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lea feating catapellar

These are small (less than an inch long). The are furry w/ an orange strip down the back. They are eating the leaves almost side by side

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Beaver County Pennsylvania insect issues over 4 years ago

I have an Ash tree in my front yard. I noticed a number of smaller branches...

I have an Ash tree in my front yard. I noticed a number of smaller branches have died and I am concerned that the tree may be affected by Emerald Ash borers. Can you direct me towards resources for identifying this problem and also for dealing with it? Thanks. It would be greatly appreciated.

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Montgomery County Maryland emerald ash borer invasive ash tree suffering over 4 years ago

Tartaric crystals in my grape juice

The old style Concord grapes found on the property are my favorites for grape juice. Every year my juice is at least 50% full of sparkly crystals so I must throw it out. What am I doing wrong? We collect, stem,wash,bring to boil, cool, hang in a bag, let it set overnight and freeze it in bags. No matter my efforts,so much is wasted. HELP!

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Clackamas County Oregon home food preservation over 4 years ago

Cherry tree drop fruits

I'm in Vriginia Beach 23454 I have 2 sweet cherry trees(Bing and Black Tartarian ) and 2 sour cherry trees(Early Richmond Cherry and Montmorency Cherry), planted in 2004 and they are currently very healthy. some are 20' tall. Every year they exhibit the same phenomena: they flowers in early spring and thousands of little cherry develop on all 4 trees. By the beginning of July and when the fruits are almost the size of small chick peas, all the fruits on all trees drop within a week and nothing is left. The soil test result I sent to Virginia extension suggested to add limestone and I did (soil PH is 6.5) I learned that fruit trees might drop their fruit if they don't have the need energy, therefore in ~2009 I pruned the trees and reduced much of the fruit growing hoping the trees will dedicate the available energy to what's left after pruning, but did not work. I covered the tree with net to monitor if birds are eating the fruit, but the same thing happens. Thanks for help

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Virginia Beach Virginia over 4 years ago

poison plants in Pa.

I found pictures of Ivy, and Oak, Sumac, and what I would like to know is there sumac around Crawford county and around Andover, Oh. I also have,I think Virginia Creeper in my yard, and I want to pull it up, and I read that it can also cause a rash. Please inform, would appreciate it. I seem to be allergic to everything!! I was told there is no 5 leaf poison Oak???? Thanks for the help!!

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Crawford County Pennsylvania poison ivy horticulture over 4 years ago

swamp cooler humidity levels

I've lived happily with swamp coolers since 1989. I understand that the cooling capacity is 10-20 degrees below the outside temperature, depending on both temp and humidity levels. But what is a normal in-house humidity level with a swamp cooler running? Mine has been running 60-85% humidity this summer (all summer, not just during rain) and it feels like Texas is living in my house. It's so humid that everything in the house, including me, is damp and sticky. I rent and my landlord needs convincing that there is really a fixable problem. Thanks for any help and advice

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Bernalillo County New Mexico housing home energy over 4 years ago

Apple tree problem Wheat Ridge

My apple trees all have a lot of dead, brown leaf clusters. Also some leaves have brown spots. They've been like this since spring. I see the same thing on a lot of the apple trees in this part of town. What is it? The trees are setting on fruit normally, but look awful! Here are photos of the tree that makes small green tart apples every year.

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Denver County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Heritage Raspberries

Our raspberries are about 4 years old. We mow them off in the fall. They came up in the spring, but have failed to grow very tall. The leaves are very yellow and some have turned brown. We have tried adding a product to make the soil more acidic and have also added some iron. Hasn't seemed to help. I can't figure out if they are too wet or too dry. It is very frustrating. Any advice? We have only had one year (year before last) when they really produced well. Thanks so much.

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Polk County Iowa over 4 years ago

Fall bulb planting in Denver area

I'm looking into planting a few bulbs for the first time. Tulips, Hyacinth, Ornamental Onions mostly. The nursery web sites all specify normal or acid soil. It's pretty well known that in the Denver Metro area we are pretty alkaline. My soil is very alkaline.

Various articles, the Denver Post for example, and other garden articles in the Denver area never mention soil. All the local guides to planting bulbs suggest people have good luck with bulbs around here.

Do you think bulbs will do well in Denver without soil amending? Thank you.



































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Jefferson County Colorado flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

I have red raspberries that are starting to produce beautiful large berries....

I have red raspberries that are starting to produce beautiful large berries. I've noticed that on a couple that I've picked there were very small white worms on the outside of the berry. Last year most of the berries I picked were not fully ripe because of the worms I found in the inside of the ripe ones. I would like to pick fully ripe berries this year without the worms. What can I do to get rid of these pests?

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Dane County Wisconsin fruits and vegetables raspberries over 4 years ago

Sequoia furniture

Is the sequoia tree endangered? I was going to purchase a piece of outdoor furniture and discovered it is made of sequoia wood. Would that be a responsible purchase?

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Brookings County South Dakota forestry trees and shrubs endangered species over 4 years ago

looks like I planted some seed that cross pollinated, guessing spaghetti...

looks like I planted some seed that cross pollinated, guessing spaghetti squash with zucchini, is it safe to eat

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Catawba County North Carolina fruits and vegetables vegetable gardening horticulture over 4 years ago

The incredible shrinking pickle

Though I pack my peck of pickles very tightly in the canning jars once they are processed they shrink leaving me with shrunken pickles and lots of pickle juice. How can I avoid this? Help!

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Jackson County Oregon food processing over 4 years ago

I recently discovered a white substance under my junipers and also around the...

I recently discovered a white substance under my junipers and also around the base of some daylilies. It's about .25" thick and looks and feels like hardened wax - like someone poured hot wax around the base of the lily. I scraped it away and I hope it doesn't harm the plant. Could this be a fungus caused by all the rain this summer?

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Hennepin County Minnesota trees and shrubs horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

Food Safety

I have been without a refrigerator for 3 weeks, my question is are things like olives, pickle relish, jelly, lime curd, fig butter, real maple syrup, banana peppers, worcestershire sauce, sesame seeds, and craisins still safe to eat? It will be another few days before my new refrigerator arrives.
Thank you for your help, Sharon

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Macomb County Michigan food safety over 4 years ago

My tomatoes aren't turning red just staying green but top of stem is all...

My tomatoes aren't turning red just staying green but top of stem is all brown. What is this?

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Nassau County New York plant disease vegetable gardening over 4 years ago

I have 3 mature Lilac bushes (approximately 10ft in height) that I need to...

I have 3 mature Lilac bushes (approximately 10ft in height) that I need to remove. ~ Are they transplantable? If so, please advise as to process. ~ Assuming that these bushes are 50yrs old, how deep might their roots be?

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Minnesota over 4 years ago

Dear gardening folks, Please help me to identify this plant which sprang up...

Dear gardening folks, Please help me to identify this plant which sprang up along with the vegetable seeds I started in paper cups in April. It does not look like any vegetable I have ever grown. I started tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and various herbs and this slow-grower doesn't resemble anything I've grown before. thanks.

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Prince George's County Maryland plant id over 4 years ago

Pressure canning at high altitude

We live in Colorado at 10,000 ft. Can you pressure can at that altitude or only water bath?

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Colorado food safety over 4 years ago

What causes rock hard abdomens in chickens?

I have had 4 hens in the last 18 months suffer from a rock hard abdomen and wasting in the breast area. What is causing this? How can I prevent this? I am feeding quality laying pellets, Feather Fixer, and scratch. They also forage outside the coop during the day. Thank you for any help with this problem.

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Natrona County Wyoming poultry chickens over 4 years ago

Special Milk Program and Smart Snacks

Are schools who are only participating in the Special Milk Program required to comply with the new Smart Snacks in School guidelines?

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Philadelphia County Pennsylvania the business of school food healthy food choices in schools usda programs smart snacks over 4 years ago

My New Girl tomato (supposed to be improved on Early Girl) is productive but...

My New Girl tomato (supposed to be improved on Early Girl) is productive but has curly leaves---not present on neighboring plants. What disease could this be? Seems like the tomatoes are slow in ripening this year. What could cause this?

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Anne Arundel County Maryland vegetables over 4 years ago

squirrels

How do I keep squirrels from returning to my attic?

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Pulaski County Virginia over 4 years ago

Which vegetables give off ethylene gas? Scallions? anything else? Should they...

Which vegetables give off ethylene gas? Scallions? anything else? Should they thus be stored in the fruit bin in the fridge? Which fruits do not give off ethylene gas? Should those be put in the vegetable bin in the fridge?

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Outside United States fruits and vegetables home food preservation horticulture over 4 years ago

I'm a health journalist in Montreal and recently read your article on storing...

I'm a health journalist in Montreal and recently read your article on storing vegetables. To get cold and moist conditions, you suggest storing in perforated plastic bags in fridge. What are the alternatives to plastic? Would you get similar conditions by wrapping vegetables in a cloth towel and then putting them in the vegetable drawer? Should the towel be damp? What about using those muslin or mesh bags for storing vegetables? Thanks for your advice. We're trying to avoid plastic.

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Outside United States food safety home food preservation over 4 years ago

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