I'm having problems growing green beans. Last year, the foliage of any seedlings that emerged from the ground were quickly eaten, and I assumed that rabbits or opossums or some critter had eaten them. This year, I planted seeds, put white row cover over the bed, secured the row cover with bricks all around, and went on vacation for 2 weeks. (A neighbor kid watered the garden.) When we returned, I took off the row cover and found that most of the seedlings had again been eaten. One or two were still alive, but portions of the foliage had been chewed off. Since bunnies and raccoons could not get to the seedlings, I have to assume that some insect in the soil chewed them up.
Advice? I grew green beans successfully for many years and am confused by the current problems.
Thank you for your help.
Boulder County Colorado fruits and vegetables over 4 years ago
My 5 year old Maple tree has some kind of tiny raised bumps all over the leaves. I'm assuming it's some sort of bug. What can I do to get rid of it?
Montcalm County Michigan trees and shrubs over 4 years ago
Trying to identify a weed. It is 12 inches tall, small yellow flowers at top, 3 leaflets about 2 inches long with many large teeth, hairy stem. Any ideas? Thanks,
Steele County Minnesota over 4 years ago
My roma tomatoes looked good last week.I was gone for a week and returned to find many leaves are yellow and blotchy, plants do not look healthy
Hennepin County Minnesota tomato problem over 4 years ago
I have recently had a brush with poison ivy so now I am more than on the lookout for leaves of 3. This morning I noticed that this plant I often trim back( can't remember when I trim it) has 3 leaves and clusters of white berries that droop. Some of the leaves are already turning reddish but the leaves don't look shiny. The leaves are about 3" long x 1" wide. Is this poison ivy or something else?
We were fishing in our grandpas pond and caught 3 catfish, put them on a stringer, and left them for my husband to pick up. When he came an hour later to get them one was completely gone, another was half eaten with chunks out of it. The third was bitten in the tail area. They were tied to the dock. What could have eaten them, and are we okay to swim there? Thanks!
Hardin County Iowa over 4 years ago
have cut a lot of this grass this spring in the hayfield and it covers huge areas. It is just starting to change color and is kind of green / gold. is there any winter nutritional value for cattle in this grass.
Sheridan County Wyoming over 4 years ago
When is the best time to trim a pine tree and how should it be done. My pine tree has a branch that is hanging over into my neighbors yard. Thank you for your help. Linda Fenton e-mail address: email@example.com
Sherburne County Minnesota over 4 years ago
Are you getting any reports of tomato pysllids this year?
Sure looks like I have some on my tomatoes.
Arapahoe County Colorado fruits and vegetables over 4 years ago
Is it OK to buy and plant bare root trees in the Boulder area?
If so, where can a person buy bare root trees? Respected online sources?
Boulder County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago
My backyard garden is overrun this year by a bug that I first noticed on my raspberries. Some of the leaves had a little cluster of eggs. They hatch into a little red bug with 4 legs & 2 antenna's. As an adult they have brownish wings with a red body, but you really dont see the red until they take flight. As adults i see them seemingly sucking the juice from the ripe berry. It looks like they mate on the ground, connecting front to back & back to front, reminding me of a train with 2 engines. Usually one goes forwards while pulling the other one backwards. I have killed 50 or 60 and haven't noticed a stink or a smell. Any idea's?
Lane County Oregon insect issues over 4 years ago
Hello--At the Denver Botanic Gardens recently, there was an enormous (3"-4") spider on a rock next to a small pond. This was the largest spider my husband and I had ever seen in Colorado. We were with our friend who is a UK entomologist; a colleague of his identified this as a female Dolomedes tenebrosus, Dark Fishing Spider. Are these often found in this state?
Denver County Colorado spiders over 4 years ago
What kind of bug is this? I am the garden maintenance head at the mn science museum. This bug was found all over in the garden
I just bought my kaffir lime tree which is about 2.5 feet tall. It looks quite healthy except it has leaf miners I don't know what to do with it. I use organic insecticide, which doesn't seems to help. On top of that yesterday I saw some kind of insect eggs ( attached picture) that I don't know what kind of insect it is. Could u please help me determine the kind of insect so that ican find a way to treat it. Thank u
Found on the lip of a large pot that has a tropical plan in it. There are several tropical plants that I've purchased this season near it... a double hibiscus, a "fan fern" and a reddish purplish rounded broadleaf plan I don't know the name(s) of. It's hard/firm on the outer side, bumpy. I haven't tried to squish it... I've never seen anything like it in Iowa.
Hi. Question on strawberries. Could be Cyclamen Mites but these are new plants from Spring 2013. Also could be Tarnished plant bug...but I am thinking virus based on both reduced plant growth; distorted leaves and fruit; and very little to no growth. Also, any fruit is bitter. Diagnosis help is great but thinking they are too far gone...so remediation is next step. Removal and then burn? I have attached seven (7) images. Thanks in advance. Mike
Blue Earth County Minnesota over 4 years ago
I planted a river birch cluster this spring. Four trunks about 6 feet high. The lower leaves recently began to turn yellow and bottom leaves are falling off. More leaves are turning yellow. I don't see insects. What could it be? I am south of Hudson-not sure of the county
Is this a weed, they have taken over my wooded hill. Any suggestions as how to get rid of them? Thanks
Ramsey County Minnesota weed id over 4 years ago
does it need to be pruned? If so when and how?
Washington County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago
Can you help us determine what is wrong with our cucumbers and tell us what we need to do to save them? We have (2) burpless plants and (4) plants for pickles. They are next to each other and we had the same problem last year. Lots of flowers but not much fruit. Looks like something is eating some of them too, although we have not seen any bugs. Pictures are attached (3); more are available if needed. Thanks for your help Annette and Steve Funari South Washington County
Washington County Minnesota cucumbers over 4 years ago
My Philodendron is getting these water droplet looking spots on the leaves. They eventually resemble blister like spots. Last week I removed the entire leaf.For several days I thought perhaps something had dripped on the leaves.They look like dried sticky spots. Otherwise I thought the plant was growing fine. What should I do to fix this? This photo was taken after a rain. I can send another if requested. This is typically a house plant, but may occasionally be placed on the porch.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania horticulture over 4 years ago
What is the best way to break down a tree stump naturally, organically and quickly?
Washtenaw County Michigan over 4 years ago
We have a mature maple tree in our yard that is approximately 20 years old. It provides great shade and we have never had any problem with it until now. There is a rectangular patch missing in an area of the bark on one limb that appears like it has been gnawed away. Could some sort of animal have done this? It is only one branch, quite high up in the tree and this branch does not hang over the fence line onto neighboring yards so I don't think it is human-caused. We continue to see smaller branches, twigs and leaves on the ground beneath this area. At first we thought it was storm damage, considering all the rain we have had (this has been ongoing since spring). But it is only one side of the tree, and just this one branch. All the other trees, bushes and flowers in the yard are fine and undisturbed. I am attaching some photos of the entire tree and a closeup of the affected branch for your best guess. Thank you.
Douglas County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago
I have had a garden for the last 25 years and have never had this problem. All my tomato plants are starting to die. First I thought it was due to cold and wet. But now it has been warm and they are worse. So then I sprayed with some soapy water, thinking it was some little bugs. I trimmed off the bad leaves, buy every day they keep getting worse. I also had problems this year with my cucumber and zucchini plants, but I think they are alright now. I rotate the garden every year and my peas and onions are perfectly fine with no problems. Thank you Lisa Knoll
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What plants would you suggest for the edge of a woods that is growing above a retaining wall? We'd like to back up the tree growth about twelve feet from the top edge of the retaining wall and plant other low growing plants there. Condos are at the base of the retaining wall. Our aim is to prevent aging trees from falling on the condos in the event of a windstorm. We realize that this is something that must be continuously monitored; we can't let the woods creep in. The woods is on the western side of the condos. We'd appreciate suggestions of non-invasive, possibly flowering plants.
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