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Planting watermelon in containers

So this is how I transplanted them. Barely got them today,my question is leafs are for the sun can i move the watermelon to the back? Would it grow longer than i put it there? I can make it go to the floor as well. Also how long will it take to get fruit? How big are these watermelons going to be?

Hall County Nebraska Posted 9 months ago

Sevin liquid

Can you use liquid on tomato plants?

Cheyenne County Nebraska Posted 9 months ago

Dragging vs Table

I read your recent article on the cortisol levels in calves in response to the branding methods used. What the article did not mention is the ranking of the cortisol level results for the 3 methods in which the calves were split off the cows. Many of us are curious and believe that result would give us a more accurate assessment of the stress level in regard to the table vs roping. Of those 3, what we’re the results? Thank you for your time. I look forward to your response. Lee Starritt Nebraska Sandhills

Cherry County Nebraska Posted about 1 year ago

very narrow, black beetles, 3/8" long

What are the very narrow, 3/8" long, black beetles on blooms of petunias and dahlias? They were very damaging. I live in NW Nebraska, Dawes Co.

Nebraska Posted over 1 year ago

Smooth Brome Grass - Control

The grass is spreading out of the designated field area into yard, strawberry and flower beds. I understand Roundup will work but the area to control is extensive along the fence line, yard and garden areas. What are my options to stop it spreading and not cause any harm as animal feed?

Washington County Nebraska Posted almost 2 years ago

Lichens on indoor stone fireplace

I just purchased a home that has lichens all over the stones on the indoor fireplace. This fireplace is about 14 feet high floor to ceiling (so large one to clean). The prior owners didn't ever clean the stones on the fireplace in over a decade, so these lichens have been growing for some time. I am curious what is the best way to clean this off (including should I first scrape all of the lichen off with a nylon bristle brush while wearing a mask of course and then using a liquid mixture to wipe down each stone) as one of my sons has a respiratory illness and I don't want anything to stay in the air to harm him. I am also wondering what is best to not only clean them off but prevent them from coming back. Finally, do you think the lichens are on the inside of the chimney (so would I need to clean that too) especially if the fireplace was used a great deal? Thank you for your help!

Scotts Bluff County Nebraska Posted about 2 years ago

Pepper Jam/Jelly Fruit Float

What is the secret to getting rid of fruit float when I make pepper jam? The recipe I am using calls for 1 lb. jalapenos, 3 red bell peppers, 5 lbs. sugar, & 3 cups vinegar. I boil all together until it reaches 220*F, then add 2 pouches CERTO, and bring to the boil again until the temp is 220*F. Only once in all the years I have been using this recipe has the jam started to set as I was ladling it into the jars. The fruit distributed beautifully. All other times either the jam takes days to set or the fruit floats to the top unless I periodically rotate the jars, which probably prevents the pectin matrix from forming. Please help!

Sarpy County Nebraska Posted over 2 years ago

I have many beautiful rocks

So i have a lot of rocks jade agate and others i can't I identify if you could email me back i would love to send some photos to know more about them

Nebraska Posted over 2 years ago


Hello I'm looking into weevils for our property in sw Nebraska. Can they live here? Not finding much information on living conditions. Thanks

Hitchcock County Nebraska Posted over 2 years ago

China Twin Holly pet concern

We just planted 6 China Twin Holly shrubs around our back patio. My wife is now concerned that our French Bull dogs will get sick and die from them as she read they are poisonous to animals. Should we tear them out and plant something different? Have you heard of animals problems with these plants?

Douglas County Nebraska Posted almost 3 years ago