I have 3 ft. raised beds that have been filled yearly with garden soil mix from Lane Forest. It fails to product large tomatoes or potatoes. I use fertilizer as label calls for. What else can I add to it or do to help?


Lane County Oregon horticulture soil and fertility issues tomatoes about 3 hours ago

Indoor jade plant dying?

Hello, Could you help me identify the problem my indoor potted jade is having? This plant is about 3 years old and 18 inches tall. For the last couple of months, the lower leaves have been getting scaly/scabby, turning yellow, and getting limp. I thought they might be overwatered, so I stopped watering about 3 weeks ago, but the process has slowly been rising upwards into the plant, with the younger leaves starting to show the same symptoms. Last night I unpotted the plant (following suggestions from this page:, but I didn't find wet soil or fungus. What do you suppose is going on with my jade, and how might I resolve it? Thanks!


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Multnomah County Oregon indoor gardening houseplants horticulture about 4 hours ago


Hello. I have one section on my property where a fungus appears at the end of the season. I have lived in Bowie, MD for 3 years. The black spots appear on the leaves of Lilly of the Valley every year since I moved to Bowie. For the first time this year, black spots are on the hydrangeas, which are planted next to the Lilly of the Valley. My question is. If I transplant the hydrangeas to another part of my yard, which is fungus free, am I spreading the fungus to that part of the yard? In the spring of 2018, I hope to spray a fungicide in this area when the Lilly of the Valley start to sprout. Thank you.


Prince George's County Maryland hydrangea lily of the valley shrub leaf spots about 5 hours ago

Crapemyrtle bark scale

I read an article that said to contact extension office if you have this pest. I believe it has spread from a crapemyrtle to other shrubs and has killed three miniature crapemyrtle. How do I get this under control? Thank you


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Kentucky crape myrtles about 6 hours ago

plant identification

Hi, What is this plant? Thank you. Barbara



Charles County Maryland about 6 hours ago

Killing Weeds in Lawn

In the fall, can I use a weed and feed type fertilizer, or wait til the spring?


Macomb County Michigan about 7 hours ago

Apple tree stunted growth

Apple tree is in distress as it stopped growing during the summer. Could this be cedar apple rust or another disease? Seems the outside of the tree is growing just fine but the leader is stressed.


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Cheboygan County Michigan apple trees about 7 hours ago

Broccoli pink and eaten leaves

Hi, some broccoli leaves are turning pink and others are being eaten up. I put Sluggo around the plants, but I don't think it has stopped leaves from getting eaten. I checked the plants and could not find any bug etc. I also have Brussels sprouts, plants are doing good but leaves also have holes. In the same area, swiss chard and spinach look good and are not getting any hole. Any suggestion?


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Montgomery County Maryland fruits and vegetables vegetables insect issues about 8 hours ago

lead testing for soil

How do I get a lead test of garden soil? Is it the regular mailer? It says you can get lead testing for an additional fee. How much is the fee? Also, are they available now or do we have to wait for the spring?


Genesee County Michigan soil testing about 8 hours ago

stink bugs

the number of stink bugs trying to invade our house is rising rapidly. how do we trap and kill them hopefully without pesticides.


Washtenaw County Michigan about 9 hours ago

Hornets nest

We have a hornets nest that has been sprayed twice and there are still a few hornets left. I don't really want to spray again-is there a more natural way to get rid of hornets?


Crawford County Michigan about 9 hours ago

Grass seed for a shady lawn

What are recommended steps and seed types for reviving a shady lawn in the fall?


Baltimore County Maryland shade lawn seeding about 11 hours ago

Can you identify this tree and provide treatment and care for maintenance

Can you identify this tree and provide best recommendation for care and maintenance.


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Prince George's County Maryland identification tree redbud about 15 hours ago

I have been losing a lot of my short needle pines that are about 15 years old...

I have been losing a lot of my short needle pines that are about 15 years old for some reason and I cant figure out why. Any suggestions on how to save the rest?


Morrow County Ohio about 17 hours ago

Webinar CEUs

Good Evening, I am a Certified Child Life Specialist looking to gain more insight and development, especially through different resources. Do you have any webinars/webcasts or online presentations that you offer CEU/PDUs for? Live workshops? Thank you Kindly.


Miami-Dade County Florida about 19 hours ago

Black spots on leaves of tree

Our maple (or is it an oak) tree seems to be suffering. The leaves are covered with big black spots. Can you please tell me what this is? I'm also wondering if there's a solution.



Ramsey County Minnesota horticulture tar spot about 21 hours ago

4-H Horse judge question

I have judged many years and for the first time I was told I had to fill out a Substitute W-9 form to get paid for judging a 4-H horse Pre-fair in Jackson County. Is this the new wave of the future? I have a quite a time trying to get this form submitted and my judging was done June 4, 2017. Just trying to figure out what to do in the future. Thank you for your time. Cheryl Briggs


Douglas County Oregon 4-h about 21 hours ago

Hibiscus and Magnolia bushes over winter

Hi, This spring I purchased a magnolia as will as an hibiscus bush. They have flourished over the summer, and now I would like to TRY to keep them alive over the winter in spite of the fact that they are each about 3 feet tall and a bit bushy. Do you think it is even possible to try such a thing? If so, here is my thought. Did them up now, place them in rather large pots and keep them outside for a few more weeks (until the temp is in the upper 50's. Then move them inside for the winter. Any hope that this may work? Other ideas on how to adapt them successfully to my house? Thank you, Letty Lindberg


Hennepin County Minnesota about 22 hours ago

What kind of mint is this?

Grows wild in fields around our house. Smells like mint. We can't seem to find a match.


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Washington County Maryland plant identification weed issues about 22 hours ago

Green tomatoes

Should I be picking them and ripen indoors yet? The whole season was bad for them. Do I use paper bags indoors or on a sunny window sill ?Wait do we still get those kinda of window sills here? Lol Laura September 18th Rainy Monday


Ramsey County Minnesota horticulture tomatoes about 23 hours ago

Pickled peppers for canning

In this recipe for peppers to be processed in water bath canner; can the sugar be omitted and the water omitted with the vinegar increased to a total of 6 cups. Thank you for any assistance you can provide. Pickled Hot Peppers Hungarian, Banana, Chile, Jalapeno 4 lbs hot long red, green, or yellow peppers 3 lbs sweet red and green peppers, mixed 5 cups vinegar (5%) 1 cup water 4 tsp canning or pickling salt 2 tbsp sugar 2 cloves garlic Procedure: Wash peppers. If small peppers are left whole, slash 2 to 4 slits in each. Quarter large peppers. Blanch in boiling water or blister in order to peel. Peppers may be blistered using one of the following methods: Oven or broiler method: Place peppers in a hot oven (400ºF) or broiler for 6-8 minutes or until skins blister. Range-top method: Cover hot burner, either gas or electric, with heavy wire mesh. Place peppers on burner for several minutes until skins blister. Cool and peel off skin. Flatten small peppers. Fill jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Combine and heat other ingredients to boiling and simmer 10 minutes. Remove garlic. Add hot pickling solution over peppers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.


Frederick County Maryland home food preservation about 23 hours ago

Common lot line adjustment vrs Michigan Land Division Act

We own two lots with contiguous border. One lot has our residence, the other is vacant. Each has their own parcel#. The driveway approach for the improved parcel is on the vacant lot, the driveway then meanders over to the residence parcel and ends on both. We would like to adjust the common border and move some footage at the road from vacant parcel to residence parcel to correct this encroachment thereby eliminating the need for a mutual drive agreement. Problem: Both lots have larger depth to width ratios and surveyor indicates this could be a township issue due to the Michigan Land division Act. Note: Both are lakefront with 100ft of water frontage and are approximately 650ft deep and 68ft at the road. Both have meets and bounds descriptions and would not result in a division. Both would remain larger than one acre. Also, these larger than 4:1 ratio lots are very common on this Lake in Antrim County. Since this isn't a "division" and already is grandfathered, and very common, I don't understand why this is an issue. According to the Act, this lot adjustment does not meet the original intent of the ratio guideline. Your analysis and suggestions would be appreciated! Thank You!


Antrim County Michigan 1 day ago

Oak wilt

When can I trim my oak trees and feel safe that I am not spreading oak wilt?


Sherburne County Minnesota 1 day ago

Application of Milky Spore

I am using Milky Spore on my lawn to address grubs/Japanese beetles. I have seen instructions for applying Milky Spore by distributing small amounts at four feet intervals, in a "grid" pattern. Is there a good reason to apply in this way rather than to use a hand spreader to distribute over the entire lawn surface?


Denver County Colorado milky spore 1 day ago

Whats wrong with my apple trees?

Starting in mid July the leaves on the HoneyCrisp - about 5 years since planting and multiple trees - appear waxy, following by curling and then yellowing of the curled portion. This has occurred for several consecutive years. The trees will bear one or two apples that are misshaped. I do not find aphids and I spray the trees for apple scab on a regular bases. The above symptoms do not appear on the Haralson, honey gold or chestnut crab trees. The sprays used: Captan,(Home Orchard Spray) Sevin, and myclobutanil. I do not use a sticker with the spray.


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Dakota County Minnesota apples horticulture honeycrisp apple 1 day ago

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