Planted Vegies too early- what to do now?

I just went out and did an assessment of my vegetable garden and am surprised so much has survived through our cold/ snow last week. Other than the cukes and squash, everything seems to be okay. The tomatoes and peppers look a bit droopy, but are clearly alive. My question is: are they so compromised as to affect productivity and should I pull and replace them???


Boulder County CO about 1 hour ago

Maple tree not leaving yet. Has formed several small, burnish-looking buds.

Hi-We have a 13-year old maple tree that hasn't leaved yet. It has grown several small buds...but they are brownish/blackish & dry.I snapped off a couple of stems & it is still green inside, but the stems feel a little brittle. I carefully dug up about 4" of soil around the base of the tree...& couldn't see anything girdling. However, the roots were dry was well. It has been this way for the past three weeks....and I have been watering it every other day since to try & help it out (careful not to dump enough so it runs off). It does have some moss on it...that the other maple trees around our building don't have (We have 12 others...and they have all leaved out just fine this spring, they have been watered/exposed to the same conditions as this one). I did notice that the leaves started to turn early last year...around late July. I've attached two recent pictures...and one from last September. Do you see any signs of disease, a root issue...or something else? I didn't want to plant a new tree if there was the possibility of a fungus in the soil.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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OR maple trees about 10 hours ago

Do Travel Pillows Carry Germs?

With all the different travel neck pillows on the market, does the material they are made with prevent dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold spores and other allergens? The travel neck pillows are am referring to are the ones people carry on to the plane, not the pillows the airlines pass out.


MD miscellaneous about 11 hours ago

Kaffir lime bush is dying quickly from unknown cause

Hello, I've had a kaffir lime plant for 6-7 years and it has been wonderfully healthy until late last season when it started to develop browning/rust along the midribs and margins of the leaves and has dramatically defoliated over the winter. The leaves turn pale and then rust-colored starting at the margins until they drop off the plant. The leaves seem to break off where the the two blades meet (each leaf is composed of two blades). The fruit is also affected with similar symptoms. I've asked a couple local nurseries and they have no answers for me. Have also searched far and wide on the internet and cannot find any photos that match the symptoms that my plant is exhibiting. I am desperate to save this treasured plant as I've enjoyed it tremendously for the past 6+ years and would hate to lose it. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


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Multnomah County OR lime tree about 12 hours ago

Winged Black bugs on windowsill

What are these? My windowsill and on the floor below was covered with them. I haven’t seen a live one.



Baldwin County AL about 12 hours ago

Hardy Hibiscus

I just purchased 5 Hardy Hibiscus. Two smaller cranberry crush plants from Jungs and a couple of really impressive bare roots from QVC Cottage Gardens that were incredibly cheap and arrived surprisingly very healthy and I am excited that I will see great things from them. They are all potted up in giant pots in my driveway. I really don't have room in the garden for them. I have grown Hardy hibiscus before but sometimes it returned and other times it did not. I want to save these plants over the winter. My basement is borderline as sometimes my cannas start sprouting too early. And I am really too old to be lugging giant pots full of soil down a flight of basement stairs anyway. I understand that Walter Gardens who hybridized my Hibiscus varieties, does not try to store the roots over the winter because they don't do well but digs them in the spring. Ideally I could remove them from the pots. I would even use my refrigerator if I was sure it would work. Maybe I could tip them like roses and dig them up - do you know anyone who has tried that?


Ramsey County MN about 13 hours ago


Been having these in the kitchen I think they are a type of mite, they dont seem to fly or jump but they get on my clothing whenever I'm in a certain area of the kitchen. I have seen them on the counter and curtain in the same area but they always seem to get on me so fast and are so small


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Bastrop County TX about 14 hours ago


Is it hopeless? I just learned what this "bamboo" around my home's foundation really is. It's been here for decades, and it seems to have been responsible for breaking my front steps away from the house. So far, it's only around the foundation, but the plants do grow to over 8 feet tall, and the root system is far more than I could reach with a spade and pickaxe. Is there any PRACTICAL way to eradicate this monster?


Itasca County MN about 16 hours ago

My Avocado tree's leaves are curling!

Can you please look at the attached photos? My avocado's leaves are curling and developing brown spots. I am afraid for it. I raised it from a seed and I love this plant!!! Please help!!


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Anoka County MN about 18 hours ago

Kentucky Coffee Tree Infestation

Can anyone tell me what is infesting my Kentucky Coffee Tree? There are small burrow holes about the size of a pencil eraser and the trunk is turning blackish where sap has run from the holes. I have noticed some type of insect but don't know how to treat or what is infesting.



Multnomah County OR tree health sap suckers about 18 hours ago

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