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Mystery fruit trees

There are some fruit trees (apples, plums, etc.) in my neighborhood that are in public areas and can be harvested by anyone that comes along. Is there a definitive way of identifying which varieties of fruit they might be?

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Jefferson County CO trees and shrubs about 4 years ago

Several years ago (reported to be a 3 year study starting in mid-2010) there...

Several years ago (reported to be a 3 year study starting in mid-2010) there were some trials in Piketon on several species of Ribes resistance to White Pine Blister. I have been unable to find the results online. Can you point me in the right direction, or even send me a link? Thank you.

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Cuyahoga County OH about 4 years ago

Can salsa be canned in quarts in a water bath?

Can salsa be canned in quarts in a water bath? If so, what would be the processing time? Or how about a pressure canner?

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Lucas County OH home food preservation canning lrk about 4 years ago

TOMATO PROBLEM

Heirloom tomato - cracking - pictures attached - Please let me know what problem is and what can be done to correct problem.

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Alpena County MI fruits and vegetables about 4 years ago

Spiders

Hello! I have noticed that many of my friends are finding large spiders in their homes in the last week or so. Last night it was our turn! I have brought spiders in to be identified in the past, but unfortunately the "body" isn't in good shape. It just seems like they are extra big this summer and I am curious why that might be? In the past we have had wolf spiders, but this one was bigger that anything I have ever had, and it's legs were really long. Ideas?

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Marion County OR insect issues spiders about 4 years ago

Questions about Elderberries

I picked some elderberries in Grand Ledge MI. The black ones have a very slight sweet taste but not so much. They come off the stem quite easily, but do you think they are ripe. Can you eat the ones that come off a little harder and are a little more purple/red? I've read that the stems and leaves are poisonous and that the tiny stems can give you a stomach ache. Is this true of all species? Can you tell me an easy way to get them off the stems. I appreciate any information you can give me on Elderberries. Thank you!

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Eaton County MI fruit about 4 years ago

Something has eaten almost all of my impatients. Just the flowers. I've had...

Something has eaten almost all of my impatients. Just the flowers. I've had them for many years, and never had this problem. I have seem more chipmunks this year, could it be them? I've sprayed with Rodent Stopper, which didn't help. The Deer Stopper does, though...

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Washington County MN wildlife damage management impatiens about 4 years ago

Eliminating Hornets

What's the best way to get rid of a hornet 'family'? I can't mow a portion of my back yard until they're gone. Now my hands are itching because of being stung between the thumb and 1st finger. I thought they were yellow jackets, but after researching 'stinging insects', it's a hornet!!! I'm on a fixed budget and need information on how to get rid of them in the most economical way.

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Madison County IA about 4 years ago

Chestnut Tree Problems in Southern Oregon

Hi OSU Extension: I have a client with a struggling Chestnut Tree here in Ashland Oregon. I amended it with the proper acid fertilizer and soil this spring and it started improving very well. And after about 5 months... starting this August... it has declined and is withering back to the state before I did the amending and fertilizing - dropping it leaves now early. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this? Would love to find the root cause and solutions to help my client improve her chestnut tree's health and thrive! I've heard from arborists chestnut trees can be finicky here in southern oregon, and am curious to see what we can do. Thanks for your time and consideration! PS: This picture was taken after the soil was amended and fertilized early this spring when it was improving. Now it doesn't look nearly as healthy.

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Jackson County OR trees and shrubs horticulture about 4 years ago

Hello, I want to plant fruit trees next spring. I am considering planting...

Hello, I want to plant fruit trees next spring. I am considering planting plum, sweet and sour cherry, peach, apricot, and pear. What specific varieties do you recommend for Rockville, Maryland? Thanks! Mariya

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Montgomery County MD fruit tree fruit for maryland about 4 years ago

15 years ago I transplanted a spruce tree exact species unknown). It has done...

15 years ago I transplanted a spruce tree exact species unknown). It has done fabulously until this summer. Now the 30' tree has a top (20') that looks dead and is devoid of needles. There is about 8' of life left in the tree (green needles). Any idea what caused this and can it be treated or fixed?

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Crow Wing County MN spruce about 4 years ago

I have a Korean Lilac tree approximately 12 years old that developed a big...

I have a Korean Lilac tree approximately 12 years old that developed a big split in the trunk. On the side of the trunk where the split has occurred, leaves have only partially appeared - none at all in the spring and a few branches leafing out in June. I have had two master gardeners out and neither seemed to know what was causing it or gave me much of a treatment for it. I did remove plastic and rock I had surrounding the trunk. That seemed to help as more leaves have continued to appear though I would say, on that 1/3 of the branches that hadn't bloomed, about 1/4 have bloomed and I now see some buds on more branches. I am getting hopeful, but still am wondering what this is and what I can do to help it. On the remaining part of the tree that has leaves, only a few lilac blossoms occurred this spring; and now twice this summer, 2 or 3 branches bloomed with one or two flowers which is odd too. Do you have any more suggestions? I have pasted below comments from the most recent arborist: I have been checking around, and I can’t find any information about diseases or insects that would cause the damage we saw on your lilac tree. I think that the tree’s trunk might have been damage somehow, and it tried to heal but ended up creating a mass under the bark that actually increased the wound. The growth could have been created by insects, or simply the tree’s confused reaction to healing the wound. Either way, whatever caused the growth is not the direct cause of dieback in the tree. The dieback is probably caused by nutrients and water being unable to travel up the trunk of the tree, because of the wound. For this reason, I think it is unlikely the tree will recover. My best suggestion for keep the tree is to keep the trunk area as dry as possible, yet make sure the tree’s roots have plenty of water. It is possible that the wound could begin to heal and the tree could leaf out again next year. You may want to fertilize the tree, but I don’t recommend investing in a treatment until next year when you see new growth.

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Ramsey County MN about 4 years ago

pasture renovation/pasture management

We are looking for someone to come out and soil test/seed/fert/weed control our pastures. Could you please provide me with who could help us with this. We would like to get started asap. Thank you so much, Krissy 610-659-8502

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Montgomery County PA pastures and forages pasture management about 4 years ago

Sick Oak Tree

I have a large red oak tree that has been dropping leafs from the top of the canopy for about 2 weeks. The leaf’s on the ground have a mix of appearances: see attached. I had an arborist from Davey say it’s oak wilt by inspecting the leafs on the ground, however an MSU-Extension resource says an infected sample is needed to confirm. But how do I get a sample from a branch 200 ft in the air? Help! Not sure what to do.

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Wayne County MI trees and shrubs oaks oak wilt about 4 years ago

Barley straw

How can we know for sure that the Barley bales are constantly free of chemicals? One website advises against using barley and promotes hay bales?

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Bradley County TN about 4 years ago

Weed Identification

Hello--Can you please tell me what this weed is? Is it native? Invasive? A couple of feet tall, these plants are taking over a farmer's garden having seeded themselves in his compost pile. Thank you.

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Delta County MI master gardener program invasive species about 4 years ago

how big of an advantage is plasma lighting for greenhouse growing. do you...

how big of an advantage is plasma lighting for greenhouse growing. do you have any data comparing light sources?

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Shelby County IN about 4 years ago

Canning salt

Why is iodized salt not recommended in canning? Is it a safety issue?

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Salt Lake County UT canning food preservation about 4 years ago

pumpkin growing

Have a problem with my pumpkins dropping the
tiny fruit from the female flower before I can hand
pollinate. They get to forming but turn yellow and
fall off before the flower can have a chance to open. Been watering every day. Too much water?

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Kane County IL fruits and vegetables gardening horticulture about 4 years ago

Makling fruit syrup

Can Splenda be used in place of sugar in a recipe for fruit syrup?

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Grant County OR home food preservation about 4 years ago

Here is the blank box again. First question: What can I do to get this...

Here is the blank box again. First question: What can I do to get this message on its way?

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Chaffee County CO about 4 years ago

For the second consecutive summer there has been a sawfly infestation on our...

For the second consecutive summer there has been a sawfly infestation on our seven red twig dogwood bushes, resulting in severe attacks on the leaves and an effort to burrow into the cedar siding on our Colorado mountain house. I suppose that this August we have filled a quart jar with sawflies taken from our bushes and the sides of our house. What steps can we take to be ahead of next summer's assault?

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Chaffee County CO insect issues horticulture about 4 years ago

My neighbor wants to plant trees, preferably Birch, next to my property. I...

My neighbor wants to plant trees, preferably Birch, next to my property. I have an extensive irrigation system (watering lawn). Will Birch invade my irrigation system? What trees would you recommend that would not have invasive roots. The area of planting is a sloping landscape bordering a Minnetonka watershed area. Thank you

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Hennepin County MN about 4 years ago

Apple trees

Our apple trees are over grown and we could use someone to trim these trees...I am handicapped and cannot cut them myself. Is there someone that can do this?

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Northampton County PA about 4 years ago

How can I remove mistletoe from an oak tree?

How can I remove mistletoe from an oak tree?

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Anne Arundel County MD trees and shrubs mistletoe about 4 years ago

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