Soil Composition

We're building new raised beds to add 300 sq ft of vegetable gardening and we're debating the soil composition. How important is the percent pumice for raised bed gardening? What is the recommending composition for vegetable gardening. Our beds will be ~15 deep.


Washington County Oregon fruits and vegetables horticulture over 4 years ago

Tomatoe flavour

Hi, Do tomatoes taste better staked or grown onto the ground on top of mulch? I have been told they taste better on the ground and as I have always staked my tomatoes this does intrique me.
thanks for answering my question,



Outside United States fruits and vegetables master gardener program tomatoes over 4 years ago

Weand piglets die with heavy threathing

Hi There

I have some just weaned piglets breath heavily (noticeable from the flanks) and die few days after that.

Please let me know what is the cause & how to treat it

Dan Phan


Outside United States swine swine health swine reproduction pigs over 4 years ago

Hello, I have found a blue- green mold/fungus substance on several burning...

Hello, I have found a blue- green mold/fungus substance on several burning bush and 1 Japanese maple in my front yard. Receive moderate sun during day. Burning bush mostly lost leaves in July/August while maple grew fine. Any thoughts on what it may be and how to get rid of it? Thank you.



Cambria County Pennsylvania trees and shrubs fungus horticulture over 4 years ago

Lemon tree

Lemon tree has white fuzz on it


Santa Fe County New Mexico over 4 years ago

We live in southeastern Montgomery County. Would you recommend growing pecan...

We live in southeastern Montgomery County. Would you recommend growing pecan trees here? If so, what varieties? Are there other nuts (chestnuts) that could do well in a unyielding spot?


Montgomery County Maryland fruit nut trees varieties of nut trees over 4 years ago

Who must be certified to use Round-up?

I live on a ranch that we lease to cattle. We have a guy who looks after the horses and does brushing and odd jobs in return for the use of a house on the property. In order for him to spray Roundup around the barn, the tack room, and a cottage, does he have to have a state certification? Do I?


Madera County California over 4 years ago

best type of rake/harrow for pasture de-thatching and break up of manure

We have a Fuerst flexible tine harrow - we have weighted it but it still doesn't do the job….just goes over the top of horse manure clods and jambs up with debris. All very frustrating! We have about 8-10 A we'd like to "rake". What type of rake or harrow would do the job of de-thatching and breaking up clods? We have a l949 Ford 8N with 3 point & a JD radius turn mower with hitch attachment to use for this job. I have searched the web a bit - so many harrows/rakes out there all saying they are the best! :) Can you advise? Thank you.


Buena Vista County Iowa over 4 years ago

Indoor vegetable and fruit production varieties

I'm setting up an aquaponics system in my home under artificial lighting (HID) and while I garden outside, I have never grown indoors with an effective year-round growing season. 1) can you recommend any resources for indoor food plant management in general (for example how long can I keep a tomato or peas producing before the plant should be replaced? Ideas for trellising long-term growers?), and also what varieties are well-suited for indoor food cultivation? Thanks and I appreciate any advice you can lend.


Boulder County Colorado houseplants over 4 years ago


When canning pickles I dip my jars and lids in boiling water. I use a hot brine and after I put the lid on it seals. Is this seal as good as a hot water bath seal? Will my pickles last for 12 months with this seal versus a hot water bath seal?


Van Buren County Michigan food safety home food preservation pickling cucumbers over 4 years ago

yucca diseases

What could cause well established yuccas to suddenly die .... plant can belifted from surface. Two neighbors with same problem.


Tarrant County Texas horticulture over 4 years ago

gluten free high altitude bread machine white bread

Just got a Cuisinart with gf option. Trying to make white sandwich bread in Fort Collins. Sides of loaf seem to cave a little and bread not reaching 200°. Ideas???


Larimer County Colorado food safety over 4 years ago

How long are seeds viable?

I have left-over seeds from last growing season, and I'm wondering if I can use them for this year's garden. Some of my seeds I saved, but mostly I bought them from Burpee and other seed companies. The seed packages are labelled "packaged for 2013" or "for use in 2013." I just hate to waste them. I kept them in their original packages, sealed them well, and stored them in my backyard shed. My saved seeds I kept in jars and also stored in the shed. I found information about a "garden seed test" on the Farmers' Almanac website, which I suppose I could try. Thank you for your help! I apologize if this question has already been answered somewhere on the site. I looked but did not find anything relevant. Thanks, again!


Anne Arundel County Maryland seeds gardening over 4 years ago

Cut rose varieties hardy for Austin, TX?

Hello-- Florist in Austin looking to plant hardy roses suitable for cut flowers-ideally with a vase life of at least 3 days. Currently growing Belinda's Dream and Monsieur Tillier. Any recommendations greatly appreciated!


Travis County Texas horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

Lawn fertilizer

Do I need to use a sulphate free lawn fertilizer?


Washington County Oregon lawns and turf soil and fertility issues over 4 years ago

can a large pampas grass root system cause damage to my house if planted to...

can a large pampas grass root system cause damage to my house if planted to close.I have a slab foundation in Myrtle Beach SC


Georgetown County South Carolina trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

Viruses in food

What is the amount of moisture available in food for a virus to grow?


Maryland food safety over 4 years ago

Bamboo in deck planters

We would like to provide privacy on our raised deck and were thinking of planting bamboo in planters. Is that the best plant to choose? What size planter is needed?


Multnomah County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

landscaping questions

I would like to develope a more well-rounded knowledge of landscaping practices and principles. Due to recent construction of an addition to my home, I have a need/opportunity to improve appearance and rain drainage, remove standing water areas, repalant grass. Can you recommend good resources - primarily reading but also classes?


New Castle County Delaware sustainable gardening and landscaping landscape over 4 years ago

How to repel bugs living in bark of tree

I looked under the tree wrap of our large deciduous tree & discovered numerous holes from insects.What should I apply to the tree bark to get rid of them?Do I need to wait until spring? Thanks!


Adams County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

New Garden

I would like to start a garden in a spot that has been lawn. Should I use a herbicide to kill the grass before I turn the soil?


McLennan County Texas soil and fertility issues gardening herbicides horticulture over 4 years ago

Growing lavender from seed!

What steps should I take to grow lavender from seed indoors?


Jefferson County Colorado lavender over 4 years ago

Snake plant care

Someone recently told me not to cut or damage the tips of my snake plant otherwise the leaves would not continue to grow. I've never heard of this before, but I've never cut the leaves back, either. Is this true? Also, I pulled some dead leaves from this plant out of the soil today. This is the first time this has happened to this plant. I've been watering it weekly, but I think I'll cut back for fear that I'm gonna kill a beautiful plant. That being said, it looks like some of the ends are dry. How can it be both too wet and dry at the same time?



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Denver County Colorado houseplants over 4 years ago

Leasing farm land

My family has 27 acres in Wash Co that has been leased to a farmer with joining property since 1991. The lease has never been updated or revised. Where/how can we get information to assess the current lease value of our property?


Washington County Oregon small farm issues horticulture over 4 years ago

contracting disease from cooked chicken

What pathogens and their human symptoms can be contracted from cooked chicken whether it be healthy or ill chicken? Two of us have had severe Gastritis since mid Dec 2013 with no prior history with 4 ER visits linked to eating deli chicken. We continue to pursue medical assistance.


Douglas County Colorado food safety over 4 years ago

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