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about 4 years ago

Best way to add calcium to soil to prevent blossom end rot?

I have a tomato growing question. I have experienced problems with blossom end rot on past tomato crops and I would like to try growing some again this year. If it is caused by...

5 answers · 105,433 visits

about 4 years ago

White spots on squash and zucchini leaves

I've had these pictures of my squash plants since summer and wasn't sure who to ask. Both my squash and zucchini plants ended up with strange white spots on their leaves which...

6 answers · 81,667 visits

about 4 years ago

How to build a trellis for grape vines

How do I build a trellis that is suitable for grape growing? Is it similar to raspberries or are there other ways to do it?

3 answers · 77,130 visits

about 4 years ago

How far apart should tomatoes and peppers be spaced?

I read somewhere that I should not plant tomatoes close to peppers. I guess this is something to do with an increased risk of disease as they are related? How far apart do they...

Zone 7
4 answers · 76,918 visits

over 3 years ago

Plant & grow a nectarine tree from their stones

Can you plant & grow a nectarine tree from their stones?

4 answers · 76,699 visits

over 3 years ago

Tips of avocado leaves are turning brown

I wondered if anybody might be able to help me identify the problem with my avocado plant. This is my first time growing one and I can't seem to find a definitive answer to what...

Pennsylvania, USA
6 answers · 69,595 visits

almost 4 years ago

Cucumbers producing flowers but no fruit

I have a problem with my cucumber plants. They have been growing well and look very healthy. I have seen lots of flowers so far but no cucumbers. I grew them last year with no...

2 answers · 43,047 visits

about 4 years ago

Is it a good idea to put Epsom salts on to tomato plants?

My friend swears by Epsom salts for her tomato plants. She says that it supplements the magnesium and prevents blossom-end rot. I thought blossom end rot was caused by a lack of...

5 answers · 33,231 visits

about 4 years ago

Pear trees that don't produce fruit

I was speaking to a friend of mine last week about our respective garden problems and she happened to mention that the pear trees she has in her garden do not produce fruit. Is...

2 answers · 30,386 visits

about 4 years ago

How to remove stones from soil

The soil in my yard is very stony I really want to be able to be able to grow root crops. Is there anything I can use to remove the rocks or will I simply have to dig them out...

4 answers · 26,689 visits

about 4 years ago

What would cause flowers to fall off pepper plant?

Hi.I have noticed this two years running. My bell pepper plant will produce lots of flowers, but they drop off without producing fruit. What could be causing this? I'd really...

4 answers · 25,256 visits

about 4 years ago

Best way to trellis raspberries?

I would like to plant two varieties of raspberry in my yard, a summer fruiting variety and an autumn fruiting variety. Is there a trellis system that works best for raspberry? I...

1 answer · 23,598 visits

How to turn a male Papaya tree into a female tree?

Does anyone know how to turn a male Papaya tree into a productive female Papaya tree?

Ponchatoula, Louisiana
2 answers · 23,151 visits

almost 4 years ago

Ant control for vegetable garden

I have been noticing that I have a few more ants in my garden this year than I did in previous years. I know that they won't do much harm to my fruit and veg but they are really...

5 answers · 22,737 visits

about 4 years ago

How to amend sandy soil to make it suitable for vegetable growing?

I would really like to grow vegetables in my garden but the soil is very sandy. How can I make it suitable for vegetable growing? Is there anything that would grow in the soil...

5 answers · 21,726 visits

about 4 years ago

How exactly do I use chicken poop in my vegetable garden?

So, knowing that I am keen on growing vegetables a friend who recently started keeping chickens offered me all the chicken poop I could ever want :-) I have heard of people...

United Kingdom
4 answers · 21,320 visits

about 4 years ago

How much seed do I need to grow half acre of red bulb onions?

Question posted on behalf of Sarah Ameso from Kenya. I would like to grow half an acre of red bulb onions. Kindly advise on how much seed I will need.

3 answers · 20,465 visits

almost 4 years ago

How to control the spread of raspberry bushes?

I planted raspberry bushes in my small yard two years ago. This was my first experience with berry bushes and I didn't realize how incredibly rapidly they would take over. My...

3 answers · 20,429 visits

about 4 years ago

What is this thistle plant, and how do I use or remove it

I have many of these plants (weeds) in my backyard and they have thorns. How do I take them out of the yard while it is hard to use the lawnmower over them? I researched online...

7 answers · 19,055 visits

about 4 years ago

Why are my lettuce seedlings "leggy"?

I started lettuce seedlings about 14 or 15 days ago. I planted them in a seed starting mix in flat trays by planting 3 or 4 seeds together in one hole. I positioned the trays in...

5 answers · 18,811 visits

about 4 years ago

Why are my pumpkin plants wilting and dying?

I have a small garden at my house and I grew pumpkins in my garden for several years without problems, but this year the plant are wilting and not happy. I have have been...

Florianópolis, Brazil
2 answers · 18,526 visits

over 2 years ago

What is the expected yield of maize per acre in Yatta region of Kenya?

How many bags of maize should a farmer expect to harvest per acre after planting PAN variety of maize seed?

2 answers · 18,331 visits

almost 4 years ago

Earworms on corn - which pesticide should I spray when?

When is the best time to spray for corn earworms? I am currently using Sevin. Is there a better pesticide to use?

4 answers · 15,007 visits

about 4 years ago

How to grow cucumber vertically?

I am sure I read somewhere (possibly even on here) that it is possible to grow cucumbers vertically on a trellis. Could somebody please advise of a simple method of doing this...

5 answers · 14,858 visits

about 4 years ago

Can I add coffee grounds directly to my soil?

A friend of mine says that you can just toss coffee grounds out onto the soil as a way of composting but I am not so sure about this. I thought coffee was very acidic, will that...

4 answers · 14,614 visits