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about 4 years ago

Celery for beginners

I'm growing celery, but I can't find a comprehensive write up on growing techniques. Should I clip it around a foot to help concentrate the plants energy? Any knowledge shared...

1 answer · 2,263 visits

about 4 years ago

Tomato varietals for beginners

What tomato varietals are ideal for a beginning tomato grower? And if they are similarly easy to grow, which varietals are best for flavor?

State College, PA
5 answers · 2,779 visits

about 4 years ago

Lamp for growing seedlings indoors

I would like to use a lamp to help my indoor seedlings get a good head start this year. I assume that a warming lamp like the ones being used for chicken houses won't be the...

State College, PA
2 answers · 1,526 visits

about 4 years ago

What happened to my rhubarb?

I took this picture of my rhubarb plant at some point over the summer. It survived but what was wrong with it? Will it grow again? As far as I remember, all the other plants...

3 answers · 3,974 visits

about 4 years ago

Growing blackberry in FL

Hey! I love blackberrys and I would really like to grow them in the yard. I hear they prefer cold temperatures, what are the chances I could grow them here in Florida? I'm just...

1 answer · 1,381 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 · 80,984 visits

about 4 years ago

Raspberry plant not fruiting

I bought a raspberry plant two years ago and it has not fruited. Other than a lack of fruit it seems to be a happy plant. Why would it not fruit?

2 answers · 2,096 visits

about 4 years ago

Advice on growing corn for a beginner?

I am desperate to try my hand at growing corn this summer. All of the advice I can find about growing it seems quite complicated. What is the easiest method for a beginner like...

1 answer · 1,720 visits

about 4 years ago

Squirrels on my balcony (and plants)...

I am not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but I thought someone might be able to help. My wife and I tried to grow a few tomato, pepper and herb plants on our...

State College,PA
2 answers · 2,382 visits

about 4 years ago

Companion planting - what goes together?

I keep reading that I should plant basil next to my tomato plants to improve their flavor - how does this work? What else can I plant together?

South Carolina
1 answer · 1,472 visits

about 4 years ago

How do I get started with composting?

I think that this year I would like to get started making my own compost to maintain my vegetable garden. How do I get started and what are the best materials to put in?

Zone 7
1 answer · 1,232 visits

about 4 years ago

how do i know what type of soil i have?

sorry more questions for you. i am trying to choose which plants to grow but i dont know what type of soil i have in my garden. is there an easy way to find this out?

2 answers · 1,534 visits

about 4 years ago

Getting rid of slugs on cherry tree

We have a cherry tree in our backyard, not sure how old it is, was there when we moved two years ago, but it is quite big and I assume its been there for several years. It’s...

1 answer · 4,937 visits

about 4 years ago

how do i grow my own seeds?

i saw some packs of seeds at the store over the weekend and it made me think that I would like to try to grow some of my own veg this year is it difficult? what do i need to get...

2 answers · 2,248 visits

about 4 years ago

Dividing rhubarb plant

Quick question. I have a wonderful rhubarb plant that I promised to share with a friend so that she too could grow it in her garden. I had completely forgotten about this and...

2 answers · 2,229 visits

about 4 years ago

Which type of mulch should I use?

Which mulch is best to use on my vegetable garden? Last year I found it difficult to keep up with the weeds and this year I want to be prepared. I have a variety of plants I...

Zone 7
4 answers · 3,912 visits

about 4 years ago

Should I buy a heat mat for my seedlings?

I am starting to make plans for my vegetable garden this year. I would like to grow peppers, lettuce, peas and maybe eggplant. I plant to start my seedlings indoors soon and I...

3 answers · 5,344 visits

about 4 years ago

When and how to plant pear tree

I really want to try planting some fruit trees in my back yard this year. I’d really like a pear tree. I’ve been trying to read up on how to do this but some sites recommend...

1 answer · 6,378 visits

about 4 years ago

Growing avocado from seed

Has anybody ever managed to successfully grow an avocado tree from the seed of a store bought one. I have a seed that I have saved from an avocado I had last week. If I plant it...

South Carolina
2 answers · 6,690 visits

about 4 years ago

Pruning crab apple trees

My wife and I have inherited two apple trees in our new garden. They are growing next to the house and we know NOTHING about gardening. They are at least 10ft tall. A friend of...

York, UK
1 answer · 1,973 visits

about 4 years ago

White growth on ceramic pots

This white stuff is growing all over my indoor ceramic pots which have my pepper plants growing in them. Is this a fungus or something? Could it be related to the death of my...

2 answers · 6,275 visits

about 4 years ago

Is there a specific feature that you would like to see on PlantVillage?

When we started developing PlantVillage, we had a lot of ideas what we wanted it to be. Over time, we let some of them go, refined others, and came up with completely new ones....

Lausanne, Switzerland
4 answers · 3,072 visits

about 4 years ago

Pepper plant died

Does anybody know what might have happened to my Cayenne pepper plant? It was doing ok indoors over winter and started looking sickly this week. I think it has died. Any ideas?

3 answers · 3,209 visits

about 4 years ago

Pickling cucumbers

I would love to grow some varieties of cucumber to pickle this year. Can anybody recommend a tasty variety to grow and perhaps share your pickling recipe?

2 answers · 1,829 visits

about 4 years ago

When to move tomatoes to the garden

When should I move my tomato plants into the garden? I started from seeds and all my plants are quite tall now but I’m not sure when to plant. I’m in Southern California.

4 answers · 4,040 visits