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11/13/15 5:14 P

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I didn't know about the mealy bugs. I haven't seen any, but I guess they could be well hidden. Usually all I get is ear wigs.

I had a small coleus for a long time (3 years, I think), but it didn't get any bigger. When I put it outside it died. So I thought maybe I could save this. It would already be dead here if it was outside. We have had lows in the mid-20s this week and there is still some snow on the ground in the shade.



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11/12/15 6:20 P

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Your coleus won't do anything inside. You can either take tip cuttings and try to keep some rooted all winter, or you can dump it and start over next year. Also a word of warning: coleus harbor mealy bugs like crazy and will get all over everything you have. I have one that is nearly waist high and about 42" across in diameter and I love it but I am going to enjoy it outside until the frost gets it.

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This isn't a veggie garden question, but I brought my coleus in the other day and today I noticed that it is dropping leaves like crazy. It is still a little moist, but I will water it today to make sure it has enough. Is there anything else I can do to keep that? I started it (actually them) from a little 4-pack and the combination is about 3' wide and 1-1.5' tall (in a big pot). I never can afford a big one like that, so I would like to keep it over winter for next year.

I have also brought all my other potted plants except for my canna bulbs that I will bring in today. Hoping that everything will survive the winter.



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Good idea! Usually dogs don't eat what is bad for them in the garden, but it is better to be safe than sorry. I don't have pets anymore, but I try to keep the poison ones from growing.

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I've had something similar come up along the places where the roots of a maple tree had rotted. Since I didn't know what they were, I dug them up whenever they appeared to keep the dogs from eating them.

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Morrels are very good eating, but there are several look like similar, so be sure before you gather and eat them.

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It died the next day and now there isn't much left of it. I will try looking that up, though.

Oh, that looks a lot like it, but the stem on mine was a lot longer. Thanks.


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Good picture, but I have no idea what it is. It might be a morel, but I would take it to someone who wild crafts to be sure.

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Anyone know what this is? It's about an inch in diameter and six inches tall and looks like a lizard head on the top. Just showed up in my garden. (White with brownish top. Can't attach picture from phone so will edit.

Well, had to take another picture. So this is what it looks like:

Is it one of those horrible toadstools that keep growing out in my yard and just not opened on the top? I've never seen one that tall and not seen one not opened.

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Summer spray might work but put it on early in the morning. Anything is likely to burn the leaves once it gets as hot as it is here. Where you live may not be that terrible. I also use Sevin dust a lot and it is fairly earth friendly; some people even use it on the animals.

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It only looks like they are going after the leaves (big holes). I can't see well enough to see eggs on them. I was wondering whether to use spray or DE. Maybe both if I can't see the eggs. There are 3 other kinds of squash in there and they are not bothering them, just the pumpkin.



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Squash bugs and pumpkin vine borers will both go after your punkins!

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It could be a vine borer or anasa tristis - they seem to attack the stem which has a knock-on effect on the leaves. Because they attack the stem, sprays might not reach them but hand picking at the eggs might help...the anasa tristise lay reddish eggs if that helps...sometimes the insects gather around the base of the plant.







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What type of bugs would most likely eat pumpkin leaves? The other plants are left alone. Wondering if that would be ground bugs or flying.




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No problem. Glad to help.

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Thank you so much, it does help. I'll follow your advice and hopefully I'll have more success next year. Thanks again for your help.




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I transplant strawberry runners every couple of years. I haven't done anything in the garden, in the last few and they went wild. I would try rooting the runners and putting them in another location where you have conditioned the soil.

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Anyone know if strawberry plants have a life-span? Mine are about three years old and have produced a couple of handful's of small fruit. I'm wondering if they need digging up this year and replacing...
We've had some very hot sun and then long periods of rain - not sure if this might a contributing factor...

Sorry I missed the post about tomato blight. Had that last year and found nothing to get rid of it and had to get rid of the plants. I don't know if it was necessary but I then dug out the trench and replaced the soil/compost...so far this year they've been fine.




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Let us know if it works for you, please and thanks!

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Don't know if this will work but I was told when your southern peas stopped producing that you could cut back the pea vines, fertilize them, and they would flush up with another crop. I don't know if this will work but I plan to try in on my purple hull peas in the next couple of weeks.

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I'm pulling most of my tomato plants up because they look so tacky. Good thing we are almost tired of tomatoes anyway.

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No, but I will keep reading this in case someone does.

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Anyone have a surefire, organic cure for early blight in tomatoes?

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I don't know for sure, but I know it works on the back of my knees

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Thanks. That sounds like it would be good on the parmesan zucchini, too. I never thought about putting it on something like sore knees. Maybe it would work on my fingers, too.



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I soak pureed garlic in oil and keep it in the fridge. The longer it stays the more of a colour change and smell. I use the oil for cooking, eating, spraying on my plants and medicinally (strained oil for ear aches) paste for sore knees ( you smell funny, but not as bad as A535)

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Can you make that from the clove or do you get essential oil for it? I think it is a little too late for this year (noticed that the vine to my 3rd pumpkin has disappeared), but it would be good to have next year for sure. Thank you.



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I also use a drop of garlic oil in water and spritz it on the plants that aphids like.

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I guess dark and damp has been nice for them this year. We have had a lot of rain, especially in August, when we usually don't get much (might not be a lot compared to other places, but it is for semi-arid Denver). Thanks for the tip on the flour. I had never heard of that.



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You can dust flour on the vines which helps keep the bugs down. You have to do it after the rain. It sounds like you have an air flow problem.It is late in the season to worry about spending too much time or money on the plants. Earwigs like dark and damp.

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I think it might have been earwigs. I found them on the raspberry plant, even though I used DE on about everything. We seem to have earwigs all over the place for some reason. I have even found them in new bags of potting soil.

Something has also killed the center of my pumpkin fines and mildew got all over my spaghetti squash. I did get the neem oil to put on the mildew to kill it, but it got worse. Now instead of 4 small spaghetti squash I am down to 3 (and those are sure costing me a lot more than buying them in the store, even if the store-bought ones are too big for me to eat and I end up wasting half of them.



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I have used basil to keep bugs away from other things as well. I do not like sweet basil, so that is not a problem for me when something eats it. I do not know what eats basil. I plant a lot of Thai basil and nothing eats it. The most success I had with regular basil is by the quince. Lots of thorns? I'm not sure why nothing attacks it there. Best of luck.

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I am always reading to plant Basil around other things because it keeps the bugs away, but they are eating my basil and leaving about everything else alone. Does anyone have any idea what bugs would be eating basil and how to get rid of them?



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Thought someone might enjoy this article about lasagna gardening (for those who have poor soil)

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Your questions are not stupid...however, I did not have the answers.

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Guess I am also too stupid to be on this team. I'm sorry that I don't really know anything about gardening and I have asked too stupid of questions.



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Well, I guess I am the only one who has questions here. We had a good freeze the other night (as I guess a lot of the country did) and my plants are kaput. my question is will my pumpkins continue to ripen? The two larger ones are mostly orange, one with a slight bit of green still on the bottom and the other with a little more green on it. I know the two smaller ones will not ripen since they are completely green. I have never had success even getting one pumpkin to start before. I brought in the butternut squash that I guess is ripe since it hadn't changed in over a month, and the mostly ripe tomatoes. If the green tomatoes are still any good I will have to look up recipes for what to do with them. I also brought in all the grapes that I could reach/see.



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My tomatoes are getting big cracks in them and cracks around them at least 2/3 of the way around. The top cracks are a lot bigger than what you always see in stores or farmers markets going down in about a quarter inch. Can anyone tell me what is causing that? Please? I am ending up losing the rest of my tomatoes.


Also, how do I tell if the Butternut Squash is ready to pick? No one here has ever grown that kind before. It has all turned the yellow color you see in the stores and I don't think it is growing anymore. They are really small.

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My pumpkin leaves are turning yellow. Does that mean it needs more water, fertilizer or what? The other plants that actually came up down there are doing okay except for the peppers that the bugs keep eating. I have been using a spray that is supposed to be organic and safe for plants you eat.

I did find out the "animal" digging by the garden was one of the water pipes from the sprinkler system, so that got fixed. Even with rabbits going through the yard I haven't had anything big eating the plants.

I guess I am the only one here who doesn't know anything about what I am trying to do. Sorry for all the stupid questions.



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Thank you. I will try that.

One of my sprinkler heads was blocked (at least the water was) by a wild tree and that does part of the garden. I went down today and unblocked it as well as I could (cut the stupid tree out as far down as I could). I also planted the new pumpkin (which I would say is definitely one of the things that never sprouted after looking at the leaves) and the new pepper plant. Does anyone have any knowledge of how to get rid of all those wild trees without harming animals? I must have over 100 that have sprouted out in the lawn, plus the ones next to the house, shed, other trees and fence. They have 4-6 inch long stickers/thorns on them. I think I read once to drill 1 inch holes in large stumps and dump salt in them, but these are not that big around except for ones that have been there a while. I'm afraid I will have to take the entire lawn out and then it won't get all those roots.



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You can make a hot pepper spray that is safe. Use cayenne pepper or you can use the seeds and membranes from any hot pepper. Mix it with some water in the blender, pour into another container & let steep for a couple of hours then strain into a spray bottle. Add a couple of drops of dish detergent and spray on the plants. You will have to repeat the spray after any rain or using the sprinkler. Most mammels don't like the hot spray.

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Thanks. I will try to remember to try that on Wednesday.

I was talking to a lady at the hardware today when I went to get a new jalapeno (which they didn't have) and she said that people's gardens around here are all drying up. Also that the rabbits are coming in and eating the greens. They have some sprays to keep the rabbits out, but even though they said they were organic they also said not to spray on plants that you would eat from, so I got a fake owl instead. I don't know if he will keep the rabbits out, though. I ended up getting a pumpkin from there (small pumpkins) incase that is what isn't growing and had to go to another store for peppers and ended up with a Big Jim because they didn't have any Jalapenos.



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An easy way to measure how much water an area is getting from the sprinkler is to set out a shallow can (like tuna can) when you start watering and see how much is in the can by the end of the time.

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Thanks. I'm not sure how much water it gets from the sprinkler system. I did increase the time on that zone. We are really only supposed to get 1 hour total to water or 15 minutes/zone (which would not be 1 hour on my lawn because I have 6 zones). I think I have the zone the garden is in set to 1/2 hour. The ground there doesn't look much like it has been watered the next morning. I will also check to make sure that zone covers the entire garden.



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Watering well twice a week (1 inch of water) should be plenty for a veggie garden even in extreme heat. More than that you risk over saturating the soil and causing root rot and other problems.

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Well, April and May we finally had snow, but we don't usually plant outside until Memorial Day and by then it had started getting hot. My basil just wilted and disappeared when I planted it. That one might have had too much water. The jalapeno just dried up, it looks like and the other one the top leaves are drying. Neither of them did any growing once I planted them. The seedlings I had put out just disappeared, but a couple cantaloupe are coming back and the seeds of the squash I put out have come up and probably at least some of the cucumbers. I don't know if any of those squash are pumpkins or not. I planted corn at the back of the garden and beets in front of that, then the pumpkins. There is a lot of empty space where I planted the corn and beets and possibly out to the squash. I put a soaker hose down there and have been turning it on in the mornings on hot days and the sprinkler system at night the two days we are allowed to water.



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In my area, this was a very wet cool/cold spring. I think a lots of my seeds rotted in the ground before they had a chance to sprout (I had to replant my beans and cucumbers) and everything else was much slower to get growing than usual. The past couple of weeks the weather has warmed up and things are doing much better. If you have had similar weather conditions where you are, that may be the problem. Otherwise, we would need more specific information on what each type of plant is or is not doing to help you out.

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I am getting a bit upset. I have lost my basil and one of my Jalapeno plants. The corn and beets are not coming up (no sign is even one sprout). I have squash, but I don't think the pumpkin is coming up and if there is any carrot it is very little (and carrots were from a package of seeds that was specifically for this year's planting. There are 3 blossoms on the cherry tomato plants. The other tomatoes aren't big enough for blossoms. Maybe the cherry tomatoes aren't, either. I have no sign of anything on the raspberry bush. I would think that the plants would at least be growing. Am I just expecting some growth too soon? I would hate to get nothing again after putting so much into it this year. Does it sound like I am doing something wrong?



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My Dad could plant anything out back and it would grow like crazy. He had zucchini that was the size of his forearm and that wasn't small. The only reason he didn't get a lot of tomatoes was because Doxie ate them (he thought it was the squirrels). We even had some potatoes from ones that sprouted in the house. I just can't seem to get anything. But I keep trying.

Sometimes my stubbornness is not a good thing, though, because it costs too much.

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Keeping my fingers crossed that your little seedlings make it. Over the years through trial and error, I have learned what will and will not grow in my back yard. Beef steak tomatoes don't do well, so I plant the little yellow plum tomatoes and they produce beautifully. Tried fancy oriental cukes...no go, but the kind you make pickles out of gives us a bounty. Green peppers no, but jalapeno peppers produce like mad. This year we are trying asparagus...so far so good, but we won't know until next year. The point is to keep trying and don't get discouraged.

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I turned on the soaker for quite a while last night. I hope I can get the two new plants in the ground today and hope the peppers have come back. Tonight is watering day, so even the lawn will get it. Thank you for the advise.



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You are right about watering seedlings, so a little water on those every other day should keep them going. "Any thing that has been up and growing for a few weeks should be able to grow with twice a week watering of about an inch of water even in the heat.

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I hope you don't think my reply was arguing. If I get the soaker into the garden I think that will fix it so I have the watering more like what you have said.

I got a new cantaloupe plant and one new tomato plant today to put in there. I hope that they will both grow something. The soaker will help, I'm sure. Now just to keep the critters out.



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I would like to water like that, but we are on restricted watering and they have even said that to water vegetable gardens we will have to get a permit that is something like $100-$150. I am trying to grow my own because I don't have any money. The plants and seeds were from a program to help people here grow some of their own food. We get two particular days to water and if it even sprinkles we are not allowed to water. Of course, my assigned days are the ones that are cooler and everything is drying up between watering days because they are the hotter days, like today which will be 100+ and in an arid area.

I will get my leaky soaker hose down there and just try moving it around for water. I had always been told that you need to water daily until the seeds are sprouted and they are well on their way to growing so that they don't die, which is why I have been trying to water a little bit each day, hopefully without getting fined for that. I don't water the lawn very much during the summer, even, except when it is really hot and not raining at all. I don't have the money to pay the larger water bill.

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You would probably be better off watering for a longer time and less often. By doing so the water will soak deeper into the ground and encourage the plant roots to go deeper where they will have a more constant level of moisture.

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I am having a lot of trouble with my garden already. I have lost all my cantaloupe seedlings and my zucchini seedlings, one tomato with one dying now. I am trying to keep enough water on it too keep it from drying out in the heat. The other tomatoes and the peppers are doing okay so far. Two are in a muck bucket pot. One of my basil plants died before I had a chance to plant it and the other one is dying. I was told that basil is very hearty, but this is the second time I've tried to grow it and it has died in a hurry.

I have garden fence around where the cantaloupe were and tomato cages around the tomatoes and the peppers. I am planning to get some more garden fence out to put in to lift the cucumber, pumpkin and squash vines when the seeds sprout and are large enough to get to the fence, if they get that far. We have also talked about moving a large dog kennel down to surround the garden (it will be about a foot too small, though) because something is digging in there and in my raspberries.

Can anyone give me any ideas what I am doing wrong? I am watering the garden 5-10 minutes each morning. If I get caught watering I will probably be in big trouble with a fine.



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Thank you. I will try to find something to get the vines up some. Even that way my garden is really full, but that will help with things. I have quite a few pots that I can use for the beets. I am also wanting to plant some flowers and most of them will be in pots. I have one columbine that I am trying to figure out where to plant. My neighbor thinks that next to the garage will be too hot and that is where I was thinking of putting it. It is a SW corner of the house.



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Containers work well for most things. If you plant you vines (Cukes, squash etc.) so that you can train it to grow up, you can get more produce from less space. Plus easier to pick and cleaner fruit. :) Good luck

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Hi Fancyqtr, I grow all of my veggies in pots since my soil is so bad, including beets and they did very well. Good luck with your garden!

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I finally got my garden in today and found it to be a bit tight for what I have. I planted some beets and was told that only one beet grows from each seed. In that case I won't get many. Will beets grow in a container? I was thinking that I could get more that way. I have a few Indian corn plants (I think they are called Inca), pumpkins, zucchini, winter squash, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, chili peppers and cantaloupe. I am sure hoping I can get something from them. Is there anything I really need to keep an eye out for with those? I will be taking a soaker hose down after I get the lawn mowed. I also have herbs in pots. My Dad used to have a great garden and I would like to be able to get at least something.



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Thank you. I am going to plant them. Some still have green leaves, so I am hoping they will work for sure. :)

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That will depend on how soon after the bloom he dug them. If the leaves had already begun to dry then there is a good chance that the bulbs stored enough energy to bloom next year. Even if the leaves hadn't dried, it would probably be worth trying to plant them again. at least some of them will probably come up. Keep track of where you plant them and watch for the leaves next spring. The leaves may come up but not bloom next season if they did not store enough energy to bloom but next years leaves will replenish the bulbs for the following year.

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Thanks. Good to know.

A question today. My brother dug out his grape hyacinths before the leaves finished turning brown. If I plant them, do you think they might come back next year?

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The eggshells provide calcium which I think is supposed to help prevent blossom end rot.

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I've planted my tomatoes this way for years. Works great. I also was told to try add egg shells to the bottom of the soil. I'm not sure what it does or if it makes a difference, but I am going to try it this year.

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Tomato planting tip
As you are planting your tomatoes, remove all but the top 2-3 leaves. Dig a trench deeper at one end, slanting up to ground level. Lay the tomato plant in the trench so that the remaining leaves will be just above soil level and cover the roots and stem. The covered stem will grow roots along it and help feed the plant making it more productive.

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Its best to use seed potatoes to grow potatoes. If you use other store potatoes, their is a chance they could have a disease that would effect not only your plants but the plants of anyone growing potatoes near you. Seed potatoes are certified disease free. You can get seed potatoes at most nurserys and even many store with plant departments. They are ready to harvest when the plants bloom. In case you don't lnow, you can cut your seed potatoes into pieces that have at least one eye on them. After you cut them let the cut surfaces dry for a day before you plant them. Eash piece will grow a plant.

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I plan on planting potatoes for the first time this year. Can I use store bought potatoes with eyes on them and how will I know they are ready to be dug up?

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Now that many of us have a serious case of spring fever and can't wait to get out & work/play in the gardens, remember that you need to be sure that the soil is not too wet before you till it. If you till or working compost/ fertilizer etc when it is too wet you will disrupt the soil structure and wind up with big clod of soil that could take a good par of the growing season to breakdown.

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Try to provide a birdfeeder a little farther away. Well fed birds are less likely to pick on your fruits and veggis. I used to have my birdfeeder at the front porch, opposite of where my veggi garden was in the back. Just a cup of seeds a week will do. overfeeding adds too much of a mess and additional weeding is required.

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Now, or as soon as the snow has melted, is a good time to go out an survey your gardens. Take a good look at what you can do early to transition into gardening season, then get started on those things. It will make planting time so much easier.

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This month is a great time to do a gardening inventory!
Take a good look at the seeds you have left over, most of them are good for a few years. Then make plans on what you want to grow this coming season and order them. By the time they arrive, it will be time to start many of them inside.

Also look over your gardening tools. What do they need to be ready to start the new gardening season?

Then start your plan oun where you will plant every thing.

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Easy to make treat for our bird friends in the garden.
Gather some some pinecones, this time of year they are easy to find under pine trees, and spread some peanutbutter on them then roll in bird seed. Hang them with some thread in the trees or bushes. The extra fat in the peanut butter helps them stay warm.

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Thought of that, my local Lowes and Home Depot are pretty cleaned out already, though I did get a 4-trunk 5 gallon planter of Himalayan birch trees for along the street on the side of the house! I dug some hosta this past weekend for dividing and just went crazy pulling out some fire red crocosmia stems. They are so prolific that I just ripped them out with abandon for the yard debris recycling bin. I'll transport a bunch out to the front and side yards but there will be plenty left in their bed for next year. Guess that's not really "dividing" per se, but the general idea is the same!

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Now is a great time to divide many perennials, they will be estabilishing their root system during the winter and be ready to bloom next year.

Also it is a great time to check out the perennials at your local garden centers, many can be bought for 50% off.

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A friend of mine grows hops on the outside of her greenhouse. By summer it is shading the greenhouse so it doesn't get too hot. In the fall she puts an ad on Craigs List & sells them vine and all to home brewers, just saves enough seed for next year.

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I probably will have to do something like that, but I think I'm going to let one of the ornamental sweet potatoes go, just to see how it grows. I'll train it up the shelving like a philodendron and see how long and leggy it gets-maybe it can grow into a canopy and create a shade canopy for the greenhouse in the summer! No....that's not a good idea, but I do want to see how it will grow if I let just 1 go however long it can!

It's a good idea to keep taking cuttings. The buds are so prolific I'll have 100 or more by next spring if I just take cuttings and let the base cuttings keep going.

Guess that's on my list for buying at the grocery store-a good garden diary, I think I need it now when I never have before-so many options and experiments going on that I've never kept track of before!

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Sweet potato vines grow very quickly, to keep things under control, you may want to do new starts from the older ones every couple of months and get rid of the old ones... That way you will still have the starts for next spring an have room in your greenhouse for other things

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Holy, moly! I took some of those sweet potato vine cuttings-about 25 veggie sweet potatoes, and maybe 10 or so ornamental-and put them in a tub of water in the green house this past weekend. Today is Wednesday and I can already see the whites of new roots poking out on the vines below the water level! Crazy, they'll have taken over the whole greenhouse by next spring!

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A little tip to protect you and your 4 legged friends from ticks and fleas!
That diatomatious earth that kills slugs and snails also does the same with ticks and fleas. It has the advatage oover most other preventive things you can use in your yard and garden since it is non toxic.

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Depending on how your greenhouse is set up, another thing that will help keeping the temperature up is to set black buckets full of water on the south side of the greenhouse. On the floor will work. The sun shining through the walls of the green house will warm the water some during the day and then at night the heat will help keep the greenhouse warmer. If you have friends with cats, ask them to save kitty litter buckets and spray paint them black since the dark color will absorb more heat.

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I have a couple of seed starting mats, but they've been packed in the garage for a few years now, I don't know if they would still work! Electricity is hard for me as I do not have any outside outlets so would need to run the cord from the house to the outside and it would be jammed in a doorway. I was thinking more along the lines of putting the flats on the ground and covering them with hay or bark mulch just during the coldest spells. I'm also looking into solar heaters but they're very expensive!

Thanks for the info, I knew sweet potatoes really liked it hot, I did not know they were tender! They are so good, though, I can't get enough of them!

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Sweet potato vines are considered tender perenials so at most they may survive a light frost. As long as your greenhouse stays above freezing they should survive. A friend of mine who lives in Shoreline WA. keeps a space heater in her greenhouse and turns it on at the lowest setting when temps are supposed to get to low that she might lose some plants. You could also try seed starting mats that are meant to heat the soil when starting seeds, that could be enough to keep the rootball alive. I think she just runs a long outdoor extension cord out to her greenhouse for the electricity.

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Does anyone know anything about overwintering sweet potato vines? I dug 1 of my vines the other day and noticed that several of the vines trailing along the ground had roots taking hold. Just a quick search has somewhat educated me that they are fairly easy to root off of green cuttings so I want to try to overwinter the vines I'll use for next year. I have an unheated greenhouse to keep them at least frost free but am wondering if that would be enough? In the Northwest, we may get a week or two of sub-freezing temps in January or February and a few months with night time temperatures in the 35-40 degree range so my greenhouse may keep them in the high 30's most of the winter.

Just wondering if anyone has any experience or knowledge that would help? Thanks!

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Great idea on the cuttings. I haven't done any gardening in the last couple of years, hardly. None this year at all. I miss it and taking cuttings. I wouldn't have thought about doing sage cuttings in the fall. I like the advice. Thanks!

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Glad to hear your cutting are doing well.
Any time you pot up cuttings it is a good idea to do more than you think you will need , sometimes some of them don't make it. If you get more than you want or need they can always be wonderful gifts to your gardening friends or if you get lots more than you need you can have a plant sale.

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Great advise again, thanks! I'll do that next year when I put them out in the spring. I took the cuttings a month or so ago and just checked them. There are already some roots poking through the stems, so they're doing great. I was just gone for 5 days, got back on Friday, and they were not wilted; there's enough root matter on the stems already that they were able to soak up the moisture in their trays.

Lost 2 lantana, 3 sage, and 3 Japanese maple cuttings, but the rest are still OK.

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I didn't know you could be successful with tomato cuttings. Thanks

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