We have two female chickens. A quick back story of why we only have two: We started with six. One died as a chick; one escaped as a teen; the two roosters were getting very aggressive so we had to let them go to a farm; and now there are two. The female is a Sultan, about 3 years old. She is the one we are concerned about. She was always very loving and sweet. Now she's rather grumpy and sometimes tries to peck me when I try to pet her! The other female is a red sex-link the same age. She is definitely the boss, but in a friendly way! Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.


Pasco County Florida poultry about 5 years ago

Question about Painted Maple tree for Colorado

At the Denver Botanic Garden there is a wonderful painted maple tree. I'm just wondering if this variety would grow well in Louisville, Colorado, east of Boulder. My soil is a mixture of clay, sand, and is quite rocky.



Boulder County Colorado trees and shrubs about 5 years ago

E coli and Houseplants

If my well water is contaminated with e coli, and I water my houseplants with it; will the bacteria kill "some" of the plants? I have a 20 yr old pregnant onion plant/pearls/seeds is how it continues to propagate over the years, I recently moved to Iowa from Texas and California is where I brought the plants from 20 yrs ago. The plant looked and grew better and bigger for the last 2 yrs and went through 2 springs and birthings, due to the move in mid-April of this year, and now it's leaves have all died; the bulbs are intact and healthy, not squishy. I lost a Vicks plant as well, but the remainder of my house plants survived and thrive. I am very puzzled and this is a pride and joy and rare plant indeed, its ancestor seeds spring from Germany in the mid 1800's.


Kossuth County Iowa about 5 years ago

Parentucellia Viscosa

Help, My back pasture is full of parentucellia viscosa and I understand it may be poison to livestock. How do I kill this weed?


Lane County Oregon weed issues horticulture about 5 years ago

New lawn turning brown

I started over with the lawn in my back yard two years ago. I killed what was there and reseeded. I have worked hard to keep it watered and weeded and the lawn has been looking lush and green. I also have been fertilizing with Turf Trust 4 times a year according to their instructions. I have been very happy with how it has looked but this spring (2013) brown patches have appeared and have spread over much of the area. Do you know what the problem is?


Prince William County Virginia about 5 years ago

dead and dying ants in our house

We have been inundated with large black dead and dying (convulsing) ants. We don't use pesticides or other chemicals around our house. Can we get these ants tested? What is going on? Thank you, Aaron (living in Portland)


Multnomah County Oregon insect issues ants about 5 years ago

Rutger's Dogwood Trees

Hello I have two Rutger's Dogwood trees growing within 15 feet of each other. The conditions are identical (both trees are approximately 4 to 5 years old). They were planted by Waterloo Gardens . One tree has leaves that appear to be shriveled at the top. The leaves on the lower branches appear normal. This cultivar is supposed to be resistant to the disease that has plagued dogwoods. Have you any suggestions? Waterloo Gardens (who planted the tree is out of business).


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Philadelphia County Pennsylvania trees and shrubs horticulture about 5 years ago

cherry tree

I am renting a house and have two cherry trees. I thought I should wait for the fruits to be the stereotypical red, but at that point they are rotting on their stems. The ones that are just a little red seem sweet. I tasted a few with no red and they are sour, but I cannot tell if it is because they are not ripe or because they are supposed to be sour cherries. The home owner does not remember what it is- I think his ex-wife planted them, lol. Attached is a picture I took of the blossoms this spring



Worth County Iowa fruit trees about 5 years ago

Almond trees

I was wondering if almond trees would do well in the texas panhandle... if so , what kinds do best... Thanks!
Amarillo Texas


Randall County Texas trees and shrubs horticulture about 5 years ago

Garden Boxes

I have some raised garden boxes, but it appears they are made from treated lumber. I have a concern regarding the toxicity of the plants growing in them. We found a dead rabbit that appeared to have eaten a bean plant. The boxes look new (within the last year).


Berrien County Michigan fruits and vegetables about 5 years ago

We have a large red fungus growing on the bark and foot of one of our trees...

We have a large red fungus growing on the bark and foot of one of our trees in our back yard. The fungus resembles large red mushrooms and in some cases it looks like a flower. We have removed it on three occasions and it just seems to stimulate the growth. Can you tell us how to get rid of it? Thanks


Montgomery County Ohio about 5 years ago

crazy cabbage

I bought some cabbage plants and when they started to grow they looked like it may be Chinese cabbage. But then all of a sudden a shoot from the center started to grow and it got about 2 feet tall and have small yellow flowers. It is not broccoli or cauliflower because I have grown those before. Any ideas what kind it may be. Thank you


York County Maine fruits and vegetables chinese cabbage bolting horticulture about 5 years ago

Large Beatle

We have large beatles flying around our yard, they don't seem to see very well but they are aggressive. Do you know what they are? They are as large as bumble bees and have some have a green marking on their backs. I have never seen anything like it before. Do you know what they are. My phone number is 717-792-4768. Thank you. Michele Wallick


York County Pennsylvania about 5 years ago

What is the matter with my William Baffin climbing rose?

This well established rose has been blooming quite well but now looks sickly and leaves are coming off. Can you tell me what I need to do to restore it?


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Ramsey County Minnesota horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials about 5 years ago

Is there any chance that if I leave them in the ground that they may come back????

I planted 12 sweet pepper plants on May 27th and put on an insect grade floating row cover. They were growing beautifully. Then this past Friday when I removed the row cover to take a look, I found that 5 of them were completely wilted. They were all the smaller of the 12 plants and the others are growing perfectly. However, even though they are wilted, the leaves are completely green and when I tug on the plants, I can't pull them out so the roots must be solid. What could have caused this???? Thanks, Barbara


Howard County Maryland vegetables peppers floating row cover sweet peppers wilting sweet peppers sweet peppers leaf wilt peppers wilting about 5 years ago

fruit trees in Parker, CO 90138

I have a Meyer Lemon and a Fuyu Persimmon. they are both planted in 32" pots.@ my previous home in CA they lived in TEMPS as low as 29° and high of 110° outdoors
under grow lights and some sun in the winter under a closed (double Plastic) deck and using heat mats will they survive or do I need to bring them in doors, in the winter They are approx 2 yr old trees. The grower instructions state 57° low & 87° high, thats a big difference from my trees in CA temperature wise and not what other research stated.
Thank you


Douglas County Colorado trees and shrubs horticulture about 5 years ago

This morning I discovered one of my tomato plants had all its top leaves...

This morning I discovered one of my tomato plants had all its top leaves stripped, leaving stems only. One small green tomato was eaten in half. The garden is protected by electric fence so I doubt squirrels. Could a snake do it? Hornworms? Other causes?

Updated a few hours later: After researching hornworms, the most likely cause, I re-examined affected plants and found two hornworms. I will monitor and try to find others, plus use spray.


Calvert County Maryland vegetables tomato hornworms about 5 years ago

On July 4, I pulled all the cabbage and lettuce oout of the garden -- all of...

On July 4, I pulled all the cabbage and lettuce oout of the garden -- all of them had gotten very bitter (planted in late April). The cabbage had formed heads, but with lots of holes in the outer leaves. On pulling out the plants, we found this orange and black bug (picture). Could this be the source of the chewed cabbage leaves? I want to plant a fall crop of cabbage; how can I prevent holes being chewed in the leaves? When is the right time to set out cabbage plants in Southern MD? Thanks.



Charles County Maryland insect identification about 5 years ago

We have lost one blue spruce, and others don't look well. I have noticed...

We have lost one blue spruce, and others don't look well. I have noticed others in the area that appear to be dying also.


Howard County Maryland trees and shrubs blue spruce about 5 years ago

Variance Requests

We are going to request a variance to move our home forward by 18' and toward the northwest by approximately 10-11' in order to meet the current setback requirements of 20'; making the southeast line setback 12' and the northwest line setback short 4.8' of the required 8'. The reason for all of this is because we need to put a new basement under this 80 year old home. On the northwest side of our home is a 30' right-of-way owned by the Road Commission. It is not used by anyone other than the immediate neighbor at 15496 Howard Street and us, we are at 15490 Howard St. in Spring Lake. The lack of the full 8' setback would not impose on anyone, but would prove to be more esthetically pleasing. We will not be in the flood zone after the move. In talking with the Planning Commission Director, he insists on the idea that we should look at the age of the house and maybe we should have torn it down. We bought this house as a fixer-upper and have no intentions of tearing it down. The inside of the home now looks like new; the basement is a different story and needs to be replaced. Can a township insist that you tear a perfectly good house down? Are there any standards regarding granting a variance because of the lack of a setback as I have described above?


Ottawa County Michigan about 5 years ago

Differences in Knapweeds

How can I tell the difference between Russian and Spotted Knapweed?
Thank you!!!



Garfield County Colorado weed issues horticulture about 5 years ago

I saw a slug on my patio I had never seen before and wonder what its called....

I saw a slug on my patio I had never seen before and wonder what its called. It was dark grey, about 2 inches long and had what looked like painted eyes and had a snout like mouth (almost like a small trunk) coming from its face/front.


Harford County Maryland insect identification about 5 years ago


The Japanese Beetles seem to be back with us in full force. I have treated my lawn with Triazicide in May. When should I re-treat my lawn to kill the grubs that will result from the forthcoming hatch?


St. Joseph County Michigan lawns and turf about 5 years ago


How do I get rid of voles?


Oakland County Michigan about 5 years ago

What is the risk of devaluing land that does not have mineral rights? Are...

What is the risk of devaluing land that does not have mineral rights? Are there any studies on this topic? Do banks have issues with financing properties that do not have mineral rights?


Cheboygan County Michigan oil and gas leasing land values about 5 years ago

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