Shrubs and trees in raised beds

Hi, I live in LaSalle Colorado. I have a raised bed that is 3 feet tall. Sandy/sandy loam soil. it is north facing. I would like to plant some shrubs, and perennials but am concerned about winter root damage. Do you have any suggestions as to steps I can take to protect them?


Weld County Colorado trees and shrubs 2 days ago

squirrels eating my squash

Do you have any good suggestions for how to keep squirrels from eating my squash and pumpkins in the garden?


Hennepin County Minnesota 2 days ago

Big green volunteer in one of my pots on the deck

First, if this works thanks for technical help to make it happen!! Here goes my second attempt: Attached are pix of a volunteer plant--can you tell me what it is and if it's OK to leave it alone or is it a good idea to get rid of it? And if I leave it alone, will it produce blooms? Many thanks.


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Baltimore County Maryland plant identification 2 days ago

name of this plant

Hello, I bought this small plant ( as seen in the photos ) at the beginning of the summer from a nursery. I didn't see at tag on it, it was the only one stuck away in a corner. I can't seem to figure out what the name of it is. It is not a regular hibiscus, as it seems to have maple shape leaves. Please let me know what you think it could be. It is planted in a container on my deck and is growing (about 8 inches high now). The buds look look almost like a balloon shape before they open. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Baltimore County Maryland plant identification 2 days ago

What is this?

Hello, We have a plant that started growing out of a pot that has a tree growing and we don't know what it is. Here is a picture. Can you let me know? Denise



Pierce County Washington 3 days ago

identification of a Locust tree

I have small trees about 10-15 feet tall, growing tightly together and spreading by roots, very aggressively. It is a Locust tree - but I cannot find out what type. Its stems are thickly covered with red hairs and periodically thorns much like Black Locust. It seems to be drought tolerant, though it is growing in a dry ditch, that has no water in it. It covers with purple flowers looking very much like Black Locust. Early summer bloomer. Just finished blooming now (end of July)
I live south of Longmont between Longmont and Niwot.


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Boulder County Colorado trees and shrubs 3 days ago

Canning raspberries & tomatoes together

I have a canning recipe for Chipotle sauce that I like, but would like to flavor it now with raspberries. Original quantities are: 8 lbs. plum tomatoes, 2 c brown sugar, 1 1/2 c cider vinegar, 1/2 c minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 2 t salt. Food processor the tomatoes, add rest of ingreditients, simmer 20-25 minutes. 1/2 pt. jars & use water bath 15 minutes. Because of the tomatoes, I didn't want to experiment! There are a lot of raspberry chipotle sauces out there (using a lot of raspberries, which can be expensive) but the primary ingredient is the raspberries, not the tomatoes. I'd like to add enough berries for a good flavor. Suggestions? Thank you!


Yamhill County Oregon home food preservation food safety 3 days ago

Big green caterpillar.

I've had all kinds of suggestions but if you look at the details, markings, I can't find this guy.


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Le Sueur County Minnesota 3 days ago


This is another angle of the plant I just sent to you. Germantown Maryland.



Montgomery County Maryland plant identification 3 days ago

Thuja Plicata

I have a 5 year old Thuja Plicata, 15 feet tall, where the outer leaves have started to turn yellow in the past few weeks. The leaves close to the trunk are still green. I lost another thuja tree about 2 years ago when it turned yellow. All the other Thuja trees in the row are still green. I have enclosed a picture of it next to one that is still green as comparison. I have also enclosed a picture of the leaf and the underside of the leaf. I cannot see any insect damage.


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Prince George's County Maryland tree thuja plicata yellowing 3 days ago

Ammonium phosphate and organic gardening

Hello. A copious amount of ammonium phosphate was introduced into my organic garden. Does this mean that my garden is no longer organic?


San Bernardino County California organic gardening 3 days ago

Orchard Grass and whether to mow it now.....

I have 3 acres fenced with 3 cows grazing the orchard grass. This year the grass crop was outstanding and the cows are not able to keep the grass in check. Approximately 50% of the grass has matured and produced seed and is brown with green grass below it. The field is irrigated daily. The cows are eating the green and shorter grass. Do you recommend that I mow the 3 acres so the cows would get better nutrients. Will keep the cows in the area for another 8 weeks.


Deschutes County Oregon pastures and forages 3 days ago

What type of spider?

I found this spider while raking rocks for my uncles jacuzzi base he is building. It came out of the deeper rocks that I raked up. What kind of spider is this and is it poisonous?


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Cook County Illinois 3 days ago

Canning Peppers

I used the following recipe to can some jalapeno peppers last year. 4 quarts Peppers whole or sliced 5 cups White Vinegar 5 cups Water 1/2 tsp Pickling Salt per Jar 1 clove Garlic per Jar I do not eat them myself, but can them for others. Some said that they were too salty. Can I reduce or eliminate the salt from the recipe? Thank your for your help.


Scott County Minnesota horticulture home canning 3 days ago

Dusky birch sawflies

I have a 20-year old triple trunk river birch (Betula nigra 'Heritage') on my front lawn. For the past three years, dusky birch sawflies have been feeding on the leaves for the entire month of July and sometimes into August. The tree tolerates the feeding and does not seem to be suffering any adverse effects but I do not like what I think are their droppings (green/brown pellets the size of a pea with texture resembling a corn cob). They are covering my front porch, sidewalk and driveway, sticking to the bottom of shoes and staining wherever they fall. My questions are (1) why has this started only for the past three years; (2) should I have had the tree sprayed to kill/discourage the sawflies and (3) how much longer will this chewing/pooping continue?


Baltimore County Maryland river birch tree dusky birch sawfly 3 days ago

What's wrong with my hydrangea?

We have been trying to grow these plants in this spot for 6-7 years. They always die. But we keep trying. The plants in the photo are brand new. Two weeks old. This time we mixed Pete moss with the soil. Still no luck. Please help!


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Anoka County Minnesota horticulture hydrangea 3 days ago

Ground Nest

Hello, I’m trying to address this nest I found today. Can you tell if this ground nest is a yellow jacket nest or bees nest? Can I address it myself? It’s in a berm nest to my pool. Worried about aggressive possibilities of this insect. Thank you for your assistance. Kindly,


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Talbot County Maryland identification insect possible stinging insect 3 days ago

tomato problems

Can I send you a picture of my tomato plant to see if you can identify what's wrong?


Denver County Colorado fruits and vegetables 3 days ago

Japanese Beetle infestation in a woods and private property

How do we treat 1/2 acre of land with extensive destruction by Japanese Beetles? They are in the birch trees, in ground cover, on bushes, in the geraniums. We cannot eat out on our deck because of fecal matter raining down on us. We could treat the gravel areas and the lawn, but the woods are thick with underbrush. We really do not know where to start. This year is worse than last and last year was bad. We live in Ramsey Co, back up to the Innsbruck Nature Center in Anoka and share a boarder with them. HELP!


Ramsey County Minnesota 3 days ago

Mysterious catapillar in the ash tree

Today a unidentifiable insect fell out of our ash tree. We have been struggling with infestations and are wondering if this bug is anything to be worried about. And also what it might turn into? Please and thank you, sincerely Mia Donnay


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Carver County Minnesota 3 days ago

Insect eggs

Today I found tiny reddish/orange colored eggs on the underside of a swamp milkweed leaf. I know they are NOT monarch eggs, but not sure what they are and if they are 'good' bugs or 'bad' bugs.


Baltimore County Maryland insect issues flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials 3 days ago

Paper Bark maple branches dying

My paperbark 20 year old maple is starting to have its branches die....thought at first the chipmunks were breaking them jumping around on the tree...but more are dying and there is moss growing on some of the tree does seem to be most of the smaller branches...any ideas...thankyou..Margaret


Washington County Oregon tree health horticulture diagnosis of plant problems 3 days ago


I live in suburban area of Lancaster County. Not rural, not farmland....just suburban. I am losing the war with Canada and other thistle in my flower beds and in my lawn. Have lived here 9 years, but the last 3 have been the absolute worst. Solarization has been successful in raised beds where I just kill everything, but I need a solution for areas where I can't/don't want to kill everything. They take over my strawberry bed until it's a thistle jungle and you can't even see the strawberry plants! They come up through the stone base of my garden shed and crawl out and up from under it. I cut, I pull. I curse. Forget Roundup or any other retail chemical spray. I have even used ThistleDown--expensive and should be deadly, but it only kills the tops and they come back. They are dense, obnoxious and I am desperate. I do try to cut tops, at least, if I can't get 'em all pulled, but this year I am challenged with a painful hip which makes my work difficult and much more painful. Very hard to keep up. Please tell me if 20% vinegar is a permanent solution and how to use it safely. It's the only thing I haven't yet tried. I am also giving up on one area with southern exposure--now resorting to landscape fabric and putting down stone mulch. Have lost beautiful Casa Blanca lilies and Stokes aster in this area--the thistles took over and there's nothing left, so it will now be nothing. Came up even through black plastic, conveniently finding the holes I poked for drainage. Please help. Will try anything that doesn't damage the soil or me.


Lancaster County Pennsylvania 3 days ago

A while back I had a PDF from you guys on equine pasture management , with...

A while back I had a PDF from you guys on equine pasture management , with information that gave guidelines on land loading in the from on lbs of livestock per acre, along with tips on mowing techniques and nutrition. Any chance you happen to know where that went from your site?


Athens County Ohio 3 days ago

Phoebe bird nest

There is a Phoebe bird nest in our back alcove. This is the 3rd year they have nested in the same spot. This year there were 4 eggs but only 3 hatched. The babies have grown and left the nest. I noticed the last few nights that one Phoebe returns until the morning. I am wondering if this might be one of the parents or one of the babies. Should I remove the unhatched egg? It's in a location that a predator won't find it. Thanks, Liz


Pennsylvania birds 3 days ago

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