We always have done organic gardening, but as the years go by, we are less able to work a large garden. We are now going to build raised bed vegetable boxes which will be on the deck of our home and will be visible from the street. Three questions: 1. If we paint the outside of the boxes, but not the inside, will chemicals still leach into the soil? 2. Is food grade plastic for the liner, a safe alternative? 3: Are Earth Boxes and Grow Boxes (that are available for sale) safe for organic gardening?
Are dark plastic rain barrels safe for watering raised bed vegetable gardens or does plastic leach into the water? Also, does rain off of a metal roof affect the water that runs into the barrel?
over 4 years ago
Can you tell me what kind of berry this is?
For the past few weeks there has been an insect on my tomato plants eating the leaves. It has an elongated body, which appears to be either black or dark gray with several light gray stripes on it's back. They are fairly easy to catch & have a soft body. What kind of insect is this & what is the control?
Dorchester County Maryland insect identification over 4 years ago
I would like my soil tested. Can you help me with this?
Isanti County Minnesota u of minnesota soil testing over 4 years ago
What are the most cold hardy mums for central MN? Where would I purchase both mums (and roses) that are very winter hardy (even for further north than here)? Also which roses have the best and largest rose hips for making jelly?-and where would I purchase those? The mums we purchased over the years are not really cold hardy to survive. thank you. David
Hennepin County Minnesota perennials over 4 years ago
We have several railroad ties that have been in the yard for about 5 years. We are taking them out now. Is it safe to plant edible plants and fruit trees in the area where the railroad ties used to be? Do I need to get the soil tested? The trees would be planted about 2 feet from where the ties were.
I have Prunus stone fruit, and brambles. I have been seeing what looks like nutrient deficiencies'. Not sure? Need to test soil!
I added a little bit of butter to my applesauce when I was preparing it, without thinking it through carefully. Will it still be okay to water bath can it, or should I pressure can it now, and if so, for how long? Thank you!
Jackson County Oregon home food preservation over 4 years ago
I have a Northern Red Oak in my front yard that appears to be slowly dying. The tree is about 12" in diameter at the base. It is pretty well established. This year it seemed to leaf out rather thinly. Other than that it looked okay. Midway through the summer one of the lower branches started to brown on all of the leaves and then turned completely brown and dead. This branch was right at the top of a frost crack suffered some years earlier. I thought this to be the reason. Several weeks later another branch up in the middle of the tree did the same. Now another branch on the other side is starting to do the same. Is my tree dying? Is there anything that can be done? Ron
Please help identify this weed. I used round up 5 weeks ago to restart my yard. Last Saturday (8/30) I dethatched to about 1/2", removed the thatch, amended my soil per my soil test results. About Tuesday or Wednesday I started noticing this weed. Now the weed is fairly dense as you can see in the picture. I did notice my neighbor's established weedy yard also contains the same weed that is about the same size. Do you know what it is and if it is a concern with my new grass?
Ramsey County Minnesota over 4 years ago
Why can't I upload my pics?!
I found what looks like a reddish spider sac attached to shower wall. Not sure what made it...hoping u could help
Santa Clara County California over 4 years ago
What is the best chemical to kill goose grass on my putting surface.? Grass is tif drorf
How much compost should I add to existing soil?
Douglas County Colorado soil and fertility issues over 4 years ago
I am starting a project based unit with my gifted students and would like to use this information in my classroom, is it available? We are doing an indepth study of entomology. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Calhoun County Alabama over 4 years ago
What are the dos and don'ts of breeding a bull to his half-sister? They have the same dad, but have unrelated moms.
Hi I was wondering how heavy watermelon feed and drain from the soil as I am thinking of using it as a cover crop planting in late November in a sub tropical region any input would be appreciated
Hi. Every year we plant a bunch of sunflowers along our fence where they get good sun. This year the plants have grown nice and tall, but the flowers are stunted, and the few flowers we have are missing most of their petals. Is this a disease in our soil - any suggestions so it doesn't happen next year? Thanks for any help you can provide! We planted several varieties, and it is happening to all of them. We had a few volunteer plants from last year that seem heartier, but they also are not blooming correctly.
Hennepin County Minnesota sunflowers over 4 years ago
Hi there! I live in Lackawanna County,PA. We've had a fairly small garden for a few years, but would like to get more out of it. How late can lettuce be planted since? Also, I would love to have apple trees, but am unsure of how to plant and what types would be most successful in our climate. Our favorites are Fuji and Golden delicious. but I'm not sure if they are suited to our climate? I did read your info on apple trees which was wonderful (: Do yo have any recommendations? Thank yo!! Bridgette Cannella
Hello! I am renting a plot with Columbia Gardeners in Howard County. I am a brand new gardener and have no idea what I'm doing!! I'm making so many mistakes. Alas, I was able to grow some zucchini and bell peppers over the summer, but that's it. It's better than nothing! :) I'm ready to see what's next for fall/winter. It looks like I can only plant radishes and garlic in the next few weeks, is that right? I looked around on your website, but might have missed something. Is there anything else I can plant (and eat) these next two seasons?
This year our raspberries grew to over 7 feet tall (which has been the norm) and berries formed. However, the berries have remained small and greenish white. Surrounding blossoms are still attracting bees. Why are they not ripening? They are mature late-bearing ever-bearing plants (don't know the species) and have done very well in their location in the past. We live in southwest Plymouth.
Hennepin County Minnesota raspberries over 4 years ago
I have this plant growing very rapidly through my garden and have no idea what it .
Black spots are appearing on the leaves of a Sourwood. The tree was planted last year and had the same spots on it when it arrived. We were told that careful clean up of leaves in the fall, and spraying horticultural oil in the spring would prevent a return. Unfortunately the spots started appearing again about two weeks ago. What is it, and how can we get rid of it? Thanks, Dana
I live in Tigard Oregon and recently found the BMSB stink bug on several of my vegetables, fruit trees, berries, and ornamentals through out my yard. Yikes! What can I do to control them??? Any help would be appreciated. Susan H. email@example.com
i found a 1 inch black bug with 2 bright red band across back and pretty strong to grab with a cloth he did not want to be constricted what could it be i know it was no waterbug or box elder bug or cocaroch can you please help me identafy this bug please
Polk County Iowa insect issues over 4 years ago
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