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Help with fly identification

Can you please help us identify this fly. We found it while hiking up the north fork of the purgatory river. We noticed it because the mouth parts were large and white, and because of it's neat antenna. I was only able to snap the one picture before it flew away.

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Las Animas County Colorado insects over 4 years ago

Apple rot

What can cause 20 or 30 apples on a tree (with 200 apples on it) to develop one cavity on the surface, about 1/2 inch in diameter,mostly on a side. Then they start rotting and fall off. I have never seen this effect before and we have had apple trees giving apples for the past 42 years just north of Corvallis. There is no worm in the core, or worm in the small hole.

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Benton County Oregon fruit trees horticulture over 4 years ago

Horse stable bedding

I am want to know the pros & cons of using Chopped switch grass for horse stable bedding

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Mississippi horses over 4 years ago

Is it safe to eat raspberries with 'sunscald'?

Is it safe to eat red heritage raspberries with "sunscald"

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Michigan food safety raspberries over 4 years ago

Canning homemade Honey apple butter

I have made and canned homemade jams and jellies previously using a water bath canner. But I have never attempted making apple butter. Are there any special safety concerns I should be aware of on top of what I have done for the jams and jellies if I do decide to make honey apple butter or do you know of an approved and tested recipe for making honey apple butter using the water bath canner process?

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home food preservation over 4 years ago

In the past few weeks all the leaves have fallen off my impatiens. I've...

In the past few weeks all the leaves have fallen off my impatiens. I've removed them, but is this the much talked about virus that has been affecting impatiens and do you recommend me not planting them in the same place for ten years? Somehow my sister remembers that admonishment. Thanks so much!

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Minnesota over 4 years ago

Fall Prep for Spring Planting

I a garden approximately 38' x 8' in the front of the craftsman home we purchased two years ago. We have been busy renovating the interior and exterior of the house and look forward to planting shrubs and perennials in the garden which spans the front of the house. Meanwhile, I've been planting annuals in an attempt to beautify the front. Last year, after adding amendments, the annuals were beautiful. This year the annuals did not grow but the weeds most certainly did. What can I do this fall to make spring planting simple? I do have the perennials selected according to color and size and need to check on when each sun, blooming & care.

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Hennepin County Minnesota gardening weed control soil preparation horticulture over 4 years ago

Is this insect a bed bug or a book louse?

Attached find three insect images: "Bug-1" is my photo of an unidentified nymph (1-mm long) found on one of the seven glue traps I had deployed throughout the bed area of my small RV out here in Santa Clara County, Calif., for seven months. During these seven months, those seven traps captured just this one bed bug-like nymph, plus a few thrips, black flies, and one tiny moth. No ants, no bees, no roaches, no spiders, no mosquitoes at all.

The attached "Bug-2" and "Bug-3" images were downloaded from a bed bug website and are included for quick reference.

BOTTOM LINE: Is my "Bug-1" image a "second stage bed bug nymph"? Or is it simply a harmless book louse nymph? Mind you, during the past several years I have indeed trapped a number of (more obvious) book louse nymphs on my RV traps. Said nymphs were positively identified as book lice by online university entomologists.

Lastly, please note that regarding this issue I have NOT been experiencing any of the usual bed bug bite symptoms. However, I am a senior and, as such, my immune system may not be responding to such bites.

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Santa Clara County California urban integrated pest management insect identification lrk over 4 years ago

Two years ago, after losing a very large, old tree on our parkway, the city...

Two years ago, after losing a very large, old tree on our parkway, the city planted a redmond linden to replace it. They put a bit of mulch around it at the time, but now there are roots showing around the base. Should I mulch again? Add more soil? It looks healthy and has grown nicely in just a few years, but I'm worried now that it may begin to fail, as it clearly looks like it was planted improperly.

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Racine County Wisconsin trees and shrubs landscape design horticulture over 4 years ago

we have both strawberries and raspberries together in our garden. They are...

we have both strawberries and raspberries together in our garden. They are not in rows. When we leave town, the weeds take over and it is hard to catch up. I am wondering if landscaping fabric would work? I see evidence this was used in the garden in the past. I am not sure how this fabric works with existing plants, especially with runners. Or would putting wood mulch around the plants be advised? There is quite a bit of dirt between plants that allow for ample weed production. Any ideas to decrease the amount of weeds is appreciated, we are organic gardeners.

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Hennepin County Minnesota weed control mulching over 4 years ago

tall weed with pink flowers

Here is a plant that showed up this year. It sprang up late this summer and has lots of pink flowers. It has a round stem with leaves that come from nodes on the stalk. It sort of looks like a large lady's thumb plant or smart weed. It is next to my Hmong neighbors garden so I do not know if it is native. I would like to feed it to my rabbits.

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Ramsey County Minnesota weed issues horticulture over 4 years ago

identify plant all over yard

This plant is growing every where. Help me identify it to see if I can feeds it to my rabbits. It has a round stem. Looks woody at the bottom and sort of has a tap root but more of a branched root. Thanks.

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Ramsey County Minnesota plant identification horticulture over 4 years ago

Using tomatoes with Blossom End Rot

Unfortunately, I had significant Blossom End Rot (BER) on my tomatoes before I was able to find out what it was. I got a spray from the nursery but they said I should NOT can the tomatoes as they may not last. I was wondering if I could possibly still use them for canning tomato sauces or salsas?

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Marion County Oregon food safety home food preservation tomatoes over 4 years ago

Hello-my dear friend's mother recently died and I would like to give her a...

Hello-my dear friend's mother recently died and I would like to give her a rose bush as a memorial. I just read on your site that roses should be planted in the spring. Is it unwise to order the rose now? Should I wait until next spring? Thanks for your advice. Emily Fuerste

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Anoka County Minnesota over 4 years ago

morning glory flowers

How do I get my morning glory plant to flower?

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Newport County Rhode Island horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

I have a plant ( I don't know what kind of plant it is every month it blooms...

I have a plant ( I don't know what kind of plant it is every month it blooms bright orange big flowers) About 8 months ago i spilled a small amount of latex paint on one of the leaves and neglected to wipe it up. All the other leaves on the plant have turned yellow and fallen off and new leaves have grown back; except for the one I spilled the paint on. This leaf has turned a deeper green and grown much bigger than all the other leaves. I am wondering why this happened.

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Outside United States disease issues horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

My tomatoes were doing great about a month ago and then the leaves started...

My tomatoes were doing great about a month ago and then the leaves started turning brown and now most of them do not have many leaves left at all. I enclosed two pictures of them and then one of one of my cucumber plants which also had been thriving and then suddenly started having a similar problem. I tried to include a picture is of my butternut squash which looks like it is just starting to do the same but looks like I can only do 3 pictures. Everything else in my garden has done great this year. We have had this same problem with the tomatoes the last three years and have tried moving them to different locations with no success. Any insight would be appreciated. Thank you, Kay (p.s. I had submitted a question to you about our pattypan squash a month or so ago, followed your advice and now the plants are beautiful and producing like crazy!)

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Washington County Minnesota over 4 years ago

Zucchini problems

Hi! I have been raising zucchini in a 2 1/2 cubic foot bag of slow-release-fertilizer Miracle Grow potting soil. I put holes in the bottom of the bag, then cut a slit in the opposite side and planted my seeds. I have had beautiful plants with loads of blossoms but all the blossoms keep disappearing. I did find some slugs and have used coffee grounds on top of the soil, then put a big "fluffy" bunch of straw all around and in between the plants. We haven't found anymore slugs but still the blossoms keep disappearing. They look like they have been neatly snipped off! This planting is on a raised platform at waist-height on our canopy covered patio. It is sitting where it gets lots of sun and shade and is watered religiously. Do you have any suggestions of what the problem might be. We have not had one single zucchini yet this year! Thank you for your time! Pam Goldstrohm

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Armstrong County Pennsylvania fruits and vegetables horticulture over 4 years ago

Oak looper infestation

I have many oak trees that have been stripped by these little devils, and there are huge sections of oaks in the area that are also completely brown. Everything I read says wait it out. Are there any natural predators I can encourage? Would putting up bat boxes help when the moths appear? I'm in the Sheridan area. Thank you.

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Yamhill County Oregon insect issues oak tree over 4 years ago

I'm looking to grow hops in a small yard in Roseville, MN. There is part sun,...

I'm looking to grow hops in a small yard in Roseville, MN. There is part sun, full sun and shade. What would be the best variety to grow and what area should I plant it? Also, do you have any suggested resources for learning more about growing hops? Thanks! Liz

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Ramsey County Minnesota hops vines over 4 years ago

growing avocados

Can I grow avocados in North Carolina?

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North Carolina fruits and vegetables avocados horticulture over 4 years ago

Hokuro Nishiki


Found this summer in NE USA....will it survive in TX?

What are water requirements?

We now live in the Rio Grand Valley--Mission TX. Friends in Fayette County--La Grange are also interested.

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Hidalgo County Texas over 4 years ago

Help with 2 bushes

I need someone to come several times a year to prune, feed and tend to two mature bushes located on my patio: (1) a rose of sharon and (2) bush name unknown. What business should I call to get such help?

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over 4 years ago

Good afternoon, I live in Fort Worth, TX where the summers are brutal and the...

Good afternoon, I live in Fort Worth, TX where the summers are brutal and the winters are icy. Did I mention the soil is pretty much well clay? That being said, I was thinking of putting in some raised beds, but I am not sure what vegetables to plant now for a fall/winter harvest. Any suggestions?

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Tarrant County Texas fruits and vegetables gardening horticulture over 4 years ago

Should you fertilize your lawn twice a year- in the spring and again in the...

Should you fertilize your lawn twice a year- in the spring and again in the fall? What about summer- is it too hot and humid to fertilize during the summer?

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St. Mary's County Maryland over 4 years ago

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