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Great tip to keep cat out of

By Carol chambery

Great tip to keep cat out of veg.. Garden.. Line top side of soil with large gauge chicken wire. They will not walk on it and your plants will grow up through it.

Where do plant vegetables

By Mr Cater

Where do plant vegetables grow?

I live in Clarksville TN and

By Eddie Maynard

I live in Clarksville TN and I am having problems with my apple trees. One is a golden delicious and the other is a McIntosh. Both of them have brown spots on their leaves. Does anyone know the problems?

You may have a black Walnut

By Kenneth F on August 29

You may have a black Walnut tree with 150 feet. The Walnut and Apple are not production friendly to each other.

I read apples and cedar trees

By Karen Gadbury

I read apples and cedar trees are not good. Apples pick up cedar spores? Airborn particles that hurt the trees

I've just started a garden

By kimo maher

I've just started a garden this season. My broccoli is not bunching, it is growing long stems. What's the problem?

You may have grown the

By Goobiebear

You may have grown the broccoli too close together. and depending on your zone it could be too hot or too cold. have fun.

Bunching happens because of

By Almanac Staff

Bunching happens because of temperature that's too cool or warm; in the South, usually, it's too warm for this cool-weather crop. You didn't say where you live and we're not sure if you've had unusual temperatures this spring. See our planting calendar for the best dates to plant broccoli in your area:


Is it true you can't eat

By Eddie Maynard

Is it true you can't eat rhubarb the first year?

What that's crazy! You just

By Goobiebear

What that's crazy! You just cant eat anything other than the stalks because other parts are poisons..I eat the plant tender and young.. or a little more older. but make sure the certain parts are edible.

yes if its stems are red

By Jo Blackburn

yes if its stems are red

We wonder if apples have more

By Almanac Staff

We wonder if apples have more diseases than any other crop. If the spots on the leaves are yellow-brown and small, it might be Cedar Apple Rust. Golden Delicious is especially susceptible.  There are two ways to deal with this issue: 1) plant varieties resistant to cedar apple rust and 2)  spray protective fungicides in early spring, such as myclobutanil (Immunox).
First things first: Bring a sample to a tree nursery or your cooperative extension to get a real diagnosis.

No one! Has been able to

By Don a Hunt

No one! Has been able to giveme an answer to my problem, HELP. For the past couple of years my tomatoes havedeveloped a hard green center core with tendrels extending into the fruit. I use raised beds, mulch with a commercially produced brand, water with drip line, live in the central valley of Calif., generally use miracle gro, has happened in early girl and big boy in two different locations in my garden. I have also seen this in fruit purchased at roadside fruit stands but not as bad as mine.

Hi Don, Hard cores in

By Almanac Staff

Hi Don,

Hard cores in tomatoes are usually caused by weather related stress like low overnight temperatures early and late in the growing season. Provide consistent warm temperatures during cool nights by using row covers or other protection.

Too much fertilizer early in the growing season can also cause hard centers.

Meatier tomato varieties have less core and most modern hybrid tomato varieties are made to be as coreless as possible.

Hi, are there any plants that

By Kate k.

Hi, are there any plants that I should not plant near potatoes (how far of a distance should they be if so) and are there any plants I should not plant in the same ground after (for rotating)? If so why? Thank you!

It's best to keep potatoes at

By Almanac Staff

It's best to keep potatoes at least 4 feet away from tomatoes.
Also, keep away from cucumbers, pumpkins, and fruits.

See our Companion Planting for Vegetables page:



I live in Shreveport,La.,

By Barbara Keener

I live in Shreveport,La., someone gave me 2 lemon trees and I am not sure how to care for them. Should they be pruned, \when are they suppose to bloom and have lemons on them Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

Hello, Barbara, We have a

By Almanac Staff

Hello, Barbara, We have a page about growing lemon trees here:  http://www.almanac.com/plant/lemons-oranges

Hope this helps. Ask any more questions on the lemon page.

Which root stimulator should

By Philip F

Which root stimulator should I use to propagate blueberry bushes?

Hi Philip, We have had

By Almanac Staff

Hi Philip,

We have had success with using rooting hormone powder. Just stick the end of the cutting into the powder and then into the soil.


Which brand shoud I use? I

By Philip F

Which brand shoud I use? I bought a bottle that I was told would work on blueberry bushes, but the label said it could not be used for food plants.

Raised Bed Gardening- (2nd

By Mary J in FL

Raised Bed Gardening- (2nd year)
I planted tomatoes and green peppers in raised beds last year. I was so happy with the results, I would like to use this method again. I plan to add compost and "Miracle Grow garden soil" to what is still in the bed. Is this the best way to proceed the 2nd year or should I replace the old soil.

There is no need to replace

By Almanac Staff

There is no need to replace the soil. Just add good quality compost. Add the compost to your garden after fall cleanup this year and let it sit over the winter months. Glad to hear that you had a good gardening season last year!!

What fruit trees do good in

By dumptrkdave

What fruit trees do good in Mendocino ca.?

Hundreds of fruit tree

By Almanac Staff

Hundreds of fruit tree varieties grow well in Mendocino!  You are have a wonderful climate!  Here is a document with charts of every kind of fruit and which varieties are best for your area. Go crazy! http://homeorchard.ucdavis.edu/varieties.pdf

Do rasberry and apart uses

By Annamae

Do rasberry and apart uses grow good by each other Norther ,mn. Is we're i live

I live in north Idaho, when

By Doug Flory

I live in north Idaho, when should I plant my garlic bulbs for 2014 harvest?

According to your cooperative

By Almanac Staff

According to your cooperative extension, "Only adapted, early maturing varieties are suitable for production in Idaho’s short season areas. Garlic comes in two types, hardneck and softneck. Of the two types, hardneck varieties tend to grow larger cloves and provide a greater range of flavors. Softneck varieties tend to have milder flavor and store better. Hardneck varieties produce best if the cloves are planted in the fall. In Idaho’s harsh climates, fall-planted cloves must be placed at least one inch deep and protected with a 6 to 8 inch layer of mulch. Softneck varieties should be planted as early in the spring as the soil can be worked. Garlic can withstand severe frost and does not need protection from spring cold snaps."

A friend wants to give me a

By tanma@carolina....

A friend wants to give me a cutting off of her butterfly bush ,do i just put in the ground ,or do i put it in water to root or do i put it in a small pot with dirt and root it. i live in Charlotte nc

Dip the end of the cutting in

By Almanac Staff

Dip the end of the cutting in rooting hormone and then plant it about 3 inches deep in a pot with light moist potting soil (or sand).

Can you tell me where i can


Can you tell me where i can purchase some Comfrey Plants. I live in Qebec Canada

Try Richters online catalog.

By Almanac Staff

Try Richters online catalog.

I have college chili peppers,

By Kate GB

I have college chili peppers, yellow bell peppers, banana peppers, and jalapeno peppers, and fajita bell peppers. They seem to be wilting and are getting yellow spots on the leaves. I am not sure if I am watering too much or too little. It is in the high 70's to 80 degrees and in the 30's and 40's at night in northwestern Colorado. Please help asap!

Peppers are tropical plants

By Almanac Staff

Peppers are tropical plants and thrive when it is warm. Ideal temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees F during the day, and 60 to 70 degrees F at night. Your day temperatures are fine but night temperatures are still too cold.

When do you plant Lima beans

By Sonia bates

When do you plant Lima beans according to the right sign so they will bear. And not just bloom?

Hi, if you are planting by

By Almanac Staff

Hi, if you are planting by the signs, please see our Best Days timetable for the current dates to plant crops: http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

What can I use to use for

By Martha L

What can I use to use for cabbage worms?

Hi, Martha, We have a page on

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Martha, We have a page on Cabbage Worms. Type it into the search box above or cut & paste this link: http://www.almanac.com/content/cabbageworms Kind regards, the OFA editors

Can someone let me know

By Eng. Caleb Olali

Can someone let me know herbal or medicinal properties of Prickly Trichosomes

Prickly trichomes are leaf

By Almanac Staff

Prickly trichomes are leaf hairs of a plant--not a plant variety. Many different types of plants have leaf hairs. They tend to keep foliage cool and reduce transpiration or water loss through the leaves.

I live in northwest

By Mimijeri

I live in northwest Louisiana. Last spring I planted several eggplant transfers at the same time I planted tomato, cucumber, and pepper plants. The eggplants didn't start producing until early fall. Should I wait later in the summer to plant them this year?

Eggplant is not always easy

By Almanac Staff

Eggplant is not always easy to grow; timing may not be your only concern. It is a warm-season crop; it likes heat both during the day (80°F is optimum) and at night (above 60°F is desirable). Good soil is key to good production; eggplant has little tolerance of poorly draining soil. Did you test your soil pH? It should me 6 to 6.5. If necessary, add lime to the soil three to four months before you plant and check for other nutrients. An ideal transplant should be 8 to 12 inches tall and slightly hardened off. (Woody transplants can be slow to resume growth after transplanting.) We hope this helps.

Beets When is a good time to

By Robin Jane

Beets When is a good time to plant them? I did and they are not coming up? Rest of my garden is!

See our Best Dates to Plant

By Almanac Staff

See our Best Dates to Plant chart:
With beets, wait until soil reaches 50 degrees before planting. See our Beets Guide for plant care info: http://www.almanac.com/plant/beets

I have a tomatoe plant (beef

By Roberto

I have a tomatoe plant (beef steak)and I noticed that it is starting to get bumps on the stock. this happened last year with a plant I had and It didn't produce any tomatoes . Does anybody know what it might be and how to cure it?

Roberto, without seeing

By dean m roberts

Roberto, without seeing photos, it is hard to tell. I do see a red flag: if you have a problem with a plant, don't plant it in the same area the following year.It's called crop rotation. Some organisms will live in the soil for several years.Whatever was bothering your tomatoes may have no effect on cabbage or radishes,etc.
Hope this is of some help.

Mine did the same thing last

By Erinkater

Mine did the same thing last year--a giant hail storm solved the problem. The plants survived and became very full and beautiful again but the damage to the plant switched it into reproducing mode rather than growth mode. You can achieve the same results by beating your plants with a stick or a wire hanger--sounds strange but it works. You can also use a blossom set spray on blooms that will ensure each blossom sets fruit. Available at any garden store.

This year has been strange

By dedeec44

This year has been strange for gardening....I am concerned with my tomato plants. I grew them from heirloom seeds ordered from a nursery. The plants are beautiful, green, and full. Lots of branches and tall. They have had blooms on them all over, but I have YET to harvest ONE single tomato! :-( Anyone got any ideas why, besides that it could be a pollination problem? Thanks, Dedee

Sounds like to much Nitrogen.

By blueraider

Sounds like to much Nitrogen.

I live on the gulf coast of

By Craig h

I live on the gulf coast of Tx. when can I try to plant snow peas in my area.

I'm trying to grow brocolli

By Bill C

I'm trying to grow brocolli for the first time... anything I should know? I am gardening in a 4x8 raised bed that is primarily composted horse manure, and the broccoli is in the shadow of some tomatoes. I'm a little concerned that the stalks are not thick enough - or well anchored enough - to support a head of any kind, which has not appeared yet, but should start to develop soon... shouldn't it? Thanks

Hi Bill, Broccoli should be

By Almanac Staff

Hi Bill, Broccoli should be planted at least four feet away from tomato plants. Check out our list of common plant companions here. Also, have you read over our broccoli plant page? We have tips for growing, caring for, and harvesting broccoli all in one spot. http://www.almanac.com/plant/broccoli  Good luck!

does anybody know of

By Tom Nicholson

does anybody know of ramps(thats what we call them )I think they are leeks,or wild onoins,they grow wild in wooded areas in spring ??

They are in the leek family,

By Steve Stasny

They are in the leek family, but they don't get as large as a leek. The root buld and leaf can be eaten in salads, cooked with fried potatoes and eggs, or just boiled. Here in West Virginia we have "Ramp Feeds" and a ramp festival. There is also ramp jelly and canned ramps.

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