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Advising home gardeners in Canada, the Great Lakes region & northeast. Sustainable gardening practices for ornamental & food gardens.

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A Bent Pine Tree

Is it too late to fix my Leland pine tree? After overcoming resistance from my wife I cut off the lower limbs of our pine tree and it revealed the base was growing closer to horizontal than vertical. I straitened the tree so the top of the trunk is vertical. Should I instead try to get the lower trunk to be vertical which would then make the top of the tree look like it is not vertical? Would that give the tree a better chance of growing correctly?

The tree trunk is about 4 inches thick directly below and above the bend area. The tree is about 10 feet tall and Iis supposed to grow to about 30-40 feet tall. Am I better off removing this tree and planting a new one or can this tree be saved with reasonable growth expectations?


Mecklenburg County North Carolina Posted 4 days ago

Weight not jiggling

I use 15 pounds of pressure as per altitude but my weight isn’t jiggling should I be worried

Outside United States pressure cooker pressure gauge testing Posted 4 days ago

covid 19

Is an organophosphate respirator effective against the covid 19 virus?
If not is there any other cartridge/ filter available that is?
Thank you

Outside United States respirator covid-19 Posted 5 days ago

Leaves turning black

I recently purchased an indoor greenhouse, I'm trying to grow a pepper plant. For some reason, the leaves have begun turning black. I don't believe I'm over-watering it, and I haven't added any fertilizer yet, it is in potting soil. There is good drainage at the bottom of the pot. Here are some pictures, one under the light in the greenhouse, the other outside of the greenhouse. Any idea why the leaves are turning black?

Luna County New Mexico Posted 6 days ago

Can you tell me what kind of spider this is

Hey hi I'm from India
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is??
Is it rare ...?

Outside United States Posted 6 days ago

Spider bite during sleep in nz

Can you tell me what kind of spider did it? No i have a rashy area with puncture marks. It was itchy. The rash had started to spread and I wanted to control and get rid of it. I was thinking it might have been the Redback spiders. Alll this happened in new zealand. Thank you for any answers

Outside United States Posted 12 days ago

Elephant ear asleep

I have my first elephant ear it produced a big leaf one month ago so that makes three leaves. It quit at that .what does it need

Cache County Utah Posted 13 days ago

Spirea branches

It’s March and my Spireas branches are long and look dead. Should these be pruned back?

Dane County Wisconsin pruning spirea Posted 15 days ago

dead lawn

please help we layed a new lawn 3 years ago and up to this winter it has been fine but now i have no lawn at all except a few small tufts of grass we have noticed alot of worm mounds and we of course had a lot of rain when we moved into the house 3 years ago we took up crazy paving and the weed free fabric cloth stuff we were wondering if the ground had been treated with anything that is now affecting our lawn due to excessive rain friends of ours used left over turf from the same batch and it is fine
Thank you p charlwood

Outside United States Posted 18 days ago

Is homemade cream cheese danish shelf stable

Does homemade cream cheese danish need to be refrigerated? Commercial products are shelf stable but is it like pumpkin pie (that the commercial pies have preservatives that make them shelf stable but homemade needs to be refrigerated) Thanks for any info you can provide

Chippewa County Michigan food storage Posted 25 days ago