I have been harvesting and eating stinging nettle. While browsing information online, I came across a reference to nettle that indicated consuming nettle after it begins to flower may damage the kidneys. With further study, I found Paul Pritchford in his book "Healing with Whole Foods" referring to the kidney tonic effects of nettle. So now I am confused - can flowering nettle damage the kidneys or not? Would you have a source that can answer this question? I really appreciate your help with this. Julia Cubit
Frederick County Maryland herbs almost 7 years ago
We have a 13+ year old ornimental plum tree (deep purple leaves/pink flowers in spring). I noticed today that the leaves on it (and 4 others on the street) are turning brown and the branches are thinning. This appears to be in patches in the foliage. This is the first year I have noticed this for our tree or the other on the street. Our tree is the last in the line on the street, and not as bad as the others. We have full sun and fertilized lawn. The property is generally windy. Soil drainage is generally poor. We have not applied any pesticides or fungicides. What can be done to curb this problem?
please ID the type of pine tree this is. It grows wild in the forest.
Please identify these purple flowers.
Pls pass this along to "the boss."
1. after several questions and a few posted comments (as an MG), I received an email from "sohel karim of socient associates" asking me to click on links to provide feedback on this site. I have no reason to believe this is a reputable link, so either 1) you have been hacked and put your subscribers at risk, or 2) should have implemented some method to advise us that the contact is legitimate.
2. I sent a post with 2 questions, recvd response to one and a "get back to you" on the other, which think will be buried in some pile. maybe you should have a procedure for this - or instruction to onlt ask one at a time.
3. New to the site, I've read a number of answers that are accurate but quite terse; additional info would be helpful to the client. However you have set up your system appears to credit responders on a per response vs. per word basis.
Pls find a way to credit those who take time to flesh out more issues/facts.
4. I've never seen a comment to any question (besides mine!) which could be a function of others not being aware/contributing to your site, or that such effort is a waste of time. Before I continue spending my time commenting, pls advise if your software advises the client who wrote the question that additional info has been added, as it does when the initial response is prepared. Also, is the orig responder to the question also advised on the subsequent input?
5. this is also a test to determine how well you deal with multiple questions!!!!!
Tnx. Hope you want to make this tool be as benefical as I do.
Anne Arundel County Maryland almost 7 years ago
How do I control flies (not house flies, but like fruit flies) in my compost bin. They swarm when I open it to add material.
What do you do with grape hyacinths after they flower? After I take off the dead blooms, the grass like leaves don't seem to die back and just lie around looking messy. Can I just cut them back?
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 Maryland vegetables almost 7 years ago
Greetings, Can you please identify this flower, from the attached photo? Thank you!
Frederick County Maryland plant id almost 7 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 Maryland almost 7 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 Maryland vegetables almost 7 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 Maryland almost 7 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 Maryland almost 7 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 Maryland plant id almost 7 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?