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Trimming potato leaves 
the branches of my potatoes are so large that they are not letting other plants in my garden grow. What should I do?

parsnips too thin 
my parsnips are very beautiful, their leaves are. i do not, however, get any proper roots, they are thin and long, nothing fit for eating. what have …

Leggy runner bean plants 
I started off my runner beans in a cold greenhouse, but after 3 wks there was no sign of leaves, so I brought them inside thinking that otherwise the bean …

Rhubarb growing tall buds 
my rhubarb plant has produced a huge amount of buds. It has been growing taller as each bud blooms. It isn't filling out with leaves and stalks for my …

Growing carrots into second year 
Is it a good idea if i leave the small carrots in ground until second year because they are too small in first year?

Eggplant flowering but no fruit 
My plant is healthy with beautiful purple flower blossoms, but it's not bearing fruit. I planted it as a young plant in my green house. It's grown and …

potatoes not flowering 
Why are my early potatoes not flowering they were well chitted and planted on time.

Corn growing again after being cut down 
I thinned my corn but the stalks that were cut to the ground are growing again what do I do!

New Raised Bed Garden Woes 
Been gardening for a few years, never really had any problems. Well now I finally got my dream garden.My husband built raised beds and we filled with …

plants stunted with extreme leaf curling 
...I grow every year for the past 20 years and never have I had any problems. I live in West central Florida and the has been excellent but I'm having …

Asparagus seeds didn't come up 2nd year 
I have a great bed of asparagus, which is about 8 years old. We gets lots of asparagus. Last year we started a new bed from seed. The soil is similar, …

Cucumber and Zucchinis not growing 
I've been growing zucchini, squash, and cucumber for years and have NEVER had a good harvest. I'm not sure if it's pests getting in or not. It seems …

Dividing Asparagus crowns 
I have an asparagus bed,3rd yr coming up,not yet picked from it,do these crowns get bigger every year ? can i dig and split them if they do grow in size …

no dig and crop rotation 
got an allotment in may and want to be a no dig and fully organic gardener,have been reading obout companion planting, putting potatoes in with cabbage,beans …

Ridge gourd very small and dying 
I have planted ring guard plant in pot on my terrece.it has started growing and some guard are growing but they are dying very small.not growing big.

eggplant stock remaining in the ground over winter 
Is it possible to leave eggplant plants in the ground over winter if I cut them back to one foot above ground and expect then to produce next summer?

sweet meat squash not sweet 
Why doesn't my sweetmeat squash taste sweet? It grew beautifully and prolifically but it isn't sweet.

Squash infertility 
We planted pumpkin, hubbard, spagetti, zukinni and acorn squash this Spring and there was no viable harvest. The plants continued flowering until September, …

peas with weak stems 
why do my garden peas have weak thin stems?

Winter squash fruits stunted 
I have several varieties of winter squash growing, butternut, acorn, delicata, and spaghetti. The plants are all doing well, except that 1) they are not …

round veggie growing with cucumbers 
what is the round veggie is growing between my cucumbers? So I have a little garden and in it I have mostly cucumbers, two eggplants, one watermelon and …

Potato plants started flowering 
I am wondering, in knowing it was not good for my brocolli plants when flowering, what do I do when my potato plants begin to flower? One person told me …

slow growing zucchini and squash 
my zucchini and yellow squash have 2 - 4 inch fruit, but it has been so cold and wet (Winnipeg, Manitoba) We have had a horrible spring, early summer so …

Vegetable plants turning yellow and leaves dying 
I planted my first garden this year and was really excited about how well it was doing. We have a raised bed that I've planted cucumbers, tomatoes, green …

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Veggies not growing and everything looks burnt. 
I am growing many veggies started from seeds indoors then transplanted into raised beds with compost from the county landfill. Everything is getting plenty …

Plants good in morning not a few hours later 
We just planted a bunch of tomato plants, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers and some peppers. The plants all look amazing and healthy in the morning, but by …

Black Beauty Eggplant turned yellow, not black. 
Hi, I planted 4 Eggplant and they grew well, flowered and set green fruit which have now turned yellow instead of black, what has happened, is it my fault …

Purple King Beans flowering but no beans 
Have grown purple king beans every summer for many years in North East Victoria. This year plants are healthy and over 2 meters tall with lots of flowers …

Black Beans damaged 
I just started planting some black beans a few days ago. Well the black beans started to sprout. One of the sprouts that is still in the bean broke off …

Broccoli, Bok Choy, Lettuce, Kale stopped growing 
My Broccoli, Boy Choy, Lettuce, and Kale took off beautifully for two weeks. Once they were all sprouted their growing slowed to a near halt. Its like …

my corn plants are yellow 
I moved to a new location and my garden has plenty of sun and water. However, the corn has a yellowish cast. I have adjusted the pH of the soil but it …

Stunted tomato plants with curling leaves 
I conditioned my bales with blood meal and waited to plant. We did have a few cold nights but not freezing. Tomatos are trying to grow but most blossoms …

huge tops on root plants 
I have huge tops and no bottoms on root plants IE: radish, beet, even onions. I've add green sandy to the box but the problem hasn't improved. I'm fertilizing …

Raised bed soil and poor vegetables 
Worst crop of radishes ever...I live in Zone 6, middle Tennessee; I have three raised beds, about 6 inches deep with bagged organic garden soil from Home …

broad bean flowers 
why are my broad bean flowers going black. I live in the south west and planted the seeds in November, they were ok until this week. It has been cold but …

Can't grow green beans in my box garden. 
I'm trying to grow green beans in a box garden in south florida. I planted in March and the plants grew well until they got about a foot tall and then …

Watermelon, Pumpkin, Rockmelon not growing large 
My vegetable vines grow really well but when the vegetables are about the size of my little thumbnail they drop off (sometimes they turn yellow before …

Indoor seedlings turn yellow or dry up 
Every time I start plants indoors from seed, they start out very good and even get to several inches tall. Then all of a sudden some turn yellow then brown, …

Purple King Beans leaves at the bottom of the plants turning yellow and dying off 
I am growing Purple King Beans on my balcony, the plants are in a pretty big pot, and have grown happily to about 3ft high and are now starting to grow …

habanero chilli dropping flowers 
the flowers on my habanero chilli plants keep falling off just after opening how do i stop it happening ?

Tomatoes and beans have roots growing up the stems 
roots are growing up the stem of my tomato and beans

No Dig Zucchinis 
Hi. My abundant crop of (no dig) zucchinis has just finished. Can anyone recommend what I could/should plant in this same no-dig bed after zucchinis. Should …

why are my vegetables small 
Even with soil preparation why are my vegtables small, a soil testing kit states my soil is neutral and not lacking in anything. I do have a pine tree …

Brussel Sprouts not firmed up 
I set seeds of 'Evesham Special' sprouts on 11 Mar this year and subsequently pricked out into 3" individual pots and when fully established in pots planted …

Runner beans growing in withered pods 
My runner beans are growing in very limp looking pods. They taste ok but what causes this. I put it down to the growing season we have had but never …

zucchini under producing 
I have 4 huge, healthy zucchini plants that are producing very little. Everything looks great, but the produce is not what it should be. There were some …

Why do my plants die so soon? 
Planted butternut squash from seed May 17th and it is now August 17th and the plants are quite small and just starting to get flowers. Fertilize them …

tomatoes disappeared off plant 
we have 15 tomatoes about 3 feet tall. we had a bunch of tomatoes which would have been ripe in about a week but now they're all gone. what could have …

No fruit on pepper plants 
Every Year we plant peppers, regular bell peppers. we get 1 picking and then no more peppers. If there are peppers, they are small. What could be lacking …

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Cabbages grown in same spot 
Can I plant a second sowing of cabbages in the same bed in 1 year?

Some green beans flat and tough 
My husband has been gardening for yrs. we live in north georgia a good climate, enough water,sun, the soil is good. Question: Each yr. the half runner …

String beans tops eaten 
A ground hog ate the tops of my string beans. Will they still grow or are they done for season.

Vegetables look heathly but are not producing 
My various pepper plant (bell, banana, jalepeno etc.) are tall green and healthy looking. The bell plants are producing peppers slowly but the rest are …

My Corn stalks are turning yellow and drying out 
I have about 6 corn stalks in a container outside in Northern CA., they started out great and have tastles on all the tops and I have 4 ears of corn forming …

Weak stems on maturing plants. 
Hallo there, This question isn't, like it sounds, about 'leggy' seedlings, or damping off, or root-rot - the problem is affecting plants that are well …

yellow crook neck and zucchini squash problems 
Why are my yellow crook-neck squash (shown) and zucchini squash shriveling up and dying? Has this happened to anyone else's squash? Thank you for any info …

Earthing Potato Plants 
I have two different types of potato's planted they are growing more every day. Question do you have to keep the whole potato plant covered up with dirt? …

Rhubarb flower 
My rhubarb has sprouted globes on top which look like pink broccoli. Is this the flower? should I remove it to keep the plant strong? the plant looks very …

Asparagus problems 
Some of my asparagus is coming up but looking very dry/wilted, some with a yellow tinge? Do I have a vitamin deficiency in my soil?

Broccoli seedlings falling over 
I started seeds and they grew quickly in the starter tray. They made two leaves and shot up to about 5 inches long and they can't stand up they are all …

wilting leaves on indoor salad plants 
This is my first attempt at growing salad plants. Things started off ok but after about 5 weeks the leaves started to wilt and some have shriveled. All …

garden peas wilting 
Ive planted 4 pea plants in a container, 1 has wiltered and looks like its dying.

planting out seedlings of sweet corn 
I purchased these 12 corn plants at a local Lowes and have not put them in the ground yet because of the strange weather we are having here in Maryland. …

New garden plants died 
Spinach, collard greens peppers and lettuce dying. I put brand new plants in a raised bed filled with soil from the big box stores. This soil was supposed …

Jack Beans in Containers 
I have planted Jack Beans from seed which are now up and in containers. It's now Mar 29. My question is should I wait until April 15 to transplant? I'm …

Yellow spots on leaves of beans and cucumbers 
My Purple King beans are bearing but the leaves are getting covered in yellow spots. Apple cucumbers are starting to get the same spots also.

My iceberg lettuce too small 
We planted icebergs seedlings in November 2011. The size of the iceberg did not grow to the required size. It was about 150-200 grams (maximum). My neighbour …

Eggplant splitting problems 
We are having trouble with our eggplant. They seem to get a hard skin on the bottom of the eggplant that starts from when the fruit is still small. As …

Huge broccoli but no florets? 
Hi, I am an inexperienced gardener. However last year i decided to grow some broccoli. I started it from seed last spring and when i got seedlings i put …

Radish Leaves 
Can Radishes grow without the leaves on top? I tried pulling the plant out thinking it was a weed, and only the leaves popped off.

Planting veggie seeds in November  
A few years ago I planted some lettuce seeds in November and they came up nicely in the Spring, but since then they haven't done so well. Has any one …

Planting Collards in November 
Will collard greens survive the winter if they are covered with straw? I live in north east Georgia, cold weather really doesn't arrive until late December …

eggplant problems 
My eggplant flower and produce fruit then get 5 inches long then become soft and wilted then a yellow brown color

Growing Jack Bean 
A friend sent me a Jack Bean pod how do I stored it for the winter? I read where they can grow fourteen feet tall. Any information on how to store it and …

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Moving autumn fruiting raspberries 
Hi, I have some Autumn fruiting raspberries- variety Polka, growing in my fruit cage. They are outgrowing the space I gave them and I have noticed that …

Growing Runner beans in same spot each year 
Is it a good or bad idea to grow runner beans in the same spot year after year? The opinions on this are deeply divided. Thanks for your help, Doris

green berries or fruit on potato plants 
Good afternoon, I live in W. Washington. I have a wonderful crop of potatoes in our home garden. On the tops of a couple plant are green tomato looking …

how to earn income growing vegetables and fruit 
What vegetables or fruit can I grow to earn income? What can i grow with mango? I have a mango and sapota farm and i need to grow other vegetables or fruit …

hard splitting eggplant 
My small thai eggplant fruit are rock hard and they look like they are splitting. Did I leave them on the plant too long?

Why no peas in pods? 
despite good crop of pods, pods contain no peas.

Butternut pollenation problem 
I tried to pollenate my butternut with a small brush but there was no pollen on the male flowers, why is this?

holes in sweet peppers 
Have three bell peppers in a growbag in the greenhouse. Over this past weekend I have had to discard four peppers as there are holes in them approx 4mm …

Roma Tomato plants very small 
I have a raised bed with Roma tomatoes in it only, they were started inside and transplanted out the end of May this year. My question is why are they …

CAN CORN STILL GET EARS WITH PLANTING CLOSE TOGETHER 
MY STALKS ARE BIG BUT PEOPLE SAY THEY ARE TOO CLOSE TOGETHER BUT THEY ARE BIGGER THAN EVEN THE FARMERS CORN AROUND HERE,I AM SICK OF PEOPLE TELLING ME …

No beans on bean plants 
my beans are growing but not getting any beans. what do i need to add to get produce.

vine leaves yellow and dying of vegetable starts 
I just planted my vegetable starts in my garden and the leaves of my canteloupes, watermelons, and cucumbers are yellowing and some are dying. my radishes, …

growing potatoes and raspberries together 
Can you grow potatoes around raspberry bushes?

why are my tomatoes mealy? 
I live in AZ. My tomato plants are doing well, and we are just starting to get fruit, but they are mealy, what am I doing wrong? Thank you, Kelly

Radish and beets--large leaves with small vegetables 
why do my radishes and beets have beautiful large leaves but produce small vegetables?

Making a garden over an old fire pit of rubbish 
I live in northeast georgia, we are about to start a garden and I was wondering if it is safe to do a garden over a plowed up fire pit? We have burnt …

keeping hay bales from drying out while away 
Any advice on how to keep plants in hay bales happy while out of town for a long weekend? Don't want plants stressed due to drying out. Thanks!

White onion set gone missing after planted 
I have planted white onion set in garden caged by string to stop cats & birds but 2 days ago when checking plot several of the onions were missing no signs …

Trying to grow Sweet potatoes 
We live in St Augustine, FLorida. We understand that sweet potatoes grow from slips which are started from the potato but we cannot seem to get ours to …

Root crops very small and stressed 
Radishes did not form, plants stayed small, yellow leaves and looked stressed. Beets stayed small and would not grow, cabbages did very well and so did …

Tomato growing problems 
I am trying to grow tomatoes in a large tub . The plants are growing but the stem of the flowers turn yellow and the fruit are not setting. What should …

Small veggies but LOTS of foliage 
I planted a not dig garden and used corn meal and ash, then 3 inches of compost. I had LOTS of foliage on everything but my tomatoes, onions, corn ears, …

Carrots in no-dig garden? 
I am putting together a no dig garden and am wondering, do I need to leave an area free (not mulched) for carrots and parsnips next spring, or can I sow …

Sage herb growing problems 
I have a problem growing sage. Why are the leaves getting smaller?

tomatoes blooms but no tomatoes 
We have four tomato plants, three have produced tomatoes, but the fourth just grows and blooms but never any tomatoes. This really has us puzzled. Any …

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Butternut squash splitting 
My butternut squash have split and i dont know why. We did have one day of steady rain.

Why do caulitflower heads turn from white to pink 
I have a large allotment in York, England, and for the past two years I've grown cauliflowers and each time as the heads start to grow the florets have …

ripe mango melon vine peach 
How do you know when a mango melon/vine peach is ripe?

romain lettuce is very tall 
Our romain lettuce is about 3 1/2ft tall. Leafy (no head of lettuce forming, does it form on the end of the stalk?) I've been using it for salads etc. …

Chilli Pepper - Hot Banana 
Yesterday July 14th I was cleanig a backyard of weeds and abondoned plants when I came across a hot banana chilli plant. The peppers were already dried …

Watermelon, Moon and Stars not showing any watermelons 
My watermelons were a little slow to take off after I transplanted to the garden as it was cool and wet for a few weeks after that. Now it has gotten …

turnip plants are flowering 
Turnips are flowering, but not producing much of the turnip itself. Is this because they are transplanted plants?

new growth on frozen lemon tree 
My 4 yr old Myer lemon tree in a container froze last winter. It is too large to bring in the house. Now I see new leaves at the base of the trunk. Should …

Growing pinto beans 
How long does it take pintos to mature? We picked some as flat green beans and now are wanting to have shelled beans. It seems like it is taking FOREVER! …

sweet corn with multible stalks 
What should I do when my sweet corm plants grow multible stocks? Do I keep breaking them off or do I leave them alone. Also why do they grow? Is my ground …

Squash dying when small 
My squash plants are large and healthy looking, but the squash are not getting bigger than about 1 1/2 inches long. about 2 weeks now - some are rotting …

mr flavorless squash 
why are my squash flavorless?

How to stop vegetables wilting when picked 
Soon after picking some of my veggies they are wilted and soft. Lettuce is the worst. My raddishes are the worst! Any ideas for me?

Eggplant question 
Most of my eggplants are producing beautiful shiny black fruit, but sometimes they produce a yellow one! These odd ones grow as big and healthy looking …

Growing vegetables in drainage pipes on wall 
I wish to grow some lettuce, strawberries and herbs on a wall in a container. A TV show I saw the other night said to grow them in plastic guttering. …

Using eggplants 
I love eggplant and I grow them a lot. but I don't know if I can preserve them. Can I slice and roast to(seperately)freeze or freeze whole? I don't think …

Rhubarb growing - removing rhubarb leaves 
I saw on comp that you should remove the larger leaves of rhubarb because of high water content. Is this true? Thank you

Passionfruit infertility? No fruit on my passionfruit. 
Now three years in, our passionfruit (on grafted root stock) is again producing flowers in abundance and looks a picture of perfection. It has yet to …

Onions - Can flu virus be absorbed in onions? 
I heard if you put an onion in a bowel in each room of your house it will absorb any flu virus that would be in your home see below: Worth a try... …

Lavender... how hardy are they. 
How long do these plants live? I had 3 and one bush died. People love my lavender bushes, and ask if I can give them a branch of it or split it. I am …

Cantaloupes - when do I pick cantaloupes 
How can I tell when it is time to harvest my cantaloupe.

LEGUMES - peas and beans grow then died 
I have four 'no-dig' gardens and have had great success with most vegies. However, this year all my peas and beans grew to about 120mm tall then died. …

Root crops - How do I grow large root crops? 
The root crops I grow never get large.

Black Mustard - Growing black mustard 
I would like to have black mustard growing and would like to see a picture, and know more about it.

Knobby potatoes 
Burbank Knobby potatoes. I planted burbank potatoes for the first time this year. The plants are wonderful and loaded with buds for 3 weeks now. I dug …

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pumpkins and cantaloupe going rotten 
My canteloupe and pumpkins are growing but when they get to a decent size they get soft and rot. Why?

Broccoli goes to flower 
Donna from Wisconsin writes: I'm new to gardening. I planted broccoli seedlings and let them accidently flower. Now what?!

Peas have yellow leaves and broccoli leaves have holes 
We live in Southern California( Riverside, hot and dry, I think zone 10) and just started a garden in May. We started it in containers and moved it to …

Squash not ripening - Huge squash not turning yellow 
Question Why does my squash get too big before it turns yellow?

Slow growing peppers 
My peppers are growing sooooo slowly! What is up and do you think they will catch up? It is already July 6 and mine are only about 4 inches tall. I …

Growing broccoli with leaves eaten off? 
I started my first garden ever this summer and it was doing fabulous, and I was so proud of it. I just got back from going away for the holiday weekend …

Checkered raspberries? 
A neighbor gave me some young raspberry plants last season. This is their second season in my raised garden. Plants look great and are producing many …

Why does my squash produce two different sorts of fruit? 
What causes my Yellow crookneck squash to produce both light colored tender fruits and darker colored hard fruits? The hard quashes are so hard they aren't …

confused parsnips. 
Hi, I was just wondering if you could tell me a possible explanation for my parsnips being bulbous at the top and then growing numerous smaller roots underneath....it's …

Growing pumpkins in box 
Can i grow pumpkins in small 4x4 box type above ground garden.

Planting carrots in a container 
how deep does a container need to be to plant something like carrots?

Thin asparagus stalks 
My mother has had an asparagus bed for years. The stalks seem to be getting thinner and thinner. What could be causing this? Thanks for your time. Sincerely, …

Carrots - leave old carrots in the ground, or dig out? 
Last fall we didn't pull all of the carrots from the garden before everything froze solid for months. Now here in New England we are just getting ready …

Support for tomato plants 
Last year my tomatoe plants grew 7 feet tall even though I had cages around them. Can tomatoe plants be pruned? Any ideas on supports to keep them vertical? …

Three sisters method of planting 
I've been reading up on the three sisters method of planting corn, beans and squash. I was wondering how you work your way thru the beans and corn to …

Veggies lacking size 
Hi there, I have a No-Dig organic veggie garden. I created it around 4 months ago. Filling it with Organic compost and then topping it with veggie mix …

Weather conditions for growing carrot crop 
what effect would very strong wind/very dry conditions/frost/very heavy rain and hail have on planting and fertilizer planting program for my carrot crop …

Covering stems of Spindly seedlings 
Question on indoor seed planting. Attentiveness is not my strong suit..:o) With that said, I have ended up with a lot of my seeds having spent too …

Slow growing Peppers 
I planted two barrel gardens this August. I live in Florida where the growing season is pretty much year round but still tried to match the seasons with …

Eggplants don't mature 
I live in louisville, ky and just have a small container garden with one eggplant plant. we have had a hot summer, but garden was well watered. fruit …

Mealy potatoes 
I grew potatoes for the first time this year, and although the crop was abundant, the texture was mealy. And the potatoes I planted -- fingerlings and …

Slow growing transplanted seedlings 
My garden i started this spring as seedlings in pods in the house then planted them into garden using some compost of leaves, horse poop,and straw. I b1 …

carrot seeds sprouting 
I sowed my carrot seeds in early may, and was happy to find that about 10 days they did in fact sprout. its been about a week and the leaves of the sprouts …

Very few ears of corn in our corn patch. 
We have a small corn patch, about 30ft x 15ft. There are 7 rows and we planted them 24 inches apart. Our patch has very few ears of corn on the stocks. …

Preparing the ground for no dig method 
I put down a layer of mixed chicken poop mixed with shredded newspaper and straw, then a layer of leaves. I didn't cover it this time and we are going …

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Calamondin growing problem 
My Calamondin - dwarf citrus in container, is not doing well. This fruit tree normally flourishes, and I feed and water regularly. It's well covered in …

Growing Vegetables upside down - Hanging Garden Quandry 
This coming Spring I intend to grow most of my garden (eggplant, peas, beans, cucumbers,melons, tomatoes, etc,) in hanging buckets & bags. The question …

Dates for planting vegetables - When to plant potatoes? 
What are the best dates for planting different vegetables. For example, when is the last date for putting in a potato crop? We are in the Motueka area …

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