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Monster squashes. Pick early?


August 19, 2017, 3:47 pm

As usual this season I'm growing some delicata squashes. I leave these on t he vine until the vine has completely died and dried back in the fall. It s eems to consistently produce very sweet, rich... Read more »

composting corn cobs


August 6, 2017, 2:21 pm

Hi All ; I find that whole cobs are slow to break down in the composter - so I have been cutting them into ~ 5 pieces with a big knife - it helps a bit - but I'm wondering if there is a bet... Read more »

How to add water?


July 29, 2017, 2:20 am

Hi, I have just bought a Succulent Mix. 1. It needs only little water per a few days? 2. I just cannot find where to add the water! Thanks so much for your advice! +------------------------------... Read more »

Grapevines and Leylandii


July 25, 2017, 11:54 am

I have some young leylandii pushing their way up but a nearby grapevine has taken a fancy to a couple of them and has latched onto them. As it would do, it's starting to spread over them. I rather li... Read more »

Birds distroy too many plants in my garden!


July 19, 2017, 7:39 pm

My problem is Stellar Jays, who have eaten the petals off most of my flower s in my garden and I have also caught them eating some of my succulents as well. I have tried changing plants and flowe... Read more »

Inside Allerton: The Essential Guide to Robert Allerton Park


July 16, 2017, 8:06 pm

Named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, Robert Allerton Park is visited by nearly 100,000 people annually. Allerton, a wealthy Chicago philanthropist and art collector, donated his palatial c... Read more »

Thuja Green Giants - Fast Growing Hedges 3-5ft/year


July 9, 2017, 7:02 pm

I bought 10 Thuja Green Giants from a nursery and have grown them in the garden for the past 5 years. The were little plugs when I planted them. I am moving house and want to sell them. They are at... Read more »

What is this called?


July 3, 2017, 6:15 pm

Does anybody know what this tree is called? +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ -- Geraldi... Read more »

Melon seeds and hot water.


June 25, 2017, 11:53 am

Would inadvertently putting hot water on fresh seeds for 30 seconds or less then cold to clean for saving, cause any viability problems? Read more »

trying to id new weed invading back yard

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May 29, 2017, 12:03 am

Weed invading banks in back of house. This one crowding out vinca minor. About yard long, budding, stickers around leaves. Pulls easily with long thin root. Put through Google images and it s... Read more »

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where to buy smilax / greenbriar

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We're looking for smilax which have read here is also called greenbriar. Where can we purchase bulbs? Royce Read more »

Curling leaves on azalea

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I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, near the southern end of the bay. A few days ago, I discovered that the leaves on one of my Southern Indica azaleas (a variety called 'Southern Charm') had cu... Read more »

Roundup - how far travel?

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Please don't lynch me for asking about the R word! I just had HUGE amounts of the worst, most deep-rooted weed-grass taken out of a rose path, and don't want to go through that again soon! Already th... Read more »

Petunia Bugs

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I've got a hanging basket with Wave Petunias from a nursery. I noticed this year that the petunias are sticky--like from sap(one they are secreting). When I dead head them the dead flowers all stick ... Read more »

Is there oak wilt in Massachusetts??

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We recently moved into a brand new property in central mass. It has a number of oaks on the lot and today I noticed the leaves on one of them were brown. This tree is a pin oak (I think: 6 pointed le... Read more »

Re: Trying to keep mulch beds clean

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On Tue, 05 Aug 2003 18:01:09 GMT, Rick Yeah, I'm in pretty much the same boat. I'm biting the bullet and edging the borders using an edger, and then making a v shaped trench about 3 across. Not su... Read more »

Cat urine killing english boxwood hedge!

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I planted 35 boxwoods that line my walkway to my porch. I have since replaced 10 of these because cats are urinating on them and killing them. I've considered the Scarecrow motion activated sprinkler... Read more »

how to keep Japanese maple from growing taller?

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I have a Japanese maple with red leaves. It is about 3 feet tall. However, it seems to be inching taller slightly each year. If it grows much taller, it won't look good in its location. Is there a ... Read more »

Cantaloupe - tendrils?

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i am typing in l/c only, in case the jealous plant gods are watching... first time I've tried melons in ages...going great so far, shhhh!... question: plants have lots of eager tendrils. since plan... Read more »

Sunbeam RE1000 mower

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I wonder if someone knows where I can secure a replacement clogged rubber drive belt for my mower that is light enough for newly planted lawns versus my much heaver Thor? (Sunbeam has advised they no... Read more »

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