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Questions asked to this group

Japanese Beetles

What can I do to get rid of them now and to prevent them from coming again.

Pottawattamie County Iowa Posted 7 days ago

damage to nearly sprouted cucumbers

My newly sprouted cucumber plants (and to some extent sunflowers) have been damaged by something. I have a fence around the garden bed so I don't believe it is rabbits. Some of the plants have leaves slightly eaten, some entire leaf is cut off, and some cut off completely. I had a similar problem last year and was only successful with growing cucumbers after several re plantings. I don't see any obvious signs of insects (ie seeing them) on or near the plants. Is it possible that the damage is coming from birds? What are your suggestions to do? (In another garden bed I have newly sprouted zucchini squash that has no visible damage.)

Sarpy County Nebraska Posted about 1 month ago

Pond water

Is pond water suitable for watering a vegetable garden?

Scott County Mississippi Posted 3 months ago

Re: Untreated Well Water

Knowing what health problems untreated well water may cause when consumed. What can I use to make our well water safe to use in our garden? We use it on our lawn at this time.

Midland County Texas Posted 4 months ago

Ash mite pods eaten by our dog

  • Our ash tree has mites and we now have the prickly pods all over our yard, sidewalk, and driveway. We have a dog that eats the pods. Can he get mites by eating th w pods?

Douglas County Nebraska Posted 4 months ago

Planning my vegetable garden

When and what vegetable seeds do I need to start planting? I’m not sure what zone I am in 4 or 5 I am in North Omaha I am wanting to build raised garden beds and just don’t know what to start with and when

Douglas County Nebraska Posted 5 months ago

Tomatoes, Winter Squash

Hello! I'm looking for 5-6 different types of indeterminate tomato plants to grow in my garden this year. Can you recommend any specifics that have good disease resistance and produce red, large tomatoes? Also, can you give a recommendation for a good, hearty, disease resistant spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and zucchini squash? Thank you so much! Tyler Smith

Sarpy County Nebraska vegetable gardening Posted 5 months ago

Do you have plans for green house

I would like to build a small green house next to or attached to the South side of my house to overwinter plants and start seedlings. Do you have any recommendations?

Douglas County Nebraska greenhouses Posted 7 months ago

Fruit Tree troubles

I planted a number of fruit trees in full sun this spring. 8 of the 10 seem to be doing well. A bartlet pear and honey crisp apple had the leaves and buds turn black and dry up. The trunk still has green on the scratch test but they dont look well. Is it better to let them go through the rest of the summer and winter or just remove them and plant new this fall. Thanks for your assistance.

Thurston County Nebraska Posted about 1 year ago

Soil Testing

Hello, I read the article on soil tests. Have moved to an acreage and wish to start a garden. Land was used as a farm 20+ years ago, and an acreage with a grass lawn since. Before turning over soil for a garden, should I do a soil test for residual herbicides and fertilizers? And which lab would you recommend for such a test? Thank you. John

Washington County Nebraska Posted over 1 year ago