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Sharjopaul that is the first thing that I do is water them and then let them rest

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DJ4HEALTH When plants are shipped, they frequently need to be watered and pampered for a few days before they are planted, but if bought at a nursery that is not usually true.

LECATES Good point on planting the pots, that helps prevent the root ball from freezing while the plant will go through less transplant shock when dug back up in the spring.

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I did learn at MG class that it would be okay to plant them in the pot so that you could dig them up in the spring and plant elsewhere if area not ready at the moment---that keeps the root ball protected by being in the ground.

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I always try to get them planted but do wait until the shock of them traveling has settled them down. I get them on line and then they come to me. I have found that if you plant them as soon as you get them they die on me so now I wait a few days and then plant them.

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That's what I thought, too----don't understand why someone would buy bushes now if they were not going to plant them.

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Yes, they should plant them now! They stand a much better chance of surviving in the ground than in pots. especially in areas with freezing temperatures.

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So, they should plant them now? I forgot that about the holly--thanks for that reminder.

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Fall is a great time to plant perennials and bushes. The roots will develop over the winter and give them a head start in spring. Some research on plants has shown that plants put in in the fall are larger by the following fall than those planted in the spring.

Also, have them check on the kind of Holly they purchased. Many hollies require that you have both a male and a female plant for good berry production. The female plant will produce most of the berries but needs a male for pollination.

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Have friend in Mass. who just bought 3 rhododendron and one holly bush---her dh does not want to plant them but just tie them to the fence until the spring and plant them then---I am thinking that this will just kill them to not be in the ground with no protection from the cold---which is what killed their other ones last year due to the severe snow and cold they had. I am thinking they should plant them and put a cage around them, fill with leaves, and cover outside with burlap to protect them but make sure to plant them first. Any advice!

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Thanks and I think that is what I am doing wrong

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Thanks.

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Yes peas are and beans. Many native plant seeds from the mid US on north need a period of cold moist stratification to germinate well. if you go to www.prairiemoom.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page, there is a section call About Us. In that section click on How to germinate seeds. That will take you to a page that gives a brief description of several ways to germinate various types of seeds.

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I know some seeds do better if soaked before planting---isn't pea seeds one of them?

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On the seeds, its not to much that they need heat, but they need something to break down the hull of the seed so that moisture can get in and germinate it. The human way of doing that is to hit it with the heat and let it soak. Nature's way tends to be that it gets eaten and only partly digested by an animal then pooped out.

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Thanks, Shar. I have never been one afraid to ask questions---if I don't understand, I ask. Thanks for the pointers. Some stuff I know but sure there is a lot out there I don't---like soil stuff. You should see the book we have---I should get weight lifting points for carrying it around--LOL
Interesting that those seeds need heat to get them going.

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Woo Hoo
Have fun and enjoy the classes!
If you have been gardening for several years and been reading about it and asking lots of questions as you go along, you may be surprised at how much you already know!

Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions if you don't understand, sometimes the person teaching the class doesn't know when they are losing people because they are using words that the students don't understand. They have been dealing with the more scientific side of gardening and use those words and forget to tell you what the words mean in plain English.

A lot of what I learned was the reasons behind what I had been doing anyway. Its nice to know why and how things work.

I also made a lot of connections between things we were learning and what I see in gardens and growing wild and got a better understanding of why plants may or may not do well in different locations!

The people teaching the classes should be there to help you succeed but you need to let them know what you need to succeed.

One of the biggest things I learned from the classes was how to find out the answers to questions I have about gardening and how to help others find the answers they have.

If you have any more questions feel free to ask me>


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From what I have found, it appears that both Lantana and Nasturtium seeds need warm moist stratification in order to germinate well. Put about a teaspoon of seed in a cup, heat water to boil then pour about 1/4 cup of hot water over the seeds. Swish it around a little to be all the seeds separate and get contact with the hot water. Then set the cup on a germination mat or heating pad set on low for about 24 hours. Then go ahead and plant the seeds in a potting medium,

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SharJo, I am starting a Master Gardener class today---any pointers for me?

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Great - thanks very much!

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I'm checking on whether either of those seeds need any special treatment to germinate. I will let you know in the next couple of days.

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Here's a question:
Does anyone know how to cull seeds from Lantanas and Nasturtiums?
I think the seeds off the lantana are the black things, and the nasturtiums are the pod-looking things.
I tried at the end of last season, but the seeds I planted didn't produce.
I've never been very good at growing from seed - any suggestions?

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Gosh, wonder if that is my problem with my squash---I will have to check those links out, too.

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If you are going to try hand pollinating your squash, here are a couple of links on how to do so and on how to tell the difference between male and female flowers.

aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/newslett
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www.scienceofcooking.com/difference_
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Thank you Sharjopaul. I keep a bucket of eggshells specially for plants that like calcium, but I didn't know zucchini was one of them. I'm going to have a look at the link now.

The link advises me to hand pollinate the flowers. I'm going to have a go at that first thing in the morning. Thanks again!

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Here is an article on fruit drop for zucchini. Sorry but the add a link isn't working so you will need to copy and paste the link.

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/v
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Egg shells are a good source of calcium, just crush the shells and spread them under the plants. In the future you may want to add some egg shells when you plant the seeds. Also bone meal is another good source.

The PH of your soil can also make a difference in how well plants can take up calcium. A PH meter usually cost about $10 and can be used for years. Most veggies like a PH between 6.0p and 7.5. The package mine came with gives the range for a number of the more commonly grown fruits and veggies.

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White stuff does not give me much of a clue as to what is on the rose plant you are talking about, It could be a fungus or mildew.

Many nurseries, both store and mail order, have a guarantee on their plants, usually one year. So if you bought some that did not survive or are sickly, if you contact them and probably return them you can usually get either replacements or a credit for what you spent.

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Thanks Lecates, I'll practice patience.

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I think Sharjo might be on vacation---hopefully she will get back to you 2 soon.

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My zucchinis make beautiful big leaves and flowers and even the beginnings of fruit, but after a few days, they fall off. Does anyone know what to do?

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I bought rose plants (bare root) and only one took but now I see some white stuff around the joint of it and we have been getting lots of rain. could this be fungus?

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I think we will try that with that plant----all are different varieties but don't remember what that one is---it is not a Big Boy as the tomatoes are just small average size. I did pick one from it when it was not quite all red and it seems to be okay---letting it ripen inside. Thanks.

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I'm not sure what to tell you. I've checked a number of resources and can't fine info about this. Do you know what variety it is? The only thing I can think of is maybe that variety should be harvested when still somewhat green.

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Definitely not blossom end rot---that's why I did the eggshells---they were ripening well and just as they were ready to pick, they had started to go rotten. Just picked other tomatoes that are fine--just that one plant. They are in a raised bed that is full of tomato plants---7 of them---all different varieties.

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What that plant might need depends on how the tomatoes are going bad. The eggshells help prevent blossomend rot but won't help other things. an you give more information on what exactly is the problem.



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We have one tomato plant that the tomatoes seem to be going bad on---the other plants around it are doing fine. Is there something I can add to the soil to help? Haven't added any miracle grow to the soil because we have had a lot of rain and not needed to water in over a month---a good thing for the most part---but thinking maybe the soil needs some additives---we did add egg shells when we planted all the tomato plants.

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Thanks Sharjopaul

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After looking at several articles, this one probably gives short but good information contain in most of them

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Had to resort to pesticides due to worms eating 4 full heads of caggage. What is the best way to wash my vegetables?

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they sell them in the stores and I think that they up the price too for the purple ones

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Never knew that----I might try cauliflower next year so this was interesting.

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I think that if you don't mind it being purple then let them because they will have more antioxidants in them

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Thank you, I may need to cover them. They get about 6-8 hours of sun a day.

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Most cauliflower will develop a purple (some times redish or bluish) tint to it if it is exposed to too much light/sun. The white cauliflower that most of us are familiar with has been kept white by covering head with the leaves of the plant. This can be done by bend the leaves of the plant over the head. its okay if the heavy vein in the leaves partially cracks and if need be the leaves can be held in place with a clothes pin. There is nothing wrong with your cauliflower having some color to it, in fact I have seen some stores sell "gourmet" purple cauliflower for more money. However, it can become bitter and grainyr if exposed to too much sunlight.

The heads of cauliflower are actually the flower buds, so you want to harvest them before the buds start opening. Most cauliflower is ready to pick when it is 6-12 inches across, but before it begins to seperate.

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My cauliflower has purple spots. Is that normal when it is growing? How big should they get before harvesting? Mine are about softball size.

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Thanks. It looks so much more healthy than it did last year, for sure.

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Since you said the plant was in bad shape when you got it, it may not have put on buds last fall, which is why its not blooming this year. It sounds like it is growing fairly well this year and that growth is what the buds for next year's blooms will develop on. I would leave it alone this year and see what it does next summer.

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Okay, helpful on the beets, not so helpful on the hydrangeas. I guess I should use method 1---but I did not trim it last year so guessing that is why I have no flowers this year, so, does that mean I need to prune it this year to get blooms for next year and what the heck do I prune since there are no blooms. I know mine was a light pink and white when I bought it but did not cut anything back last year as it was so stressed, I did not want to kill it---at least this year it looks like a much healthier bush. I am thinking I won't buy any more as it seems like it is too much work to keep it going.

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Beets are ready to be harvested when the shoulders protrude from the soil. Smaller beets have more flavor, larger ones can get fibrous. The best beets are dark in color, with a smooth surface.
Beet greens can be eaten raw or cooked, if you want to also eat the beets it is best to only harvest a few leaves at a time from each plant. You can saute the greens in a little olive oil that has been seasoned with garlic and red pepper flakes.

The major reason hydrangeas don't bloom is due to improper timing of pruning. Here is a link to when to prune different types of hydrangeas. It also contains a link to how to identify what type you have in case you don't know.

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Bought a hydrangea last year that had blooms---on the clearance rack---and it did come back and looks nice and healthy---but everyone else around me has blooms on theirs and there are none on mine. What could be the reason?

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Lecates gave you a good answer.

2-3 days of too wet soil should not kill healthy plants. and a day of being a little too dry shouldn't either. Be sure to check each pot rather than judging from just one A little difference in the size of the plant or how much sun each plant or pot gets can make a difference in how quickly the soil dries out. As the heat of summer comes on and the plants get bigger, you may find you will need to water twice some days.

Keep a close eye on the plants and let us know if they continue to have problems.

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You did right in not watering them the next day---but rule of thumb, put your finger in the soil up to 2nd knuckle---if still moist, don't water---you also need to remember if you get rain, you don't need to water. Or if the pot feels really heavy, don't water til it is lighter---I have some hanging pots outside that got a lot of rain and I am not watering them until the pots feel a lot lighter---and with the heat I am getting today, probably will need it tonight or tomorrow morning. But I am sure Sharjo will have more info on what might be the problem.

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question: I am new to gardening this year and I planted 10 tomato plants. Four of these plants are in planters and 6 are in the ground. Last week I think I over watered the tomatoes in Planters. They have drainage holes in them but I think I still may have over done it. The leaves on the plants began curling downward and turning yellow on bottom of plant. So I thought that if I just kept an eye on the moisture of the soil, I shouldnt water them the next day. So I did that. The first day the soil was still to wet so I didnt water again the next day. I think that may have been a mistake because one of my plants starting wilting and turned yellow about half way up it. So I started watering again but was careful not to over water again. The plants are looking a little better but my question is: Is there a way to make these plants recover or do you think they will die? Is there anything else I can do to help them? I have put so much work in these I would be upset if they died. Thanks in advance, and any help would be appreciated.

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There should not be any problems with growing the pumpkins and watermelon in the same bed even though the vines do get good sized. You can grow the jack be little pumpkins on a trellis so they will take less room.

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Question: Is it ok to plant Jack be Little and sugar baby watermelon in the same bed? I wanted to plant some seeds this weekend, but I wasn't sure if I could plant these two in the same raised bed. I have an L shaped bed that is 8x8 on the outside and 4x4 on the inside.

Any suggestions on how to grow the little pumpkins and/or watermelons? Also, are there any other companion plants that I could fit into the bed?

Thanks in advance.

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Mix a quart of water 1 tablespoon of Diatomaceous Earth in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the tops and especially the bottoms of the leaves until moist but not dripping. You will usually have to re-apply after rains.

It is best to wear a dust mask anytime you are working with diatomaceous earth since it should never be inhaled..

Also be aware that DE will affect all bugs even the beneficial ones.

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That is great question, DJ. I would be interested to know that, too.

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Do you make the spray yourself or do you buy it? If you make it how do you do it? I have food grade Diatomacious Earth along with the one for insects too but not sure how to use to put in a sprayer bottle.

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Without knowing what the insects causing the hole look like, I have no idea what they may be.

For insects problems in my gardens I frequently will make a spray of Diatomacious Earth and water. I found the instructions on the package. By using it as a spray instead of a powder it will adhere to the backs of the leaves where the bugs frequently hide. It is also organic so no toxic chemicals on your veggies.

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