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Planting Trees in terrain near Natural Bridge Caverns

I was wondering if you could offer me some information about testing permeability in our area? I have a host of oaks (although many suffering from wilt) and cedar/cedar elm growing here. Limestone, caliche, and very little gumbo.
I dug a hole that in places required the use of a jack hammer. I filled it with water in the evening, and it was gone by morning. I just did this again and noticed on first pass that it is absorbing at a rate of 6" per hour. Is this permeable enough to plant a Chinese Plum??? The hole is 3' wide x 2' deep, cut into bedrock about 6" (1.5' topsoil) with 8 holes 3/4" further bored into the bedrock to another 10". I was thinking I could back fill the hole with gravel and pieces I broke, along with a combination of planting, top and original planter soil and then plant the tree with the soil dug from the hole.
BTW, if you need a place to study Oak Wilt, we're in a center here. I spoke about this with Malcolm Beck, and his solution was to nourish the root system with a water drill. You first put a 3" layer of green sand, compost and corn gluten 3 to 4' in width around the drip line, and then drill 2' holes, staggered every 2-3', in a consistent cris-cross drillng pattern starting on the circle and moving progressively around until you reach your start point. This backfills the holes you drilled with the soil mixture you applied at the start. He has clients who had this done at their place in Pipe Creek, and when others have died around them, their trees are surviving.
I understand there are two schools of though on this. One is: This is stroke, making the tree strong will keep it alive. Two, making the tree healthy by opening capillaries makes it more susceptable to this debilitating disease. I prefer Malcolm's odds. Experiment with this and keep me in the loop…

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Comal County Texas trees and shrubs about 4 years ago

What to do about leaves dying on pear tree?

I have a pear tree that is loaded but numerous leaves are dying. Brownish spots, then leaves curl. What to do to remedy or prevent situation, probably next season.

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Washington County Oregon trees and shrubs fruit trees horticulture about 4 years ago

White fir

I planted 25 white fir trees last fall. I bought all the trees from a reputable source and have bought from him for 20 yrs never losing a single tree. the altitude is about 7500 ft and my area has alot of wind most of the winter. The summer started out with drought but eventually rain did come but it was to late. i did stake them from four directions and watered them throughout the winter but only three times but each time about 70 to 100 gal each. this spring they started looking bad, one dead branch then four and so on. The sign that they were going to die was the top of the trees new growth turned black. I got up into the tree to look at them and I did see a few tiny black bugs but not sure if that means anything. I would like to replant soon, ( if this is a good time) but could I have avoided this mess? My supplier said he thought I watered too much and then someone else said not enough water. Then I read about disease, can you spray for that?... Confused. Thanks

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Huerfano County Colorado trees and shrubs horticulture about 4 years ago

During the hot, humid weather my green plants became badly infected with...

During the hot, humid weather my green plants became badly infected with rust. Can I still plow the plants under this fall? These are planted as part of a vegetable garden with all produce donated to local foodshelves so we have 12 rows, each row 45 feet. The plants were watered with a sprinkler system during our dry spell and this, plus the heat and humidity spread the disease very rapidly. I am concerned about spreading the fungus if I plow them under. Also what can I do next year to prevent this from happening? We do rotate our crops every year. Thanks

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Hennepin County Minnesota about 4 years ago

Green Compost

Can you suggest specific plants that will replenish the nitrogen in my organic vegetable garden?

You tested the soil from my garden about a year ago. Everything turned out pretty good, except you suggested that I plant "green compost" (I believe that's the term) plants after I harvest my vegetables in order to replenish the nitrogen in my soil.

I'd appreciate any additional information about plants that replenish nitrogen and any suggestions about where I can obtain seeds for these plants.

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Douglas County Colorado compost about 4 years ago

Can I use a grass seed mix with 50% Perennial Ryegrass to overseed my existing Michigan lawn?

Hi,

I am planning to overseed my existing Michigan lawn (Lansing area) this weekend.

My main question is how much Perennial Ryegrass can be in the grass seed mixture that I choose? The reason I ask is because I've read that Perennial Ryegrass may not do well in extreme cold winters, and mid-Michigan can have some pretty cold winters (occasional lows below 0 degrees F). But then every "sun and shade" grass seed mix I find at my local Home Depot has 30%-60% Perennial Ryegrass!

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Eaton County Michigan lawns and turf about 4 years ago

Having troube signing-in

Hello, I registered for an account using my USDA email address and have not receieved a confirmation email. It says that my account is on hold. Can someone please help? Thank you. Matt Benson

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District of Columbia County District of Columbia about 4 years ago

Whom may I call regarding the tax calculations related to a sale of a conservation easement?

Whom may I call regarding the tax calculations related to a sale of a conservation easement to the Carroll County Commissioners? I'm needing some general guidance as to how to handle the sale.

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Carroll County Maryland personal finance community planning and zoning taxes about 4 years ago

Nitrogen fertilizer v. Potash

Good morning! I am doing research on fertilizers used for farming (primarily of corn, wheat and soybeans) and their pricing. I would, therefore, like to understand how interchangeable they are. Are Nitrogen fertilizers and Potash readily substitutable? Do you need both? Thanks.

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Essex County New Jersey field crops soil and fertility issues about 4 years ago

Sheep flock management/Health questions

Before I send in any questions, I wanted to know if this venue is appropriate to send in livestock related questions; more specifically as it relates to sheep and health related questions? If not, could you tell me if there's another venue or someone specifically you could recommend? (other than a local vet.)

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Coos County Oregon sheep livestock about 4 years ago

Good morning, can you identify what type of plant this is?

Good morning, can you identify what type of plant this is?

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Hennepin County Minnesota about 4 years ago

snakes

Are there any poisonous snakes in the Laramie Valley. If so, what is the range? Are there any right in Laramie?

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Albany County Wyoming about 4 years ago

BUG ID

Do you know what kind of insect this is? It has wings and can jump.

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Isabella County Michigan insect issues about 4 years ago

I am trying to identify this weed. Will you help me? I sent a request...

I am trying to identify this weed. Will you help me? I sent a request yesterday but did not have the photo. Thanks

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Ramsey County Minnesota about 4 years ago

I had my garden soil tested and it came back low in potassium. I thought of...

I had my garden soil tested and it came back low in potassium. I thought of using ash from charcoal brickettes as a source of potatssium but I received this comment: Hi Walter – that may not be a good idea. Charcoal briquettes nowadays are full of additives: http://www.ehow.com/info_10050746_can-ashes-charcoal-briquettes-used-fertilizer.html. They can be used for paths and to keep weeds down, though. Wood ash from a fireplace is best for veggie gardens. If bricettes are completely burned to ash are there still dangerous additives at high levels remaining? I see various comments on the web

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Maryland fertilizer potassium wood ash about 4 years ago

Planting Butternut Seedling

I have a butternut seedling approximately six inches high that I got from planting a butternut in a clay pot last fall and kept in my basement over the winter. I had one before that I basically killed by waiting until it was approximately 2 feet tall per some instruction on the internet. My question: when do I plant this seedling and/or how do I winter it this year to keep it alive?

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Cheboygan County Michigan trees and shrubs about 4 years ago

Pruning Hoogendorn Holly

Hi! I used Hoogendorn Holly as a foundation shrub along the front of my house. I failed to prune them for a few years believing the would only grow to about 3' x 3'. Now these approximately 8 year old shrubs are overgrown. I have sheared them, but they show a bit of the leafless center. I was wondering if I could cut them back at the base and "start over". Would new branches form at the base? Thanks. Karen

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Floyd County Virginia about 4 years ago

I read that "Corn has generally high water requirements and can use...

I read that "Corn has generally high water requirements and can use about 0.25 inch of water per day during rapid growth. However, water usage may increase up to 0.35 inch per day during pollination." Does this mean that I should fill an empty pot(equal size)to the pot used for the corn with 0.25 inches of water and use that amount daily to water my corn with?

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Massac County Illinois field crops corn about 4 years ago

Mulch on a hill

Good evening,
I recently had a pro come and clear out my front yard. It looks great and they even put down weed killer, but that won't hold up forever. So I'm wondering, with this kind of hill can i use mulch? If so, how should I put the mulch down to avoid losing it all? Also, should I wait till after my two full grown trees lose their leaves? Lastly... If I can use mulch, can i do the idea on the link below? I think a two color mulch (minus the waling stones) would be really cool!

Thank you!

http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2010/11/creating-mulch-and-stone-path.html

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Ramsey County Minnesota about 4 years ago

each drop and split seeds

I have a dwarf late elberta tree in my yard (actually my lawn. It produces excellent fruit except around mid August the fruit tends to drop to the ground and the peaches are not even close to ripe. This continues through complete growing season. The fruit that hits the ground when it's somewhat ripe we pickup and slice, bag and freeze. Probably 25 to 40 percent have split seeds. Because the tree is in the lawn it is subjected to lawn watering and fertilizing. Watering of this tree is very regular. Any ideas?

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Benton County Washington about 4 years ago

home canning

what is the proper procedure for canning corn. my info says pressure cook pints 55 minutes, but corn comes out a bit on the brown side. don't think this is normal,any idea why ???? Thank you Dwighgt

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Columbia County Oregon home food preservation about 4 years ago

vine type plant with small clusters of red berry's

this vine plant has a rough texture as it get bigger & grows quickly with small red berry clusters late summer & fall: it twists around itself when has nothing to grasp on: The closest vine type plant i could see close to this may be a~ yule berry vine::

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Belknap County New Hampshire trees and shrubs horticulture about 4 years ago

Can you tell me if this is a poisonous type of nightshade?

Can you tell me if this is a poisonous type of nightshade?

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Benton County Minnesota about 4 years ago

applesauce from not quite ripe apples?

We have a golden delicious apple tree that had a limb break. The fruit isn't quite ripe but I hate to waste the apples. Can I make applesauce from it and just add a little more sugar or is the fruit a total loss?

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Salt Lake County Utah food safety home food preservation about 4 years ago

applesauce from not quite ripe apples?

We have a johnathon apple tree that had a limb break. The fruit isn't quite ripe but I hate to waste the fruit. Can I make applesauce from this fruit and just add a little ore sugar or is the fruit just a loss?

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Salt Lake County Utah home food preservation about 4 years ago

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