I have some carpenter bees in my deck. Should I get rid of them? What is the best method of getting rid of these bees?
I'd like your help in identifying what is damaging the leaves of my Fordhook chard and Shiraz Tall Top Beet tops. The damage appeared recently, and is progressing rapidly. The plants are grown in a raised 3' x 7' container filled with Leaf gro, planting mix, homemade compost, blood meal, and desiccated cow manure. Nothing has been done to the plants, except bi-weekly application of Neptune's Harvest. They are in full sun from 9am- 4pm. Thank you!
These scars recently appeared on my tomato plant. I had the same scarring in previous years on some of my tomato plants. The photo is of an heirloom tomato growing in rather cramped conditions in a raised container. It receives full sun from 9am - 4pm. It has not been treated with any spray. The only fertilizing it receives is bi-weekly applications of Neptune's Harvest. Soil test indicated extremely high levels across the board, except low level of lead. I raised it from seed sowed indoors in early February, planted out early April under row covers. Soil is a mix of Leaf Gro, planting mix, homemade compost, and desiccated cow manure. I appreciate your help!
Montgomery County MD vegetables over 6 years ago
Greetings, Can you please identify this flower, from the attached photo? Thank you!
Frederick County MD plant id over 6 years ago
I have noticed what looks to be an ant hill in my front yard. I want to know what type of insect it is. Should I be concerned? Attached is a photograph.
Hi. I recently bought a gojiberry plant from my local nursery. Since planting, it has developed strange raised whitish bumps on the leaves. I t has been growing well, but I don't know what the bumps are and how I should respond. Any thoughts or ideas would be helpful. Thanks, Carin
Baltimore MD over 6 years ago
I have 2 rose bushes that have black spot and would like to dig them up and get rid of them. Can I plant knock out roses in their spot without the knock outs getting diseased? Or would it be better to plant something else there?
I planted 14 heirloom tomatoes that I raised from seed on Tuesday night. They were 8" to 14" tall and had been treated with fungicide and dust containing Pyrethrins while in greenhouse. When I planted them they were liberally covered with dust. The very next night we check them and all were eaten leaving very few leaves and the stems. Corn, peas, potatoes growing next to tomatoes were untouched. No animal tracks, no hornworms, and no bugs or except a couple of small black flies on what was left of plants. Stems there so I guess no cutworms, afraid to plant any more there until we can figure out what wiped them out in less that 24 hours.
Hi...I have 5 (sour) cherry trees in my yard (actually most on HOA property)....All are oozing sticky stuff from bumps on the branches. We noticed because it started oozing on the car in the driveway. The trees have never done this before. Do you know what that is? And what should I do???? If we lose all those trees, we would really take a beating from the sun. : (
Hi Expert, I'm attaching images of a Burford Holly that was planted about 6 weeks ago in a bed on the north side of the house. There are black spots on the tops and bottoms of some of the leaves. Is this an infestation of some sort? I appreciate your advice as always. Thanks, Barbara
I was going to convert one of my flower beds to milkweed for Monarchs - what is the best native species for mid-Atlantic? I was going to buy seed online, but please let me know if you know of any place I can get for free?
I sent a question yesterday which you answered, but I didn't have a picture. Here are a couple of questions with pictures attached. I'm wondering what is causing these issues.... 1. holes in the bean plant leaves 2. holes and "rust" looking chewing on the lima bean leaves 3. shredding the leaves of brussels sprouts and broccoli 4. white substance on zucchini plant leaves. I appreciate your advice. (This is in the Sheridan St community garden supported by UMD Darrell Parsons)
Prince George's County MD vegetables over 6 years ago
Hi - I have two massive chestnut oak trees that don't look at all well this spring. Their leaves are turning black and falling off! Who can you recommend I call to come take a look at them? Thanks.
can i sell my home canning jams/in yard sales,farmers market booth,any local functions? what are the rules on this, and if so ,may i price them as i choose?
Anne Arundel County MD over 6 years ago
I'm running an urban farm in my 1/16th acre Brooklyn Park row home lot. We have a front and back yard. Out back, nothing eats our fruitful kitchen gardens, but out front, something nibbles my sunflower seedlings and broccoli stalks. The SF shoots are only an inch with a stem left behind, and the broccoli was at least five inches tall when it was lobbed off. No evidence of rats, but maybe squirrels or birds are the culprits. Help! We are dedicated to 100% organic here. What could it be? How could I stop this? Cages and trapping are the only thing I could imagine. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
My 85 year old father is having difficulty pruning his fruit trees. any ideas?
Calvert County MD over 6 years ago
Can you help me identify these two vines that are twirling around trees and plants in my yard? Can you also advise on the best way to control their spread - they really move fast!
Baltimore County MD plant id over 6 years ago
Many if not all of the sycamore trees in my town (University Park) and nearby towns seem to be really struggling (the leaves are mostly brown and much smaller than they usually are). Is there some sort of blight or is it just a result of the strange spring weather? Is there anything that can be done to help them?
I sent you an email Sunday about a raspberry bush. I have not heard anything. Can you please tell me when I might here from someone about raspberry bush.
St. Mary's County MD over 6 years ago
my question is regarding a forsythia that has not returned to grow this spring and is quite dead - it is one of three and one that has been replaced for three years - this was a group of three, all planted at the same time and within only a few feet of each other. last year, I replaced as much of the planting area soil as possible and still the results are the same.
Beets My beet leaves are turning brown and dying. It starts on the edge and works toward the center. I don't see any spots that look like fungus.
Prince George's County MD over 6 years ago
Will we see the cicadas this year in Montgomery and Frederick counties in Maryland?
English ivy is quickly engulfing a huge maple. My question: will pulling the big mature vines (some maybe an inch in diameter) irreparably damage the tree/its bark? These big vines are EMBEDDED in the bark, and I don't want to hurt the tree -- it is otherwise very healthy and important to my landscape. What are your suggestions for removing the ivy? thanks
My tomato garden has white grubs. What is a safe product to use to kill grubs in this garden? The grub population in the tomato garden is 1-2 grubs per square foot. (We have white grubs in our lawn and in our foundation gardens as well. The Bayer product I am using in these areas says it isn't to be used with plants used for food.) Thank you for your input.
Something (groundhog?) is eating my vegetables in my well fenced garden (4' tall composed of 2'of rabbit fence on top of 2' of cattle fence, then wire every foot up to 7'). I did not see any deer prints or other prints in the garden. The herbs, peas, brussel sprouts, lettuce are all gnawed. It doesn't like turnip greens or carrots. Some of the damage is up about 18 to 20 inches, so i was thinking a groundhog. Last year, I did see a groundhog in the garden, who got most of my ripe tomatoes, but he seemed to leave the other stuff alone. Other than electric fence, what are my options for stopping this? Your advice is appreciated.