After hyacinth flowers fade, what do you do?
You can cut the stems off once the flowers have faded, unless you would like the plants to naturalize. If you would like them to naturalize, simply leave the seed pods on. Do not cut the leaves until after they have turned yellow and died down.
Could you tell me if it makes a difference if my pole beans receive morning or afternoon sun? I have a fence line and they seem to grow better on the west side of my yard. Do you know this to be a fact?
Afternoon sun is considered to be the stronger sun and is certainly warmer. All things being equal, afternoon sun is better for vegetables, but there are things that could make afternoon sun not as good for the plants. For example, a dark or reflective surface nearby could reflect too much light or the extra warm sun could dry out the soil more quickly.
I have several large pine trees and eucalyptus trees on the hill behind my house. The leaves and needles find there way into my rose garden and flower beds. Will this prevent them from growing well, and is there anything I can do about it?
Both pine needles and eucalyptus leaves in themselves will not hurt your plants, but both needles and leaves are known to raise the acid levels in the soil they decompose in. This will not cause a problem for your plants as long as you regularly test the soil (which should be done anyway to make sure nutrients are balanced) and treat the soil if the acid levels get too high.
Here is information on treating high acid in soil:
I did a soil test. Everything looks good except Nitrogen. It did not register at all. If I go with a fertilizer, what kind should I use? This is for a vegetable garden.
For a veggie garden, compost or rotted manure will help with the nitrogen. This article will give you some more ideas on raising the nitrogen in the soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/understanding-nitrogen-requirements-for-plants.htm
I bought a potted hyacinth from the grocery store last spring. I followed the instructions on how to keep it for this year. Once it started showing green through the soil, I brought in from the patio (I am in Melbourne, FL. ) and set it on a windowsill to get plenty of sun. I also began watering it. The plant was doing great for a while, and then I noticed new green sprouting in the soil. In about a week, the new blossoms started to die off and the new sprouts were getting bigger. I know now is not the time for transplanting or separating bulbs. They are currently in a six inch pot. What can I do to get blooms this spring?
The following article should be of some help to you:
I live in Rockland County, New York just 40 minutes north of New York City. I need a fast-growing shrub to use as a screen. I was thinking bamboo, but I'm afraid of it being too agressive. The area to plant is in a southern exposure but is also exposed to northern winds.
This article will help you:
How do I raise the pH level in dirt? Using a pH tester, I had a pH level between 6. 5 and 7. 0. Now the pH tester shows the level at 5 or lower. What do I use to raise the pH level back to where it was, and how do I raise the fertility of the dirt using the pH tester?
Here are some articles that will help you:
Fertility normally refers to macronutrients in the soil. A good all round chemical fertilizer will be a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 fertilizer. From an organic perspective, adding organic material such as compost and rotted manure will help. This article has more information: