am trying to create a garden on an extremely sandy soil. I am going to bring a foot worth of quality soil from outside. What would be my best bet? Raised beds? Wide Rows? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Hydroponic/Soil combo growing

Is there any method to combine hydroponic gardening with conventional soil gardening? [more inside]
posted by boby on Dec 6, 2009 - 4 answers

What's the best way to teach 8th graders about soil salinity?

What is the best way to demonstrate to 8th graders the issue of soil salinity as well as showing ways to prevent or reclaim salinized soil? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon on Nov 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Can a cherry tree survive in North Carolina clay?

New tree planted in clay with poor drainage. Can it / should it be saved? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Sep 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Rejuvenate used container soil

Every year on my porch in Boston, Ma. I grow a few different vegetables in large planters. This year one is pumpkins. After several years of growing crops in the same soil, how can I rejuvenate the soil to make it better for the next crop?
posted by boby on Jul 21, 2009 - 11 answers

What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost?

What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jun 2, 2009 - 12 answers

H2O lovin' plants?

Gardening Filter: I am looking to plant along my side fence, which lies on the South side of my poorly graded backyard. This is a wet area (low grade) and I would like suggestions--flowers or shrubs. [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on May 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Parallel Plastic Tubes

What is this series of tubes? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Apr 19, 2009 - 6 answers

IANYLA - I Am Not Your Landscape Architect

How do we stop (or slow) the erosion of soil down a slope into a stream? We live in a condo in Shelby Township, Michigan. The soil slopes from the street level to a small stream. How do I find a landscape architect / service that will forestall the erosion? [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Mar 29, 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

Help with Clay Topsoil

The soil in my tiny yard is hard as concrete, but I want to grow a garden. Tips? [more inside]
posted by maryh on Jun 17, 2008 - 19 answers

“Everyone who enjoys thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed. Herein lies the difference between them that create and them that enjoy.”

Where can I buy pounds of Indian mustard seed (Brassica juncea)? We need it for a phytoremediation project in New Orleans and all of the seed suppliers in our area (NC) don't carry it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by barometer on Feb 26, 2007 - 4 answers

How can I learn to plant a healthy garden?

Please share resources for learning about, selecting, and planting a garden given a particular climate and soil. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jun 24, 2006 - 9 answers

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