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oak tree

33 yr. old oak tree in northern california. 3 trunks coming up from base, 2 of which have leaves not growing at the top for 4 years. on treatment with a systemic pesticide. Might we save the one limb which still grows leaves and cut off at the base the 2 limbs which seem to be dying?

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Santa Clara County California trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

How many and what size drainage holes are needed in DIY planters?

When making DIY planting containers out of non-traditional materials (aka planting in things other than store-bought flower pots), is there a rule of thumb as to how many drainage holes to punch in the bottom of the container? Is there a ratio of soil area or soil volume to holes for good drainage? I am planting mostly vegetables and herbs.

Thanks!
Anna

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Cook County Illinois trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

We have a mimosa tree in Portland Oregon. We love this tree and it seems...

We have a mimosa tree in Portland Oregon. We love this tree and it seems healthy but is over 40 years old. Is this tree at a high risk for uprooting during sevee winds because of its age and type of tree? Can we cut it back 50 percent or will this damage/kill it?

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Washington County Oregon tree health hazard tree mimosa horticulture over 4 years ago

Compoosting worms

Where are the best places to get composting worms in Clackamas?

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Clackamas County Oregon composting vermicomposting horticulture over 4 years ago

Bottling sauce for sale in Texas

I'm developing sauces (ranging from ranches to curries to chipotle sauces) and need some help understanding what resources would best help guide me on regulations in Texas for bottling your own small batches of sauces and selling them as well as resources on equipment and bottling/prep steps necessary for keeping this range of sauces safe to the public and the shelf lives that I can expect for different type of sauces.

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Travis County Texas food safety home food preservation over 4 years ago

Can basil still be dried after freezing by a killing frost?

Can basil still be dried after freezing by a killing frost?

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Cherokee County Texas horticulture over 4 years ago

solar livestock tank heater

Hello,
I was just wondering if you had any sources or ideas on solar livestock tank heaters. Do they exist? I need something that is basically the same as a power tank heater but run off of solar. I need this because the other solar solutions seem to only create a small hole in the ice, this will not work for me. We share water with horses in an adjoining pen. Hence both sides need access to water from the same trough.

Thank you,
Kaitlyn Janosik

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Jefferson County Colorado livestock over 4 years ago

This is a follow-up with pictures included. My mahonia beleai(?)had two...

This is a follow-up with pictures included. My mahonia beleai(?)had two leaves curl up at very end of summer. I don't want it to spread or overwinter to rest of shrub.

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Baltimore County Maryland shrubs mahonia possible leaf galls over 4 years ago

I live in Rock Springs Wyoming, altitude 6200 ft, with harsh cold winters....

I live in Rock Springs Wyoming, altitude 6200 ft, with harsh cold winters. Not a lot of snow, but cold, windy, icy, temperatures in the winter. I planted 2014 spring, two apple trees, one Macintosh and one Honeycrisp, to train as espalier trees. How, or what should I do to protect these trees this winter? I watered a deep slow water before the early cold snap that we got this past week (-8 below with a -30 wind chill). Both of these trees are rated for my growing season of 4, but do I need to burlap wrap them somehow or provide protection in some other way? What if we have a cold snap now and then have a two week warm spell later and they are all wrapped up, will that cause more harm than good? This is my first attempt at growing fruit trees, so any advice would be helpful. The Macintosh grew 6 feet tall on the leader branch with the Honeycrisp only growing 4 feet tall. The bottom branches of the Macintosh are about 4 feet in horizontal length with the Honeycrisp at 3 feet in length. Also, next spring while the trees are still dormant, the original plan was to cut the leader branch at the next horizontal wire to encourage a new leader branch and two more horizontal branches. Because the Macintosh grew so tall, however, I am wondering if I could just cut a small section of bark out of the leader just above where a bud is to encourage the growth of that horizontal bud at each of the horizontal levels, thus creating all the horizontal branches this next summer at once instead of creating one level each year as the espalier books from the library have suggested. Thanks, Colleen Bunn

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Sweetwater County Wyoming trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

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