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Top new questions this week:

How to 'clean' topsoil of weeds & pests before giving it to a friend

We're removing a layer of topsoil from a section our yard to lay brick paving. A friend who donated the bricks has expressed an interest in taking this topsoil for their own garden in exchange ...

soil weeds  
asked by paulw1128 6 votes
answered by Shule 6 votes

What fluorescent bulb is best for my tomato seedlings?

It has been suggested that my seedlings may not be getting enough light. What are the best types of fluorescent lights to get? I have a single bulb, and looking to get another light or two to add to ...

vegetables tomatoes germination light optimal-conditions  
asked by Thomas Stringer 5 votes
answered by OrganicLawnDIY 4 votes

What are the practical differences between cucurbits grown from seed and cuttings?

What are the practical differences between cucumbers grown from seed and cucumbers of the same maturity level and equivalent root maturity from cuttings? Is there a significant difference between ...

seeds roots cuttings cucumbers cucurbits  
asked by Shule 5 votes
answered by J. Musser 3 votes

My live berry plants have been here a week. When do I put them in the ground?

I have raspberry and blackberry plants from Burpee that showed up here last week. Yesterday was the first day above freezing here in New Jersey (USA). There is still unmelted snow in my yard, and the ...

fruits raspberries planting-times blackberry cold-weather  
asked by Voxwoman 5 votes
answered by J. Musser 2 votes

Could a spider be causing my orchids and cactus to die?

I had several small plants in the office (two orchids and a small cactus) that died. In a short time they began to dry. Now a third orchid is beginning with similar symptoms and I wanted to ask what ...

diagnosis plant-health orchids  
asked by Matteo 5 votes
answered by kevinsky 2 votes

How can I save Yew bush branches severely bent by snow and ice?

It's been snowing on these Yew bushes for the past three months of this harsh Massachusetts winter. With regular gentle cleaning, they've been doing fine. After last week's snow it warmed up a bit, ...

shrubs frost damage  
asked by Sue 5 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 4 votes

Should I use a mycorrhizal inoculant when transplanting 4.5" caliper white oaks?

The site is on the east end of Long Island. Zone 6b. It is actually a re-vegetation of a forested area from which we removed over 40 mature pitch pines that had succumbed to some pine beetle. There ...

transplanting soil-amendment oak mycorrhizae  
asked by That Idiot 5 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How do I remove dandelions without damaging my lawn?

My lawn is infested with dandelions. Although they're benign, the flowers are fun to play with and the plant has several useful properties, it sure is an eyesore and I'd like to get rid of it. How can ...

weed-control lawn dandelions  
asked by Lorem Ipsum 15 votes
answered by Mancuniensis 11 votes

Why do people paint some tree trunks white at the bottom?

I've seen trees with the lower trunks painted white in a number of places around the world but have never found a definite answer to why this is done. Some suggestions that I've heard are to make them ...

asked by Guy 22 votes
answered by bstpierre 18 votes
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