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kathygaudet on
May 14, 2011

Q. Rock Garden?

Is rock garden suitable for drain off area where soil remains moist a lot?

Answered by
Heather on
May 15, 2011
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Most rock garden plants like drier conditions. If you have an area that collects water, you may want to consider a rain garden. Here is information about that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/rain-garden-design.htm

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Anonymous on
May 19, 2011

Q. Producing More Fruit

Can I pick off some leaves to get a plant to produce more fruit?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 20, 2011
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Asked by
donmc on
May 22, 2011

Q. Staking Vegetables

Is it alright to use treated lumber to make stakes?

Answered by
Heather on
May 23, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Treated lumber is no longer treated with carcinogenic chemicals, so are safe to use in your vegetable garden. Some people do still believe that because they are treated with chemicals, they should not be used. Whether you do or not, is up to you, but according to science, they are safe.

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Anonymous on
May 22, 2011

Q. Garden Tilling

I was raised on the farm where a ‘Big Garden’ was essential. However, due to my tender years, I never learned anything in reference to tilling. Thus far, I have done everything by hand. Could someone PLEASE explain to me how to properly operate a power tiller for a small garden?

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Anonymous on
May 24, 2011

Q. Foliage Spraying

How long should pets and humans remain inside after foliage (tree) spraying?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 25, 2011
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It really depends on the type of spray used. Some you can go out immediately, and others you should wait a few hours.

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Anonymous on
May 25, 2011

Q. Tree Sucker

How do I transplant my tree sucker?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 26, 2011
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A.

When you remove them from the mother tree, make sure that they have some roots on them. I would actually pot them up and keep them in a somewhat shady location and keep them well watered until you see them producing new growth. Then you can transplant to a new location and treat as you would any other newly planted tree.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 3, 2011

Q. Plant Pores

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?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 3, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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.

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