1. Bio-Intensive Gardening

Asked by racelyn lucena - January 16, 2011

What are the problems encountered in bio-intensive gardening?

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2. Tree Trunks in New Yard

Asked by Anonymous - April 12, 2011

I have tree trunks in my new yard. How do I get rid of them or make them rot faster?

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  • The best you can do without manual removal is to make sure it rots faster. Drill some holes in it and fill them with a high nitrogen fertilizer, then water the stump. Repeat this every few months and the tree stump should rot quickly.

3. Epsom Salts

Asked by Anonymous - May 7, 2011

What are the benefits of Epsom salts to plants?

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4. Plant Pores

Asked by Anonymous - June 3, 2011

As I was planting flowers (annuals and perennials) in the garden this weekend, my husband was sprinkling peat moss in the flower beds with a shovel. Very often the peat moss would land directly on top of the new plantings. I asked him to avoid getting the dirt on top of the flowers, not only because it didn’t look good but may also inhibit their growth (like clogging pores). He laughed at me and said the wind will blow the dirt away and the plants don’t have pores.

Could you let me know if there is any truth to what I may have been thinking, or are you laughing at me too?

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  • Plants do have “pores” called stomatas. Peat moss is unlikely to clog them though. But it is not a good idea to cover the leaves of a plant as it can keep sunlight from reaching the plants leaves, which is how the plant creates energy to grow and flower. With indoor plants, dust often can keep a plant from performing at peak, and this would be similar. Fortunately, a quick wash down with water will wash the peat moss off.

5. Encourage Reblooming

Asked by gracej - June 23, 2011

Please explain how I can provide the best conditions to encourage reblooming.

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6. Spray Oil

Asked by Anonymous - June 28, 2011

Can I use Bonide spray oil with Miracle Gro?

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7. Kids Gardening Projects

Asked by Anonymous - August 7, 2011

Can you give me some ideas for a project for kids 7-12 yrs old? This ‘workshop’ will be 1-2 hrs long, 6-12 kids inside a greenhouse on tables. I need to use fairly inexpensive materials. Have available all kinds of plants-greenhouse and nursery. Past projects have included: moss garden, herbs, built a birdhouse.

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