PlantVillage

PlantVillage is built on the premise that all knowledge that helps people grow food should be openly accessible to anyone on the planet.

PlantVillage is a user moderated Q & A forum dedicated to the goal of helping people grow their own food. It is an open freely available resource that helps you solve all your plant related questions.

about 4 years ago

Effectiveness of ladybugs at controlling pests in organic vegetable garden

I am curious to find out what peoples experiences are with buying ladybirds and releasing them in the vegetable garden. Do the ladybugs establish and hang around all summer or...

OK Zone 7
4 answers · 3,320 visits

about 4 years ago

Sugar Cane

Can you grow sugar cane in central florida (zone 9) and if so where can I get some?

2 answers · 2,718 visits

about 4 years ago

Pruning Cherry tree with Black Knot

The cherry in our yard has what I'm now sure is black knot. I see that it might be possible to prune back the diseased branches and maybe save the tree. Would anyone be able to...

1 answer · 1,382 visits

about 4 years ago

Brown shriveled leaves on artichoke seedlings

I have been growing up some globe artichoke transplants and they were doing great. However over the last couple of days, the leaves at the bottom of the plants have started to...

1 answer · 2,220 visits

about 4 years ago

Melon in container?

Is it possible to grow melon in a container? I am trying to start a balcony garden and I am limited to containers. Has anybody tried this and had success? If so which variety?

1 answer · 2,254 visits

about 4 years ago

When should garlic cloves sprout?

I planted a few garlic cloves for the first time in the Fall and I am eagerly awaiting them sprouting in the spring. How quickly does garlic tend to emerge? Is there any chance...

2 answers · 2,007 visits

about 4 years ago

What is best to plant near strawberry?

I ask this as I know that strawberry does not do well with competition. Is there something that will do well and not affect the strawberry too much. Is there an optimum amount...

Zone 7
2 answers · 1,759 visits

about 4 years ago

How often should I rotate pepper

I know that I should rotate the plants that I grow in my vegetable garden but how often is best? Can I grow pepper in the same spot as last year? I don't have much space to play...

1 answer · 1,546 visits

Red
about 4 years ago

what would cause a green potato?

I managed to raise a December crop of potato but when I harvested them, many had green areas of skin. What would cause this?

1 answer · 1,410 visits

about 4 years ago

Topping tomato plants

So having read a bit more about growing indeterminates I have another question. Some people seem to advocate topping the tomato plants to ripen fruit later in the season, while...

Zone 7B
3 answers · 14,000 visits

about 4 years ago

Gooseberry that does not flower

The gooseberry I have in my back yard has not flowered once. I have lived here for about 4 years now, the plant was there when we moved here so its not one I planted. It looks...

1 answer · 1,534 visits

about 4 years ago

How to grow Lavender and Hops Herbs

Question on behalf of Donga from Kenya:Hello,I would like to ask if you may help me with information on how to grow Lavender and Hops Herbs.Thank-you.

1 answer · 1,598 visits

about 4 years ago

Baby corn - is it a special variety?

Can somebody please settle this argument for me. My husband wants me to grow baby corn in the garden this year but will not believe me that it is simply regular corn that has...

Zone 7B
1 answer · 1,811 visits

about 4 years ago

What do I need to start growing strawberries in Nakuru Kenya and how much yields can I expect from half acre ?

Question on behalf of Nicholas Bore from Kenya. Advise me on how to start growing strawberries in Nakuru and expected yields on an half acre piece of land. The altitude is...

1 answer · 1,960 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 · 20,654 visits

about 4 years ago

How much seed do I need to grow half acre of butternut?

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

1 answer · 10,701 visits

about 4 years ago

Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) for erosion control and other services in Tanzania

This is a followup question to one that I had posted with regard to cover crops for erosion control in Tanzania ( see an additional picture below). I have been thinking about...

Luvilukuni, Tanzania
1 answer · 1,887 visits

about 4 years ago

Timing tomato seeds

When should I start tomato seeds indoors for transplanting? I'm in zone 6?

PA
1 answer · 1,412 visits

about 4 years ago

Slug control

We got a major slug infestation in the vegetables last year and as we are starting to plan our planting for spring I figured I would get some advise about whether there is...

United Kingdom
2 answers · 1,885 visits

about 4 years ago

Getting rid of unwanted mint

I have a small problem of mint growing uncontrollably all over my garden and I could really use some advice on the best method of getting rid of it. Am I going to have to dig it...

IL, Zone 8a
2 answers · 3,230 visits

about 4 years ago

Planting apple trees near cedar

I have been told by a friend (who also happens to live next door) that I should not plant apple trees in the yard as there are cedars growing in the area and they can get a...

2 answers · 10,331 visits

about 4 years ago

Suckering tomatoes

I usually grow determinate varieties in containers but I thought I’d try my hand at a few indeterminates this year, any tips on suckering for a first time grower?

Zone 7B
1 answer · 2,165 visits

about 4 years ago

Not so hot Jalapenos

Nice to see a page for hot peppers on here. I have a question that I'm sorta posting on behalf of a friend. He said he grew some jalapenos up last year but the peppers were very...

2 answers · 2,170 visits

about 4 years ago

How to remove apple tree suckers

Our apple tree is producing extensive suckers and I’m worried about cutting them as I have been told that this will just make the tree produce even more of them. Any advice as...

ND
2 answers · 7,883 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 · 25,738 visits