Why has the broccoli this year had so many white florets? They look sickly....

Why has the broccoli this year had so many white florets? They look sickly. Are the white florets edible? I've been cutting off the white florets which has resulted in a lot of wasted food. In many cases I've had to throw out half or more of a crown. The problem seems to have infected conventional and organic growers in all parts of the country. What is going on with this highly nutritious vegetable?


Lake County Ohio over 4 years ago

Asphalt roofing falling into garden.

I work in a community garden behind our apartment complex. Over the past two weeks the management has had contractors removing the old asphalt shingles and laying new. Many shingles have fallen into our garden spaces and while we've picked out as much as we can, their are micro-pieces, like the size of sand grains, remaining. Will many toxic chemicals leach? Should we remove our topsoil to remove most of the micro pieces? Is a little contamination okay?


Multnomah County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

Black spots on red raspberry leaves?

What is the cause of these? What organic-approved treatment options exist?



Multnomah County Oregon organic production disease issues organic farming raspberries horticulture over 4 years ago

Fig tree

When do I plant fig trees?


Parker County Texas trees and shrubs fruits and vegetables horticulture over 4 years ago

Tree ID

There is a particularly beautiful maple in my neighborhood, and I would like to know what kind it is. The leaves seem atypical when I compare with online examples. Can I ID it by a key or chart?


Benton County Oregon trees and shrubs tree identification horticulture over 4 years ago

Irrigation of hay fields in early October


On October 4th, we drove from Bluff to Richfield. As we crossed the mountains headed west, we saw a lot of irrigation systems watering hay fields and creating ice on the irrigation systems and the fields. It seemed too late in the year to expect another hay crop. At the same time, some irrigation systems were not going.

Were the irrigation systems on to prevent them from freezing or will there be one more hay crop this year?

Thanks for your help with this.



Kitsap County Washington hay over 4 years ago




Genesee County Michigan fruits and vegetables over 4 years ago


We live out by Pocahontas State park (just off Qualla Rd) - we have numerous oak trees on our 1 and 1/3 acre property - this year we have not seen ONE Acorn - usually we have buckets full. Our area is very popular to Deer and they feed all winter on these acorns.


Chesterfield County Virginia over 4 years ago

winter garden care

In the FTW area I have a 5 x 40 plot I gently gardened this summer. What winter steps can I take to assure the ground is great for veg planting in early spring. I am keeping about 1/5 in healthy strawberry plants but the rest is clear. This is a community garden plot.


Tarrant County Texas gardening horticulture over 4 years ago


Iv'e been digging my carrots and I have 2 questions. 1-- Why are some nice and big while others are no bigger than your little finger? All planted at the same time and location with seeds from the same package.

2-- My parents use to pack them in dry sand for storage. I know the tops need to be cut off but what else do I need to do? I plan to keep them in the garage until it gets too cold because my basement is still warm. The garage is separate from my house.


Ramsey County Minnesota carrots over 4 years ago

St. Augustine grass

My St. Augustine grass, I was told has brown spot. It is spreading all over. Will it kill the grass, or will it grow back. Who could test the grass for fungus? I live in Roanoke , Tx. Thanks Grady


Denton County Texas lawns and turf horticulture over 4 years ago

I'm having difficulty researching this online so I hope you can help! I...

I'm having difficulty researching this online so I hope you can help! I bought a very small Brown Turkey fig tree in late spring and potted it so I could bring it inside before the first frost. It's about a 1.5 feet tall and has not grown an inch since I bought it, the leaves are very slowly turning brown at the tips. The soil is moisture controlled and I make sure it's watered regularly (but never over watered). I can't find tips online on how to take care of such a young fig tree any help is much appreciated!


Montgomery County Pennsylvania trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

Poultry Regulations

Where can I find regulations for poultry processing and producing for Shiner, Texas? Specifically, I am looking for small scale (less than 100 turkeys and chickens).


Lavaca County Texas poultry small meat processors over 4 years ago

I have an anthurium. It gets sun from the west window. The leaves turn brown...

I have an anthurium. It gets sun from the west window. The leaves turn brown on the tips and then it spreads throughout the leaf until it falls off or I pull it off which when I do it comes out easily after the leaf is totally brown. The plant continues to grow new leaves but even the new leaves have this happen. I keep it the soil well watered and do not let it dry out. It also gets what looks like tiny spots either tan or brown which I am able to flick off with a finger nail. There are no legs so I don't know if it is a bug? They are oval shaped.


Stearns County Minnesota houseplants over 4 years ago

Water and air testing

Hello, I live in the Beaver Creek area, and have a well. I would like to have our well water tested to make sure it's safe but, don't know what parameters to use. Also, I would like to have our crawl space air tested for radon. Can you give me some advice or tips on how to accomplish these two tests? Thanks in advance for whatever you can do, Lon


Clackamas County Oregon drinking water private wells radon over 4 years ago

Is blanketing horses for winter a good idea?

I recently read that Colorado State University completed s study on blanketing horses and then I read that the article and study are fake. How can I find out? Trying to decide the best practice for winter blanketing. Thank you!


Middlesex County Massachusetts horses over 4 years ago

We feed birds year round and always have 14-20 cardinals during that time....

We feed birds year round and always have 14-20 cardinals during that time. This year, however, when the weather turned cold, we noticed the absence of those birds. Presently appear to have only a pair of cardinals. What is happening?! Several of our friends have noticed the sMe situation. All of us live in rural areas.


Athens County Ohio over 4 years ago

Planting understory color in Pine tree Beds

I have several areas on my property that are planted with groups of Pine Trees. These accent areas range from 5000-15000 square feet and I keep the floors covered in pine straw. I want to add some diversity and/or some color to these areas. I am not a big fan of azaelas, so can you give me some other options. Just as a side note the areas are irrigated.


Harris County Texas landscape design gardening horticulture over 4 years ago

We purchased a tree with the following tag information: Juniperus...

We purchased a tree with the following tag information: Juniperus "Medora" #25 dsp Mon - Juniperus scop "Medora". We purchased it from Linders the last day they were open. They told us to water it until the ground froze and then stop, then plant in the spring. They also said to keep it in our garage. I spoke with another person and they told me to take it out of the garage immediately. We should plant it, water it at the same time, and then water one more time before the deep freeze. We are wondering what to do. Should we plant it now, or should we did a hole and keep it in the pot and wrap in burlap and then move it in the spring? Please help. The tree is about 8 feet tall right now. Thank you,


Ramsey County Minnesota trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

biting mites

Can you identify these menacing bugs?


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Sagadahoc County Maine pest control indoor pests biting insects over 4 years ago

Buffer zones between noncompatable

I am Zoned residential, the property that adjoins me at the rear is zoned commercial This is denton township Roscommon County mi Thw zoning ordinances call for a "buffer zone opaque screening between non compatible land uses The commercial property owner completely destroyed the existing forest which was the buffer zone for the 20 years I have been here, now they are proposing a 60X80 pole barn built back their for the Houghton Lake Snow Groomers, funded by the State of Michigan on Houghton Lake chamber of Commerce property, When a certain party knocks down an existing "buffer Zone" what constitutes a acceptable replacement this?



Roscommon County Michigan over 4 years ago

When/if to prune?

Living at 3,200' in Tumalo, OR with a large uncontrollable deer population, I have resorted to a garden of a variety of grasses - - which deer tend (?) not to eat. And they are beautiful - - I like them tons!
Every type of grass planted has done quite well, but I do not know when to prune them back. Temperatures go from 70's - 80's in the summer with freezing snow during the winter.
Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Patti Emmons


Deschutes County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

stop tree seedlings

What is the best way to kill tree seedlings from my aspens that keep popping up in my yard?


El Paso County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

agapanthas in Santiago

i live in Santiago Chile and am transforming the school garden. They have a bunch of agapanthas that i would like to divide and transplant. it is either early summer or late spring here (not sure which - kinda get my seasons mixed up here) it is 50 degrees in the morning and up to 85 or so during the day. can i transplant them safely?


Outside United States agapanthus over 4 years ago

What variety of Sorghum seed is suitable for Davis County, Utah?

I have tried African White sorghum seed but was not able to harvest more than a drop or two of juice from a 10 foot cane. I found a variety, Sugar Drip, that was said to do well in northern climates but am not finding this variety for sale any longer. I would appreciate a reference to another variety that might do better. I have no problem harvesting the seed heads of African White since the growing season is long enough for that part of the plant. Your suggestions would be appreciated.
Alan Gould
West Point, Utah


Davis County Utah field crops feedstocks and energy crops horticulture over 4 years ago

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