Roanoke, Virginia

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Reasonable price for soil

Hi there, I am planning to put in a raised bed this spring, and I am wondering if you have any suggestions about where to find a reasonable price on soil to fill it with (I live in Roanoke city). I think that I need roughly 100 cubic feet for what I am hoping to do. Though if buying in bulk is substantially more cost-effective than by the bag, I may want to purchase twice that much to fill some low spots in my yard and do another landscaping project. I'd appreciate any advice you can give on places to start my search. Thank you, Alyda

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Roanoke VA almost 5 years ago

rhodendron anti-dessicant

Can you recommend one and is this the proper time to apply it?

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Roanoke VA about 6 years ago

Mystery flower

What's this flower? Looked similar to periwinkle but not exact. Cursory googling makes me think something of the Solanaceae family?

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Roanoke VA over 4 years ago

tomatoes

why do my tomatoe plants get so tall?thank you.

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Roanoke VA over 5 years ago

Jimson Weed

I have a massive amount (over 2 dozen plants) of 3 foot tall Jimson weed growing in my raised beds. I am going to pull them out by the roots and dispose of them in trash bags. Any other suggestions for safe removal?

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Roanoke VA over 4 years ago

Canning tomatoes that have ripened indoors

I have about ten pounds of roma tomatoes that have ripened indoors. My other tomato vines started withering several weeks ago and I wanted to save what was left of the romas. The vines were healthy when I picked them, and the tomatoes were full sized. However, they were very green at the time.

Most of them have turned red, but are still firm to the touch. I would like to be able to process and can them in pint or quart jars, but I'm concerned about canning tomatoes that are not fresh off the vine.

I know that tomatoes are "border" fruits, and so I always add lemon juice (5% acidity) to each jar (1 tbs for pints / 2 tbs for quarts). I also use a pressure canner for processing tomatoes (with the exception of salsa, which contains plenty of vinegar for flavor and acidity to discourage bacterial growth).

Since I don't have enough tomatoes to make pasta sauce, I'd like to can them peeled and whole. Is there still a chance to can these tomatoes, or should I freeze them to preserve them?

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Roanoke VA over 6 years ago

Strange Flowering Cactus

Can anyone identify this succulent? It has a very unique bloom.

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Roanoke VA over 5 years ago

repeated abandoning nexts

I have 2 bluebird boxes in my yard. A pair of blues build nests in each box and then abandon them. They have repeated this 4 times this spring, 2 times in each box. Why???

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Roanoke VA over 4 years ago

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