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Growing Vegetables: Tomato plants, tomato plants, sevin dust
tomato plants, sevin dust, safe side: Merilyn: I don t think that this is a problem and is natural for tomatoes. But to be on the safe side you might want to spray with some friendly sevin dust. Tomatoes like a lot of nitrogen and water as they mature very quickly. Let me know if the...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoe Plants, yellow pear, tomatoe plants
yellow pear, tomatoe plants, buds and blossoms: Dear Marian, What you are describing sounds like too much fertilizer. I just can t think of anything else that causes what you have posted. I don t think pruning sounds like a good idea right now. You may lose buds and blossoms you can t regain. Kind...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, tomato plants, pollination
tomato plants, pollination, blossoms: Dear Michael, Yes it could be too hot, but tomatoes usually will continue to produce with some water through even the hottest part of the year. I think this sounds like a pollination problem, or actually a lack of pollination. Could be there just aren t...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatos, five gallon buckets, varieties of tomatoes
five gallon buckets, varieties of tomatoes, plant hormone: Andrew: They may be two different varieties of tomatoes. If your brother s plants do not have blossoms on them yet then he has to wait till they are ready. If he is impatient he might try a good local plant hormone. Tomatoes love fertilizer, water...

Growing Vegetables: tomates, mole crickets, crickets
mole crickets, crickets, fertilizer: Henry: I suspect that you have nematodes around your roots. Does not sound like worms or you would see the leaves cut. Regarding the poison you put in the ground not knowing what it is it could have effected the plants. You might want to remove one...

Growing Vegetables: turnips & peas, organic fertilizer, sevin
organic fertilizer, sevin, turnips: Jeff: Peas are reasonably easy to grow. Just use a good grade of organic fertilizer and keep them watered. Keep the weeds out. Regarding worms in your turnips, spray with friendly Sevin on the plants and around the base. Best wishes. Don Battle...

Growing Vegetables: vegetable yield, tomato plant, louise louise
tomato plant, louise louise, zuchini: Louise: This is a difficult question because of the different conditions and types of seeds used. Weather, soil and care are also major factors. I can make a guess that one good tomato plant could yeild as much as 2 pounds over the growing season. ...

Growing Vegetables: vegetables dying?, high desert, begining
high desert, begining, watermelon: Dear Jimmie, I ve never gardened in the high desert, but I will try to offer something. I don t usually use fertilizer when the seeds are first sprouting. It makes the plant stems very leggy and usually weak. And don t water in the direct sun, only after...

Growing Vegetables: vegetables dying?, potting plants, potting soil
potting plants, potting soil, hot weather: Jimmie: Tender seedling plants like this can not handle hot weather. Most likely this is the cause of dying. The soil may be the reason also. Normaly you do not use fertilizer in potting plants only a good grade of potting soil. I am afraid that there...

Growing Vegetables: veggie growth, ground tomatoes, vining plants
ground tomatoes, vining plants, fruits and vegetables: Dear Jen Dale, I have a general rule of thumb, and that is; if it s going to die anyway, I can t make it worse. My recommendation would be, transplanting at this point is risky, but keeping them in the small pots is certain death, so consider transplanting....

Growing Vegetables: Watermelons, melons, blossoms
melons, blossoms, pollination: When blossoms or young fruit fall off prematurely, it is usually an indication of one of two problems. Either your plants are not being fully pollinated, or they are receiving too much water. If you do not have enough bees in the area, you can hand-pollinate...

Growing Vegetables: Wilting tomato plants(patio), wilting tomato plants, patio tomatoes
wilting tomato plants, patio tomatoes, green tomatoes: Dear Teresa, It sounds like too much water and too much fertilizer. Too much water will cause the fruit to rot and often the leaves turn yellow. Too much fertilizer will cause the plant to be leggy and also can burn the leaves to wilt. Back up on the...

Growing Vegetables: Wilting tomatos and pepper plants, novice gardener, fungus fusarium oxysporum
novice gardener, fungus fusarium oxysporum, fungus problems: Natalie: Wilting can be a major problem. There are many kinds of wilting. Some are caused by fungus and some by viruses. Most of the fungus problems are soil borne and are difficult to treat with fungicides. Bacterial diseases can also cause wilting....

Growing Vegetables: How much water for my garden, drip system, garden vegetables
drip system, garden vegetables, cantalope: Dear Sherri, I can only make a suggestion or two. I would try watering for 30 minutes every other day and see if things don t improve. Don t water through the time of the day when the sun is shining on the plants. Hopefully these changes will make a...

Growing Vegetables: Yellow leaves on fruit & veggie plants, organic potting soil, worm compost
organic potting soil, worm compost, nitrogen problem: Collen: It sounds like your tomatoes are suffering from the lack of fertilizer and perhaps water. Watermellons need a good fertilizer and lots of water. Look closely at the leaves to verify that there are no mites on the bottom side of leaves. Best...

Growing Vegetables: Yellow Squash, proper fertilizer, yellow squash
proper fertilizer, yellow squash, couple inches: Penny: I suspect that you do not have the proper fertilizer to allow the squash to fully develop. Try fertiliser 15-15-15 and side dress near the roots. Then water in good every 3 days. Please let me know how this turns out. Best wishes. Don Battle...

Growing Vegetables: yellow leaves, tomatoe plants, dear mike
tomatoe plants, dear mike, fertilizer: Dear Mike, Usually yellow leaves are a sign of too much water, but if the plant is drying up that can t be the problem. Sounds like there is either too much fertilizer or a pH imbalance. I suggest some new soil around as much as you can without disturbing...

Growing Vegetables: anaheim, organic fertilizer, control thanks
organic fertilizer, control thanks, green house: Dawn: It may be to hot in your green house. Peppers grow better around 70-80 degrees F with low humidity. Do you have a fan in your green house to keep the air moving? Regarding the turning yellow and drouping I think that they need a good shot of organic...

Growing Vegetables: Buds of bell peppers dropping off, north central alberta, pepper plants
north central alberta, pepper plants, poor drainage: Lisa: Peppers do not like a lot of water. I think that you are correct that the poor drainage is the cause. Water tends to quickly dilute the fertilizer and washes it away before there is time to react with the plant roots. The blossom and bud drop is...

Growing Vegetables: Butternut Squash, growing vegetables, butternut
growing vegetables, butternut, firmness: Donna: I think that you should harvest the squash when you think that they have reached middle maturity. This way the squash is more tender and if you wait until it is fully grown it might not be so tender. Please watch the growth and try to decide when...

Growing Vegetables: bell green peppers, pepper plants, organic fertilizer
pepper plants, organic fertilizer, green peppers: Zita: I suspect that your peppers may have a fungus or they are not getting enough fertilizer and water. I think that a good organic fertilizer worked lightly into the soil and watered in might help. Regarding the squash let them grow and take over the...

Growing Vegetables: brocolli, best wishes, plants
best wishes, plants: Steve: After picking the heads there is a possibility that brocolli will start to grow new heads but as a rule one plant, one head during one season. If new heads appear then they will be small and probably not amount to much for the balance of the season....

Growing Vegetables: butternut squash, pepper plants, blossom drop
pepper plants, blossom drop, butternuts: Miriam: You have a case of blossom drop. Normally this is caused by a fungus or bacteria. I recommend that you contact your local nursery and tell him you have blossom drop and recommend a fungicide or spray for the plants. This is difficult to deal...

Growing Vegetables: butternut squash, organic fertilizer, fruit drop
organic fertilizer, fruit drop, butternut squash: Denise: This fruit drop most likely is caused by a fungus. Go to your local nursery and purchase a good fungicide and spray. After this give them a good shot of organic fertilizer. Please let me know how things work out for you. Best wishes. Do...

Growing Vegetables: Cantalope, suash, fertilizer
suash, fertilizer, pollination: Brian, it could be a number of factors including pollination, soil conditions, and the ratio of male to female blooms. The latter condition always corrects itself. Cantelope normally starts producing fruit 10-12 weeks after sowing. One factor that will...

Growing Vegetables: Cantalope, cantaloupe, best wishes
cantaloupe, best wishes, leaves: Becky: Not so easy to tell when a cantalope is ripe like it is for a watermellon. Look at the stem and see if the leaves around it are dried and off. Also look at the bottom of the cantalope and see that it is yellow to white. Lastly, pick one and...

Growing Vegetables: Collard Green Fungus, grey patches, organic fungicides
grey patches, organic fungicides, collard greens: Jason: There are organic fungicides but I don t have a lot of faith in them as they have to cover a wide range of problems. Look on the web and see if you can find one you like. Fungicides are generall a mixture of copper sulfates which are not so harmful....

Growing Vegetables: Cucumbers; White, spring birds, park seed
spring birds, park seed, flower garden: Lora, when cucumbers do not transition to green, it is due to one of three reasons. First, and the most common, is the fruit is blanched as a result of no light. This is common when the leaves get very large and completely cover the cucumbers. The lack...

Growing Vegetables: cantaloupe, orange flesh, flaver
orange flesh, flaver, cantaloupes: Donnie: Not sure that you are doing anything wrong. Let the fruit mature a little longer and if the results are not good try what I have written below. I believe your cantaloupes are suffering from either a virus or a fungus. You need to try a general...

Growing Vegetables: my cucumber and tomatoe plants, tomatoe plants, cucumber plant
tomatoe plants, cucumber plant, epson salts: Roberta: Non of the ingredients that you have mentioned have plant food value. Give you plants some good organic fertilizer around the roots and water it in. I would not clip the leaves on the tomato plants except the dead ones. You should always...

Growing Vegetables: cucumbers, proper drainage, vine borer
proper drainage, vine borer, huggers: Joshua: I think that your cucumbers are probably OK. Cucumbers are ground huggers and the soil tends to cool them in a natural way. I believe that the mid day wilt is a result of to much sun and being on the trellis. Fruit should be picked when they...

Growing Vegetables: cucumbers, nitrogen fertilizer, organic fertilizer
nitrogen fertilizer, organic fertilizer, growing vegetables: David: Cucumbers are funny creatures. They grow fast and produce rapidly. I recommend that you pull off all the old ones that have turned white and nuture the ones that are left. If you can get the plants under control I think you will see lots of nice...

Growing Vegetables: brocolli, first cutting, degree angle
Growing Vegetables: brocolli, first cutting, degree angle, stems

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno Peppers
Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno Peppers

Growing Vegetables: Tomato growing in a container, egg shells, empty egg
Growing Vegetables: Tomato growing in a container, egg shells, empty egg, lumber supply

Growing Vegetables: vegetable plants- with fluid filled balls in soil????, fleas, parasites
Growing Vegetables: vegetable plants- with fluid filled balls in soil????, fleas, parasites, eggs

Growing Vegetables: Gardens in Hawaii, quality soil, moderate climate
quality soil, moderate climate, soil temperature: Constance: Growing gardens depend on sun light, quality soil, temperature and loving care of the plants. I see no reason why you can t grow a great garden in Hawaii. Give it a try. You have moderate climate there so many things should grow good. Best...

Growing Vegetables: GROWING, organic fertilizer, seed supplier
organic fertilizer, seed supplier, temperture: David: The soil in your pots has to be very loose and not compacted. Try a good grade of organic fertilizer. If they don t show signs of disease then the fertilizer and water should help. As hot as the weather is they are to small to be transplanted in...

Growing Vegetables: Growing Eggplant, purple flowers, bearing fruit
purple flowers, bearing fruit, quick reply: Kathy: Putting straw around the base of the plant works well. It retains the moisture and helps keep the weeds out. It will also protect the fruit that is touching the ground. Some of these plants really become wilder as they get larger. I have seen some...

Growing Vegetables: Growing Peppers, growing peppers, root treatment
growing peppers, root treatment, red peppers: Alan: I have had the same experience with the peppers growing and turning black. This is a fungus of some kind. Try spraying the plants with a good fungicide. I did not have much luck with solving this problem. If you are successful please let me know...

Growing Vegetables: gardening/tomatoes & bell peppers, organic fertilizer, degree weather
organic fertilizer, degree weather, yellow coloring: Judi: The yellow coloring of leaves usually is a result of poor nutrition. This can be caused by over watering. You need to be able to control the water and give the plants a good shot of organic fertilizer. Pray for some hot water. Best wishes. ...

Growing Vegetables: growing better veg's, tomato plants, fall weather
tomato plants, fall weather, hot weather: Steve: It is best to plan your garden and plant in the spring. Now we are getting into the hot weather and it is difficult for the plants to live after the germinate. Wait till it cools a bit and try some fall weather plants like turnips, beans and egg...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno Peppers, jalapeno pepper plants, nitrogen fertilizer
jalapeno pepper plants, nitrogen fertilizer, vegetable plants: Tammy: Jalapenos are funny critters. I grow them commercially and they never cease to amaze me. Like most vegetable plants they have their limitations and can not go on for ever. If you wish to try to prolong them spray with a good general purpose hormone...

Growing Vegetables: Mushrooms/toadstools, mushrooms, carrots
mushrooms, carrots, fungus: Sandy: I don t believe that the mushrooms represent a treat to your other plants. However, this characteristic of a damp soil so try to care for your vegetables and not over water them. Remove as many of the mushrooms as you can as are a fungus and could...

Growing Vegetables: Mystery Squash, cross breed, hybrid
cross breed, hybrid: What probably has occurred is that the two plants cross-bred. This is not uncommon when two different varieties of squash are grown in close proximity. What you have now is a combination of the different traits from each plant. I would go ahead and still...

Growing Vegetables: Pepper plant leaves and stems black spots, pepper plant, sulphur water
pepper plant, sulphur water, fungus: Darcie: I believe that your plants are infected with a fungus. It could be soil born or it could be from the surface. Consifer spraying with a light sulphur water. Also, consider injecting some sulphur water around the roots. Please let me know how...

Growing Vegetables: Pepper plant not producing, pepper plant, green pepper
pepper plant, green pepper, buds: Joan: These plants are self pollinating. Shake the plant a bit and let the pollen fall. The bees will also help you. Slow down on the nitrogen that you use. Water once per week. I think that your plant will start to produce. Best wishes. Do...

Growing Vegetables: PUMPKINS, neck pumpkin, carving pumpkins
neck pumpkin, carving pumpkins, pumpkin pie: Lisa: You will have to wait as no one can tell you what type you have. For future planting try to identify the type of seeds you are using. Your success will probably be better if you purchase a small pack of seeds in the future that have been treated....

Growing Vegetables: peppers not blooming or producing, epsom salt, cowhorn
epsom salt, cowhorn, red and orange: Mike: I wish I were in northern Alabama where I grew up in Gadsden and Boaz. 1. Check the leaves carefully on the inside to see if their are any mites. If you see mites spray them with friendly Sevin. 2. Recommend that you not use Epsom salt. 3....

Growing Vegetables: San Marzano tomato plants, staking
staking: Tomatoes are naturally sprawling plants. The reasons for staking include space conservation and protecting the plants from insects and disease. When left to sprawl, you will lose at least 20% of the harvest to crawling insects, field mice, slugs, and hornworms....

Growing Vegetables: Sweet Pepper Plants, sweet pepper plants, blossom drop
sweet pepper plants, blossom drop, sweet peppers: Laura: It seems like you have two problems. Check the underside of the leaves for aphids. Spray with freindly Sevin. The blossom drop is most likely a fungus. Spray with a good fungicide. After this try some hormone on the plants to help the blossoms...

Growing Vegetables: spagettisquash, spaghetti squash, orange squash
spaghetti squash, orange squash, vine: Chris: The spaghetti squash most likely will be orange however there is a variety that is a white-yellow. Normally in the supermarkets now you would find the orange squash. The fruit averages around 4-6 pounds when mature. Wait until they are firm before...

Growing Vegetables: spaghetti squash, squash plants, organic fertilizer
squash plants, organic fertilizer, dead leaves: George: I recommend that you let nature take it s course and you will continue to produce squash. In the case of dead leaves or runners you can cut those back. Usually watermellons, sqwash, cucumbers and others are not stimulated by cutting back growing...

Growing Vegetables: spaghetti squash, butterflies and bees, open pollination
butterflies and bees, open pollination, shortage of bees: Lynn: Again it is most unusual that flowers have no pollen. At this point I would suggest that you purchase a hormone spray from your local nursery and try spraying the plants. Are you sure you can tell the males from the females? If there is no pollenation...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato growing in a container, fruit rot, fungus
fruit rot, fungus, general purpose: Mike: Fruit rot like this generally is a fungus or bacteria. I recommend that you spray with a general purpose fungicide. There is no hope for the one that is rotten. Pull it off and was the plant good before applying the fungicide. Let me know if this...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato plant problem, tomato plants, tomato plant
tomato plants, tomato plant, sevin: Maura: Look very close at the bottom half of the leaf and see it you can find any mites at all. Usually they are on the bottom half of the leaf. Spray with friendly Sevin and keep an eye on the plant. If it appears that the leaves are beginning to turn...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, tomatoe plants, organic fertilizer
tomatoe plants, organic fertilizer, green tomatoes: Dear Irene: It could be that the turning brown of some of the leaves is natural and further compounded by the hot weather. If you are satisfied that the tomatoes are cotinuning to develop and are natural don t worry about the leaves. However, if the...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes; Blossom-End Rot, epsom salts, grass clippings
epsom salts, grass clippings, lack of calcium: When tomatoes rot prematurely on the bottom of the fruit, it is usually an indication of blossom-end rot. This condition is caused by inconsistent watering and/or a lack of calcium in the soil. When plants are watered too shallow, the roots reach for the...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes; Blossom Rot, tomatoes, rot
tomatoes, rot, blossom-end rot: When peppers or tomatoes rot prematurely on the bottom of the fruit, it is usually an indication of blossom-end rot. This condition is caused by inconsistent watering and/or a lack of calcium in the soil. When plants are watered too shallow, the roots reach...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes in containers, Leaf curl, yellow leaves
Leaf curl, yellow leaves: It sounds like the size of your container is sufficient, so I doubt that is the problem. Overfertilizing, especially with a high nitrogen fertilizer such as standard Miracle-Gro, can cause the type of symptoms you have described. The high nitrogen levels...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes; Ripening, moderate rain, wet weather
moderate rain, wet weather, determinant: It all depends on the variety of tomato you are growing. Some varieties develop full fruit with two weeks of blooming. Others take as long as four weeks. Once they grow to full size, weather is the primary determinant as to when they ripen from green to red....

Growing Vegetables: tomato (blight) disease, tomato blight disease, fungus
tomato blight disease, fungus, further development: Will: The blight condition that you have described is hard to deal with. It is a fungus that is soil born. Copper and/or sulfur sprays can prevent further development of the fungus. After you have finished this crop, till your soil good and spray good...

Growing Vegetables: tomato help!, tomato plants, square foot garden
tomato plants, square foot garden, blossoms: Kasa: First you have to have blossoms before you can have tomatoes. If no blossoms have arrived I suggest that you do a good fertilizing around the roots and soak it in. Please let me know what your are results are. Best wishes. Don Battle...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, growing tomatoes in a pot, blossom drop
growing tomatoes in a pot, blossom drop, shade screen: Joan: Blossom drop is caused by several things such as no polination, hot wendy weather or too much nitrogen. If the weather is above 90F during the day this can cause blossom drop. Please evaluate the above and see what you can do. Deep watering about...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, bees and butterflies, chicken manure
bees and butterflies, chicken manure, organic fertilizer: Steve and Debbie: I also am from Atlanta. I have grown tomatoes in Atlanta using chicken manure that have been 9 feet tall. I recommend that you start with good fresh seeds that are coated and nematode resistant. Your purple tomatoes are hybrid...

Growing Vegetables: Vegetable garden, peat humus, preparing a vegetable garden
peat humus, preparing a vegetable garden, grass clippings: Lena, you definitely need to till the area, which in turn will kill the weeds. You then need to prepare the soil this fall for next year s garden. Fertile soil is the secret to successful gardening. You definitely want to begin by tilling in ample organic...

Growing Vegetables: Vegtable Gardening in Shady Area, shady area, afternoon sun
shady area, afternoon sun, vegetables: Debra: If you get the afternoon sun you should be able to grow some vegetables. Egg plants, beans and peppers should grow. Now it is late in the season for starting a garden. Plan carefully and get it started in the fall when it is cooler. Best wishes....

Growing Vegetables: vegetable plants- with fluid filled balls in soil????, growth of bacteria, vegetable plants
growth of bacteria, vegetable plants, bell pepper: Tristina: These balls sound to me like the growth of bacteria that is soil born. I recommend that you destroy as many as you can before they cause damage to your plants. Take one of the balls to your local nursery and ask for help in identifying and...

Growing Vegetables: WATERMELONS, blossom drop, qtip
blossom drop, qtip, pollination: Elizabeth: Normally in the fields, pollination takes place naturally. I does not hurt to use what ever for the pollination. Careful with the blooms as they are fragile. Generally blossom drop is related to other issues. However, if they are not pollinated...

Growing Vegetables: White growth on tomato plants, Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew: Sara, it sounds like the onset of powdery mildew, a fungus disease that is very prevalent during wet periods. It will usually infect the lower leaves first since they are closest to the soil. This problem rarely proves fatal and will normally not affect...

Growing Vegetables: watermelon, copper sulfide, ferterlizer
copper sulfide, ferterlizer, organic fertilizer: Lisa: There several different fungi that are usually soil born. Without labratory analysis it is difficult to determine what type. There is also virus and bacteria that cause these problems. A mixture of copper sulfide is a strong killer of fungus but has...

Growing Vegetables: weak jalapeno peppers, jalapeno pepper plants, lagrange indiana
jalapeno pepper plants, lagrange indiana, ph testers: Shawn, when jalapeno or habanera peppers are not hot, it is usually due to the soil being too alkaline, which means the ph is above 7. To lower the ph, simply add ground rock sulfur. This should help neutralize the ph or even bring it below 7 to the point...

Growing Vegetables: wilting tomato plants, bell pepper plant leaves deformed. Strawberry plant leaves turning colors, wilting tomato plants, strawberry plant
wilting tomato plants, strawberry plant, pepper plant: Recommend that you spray pepper and tomatoes for mites. You have to spray the bottom part of the leaves. If you continue to have problems like this it could be that you have a fungus in the soil and roots. If the plants produce OK don t worry about it. ...

Growing Vegetables: Zucchini, copper sulfide, plant nutrition
copper sulfide, plant nutrition, fungicide: Rick: Seems like your soil has either a fungus or bacteria in it. After this season till the soil and use a good fungicide such as copper sulfide or one that your local nursery can reccoment. Not much that can be done for this season. You might try the...

Growing Vegetables: Zucchini and beets, lack of calcium, blossom drop
lack of calcium, blossom drop, miracle gro: Theresa: The fruit rot and blossom drop are usually caused by a fungus. I recommend that you use a good fungicide from your local nursery. This may also be the case with your beets. If you have over fertilized your plants can use the calcium. Try to...

Growing Vegetables: zucchini, fungicide, blossoms
fungicide, blossoms, fungus: Rich: Without a personal look I would think that you have a fungus around the roots of the plants. Try a general fungicide and see what happens. If you can inject around the roots it would be better. Let me if you have any success. Best wishes. ...

Growing Vegetables: zucchini disease, fungus, soil
fungus, soil: Mary: This is most likely caused by a fungus that is in the soil. You can go to your local nursery and ask for a general fungucide and apply. At the end of the season turn the soil good and spray with a fungucide. Try to rotate your crop so that you don...

Growing Vegetables: Acorn Squash, copper fungicide, acorn squash
copper fungicide, acorn squash, fungus disease: Toni, if the leaves still are supple, the plant has the first stages of powdery mildew. This is a fungus disease that causes the leaves to turn light gray or off-white. You can control this disease by applying a copper fungicide to the plant and soil. If,...

Growing Vegetables: Black spots on bottom of tomato, forest lake minnesota, epsom salts
forest lake minnesota, epsom salts, grass clippings: Ronald, when peppers or tomatoes rot prematurely on the bottom of the fruit, it is usually an indication of blossom-end rot. This condition is caused by inconsistent watering and/or a lack of calcium in the soil. When plants are watered too shallow, the...

Growing Vegetables: Burpless cukes, dear debbie, hybrid mix
dear debbie, hybrid mix, cuke: Debbie, I think they are, they sound like the hybrid mix may be some sort of melon or something. I don t think they ll hurt you, they just aren t quite the regular cuke. They won t make pickles, but they should be fine in salads or just sliced. Kindre...

Growing Vegetables: banana peppers and chilis, banana pepper, chili pepper
banana pepper, chili pepper, pepper plant: Kyle: If your plants are inside and only get light from through a window this filters out the photo effect of the sun and the production will be poor or non at all. If you need to keep inside you will need a grow light. The leaves dropping of might be...

Growing Vegetables: CANTALOPE RIPENING, midnight snack, racoons
midnight snack, racoons, chicken wire: Dear Dave, I live in the country and every wild critter knows better than I, when something is ripe! My best recommendation is to put something around the plants, like chicken wire or pick them just a day or two before you think it s the right time and...

Growing Vegetables: canning hot peppers, canning hot peppers, vinegar mixture
canning hot peppers, vinegar mixture, slice peppers: Dear CINDY, I have a similar method, but there is more heat involved that what you have described here. I always blanch my veges. Peppers, just a few minutes in boiling water, then let them cool, slice or sometimes I leave them whole, into sterile canning...

Growing Vegetables: Eggplant, freezer bags, integrity
freezer bags, integrity: Dear Gary, As an eggplant lover, I do freeze it, but it loses some of it s integrity, for lack of a better word. It won t grill, it s rather limp, but it maintains it s flavor. I bake with it when I freeze it, but that s about it. Peel it, cut or slice...

Growing Vegetables: Eggplant, veg stock, eggplant soup
Growing Vegetables: Eggplant, veg stock, eggplant soup, vegetables

Growing Vegetables: growing veggies, vegetable crops, beets
Growing Vegetables: growing veggies, vegetable crops, beets, kale

Growing Vegetables: squash problems, male flower, female flower
Growing Vegetables: squash problems, male flower, female flower, male flowers

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, growing organic vegetables, air circulation
Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, growing organic vegetables, air circulation, degree angle

Growing Vegetables: gourds, gourd, straight answer
gourd, straight answer, danielle: Dear Danielle, In a word: NO, the gourd is not edible. I m sure somebody has some exceptions to the rules or stories about . . . but as a rule, a gourd is not edible. That dates all the way back to Scripture. Kind Regards, Kindred www.eingedi.u...

Growing Vegetables: growing veggies, starting a vegetable garden, dear charlie
starting a vegetable garden, dear charlie, urban garden: Charlie, I could give you a few ideas about length of time from planting seed until maturity, but I think your best plan would be to contact a nursery in your area or Google search one and see what is recommended for your growing season and beginning in the...

Growing Vegetables: gworing cantelope, cantelope, cantalope
cantelope, cantalope, vine: Dear Gene, There is a certain sound when you thump it that changes when it is ripe, and the end away from the vine gets just a little bit soft or almost spongy when it s ripe. And of course, there is no green in the rind, only light tan. Kind Regards, ...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno Pepper Problems, dish soap, jalapeno pepper
dish soap, jalapeno pepper, bug catcher: Bruce: About 1/4 of a tea spoon of soap in each gallon mixture. Here mites are our largest problem and require spraying about every 4 days. Nematodes and fungus is the second. Sometimes hard to deal with. If you check the Harris Seed web site they...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno Peppers When Ready to Pick, growing jalapeno peppers, nice salsa
growing jalapeno peppers, nice salsa, jalapenos: Jalapenos are better consumed when they are green. You will notice some small stripes on the green ones indicating that they are ready to pick. When they are turning red this means that they are approaching completion of the growing phase. Pick them green...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno peppers, kunming china, weather in thailand
kunming china, weather in thailand, northern thailand: Maria: The cracked look to the skin is natural. It means that the peppers should be picked and consumed. If you wish to wait until a few turn red then you can dry and smoke them. Where do you live and how many plants do you have. I grow jalapenos...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno plants, miracle gro, sun light
miracle gro, sun light, james 1: James: 1. Do not water but about every 3-4 days. To much water depletes the fertilizer. 2. I think that the leaves turning brown are caused by a fungus. Spray with an all purpose fungicide. 3. Inspect the bottom half of the leaves carefully to insure...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapenos, province in china, hot weather
province in china, hot weather, green houses: Nick: Try putting your pots outside where they can get direct sun light. They need sun. Old plants should be disposed of and new plants started. Fertilize with a good organice fertilizer every 15 days and water every 3 days. Inspect the plants carefully...

Growing Vegetables: Jalepeno Peppers, jalepenos, jalepeno peppers
jalepenos, jalepeno peppers, provice: Charmange: The black that you see on your jalapenos is not a result of the sun but either a virus or a fungus. I have had the same experience. They seem to be developing ok but this subside rather quickly and you will be left with a lot of small peppers...

Growing Vegetables: Peppers not producing, types of peppers, organic seed
types of peppers, organic seed, plant food: Dear Jane, I ve had a terrible problem with rabbits this year. I don t know if that could be an issue for you or not, but they are snipping, even the buds before they blossom. I know a number of people are struggling with hybrid peppers this year. As in...

Growing Vegetables: Pole beans and cucumbers, natural fertilizer, tomato crop
natural fertilizer, tomato crop, pole beans: Dear John, This has been a tough year for gardeners, all the way around. I don t know if this is the year we are supposed to let the land rest or if the hybridization is catching up with us, the lack of bees, or depleted soil. We ve got so many potential...

Growing Vegetables: Pumkin's, red pepper, caugh
red pepper, caugh, pumkin: Hi Diane, Squirrels can be a real nuisance. Sometimes a cat or dog can help the problem, but I don t know your circumstances, so I have a few quieter ideas that don t require feeding or leashes. Sometimes human hair, just from a hair cut or even cleaning...

Growing Vegetables: When to pick eggplant and butternut., growing eggplant, butternut squash
growing eggplant, butternut squash, when to pick eggplant: Dear Michele, They sound about ready to me. If the eggplant is the proper color, I d say it s ready at that size. Eggplant also gets just a little spongy to the touch when it s ready. The squash can vary in length, but the rind becomes evenly tan or light...

Growing Vegetables: Question about My Bell Peppers, color, orange
color, orange, red: Emily, when you plant colored peppers, the color listed on the package is the color they will turn once fully mature. All peppers start off as green, but if you leave them on the vine for 10 or more days after you would normally pick them, they will change...

Growing Vegetables: Spaghetti Squash, powdery mold, mold and mildew
powdery mold, mold and mildew, mold mildew: Dear Susan, The rain will wash it off, every time. I can t tell you whether or not the vine can be saved, but if the squash is fairly large, it could probably even ripen independent of the vine. I want to say a very mild ammonia solution on the soil,...

Growing Vegetables: Spaghetti Squash, good year, spaghetti
good year, spaghetti, plants: Dear Maureen, I don t think you ve necessarily done anything wrong. This has not been a good year for the larger squash in many areas. Too much rain has been a problem and I can t say specifically if that addresses your area, but that s what the low yield...

Growing Vegetables: Squash/Pumpkin?, pumpkin plant, edible kind
pumpkin plant, edible kind, flower bed: Dear Tonya, It could be a pumpkin, a squash, or even a gourd. If you ve tossed seeds from a pumpkin or squash, then it could be a volunteer. If you live in a neighborhood that had jack-o-lanterns, it s very possible to have a volunteer pumpkin plant, the...

Growing Vegetables: squash problems, fungus growth, blossom drop
fungus growth, blossom drop, kinds of squash: Dear Ina Bell: Sorry to hear about your bad look with the 4 kinds of squash. The heavy rain contributes to fungus growth. Most likely the fungus is responsible or the blossom drop. Go to your local nursery and ask for a good general purpose fungicide...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato Horn worms, tomato hornworms, tomato plants
tomato hornworms, tomato plants, gross things: Patty: These worms are hard to deal with. They usually come out at night. Your idea of covering the ground with plastic is a good one. Pick off all the worm you see. Spray the bottom and top of the leaves with Sevin. Before you cover around the plants...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato plants, soil vegetables, grass clippings
soil vegetables, grass clippings, tomato plants: Dave, it sounds like you are missing key minerals in your soil. Vegetables like a soil rich in nutrients, with good drainage and a neutral ph level of 7.0. The best advice I can give you is to add as much organic materials to the soil as possible. These...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato plants; bottoms rotting, epsom salts, lack of calcium
epsom salts, lack of calcium, tomato plants: Alexandra, the fruit on the plants are experiencing a non-fatal disease called blossom-end rot. This condition is caused by inconsistent watering and/or a lack of calcium in the soil. Based on your current weather description, your plants are experiencing...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, jim cocks, grass clippings
jim cocks, grass clippings, cross pollination: Jim, variety and weather conditions are the two primary factors in the ripening process. When the tomatoes ripen unevenly, it is usually due to inconsistent watering. Mulching with straw or dried grass clippings will often correct this problem, as will organic...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes; Blossom Drop, blossom drop
blossom drop: Petra, this condition is called blossom drop. When blossoms or young fruit fall off prematurely, it is usually an indication of one of two problems. Either your plants are not being fully pollinated, or they are receiving too much water. If you do not have...

Growing Vegetables: Turnips!, weevil, carrot
weevil, carrot, insects: Caitlyn, your turnips are most likely being infested by the vegetable weevil. They look much like a beetle but are a grayish-brown. They live below the surface and feed off root crops, such as turnips and carrots. My advice would be to treat the soil with...

Growing Vegetables: tomato plant growth, soil nutrition, tomato plants
soil nutrition, tomato plants, tomato plant: Dear Robin, It sounds like a water issue to me. Like maybe rain at not quite the right time. I recommend though, as far as soil nutrition, this fall tilling the garden spot and adding chicken litter or manure. It will make a great deal of difference next...

Growing Vegetables: tomato plants dying from bottom up, tomato plants, early girl
tomato plants, early girl, fruit market: Dear Dennis, I spoke with a friend of mine that has an orchard and fruit market. She said this is the worse year for tomatoes they ve had in decades. I know many people are having problems with a failure to thrive and produce and this is one of the consistent...

Growing Vegetables: tomato plants - science fair project, tomato plants, algae growth
tomato plants, algae growth, coffee sugar: Kim, I m totally organic. I use manure, chicken litter, and old hay. No specific proportion to each other, and plenty of rich soil. I also allow the ground to rest every 7 years. I ve used coffee grounds on some of my plants from time to time and I...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoe gqarden problem, ground cayenne pepper, tomato garden
ground cayenne pepper, tomato garden, midnight visitor: Dear Frank, I m guessing a squirrel of some sort, or something in that family. Try placing some ground cayenne pepper on the foliage and the fruit. It will wash off when it rains or you can wash it when you pick the fruit and there will be no residual issues,...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, organic fertilizer, cherry tomatoes
organic fertilizer, cherry tomatoes, potted plants: Maegan: As you know, pots are not the best way to grow tomatoes as the roots are restricted. However, pots are better than no plants at all. Cherry tomatoes will grow good in pots. The height of the plant seems to be OK. Give the tomatoes time to develop....

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, blossom drop, tomato plants
blossom drop, tomato plants, degree weather: Rachel: Please let me know how your tomatoes are doing and what the solution was. Tomatoes are loved by everyone. Best wishes and good luck. Don Battle...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, bees and butterflies, chicken manure
bees and butterflies, chicken manure, organic fertilizer: Steve and Debbie: I also am from Atlanta. I have grown tomatoes in Atlanta using chicken manure that have been 9 feet tall. I recommend that you start with good fresh seeds that are coated and nematode resistant. Your purple tomatoes are hybrid...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, tomatoe plants, yellow leaves
tomatoe plants, yellow leaves, old wives: Justin: I have never heard of a story like this before. It seems like an old wives tale. Only time will tell if there is damage to your plants. Tomatoes are not like trees that you can prune. Please let me know what your results are. Best wishes....

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, wrong time, cindy
wrong time, cindy, seeds: Dear Cindy, I believe this has to do with water at the wrong time of development. It s one of those things that just happens some years. The US has had a number of years, as of late that we just don t get rain in it s season as Scripture states. It s...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes rotten at the seed pod inside, seed pods, seed pod
seed pods, seed pod, fungicide: If I understand correctly, the seeds are rotting as they are germinating. If this is the case you need to buy need seed that have been treated for fungus and virus. These seeds are coated. If tomatoes are rotting this most likely is caused by a fungus....

Growing Vegetables: vegtables, liquid dish soap, eggs
liquid dish soap, eggs, tomatoes: Nancy: I think that your plants have white fly. These are the eggs that are sticky and stick to the leaves and spread. Try spraying the effected areas with water mixed with a small amount of liquid dish soap. Let me know if this helps. Best wishes....

Growing Vegetables: watermelons, butternut squash, dull sound
butternut squash, dull sound, cantaloupes: Zita: There is magic involved in determining when the fruit is ripe. Thumping the watermelon until you receive a very dull sound is one technique. However, this is not a sure way. Watch the growth and the color around the bottom of the fruit. When you think...

Growing Vegetables: Acorn and butternut Squash, squash varieties, seed packet
squash varieties, seed packet, butternut: Jim, butternut and acorn squash will always start off with a greenish tint that gradually evolves into a light yellow with green stripes. Once the stripes begin to fade, the squash will turn orange. At this point, they are ready to harvest. Like zucchini,...

Growing Vegetables: Ants in my container garden, cactus and succulents, pecan trees
cactus and succulents, pecan trees, container garden: Arturo: With regards to ants they are difficult to deal with and are attracted by many things. At your local garden store, buy some small aut traps and sit on the floor in several places. If they are already in your plants then it is going to be difficult...

Growing Vegetables: Butternut and Acorn Squash, dear linda, bountiful harvest
dear linda, bountiful harvest, butternut: Dear Linda, If they are the correct color and large, pick one and try it. I don t wait for the vine to die off completely. Cool and dry in the basement is good. If they appear to not be lasting as long as you want, they can even be cooked and frozen and...

Growing Vegetables: butternut squash, butternut, blossoms
butternut, blossoms, pasture: Dear Karen, The weather has been so unusual this year, I m not sure the plants know which end of the season it is. If you ve already harvested squash, they are probably about finished is why the leaves are turning brown. You can try cutting the brown leaves...

Growing Vegetables: butternut squash, butternut squash, point answer
butternut squash, point answer, time susan: Susan, You re Welcome. Butternut squash is actually just a light tan when it s ripe. The center is brighter, but the visible skin just loses the light green striping to a light tan. Absolutely pick everything before a frost, until then pick them as they...

Growing Vegetables: Canning sweet peppers, vinegar and salt, canning peppers
vinegar and salt, canning peppers, water mixture: Paul: For canning peppers you need to use a vinegar and salt water mixture in hot boiling water. This is a pickling process. Please look on the net for pickling of peppers and there you will find the proper amount of vinegar, salt and water. Make sure your...

Growing Vegetables: Collard Greens, collard greens, sevin dust
collard greens, sevin dust, fungus: Jocelyne: I think you may have two problems with your collard greens, night cut worms and possibly a fungus. Cut the bad looking leaves off. Lay plastic around the bottom of the plants to retard the worms. Use a light and hand pick the worms off when...

Growing Vegetables: cantaloupe, ripe one, mushiness
ripe one, mushiness, stem end: Dave: This called fruit end rot and comes from a fungus. This late in the growing season you may try a general purpose fungicide but it may be to late. Try to recover and enjoy eating as much as you can. During the winter time, till the soil after you...

Growing Vegetables: Splitting tomatoes, lower water, excess water
Growing Vegetables: Splitting tomatoes, lower water, excess water, water levels

Growing Vegetables: freezing hot peppers, pumpkin seeds, google search
pumpkin seeds, google search, garden plot: A.B., It s been a long time, so I suggest a Google Search, but if I remember correctly. It seems we oiled a cookie sheet, just enough oil to cover the bottom, placed the seeds on it, salted the seeds and oven roasted them for a couple of hours, turning them...

Growing Vegetables: Growing Tomato's, blooms, fungicide
blooms, fungicide, mites: Tammy: Look very closly on the back of the leaves for mites. I think that your plants have a fungus. You should ask for a general purpose fungicide and spray them. There is also a limited chance that you may have nemotodes on the roots. Best wishes....

Growing Vegetables: healthy pepper plants, no fuit, night time temperatures, aggie horticulture
night time temperatures, aggie horticulture, poor pollination: Jane, blossom-drop on most vegetables is almost always caused by poor pollination. However, peppers are self-pollinating and are therefore the exception to the rule. The primary reasons peppers drop their blossoms and produce little or no fruit are inconsistent...

Growing Vegetables: jalepenos and anaheim peppers, anaheim peppers, miracle gro
anaheim peppers, miracle gro, jalepenos: Ian: I am not familiar with growing upside down. Try growing up right. Make sure that you don t over water. Water about ever 2-3 days. The Miracle Gro should be OK. Let me know if you make any progress by uprighting them. Best wishes. Don ...

Growing Vegetables: Lots of blossoms, few vegetables, cucumber plants, vegetable fertilizer
cucumber plants, vegetable fertilizer, nitrogen fertilizer: When blossoms or young fruit fall off prematurely, it is usually an indication of one of two problems. Either your plants are not being fully pollinated, or they are receiving too much water. If you do not have enough bees in the area, you can hand-pollinate...

Growing Vegetables: Melons, ripe mellons, honey dew
ripe mellons, honey dew, cantaloupe: Rosie: You have asked an age old question. Thumping the mellons is a way of telling if there is a dull dead like sound this might mean that they are ripe. Sound travels slower through ripe mellons. If the vines leading to the mello are bying then most...

Growing Vegetables: Potatoes; Green, green potatoes, headaches and nausea
green potatoes, headaches and nausea, temperature fluctuations: The green portions of potatoes contain a toxin called solanine. If eaten in small amounts, it usually does not cause problems. But for those with weak stomachs or digestive problems, green potatoes can cause diarrhea, headaches, and nausea. This chemical results...

Growing Vegetables: Pumkin's, red pepper, caugh
red pepper, caugh, pumkin: Hi Diane, Squirrels can be a real nuisance. Sometimes a cat or dog can help the problem, but I don t know your circumstances, so I have a few quieter ideas that don t require feeding or leashes. Sometimes human hair, just from a hair cut or even cleaning...

Growing Vegetables: peppers and kiwi, jalapeno peppers, good fruit
jalapeno peppers, good fruit, fruit trees: Cindy: I have had the same experience with the jalapeno peppers. This is a fungus and you need to spray with a good fungicide. Please let me know if you are successful. I waited to late before I sprayed and the peppers never recovered. Regarding Kiwi...

Growing Vegetables: Ripening Tomatos, tomato plant, hot weather
tomato plant, hot weather, tomatos: Jennifer: It is better not to withhold water from you plants as they will die. Hot weather and sunshine will hasten the ripening. You can pull some off the plants and let them sit in the sun and they will start to turn red. Best wishes. Do...

Growing Vegetables: Slugs on tomatoes and potatoes, ammonia solution, organic amendment
ammonia solution, organic amendment, coffee grounds: It definitely sounds like a common slug. I, too, have had many heartaches over the damage slugs have done to my plants over the years. I have tried everything including beer traps, diatomaceous earth, homemade traps, and copper. I must admit that I’ve...

Growing Vegetables: Soil preperation for 2009, nematode, nematodes
nematode, nematodes, good year: Randall: The best answer for this problem to to till the soil and not plant anything in it for one year. These things are hard to get rid of. Further you can get a general purpose fungicide and treat the soil. If you have to use the same soil again turn...

Growing Vegetables: Spaghetti Squash, eastern ontario canada, south eastern ontario
eastern ontario canada, south eastern ontario, mushroom compost: Dear Betty, This has been a difficult year for things affected by excess moisture. Burning is fine, fire purifies. Perhaps increasing the potential for good drainage would help. Sometimes clay gets pretty hard and the roots just get trapped in moisture...

Growing Vegetables: Splitting tomatoes, excess moisture, rainfall
excess moisture, rainfall, maturity: Dear Justin, It has to do with excess moisture and sun at various stages of maturity. It s a common problem this year with the unusual rainfall. I ve noticed my later tomatoes are doing it less. Hopefully yours will too. Kind Regards, Kindred www.eingedi.u...

Growing Vegetables: Starting a Vegetable patch in Thailand, peat moss, balanced fertilizer
peat moss, balanced fertilizer, proper drainage: My first recommendation would be to not start too big on your first garden. Gardening requires a certain level of experience which can only be gained through trial and error. Too many gardeners start off overly ambitious only to become disheartened by weeds,...

Growing Vegetables: sugar baby watermelons, sugar baby watermelons, sugar babies
sugar baby watermelons, sugar babies, zone 5: Dear Ingrid, If you re not doing anything differently, you re not doing anything wrong. The weather has been quite rainy this year in many areas and much of the produce has been affected. Hopefully next year, the rain will be more seasonal. I do think...

Growing Vegetables: Tall Bellpepper plants, organic fertilizer, southwest alabama
organic fertilizer, southwest alabama, sand mountain: Brian: Don t know how tall the peppers grow. When I lived in Boaz on top of Sand Mountain we grew them 3 feet. I think if you use a good organic fertilizer and water in good you can do better than this. Best wishes. Don Battles Phuket Thailan...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes; not turning red, tomatoe plants, maturation process
tomatoe plants, maturation process, excess water: Mike, they will still turn red. The excess water in the soil is leeching nutrients needed for the maturation process. Eventually, the plant will absorb what it needs and the fruit will ripen. Good luck, and please write again if I can ever provide assistance....

Growing Vegetables: tomato, tender plants, sun light
tender plants, sun light, seeds: Harry: You can plant the seeds directly in the ground but I strongly recommend that you put them in flats and allow growth to about 4-5 inches before planting. The reason for this is survival. Bugs and other things love small tender plants. when they...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, dear joan, water spots
dear joan, water spots, freckles: Dear Joan, I believe it s water spots that get sunlight. I think it s kind of a burn. I don t worry about them when slicing or wedging to eat fresh, and usually when I scald them for canning, they come off with the skin. Kind Regards, Kindred www.eingedi.u...

Growing Vegetables: Vegetables, vegetable seeds, north east of england
vegetable seeds, north east of england, cupboard: Carol, most vegetable seeds are sowed indoors or in a greenhouse six weeks prior to transplanting into the garden. The only vegetables that can overwinter are spinach, asparagus, and garlic. Therefore, you ll need to wait until late winter or early next spring...

Growing Vegetables: Vegtable Storage, fruit cellar, garden vegetables
fruit cellar, garden vegetables, veges: Dear Terri, I recommend that you first place a pallet on the cellar floor. That will keep the veges from actually collecting any dampness, as keeping them dry is paramount to keeping them. Onions and acorn squash will last the longest in a cellar. Next...

Growing Vegetables: Acorn squash, acorn squash, orangish yellow
acorn squash, orangish yellow, reputable store: Many variables distinguish a good vegetable from one that is substandard. When buying from a grocer, it all depends on whether the vegetable is in season, from where it was transported, and the variety. Since most of these are beyound your control, all you...

Growing Vegetables: Bell Pepper Seeds, pepper seeds, plant hybrids
pepper seeds, plant hybrids, germination times: I grow bell peppers every year from seed and never do anything special to the seeds. Some gardeners will nick the seed with sandpaper, while others will soak the seeds in tepid water for 4 hours before planting. I find this is beneficial for larger seeds,...

Growing Vegetables: Chillis, heather heather, red chilli
heather heather, red chilli, plant pot: Heather: Your plants have to be pollinated in order to produce. Using left over seeds as not the best way for production. I recommend that you start over using a small inexpensive pack of seeds. Let them germinate and reach about 5 inches. Then transplant...

Growing Vegetables: Coffee Grounds, compost pile, organic amendments
compost pile, organic amendments, coffee grounds: Absolutely. I have gone so far to ask our local coffee house for their used coffee grounds. Fortunately, they are all too happy to give them away. Coffee grounds are an excellent choice for organic amendments. They decompose very quickly and are a great...

Growing Vegetables: Growing Okra in Seattle, growing okra, polyester fabric
growing okra, polyester fabric, micro climate: Nehal: First I would research the varieties, and try to find one that might be more cold tolerant than the others. I don t know if this is likely though. I would suggest that you find or create a micro-climate for this warm-season plant. A south facing...

Growing Vegetables: Growing Rhubarb from seed in Belize Central America, growing rhubarb, tropical belize
growing rhubarb, tropical belize, belize central america: Ruth: You should be able to grow Rhubarb from seeds in Belize. Take good care of the seeds when you are spouting them in a small flat. Wait until they are about 4-5 inches tall and then transplant them into pots or your garden. Although Rhubarb is more...

Growing Vegetables: growing vegies in the house, water soluble fertilizer, growing vegetables
water soluble fertilizer, growing vegetables, fruit bearing: Nancy, good candidates include lettuce, spinach, chard, and herbs. I really would not grow any fruit-bearing vegetables such as tomatoes or peppers since they really need quite a bit of space and a minimum of 10 hours of sunlight per day. When growing vegetables...

Growing Vegetables: Heirloom pumpkins, squash plants, cross pollination
squash plants, cross pollination, gourd: Dana, many gardeners save seed and propagate new plants from heirlooms. Never in all of my years of gardening have I heard of anyone being poisoned be a cross-pollinated gourd. Besides, your crops would have to be within 50 feet of other squash plants for...

Growing Vegetables: hierloom Amish Paste tomatos, gardening, tomatoes
gardening, tomatoes: Daphne: I m sorry - I don t know what happened to my first answer to this question, it doesn t seem to have appeared. I have not grown this particular variety, so I can t say for sure if your watering had anything to do with their juiciness, but it s possible....

Growing Vegetables: Japanese Maples, japanese red maple, japanese maples
japanese red maple, japanese maples, long periods: Kay, Japanese Maples will survive in zone 5 unless we get long periods of extremely cold winter. Japanese Maples are listed as hardy from zone 5 through zone 8 in the US. I live in N.E. Ohio, which is part of zone 5, and my neighbor has one in the front yard....

Growing Vegetables: Potato crop, tomato seedlings, potato variety
tomato seedlings, potato variety, soil water: Dear B. The size of your crop is going to depend more on your soil and the potato variety than how you start it. Starting potato from true seed adds about 3-4 weeks to the harvest date, I ve never grown them that way myself. Treat them as you would tomato...

Growing Vegetables: Seedless tomatoes, seedless tomatoes, varieties of tomatoes
seedless tomatoes, varieties of tomatoes, hybrid seed: They come from a hybrid seed that is genetically coded from two different varieties of tomatoes. It has taken several decades for the hybridizers to finally breed a seedless tomato. Burpee is marketing their first seedless tomato in their 2009 catalog. ...

Growing Vegetables: Starting seeds, perlite vermiculite, poor air circulation
perlite vermiculite, poor air circulation, plant carrots: Amanda, the reason your seedlings are falling over and dying shortly after germination is due to a disease called “damping-off”. Damp-off is caused by one of three factors. These include contaminated soil, poor air circulation, or water-logged soil. I...

Growing Vegetables: Starting tomatoes, miracle gro potting soil, organic potting soil
miracle gro potting soil, organic potting soil, tomato seeds: Elise, the Miracle Gro potting soil uses synthetic fertilizers, therefore it is technically non-organic. A viable alternative would have been a compost/peat mixture. However, the small amount of fertilizer in the mix will not harm the plants. The key to organic...

Growing Vegetables: tangerines, tangerine tree, dormant period
tangerine tree, dormant period, zita: Zita: Pruning is best done during the semi dormant period which should be now in Florida. Pruning is meant to stimulate growth and production. Cut back limbs that don t seem to healthy. Try to prune at the top so that the tree will grow wider. Best wishes....

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, fungus diseases, grass clippings
fungus diseases, grass clippings, soaker hoses: If you purchase the fungicide, the ratio will be provided on the bottle. It varies from 1-3 tsp. per gallon, depending on the brand. As I mentioned in my initial response, the homemade solution comprised of baking soda and vegetable oil can be applied at 1...

Growing Vegetables: Butternut squash, early frost, butternut
early frost, butternut, veins: Squash will continue to ripen after removing them from the vine, although the process will be slower than if left on. Just store them in a cool, dark place such as a basement or garage. Good luck, and please write again if I can ever provide assistance....

Growing Vegetables: Chilli Problem, cucumber mosaic virus, tobacco mosaic virus
cucumber mosaic virus, tobacco mosaic virus, gray leaf spot: Andrew: Ask your local nursery for a general purpose fungicide. These all have a good copper content that helps do the controlling. I grow Mexican peppers commercially in Chiang Rai Thailand. I also have a business in Phuket www.donsfoods.com. Should...

Growing Vegetables: Fertilizer for tomatoes, water soluble fertilizer, excessive nitrogen
water soluble fertilizer, excessive nitrogen, lush foliage: Kathy, tomatoes require high amounts of phosphorus and calcium. The phosphorus promotes large tomatoes and a heavy harvest. The calcium is necessary for good color. If your soil lacks calcium, the tomatoes will develop rotten spots, primarily at the bottom...

Growing Vegetables: Indoors gardening, right seeds, baby bok choy
Growing Vegetables: Indoors gardening, right seeds, baby bok choy, scrimp

Growing Vegetables: frost vs. peppers, degree nights, frosts
degree nights, frosts, bell peppers: Yes, covering the plants will probably help. Those temperatures are still above freezing (32 degrees). My peppers plants surprisingly survived a couple of frosts and some 29 degree nights, however the fruits themselves may be damaged. So I would harvest all...

Growing Vegetables: Green pepper plants, green pepper plants, pepper plant
green pepper plants, pepper plant, heresay: Tim: May I ask what brought you to the conclusion that peppers are either right handed or left handed? Heresay is not a good source of information. This is my first exposure to this concept so I would like to know more. Maybe I have been missing something....

Growing Vegetables: green spaghetti squash, garden cloth, storage life
garden cloth, storage life, hard frost: You can try them, but unripe winter squash are usually pretty tasteless. Leave them on the vine for as long as you can, maybe covered with some garden cloth. You don t say where you live, but if the vines are still alive I assume you have not had a hard frost...

Growing Vegetables: habanero peppers, habanero peppers, roots
habanero peppers, roots, orange: Tom: If the frost didn t kill the plant, the better way to do it would be to pull up the entire plant, peppers intact. Hang it by its roots in your garage or someplace warm and airy. they will ripen that way. They may ripen off the plant, but often they shrivel...

Growing Vegetables: Indoors gardening, cotton swab, leafy greens
cotton swab, leafy greens, blossoms: Dear Kathy, It is possible to grow lettuce and leafy greens to full size indoors without anything extra, just sunlight and warmth. Now as for tomatoes, peppers, etc. you will have to pollinate the blossoms. I use a cotton swab and just lightly touch the...

Growing Vegetables: jalapeno pepper plants, jalapeno pepper plants, british columbia canada
jalapeno pepper plants, british columbia canada, northern climates: Lana: Peppers are tropical plants, and as such are grown as annuals in northern climates. I m surprised that your plant is still living - perhaps you have not yet had a frost? If you have harvested all the peppers already, then there is no reason to keep...

Growing Vegetables: Leaves, backyard gardens, lawn mower
backyard gardens, lawn mower, twiggy: Bud: Do you have a lawn mower with a catcher bag? If so, that s the best way to pick up the leaves. Just go over the leaves where they lie (you probably have to raise the blades - but it won t hurt if there s grass in it, too), and then spread them right...

Growing Vegetables: mushroom growth, growing mushrooms, mushroom growth
growing mushrooms, mushroom growth, moist conditions: Abby: Different mushrooms grow on different substrates. They are not grown in the garden, or in soil. They grow in dark, moist conditions, and the best way to do it is from a kit (which are expensive). If you want more information, try doing a search...

Growing Vegetables: Raised Beds, compost manure, traditional beds
compost manure, traditional beds, top soil: I usually recommend 8 or more when building a raised bed on soil. For concrete, you definitely want to go down to a minimum of 12 . The issue is drainage. The deeper the soil, the better the drainage. In case this is your first raised bed, I am copying my...

Growing Vegetables: Raised Beds, natural fertilizer, organic fertilizers
natural fertilizer, organic fertilizers, top soil: Dear John Johnson, You do not need to use soil from the ground with your top soil, but you will need to add a fertilizer. There are many organic fertilizers available. Chicken litter is a personal favorite of mine. As to the difference between regular...

Growing Vegetables: storing vegetables, storing vegetables, types of vegetables
storing vegetables, types of vegetables, banana peppers: Jill: Beets and carrots can be stored in the refrigerator in plastic bags. Beets will keep for about 3 weeks, carrots much longer. You can wash them (but don t scrub)to remove excess dirt, but allow them to dry off before storing. Cut off the tops, if you...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato plant problem, grass clippings, plant tomatoes
grass clippings, plant tomatoes, soil level: It looks like the leaves have suffered from sun scald or from too much water. Since the plant had been out the entire month of September, it should have acclimated to the sunny conditions, so I doubt it is sun scald. You did mention that you are keeping the...

Growing Vegetables: When to transplant tomatos, kay kay, mini greenhouse
kay kay, mini greenhouse, tomato plants: Kay: Yes, I always dampen the potting mixture before I transplant - in fact, I usually do it before putting the mix into the pots. This is to insure that 1)the medium is uniformly moist, and 2)to aid in filling the pot and reducing air pockets. Settle the...

Growing Vegetables: Butternut, organic insecticide, insecticide spray
organic insecticide, insecticide spray, durban south africa: If insects are a problem, then by all means you need to spray the plants with an insecticide or horicultural oil. You can make your own spray by combining 3 tbs. of dishwashing soap and one tsp. of vegetable oil per gallon of water. Spray the plants liberally...

Growing Vegetables: Canning habanero peppers, vinagar, habanero peppers
vinagar, habanero peppers, canning jar: Dear Larry, If the jar is sealed, the shelf life is indefinite. The heat will continue to intensify through the shelf life, however; so that is to be considered. Once you open the jar, place it in the refrigerator and the peppers should last for several...

Growing Vegetables: What's eating my tomato plants??, tiny grub, kay kay
tiny grub, kay kay, tomato hornworms: Kay: I can t identify the pest, if it s in the picture I can t see it. But you are panicking for nothing. A little leaf damage will not harm the plants, and in fact can strengthen them (they produce chemicals, similar to what our immune system does, when...

Growing Vegetables: Grow Lights, pepper plants, salad greens
pepper plants, salad greens, growth habit: Gro-lights need to be on 10-12 hours per day when the seedlings are small; 8-10 hours once they develop their fourth set of leaves. They should always be kept at 3 above the top of the seedlings to ensure a stocky growth habit. Good luck, and please write...

Growing Vegetables: Overwintering artichoke plants, light weight material, leaf mulch
light weight material, leaf mulch, sheer curtains: You can either cover them with row covers or mulch them heavily with straw or shredded leaves. I personally prefer the row covers because they are made of a light-weight material similar to sheer curtains. They also are porous, which lets in light and water....

Growing Vegetables: Potatoes, nitrogen fertilizer, peat moss
nitrogen fertilizer, peat moss, potato seeds: Potatoes should be grown in loamy soil that has been highly supplemented with organic matter such as shredded leaves, compost, aged manure, and peat moss. It also must have good drainage to prevent the potatoes from rotting. Potatoes also prefer slightly...

Growing Vegetables: planting tomatos too late?, liquid fertiliser, planting tomatos
liquid fertiliser, planting tomatos, seedlings: Dom: Just pinch the flowers off. It won t be any problem. You may need to continue to pick off the flowers until the plant is large enough to support any fruit. You want to water where the roots are, so when the plant is small, that is around the base,...

Growing Vegetables: Watering tomato plants and suckers, drainage hole, little leaves
drainage hole, little leaves, tomato plants: There really is no reason to remove the flowers. Some gardeners feel this results in a larger harvest when the plant reblooms. I have never found this to be the case. In regard to watering, you need to water only when needed and very deeply until the water...

Growing Vegetables: White residue on tomato plant soil?, Watering
Watering: Kay, it could be a fungus or the residue from the water soluble fertilizer. Fertilizer should only be applied once every 14 days. Many of the companies recommend a more frequent application, but keep in mind that is part of their strategy to sell more product....

Growing Vegetables: watering tomatoes, blossom drop, plastic containers
blossom drop, plastic containers, top soil: Sorry, I forgot that you were growing in containers. Yes, you are right to water daily in that case. Continue testing the moisture as you have been doing. Blossoms will drop if the daytime temps are too high, they should start up again now that it is a bit...

Growing Vegetables: frozen vegetables on the vine, frozen vegetables, chili piquin
frozen vegetables, chili piquin, watermelon: Mary: The foods are safe, if that is what you mean, but may not be very good. The tomatoes will probably be mushy and so will the watermelon. The peppers will probably be ok, but won t store. Taste everything and if they still have good flavor I would recommend...

Growing Vegetables: Onion white root rot, root rot, crop rotation
root rot, crop rotation, paddocks: Rod: I couldn t find any solution other than to destroy infected plants and then solarize the soil before planting again. I don t think the peroxide would do anything. If you have other paddocks to plant the onions in, do so. Crop rotation would probably...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato leaves curling upward, water soluble fertilizer, nitrogen fertilizer
water soluble fertilizer, nitrogen fertilizer, synthetic fertilizers: Overfertilizing, especially with a high nitrogen fertilizer such as standard Miracle-Gro, can cause the type of symptoms you have described. The high nitrogen levels can adversely affect the foliage on young seedlings and the high salt content in most synthetic...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato plantation, varieties of tomatoes, nighttime temperatures
varieties of tomatoes, nighttime temperatures, bombay india: Aasim: There are many, many, many varieties of tomatoes. You may want to plant a few different ones for different uses. Tomatoes are either determinate or indeterminate. The former bear all of their fruits over a short period of time. The latter bear...

Growing Vegetables: 3rd graders school project, lima bean, warm weather
lima bean, warm weather, lima beans: Denine: You didn t say where you live, so I don t know if it is too early to plant it outside. Lima beans like warm weather. You can keep it in a pot where your child can keep a close eye on it. Just keep it in the sunniest window you have. Beans are...

Growing Vegetables: Buying Seeds, buying seeds, organic seeds
buying seeds, organic seeds, organic soil: Phil, the only difference is that organic seed is bred from plants grown in pure organic soil and not treated with any fertilizer that is considered synthetic. I personally do not use organic seed, but I do use organic growing techniques in my garden. Organic...

Growing Vegetables: Corn Gluten Meal, corn gluten meal, seedlings
corn gluten meal, seedlings, nitrogen: Weed suppressants strictly inhibit germination. They have no effect on seedlings or established plants. However, if you feel it would be best to wait, CGM normally is potent for about four weeks. Good luck, and feel free to write again if I can ever be...

Growing Vegetables: Corn and Pumpkins, spring hits, organic matter
spring hits, organic matter, last spring: Sarah, you will need to clear the area and till the soil for this year s crops. You certainly can till the remnants from last year to help enhance the soil. The old stalks and vines will provide the soil with organic matter, which in turn will provide immediate...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno concern, pigment, pepper
Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno concern, pigment, pepper, leaves

Growing Vegetables: Growing tomatoes in containers in very hot weather, growing tomatoes in pots, growing tomatoes in containers
growing tomatoes in pots, growing tomatoes in containers, how to grow tomatoes: Lynn: My recommendation on growing tomatoes in pots in hot weather is as follows: 1. Keep a 50% screen over them during the extreme hot periods. 2. Water daily. 3. Fertilize every 10 days. 4. For the roots you can use any good mulch near the...

Growing Vegetables: growing peppers, growing vegetables, starting vegetable seeds
growing vegetables, starting vegetable seeds, hybrids: La Donna: You could use the seeds from a purchased pepper, but you may not get what you expect. Chances are the peppers sold in grocery stores are hybrids, which means they are bred from two different varieties to show particular characteristics. They will...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno concern, jalapeno pepper, main stem
jalapeno pepper, main stem, fungicide: Aaron: The black stem is most likely caused from a fungus. If you can buy a general purpose fungicide and spray the plant it might kill the fungus. I have had this experience before but it did not seem to effect the plant seriously. Best wishes. ...

Growing Vegetables: Lettuce and cabbage, seed starting, indoors
seed starting, indoors: Mikki, the last expected frost for zone 6b is usually around April 25th. For cool-hardy plants such as lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, and spinach, you can transplant one week earlier. For tender plants such as tomatoes and peppers, you should transplant...

Growing Vegetables: Powdery Mildew, south central alabama, powdery mildew
south central alabama, powdery mildew, fungus disease: Corey, your plants have been infected with powdery mildew, a fungus disease that is especially prevalent in wet and/or humid conditions. To combat this disease, you must use a copper based fungicide. I use a product called Soap Shield, and it works great....

Growing Vegetables: potato, gardening, potatoes
gardening, potatoes: John: First I should say that most experts do not recommend trying to grow potatoes from those purchased in the grocery store. They are treated with chemicals to inhibit sprouting and cannot be guaranteed to be disease-free. That said, I nonetheless...

Growing Vegetables: Soil bell peppers, bell peppers, growing in containers
bell peppers, growing in containers: David: You can buy any kind of potting soil for your peppers, which may be more economical if you are just filling a few pots. If you want to make your own you can mix equal parts loam, compost and sand (coarse). Add some bone meal for good root and fruit...

Growing Vegetables: Soil PH, garden vegetables, soil ph
garden vegetables, soil ph, lime: Larry, the attached chart will give you the recommended ph for every vegetable. Just keep in mind that if your soil is too acidic, add lime; if the alkaline level is high, add sulfur. http://www.frostproof.com/phchart1.html Good luck, and have a great...

Growing Vegetables: seeds, growing vegetables, starting vegetable seeds
growing vegetables, starting vegetable seeds: Mikki: Start your lettuce now. You can set it out when it is large enough and danger of frost has passed, unless you protect them with something. You can use Remay or other spun-bond material or a cloche - just be sure to uncover them when the sun is out....

Growing Vegetables: Cold Spell, cold spell, veggie garden
cold spell, veggie garden, lit areas: OK, that helps. If your tomatoes/peppers didn t turn black and mushy, it was probably above 32. A couple of degrees makes a big difference. covering them will help. Most of what you planted are warm weather crops, and don t do well below 50, though they will...

Growing Vegetables: corn plant experiment, corn seeds, plant experiment
corn seeds, plant experiment, corn seed: Sierra: Well, that s why you re doing the experiment, right? You have discovered that plants do better with light at the red end of the spectrum. Of course sunlight contains all colors. I don t think that you should do anything different. Even if the plant...

Growing Vegetables: Freezing Seeds, cheese cloth, main objective
cheese cloth, main objective, watermelon: Noel, I am afraid I will not be much help here. I personally have never stored seed in the freezer. I always store mine in a certain area, in the basement, in cheese cloth. I do know some seeds will do fine other not so well. If the container was air tight...

Growing Vegetables: Fungal invasion in veggie garden, downey mildew, white fungus
downey mildew, white fungus, fungal invasion: Antonia, I do not envy your situation. I will tell you I am not familiar with gardening in Australia however having any type of fungus in your garden will defiantly damage your crop. It could be downey or powdery mildew, both spread quickly and stunt the...

Growing Vegetables: Fungal invasion in veggie garden, slime mold, powdery mildew
Growing Vegetables: Fungal invasion in veggie garden, slime mold, powdery mildew, fungus

Growing Vegetables: green pepper diseases, pepper diseases, pepper plants
pepper diseases, pepper plants, diseased plants: Joan: It s hard to know from a limited description what disease your plants might have had. there are other problems besides disease that can cause blossoms to drop or leaves to be discolored or misshapen, including aphids and other insects, pesticides...

Growing Vegetables: growing tomatoes, growing tomatoes, fungus
growing tomatoes, fungus, seeds: Jane: Most likely the seeds are OK. It is not so wise to use seeds like this verses buying new ones. However, should you want to use the seeds like them sund dry for about 3 days. This will enhance germination and cut down on fungus. Best wishes. ...

Growing Vegetables: growing vegetables near the ocean, gardening, vegetables
gardening, vegetables, ocean: Gary: First of all, I don t have any experience growing in your environment, so I can t really get too specific. I would suggest that if you have an extension service office in your area you contact them - they are likely to have a list of not only which...

Growing Vegetables: Head lettuce development, lettuce
lettuce: Tammi: I m having a hard time picturing 2 foot tall lettuce. Are you seeing stalks? What has your weather been like? Lettuce is a cool-season vegetable and will bolt if the temperatures get too high. The plants will send up a central stalk and soon...

Growing Vegetables: Leeks & Spring Onions, storing onions and leeks
storing onions and leeks: Kym: Leeks and onions can be frozen, the leeks will fare better than the onions. They will be fine for cooking, but mushy. Don t defrost before using. The spring onions can also be pickled, and both can be dried. They won t keep too long in the refrigerator,...

Growing Vegetables: mildew, mildew on planrs
mildew on planrs: Mitchell: No, there are no companion plants for mildew. Companions mostly work against insect pests, and even then their effectiveness is still questionable. You can use a spray of baking soda and water - 1Tbl baking soda per gallon of water. Elyse...

Growing Vegetables: Oak Leaf "mulch", leaf mulch, free mulch
leaf mulch, free mulch, compost pile: Nancy, oak leaves are a perfect organic material for mulch or compost. In my yard, it is my mulch of choice. I gather dozens of bags filled with oak leaves every fall. After shredding them, I place half in the compost pile to enrich my soil the following...

Growing Vegetables: Pepper plants that won't produce, pepper plants, growing peppers
pepper plants, growing peppers, fertilizer: Sara: Pepper plants have to be polinated in order for them to produce. This is normally done the natural way with butterflies and wind however you can use a que tip and polinate yourself. Peppers don t like a lot of fertilizer or water. Best wishes....

Growing Vegetables: Planting garden, peat pots, soil temperature
peat pots, soil temperature, nighttime temperatures: Joshua: Your soil temperature is more important than your air temps, and nighttime temperatures make a difference as well. Peas and onions should do well now - onions sometimes take up to three weeks to come up, so don t despair just yet. The soil is probably...

Growing Vegetables: Pollenation, compost mix, valley forge park
compost mix, valley forge park, organic fertilizer: Bill, Don t give up on your veggies. I am not sure of how you started but I will let you know what I would do in your situation. First, make sure you start with good soil, a 50/50 soil/compost mix. Then buy your seedlings. Peppers and Tomatoes love the...

Growing Vegetables: Potato leaves; Brown Spots, horse manure, potato tubers
horse manure, potato tubers, excess water: Daniel, when leaves turn brown it is usually an indication of too much water or fertilizer. Excess water tends to saturate the roots, making it difficult for the roots to absorb oxygen and nutrients. The best approach is to only water the plants when the...

Growing Vegetables: Spaghetti squash, silk stockings, scarfs
silk stockings, scarfs, seedlings: Squash can be grown vertically; as for upside down, it can be done, but you would need a means by which to support the weight of the squash. Some gardeners use old silk stockings and scarfs. As for seedlings, every garden center in my area, including Home...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, tomatoes, disease
tomatoes, disease, wilt: Nancy- Sounds like it could be Verticillum wilt, a vascular disease? Do you plant your tomatoes in the same place every year? Do not plant them or anything else in the same family (peppers, eggplant, potatoes) for at least one year to allow the virus to...

Growing Vegetables: Using Peat Moss, soil test kit, peat moss
soil test kit, peat moss, acidic soil: Sam, I am not sure that you understood my answer. You have combined two of my answers into one solution. 1. Peat Moss if very acidic and I personally have never planted any type of vegetable in Peat Moss only. I was saying to mix in compost/topsoil...

Growing Vegetables: advice on plants, thai cuisine, krut
thai cuisine, krut, appetizer: Karen, It is actually called Kaffir Lime or Ma-krut in Thai. The leaves and peels of the fruit are used. The meat of the fruit is not normally used in Thai cuisine. The juice is usually used as an appetizer. Try this link, I hope this helps. http://www.h2othouse.com/html/kaffir_lime.html...

Growing Vegetables: best soil mixture for established vegetable gardens, soil
soil: Sally- The best soil is known as loam. It is the perfect balance of clay, silt and sand - 40-40-20. This mixture gives the soil the perfect amount of air space, water retention and drainage. The best way to improve existing soil is by the addition of...

Growing Vegetables: Container Gardening, nitrogen buildup, gardening with containers
nitrogen buildup, gardening with containers, drainage holes: Kim, the three things to keep in mind when gardening with containers are size, materials, and drainage. Before we get into materials, make sure you are using a good soil mix composed of organic materials such as compost, aged manure, and peat moss. You...

Growing Vegetables: cole crops, cole crops, wild cabbage
cole crops, wild cabbage, garden crops: Sherry: Cole vegetables are listed in the below: The mustard family includes cool season crops such as Brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, broccoli, turnips and watercress. All of these familiar garden crops can...

Growing Vegetables: container growing of pumpkins, cindy hoffman, pumpkin plant
cindy hoffman, pumpkin plant, back porch: Hello Cindy Hoffman, Allowing the vine to grow as it pleases shouldn t be a problem for the plant, but they do get quite expansive, so it would be a good idea to head it a direction that won t be in your way. Enjoy. Kind Regards, Kindred www.eingedi.u...

Growing Vegetables: corn, ivory soap, organic pest control
ivory soap, organic pest control, spray bottle: First, take a look at the under side of the of the plant s leaves. This may reveal the culprit. If not, mix a 1/4 cup of canola oil, 1TSP of ivory soap, 1TSP of hot sauce in a gallon of water and put in a spray bottle to spray the plant s leaves, top and bottom....

Growing Vegetables: Growing tomatoes, indoor tomatoes
indoor tomatoes: Bob: It wouldn t hurt to give the plants some help with pollination - all you need to do is shake the plant a little when it is in bloom. Expect any fruits to be smaller than if the plant were outside, and the overall harvest to be lower, even with your...

Growing Vegetables: good organic potting soil, organic potting soil, pepper plant
organic potting soil, pepper plant, economical purchase: Dear Amy, I use good old fashioned top soil. Sold by the bag or truckload, it s the most economical purchase for gardening purposes and then I use manure or chicken litter. That is absolutely guaranteed to be truly organic. I wish you well in your gardening....

Growing Vegetables: Habanero Seeds, michael dickson, dear michael
michael dickson, dear michael, habanero seeds: Dear Michael Dickson, From the time of germination to actually seeing the sprouts is about a 10 day to 2 week span. Sometimes a little less, but that s a reasonable expectation. An inch may be a little deep, but I think you will still see sprouts fairly...

Growing Vegetables: HELP! My tomatoes are dying!!!, epsom salt, growing tomatoes
epsom salt, growing tomatoes, tomato plants: Teresa, it is one of two things. Either the tomatoes have contracted a disease specific to tomatoes, such as Verticillium, blight, or anthracnose. The only way to tell for sure would be to bring a plant or soil sample to your local garden center and have them...

Growing Vegetables: Maximizing quantity, interplanting
interplanting: Jim: When interplanting crops you should consider both root growth and top growth. So planting something like carrots or beets between leafy greens would allow enough space for both to grow. Growing crops with a low fertility requirement along with one...

Growing Vegetables: onions, onions
onions: Karen: How many you can get in your bed depends on the size of the mature onion. For large onions you will need to plant them 5-6 inches apart, smaller ones 3-4 . You will probably only get one harvest of mature onions, but you can plant them closer and...

Growing Vegetables: Pepperoncini, pepper plant, seed companies
pepper plant, seed companies, marconi: The best peppers for pepperoncini are the roasted varieties. I personally grow the Godfather and the Giant Marconi. Attached are links to each. Seeds are available in many garden centers or through seed companies such as these. http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/PD/5695/...

Growing Vegetables: planted tomatoes, tomaotes
tomaotes: Maire: Give them a little high-phosphorus fertilizer once a month. Water them regularly, and give them lots of sun - but not too much! If it gets in the 90s this summer, move them into the shade for the hottest part of the day. Protect them from temperatures...

Growing Vegetables: planting tomtoes and vegetables, temperature dips, dear louise
temperature dips, dear louise, zone 7: Dear Louise, I don t know for sure which zone you are in, but I m in zone 7 and my garden, including tomatoes are planted. My suggestion regarding the shorter growing season would be this. As long as the nights don t get below 32, you re okay to plant,...

Growing Vegetables: How to protect vegetables?, vegetable gardening, animals
vegetable gardening, animals: Heather: Sounds just lovely! Most likely you will have to fence the area. If you have deer, you will need a very tall fence - 6-8 . You can also use a double row of shorter fencing, spaced about 4 apart. I ve read that slanted fencing (slanting out) also...

Growing Vegetables: Raised bed garden for veggies near pine trees, plant tomatoes, pine needles
plant tomatoes, pine needles, hours of sun: Dawn, most vegetables, including the ones you ve listed, prefer a ph level of 7.0, which is considered neutral. Pine needles will lower the ph level due to their high acidity. However, this can always be rectified by adding lime to the soil. All it will take...

Growing Vegetables: RE: Help My tomatoes are dying, epsom salt, growing tomatoes
epsom salt, growing tomatoes, tomato plants: Teresa: It s unlikely that either of the problems Mike suggested would have hit your indoor plants. You don t smoke around them, by any chance? Did your room perhaps get too cold overnight? Other than the things you mentioned, which I would think the...

Growing Vegetables: Roto-tilling the soil -- weeds and "volunteer" tomatoes roots, tomato roots, tomato plants
tomato roots, tomato plants, rainy weather: Dear Roger, If you till the volunteers, they will probably die, unless you work around them. I have a suggestion, but not knowing the lay of the plat, it may be of no help. If you can till most of it, and leave the volunteer tomatoes untilled, you could...

Growing Vegetables: Seedlings Dying, perlite vermiculite, poor air circulation
perlite vermiculite, poor air circulation, peat pots: Tina, the reason your seedlings are falling over and dying shortly after germination is due to a disease called “damping-off”. Damp-off is caused by one of three factors. These include contaminated soil, poor air circulation, or water-logged soil. I always...

Growing Vegetables: Soil Preparation and Vegetable choices, natural fertilizer, cooking herbs
natural fertilizer, cooking herbs, cherry tomato: Dear Bella, I use simple top soil with natural fertilizer, as in chicken litter or manure. I believe when it comes to raised beds and square foot gardening, the plants are able to grow much closer together than rows in the ground. I would think you could...

Growing Vegetables: Starting a garden, drainage holes, fertile soil
drainage holes, fertile soil, kiddie pool: A sun room is an ideal location to grow plants. The great thing about a sun room is they will be protected from insects and other pests. Just make sure the room does not get too hot, as this could adversely affect the plants. In regard to spaghetti squash,...

Growing Vegetables: Summer squash, peat moss, grass clippings
peat moss, grass clippings, lush foliage: Daphne, when young fruit shrivel or fall off prematurely, it is usually an indication of one of two problems. Either your plants are not being fully pollinated, or they are receiving too much water. This condition is called blossom drop. If pollination...

Growing Vegetables: soil fertilizer, sheep manure, mushroom compost
sheep manure, mushroom compost, grass clippings: Cynthia, I am a strong advocate of using organic amendments in the garden. As you experienced first hand, the plants grow quickly and produce a large harvest. They also stay healthier and are more resistant to disease and pests. To maintain a healthy garden,...

Growing Vegetables: starting a garden, natural fertilizers, potting soil
natural fertilizers, potting soil, square foot gardening: Dear Andrea, I think you are on to a good idea. I use only natural fertilizers, but I would agree that the trees would access the nutrients before smaller plants would. Square foot gardening is quite space saving, but depending upon the size of the pool,...

Growing Vegetables: sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes, green house
sweet potatoes, green house, greenhouse: Dear Pat, As far as I know, sweet potatoes have to be started in a greenhouse. I ve never planted them like Russets. I always set out slips when I plant them. Sounds like a good crop where deer are abundant. I wish you well. Kind Regards, Kindred www.eingedi.u...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes; Less than full sun, growing tomatoes, information on plants
growing tomatoes, information on plants, eight hours: Maria, unfortunately, tomatoes need a minimum of eight hours of direct sunlight per day. Any less, and the harvest suffers proportionately. They also need temperatures consistently above 70F. For areas facing north, you are basically limited to vegetables...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes in pots, fertilizer companies, early girls
fertilizer companies, early girls, organic soil: Terry, make sure you only grow one plant per pot. Use an organic mix or a fertile potting soil as your medium. Water sparingly and only when needed. When you do water, water deeply. This will force the roots down where they can get the most moisture and nutrients....

Growing Vegetables: tomatoe plant leaves, spider mites, dish soap
spider mites, dish soap, powdery mildew: Water your plants when they feel dry 1 from the top, don t let them totally dry out. They should be recieving 12 hours of light a day, whether in the sun or under lights. Lights should be florescent type, and only about 4 from the top of the plants. Check...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes and rodents, pepper plants, red pepper
pepper plants, red pepper, small rodents: The fence would be a great option. If you would like to try another quicker solution try hanging up some deodorant soap around the garden. If the animals are large this may keep them away. If they are the small rodents you may have to put up a barrier...

Growing Vegetables: watermelons and cucumbers, watermelons, cucumbers
watermelons, cucumbers, watermelon: Gerald- As long as you are not planning on saving seed from either, there is no reason watermelons and cucumbers cannot be planted near each other. do remember that both are vining crops, and watermelon have large leaves, so allow enough room for both to...

Growing Vegetables: yellow squash, squash, yellow leaves
squash, yellow leaves: Cindy: It is possible that the acidic soil is part of the problem, but if only the lower leaves are yellow I would suspect something else. I don t know what the weather is like in your area, but where I am it is way to early to plant Curcubits. If the...

Growing Vegetables: ants eating veg. garden from bottom, harm plants, how do you get rid of ants
harm plants, how do you get rid of ants, honeydew: Pamela: Ants are hard to get rid of, but there is really no need to. They don t harm plants. If aphids are a problem however, the ants can make it worse. Some varieties farm aphids - they actually tend them for their honeydew, so they will help the aphid...

Growing Vegetables: brown spots on my green peppers, tomato problems, pests on tomatoes
tomato problems, pests on tomatoes, pepper problems: Hi Donna, The soft brown spots on the bottoms of your peppers sound like a classic case of blossom-end rot. Blossom end rot is caused by calcium deficiency, which could be due to one of two problems: either the soil is lacking in calcium, or the plants...

Growing Vegetables: Canning Dill Pickles, canning dill pickles, cool clear water
canning dill pickles, cool clear water, lime water: Dear Karen, I hear what you are saying. I ve spent years developing my method. Grandkids being the motivation for me, as well. I almost gave up on crispy dills, until I discovered this a couple of years ago. I soak the cucumbers in lime water, as in making...

Growing Vegetables: Conditions for growing dill weed?, soil conditioners, sowing seeds
soil conditioners, sowing seeds, rich soil: Dick: Herbs are usually better off in less rich soil. As long as it has good drainage, it s probably OK - but if you are having trouble growing other crops in the same soil, that s a different story. I believe dill will do OK in partial shade, but you...

Growing Vegetables: Cucumbers; Growing Methods, nova scotia canada, square gardening
nova scotia canada, square gardening, three seeds: Jerome, I do not plant cucumbers and squash in hills or mounds. Instead, I plant three seeds per hole spaced 2 feet apart. After the plants germinate, I thin the seeds to one per hole. In regard to the growing habit, cucumbers were meant to vine out and...

Growing Vegetables: container tomatoes, seaweed fertilizer, roland roland
seaweed fertilizer, roland roland, seaweed extract: Roland: It is normal for the plants to look a little droopy when they are first transplanted. the seaweed extract should help it recover. They should have been put in the shade after first transplanting, if they weren t then that could be causing the problem....

Growing Vegetables: cumcumber plants, cucumber plants, fertilizer
cucumber plants, fertilizer, rope: Tom: Cucumber plants always produce more and are easier to deal with if they are staked. You might try staking them with post and 2 strans of wire or rope tigntened on poles. The also like a lot of fertilizer and water. Best wishes. Don Battle...

Growing Vegetables: drying dill, drying dill, flat surface
drying dill, flat surface, freezer: Dear Dan, Drying dill is just a matter of laying it out on a flat surface in the sun and turning it, to make sure all the moisture is evaporated. I use the spriggly part of the top of the plant in a number of dishes. It has a good dill flavor, sometimes...

Growing Vegetables: Fertalizing my Tomatoes, rain barrel, town water
rain barrel, town water, city water: Matt: That s way too much nitrogen for tomatoes. If you want to use it dilute it 2-4 times what the package calls for. And the rain barrel is a great idea, if you run out of rainwater you can fill it up with city water and let it sit for a few days, that...

Growing Vegetables: ants eating veg. garden from bottom, red ants, little monsters
Growing Vegetables: ants eating veg. garden from bottom, red ants, little monsters, large black ants

Growing Vegetables: brown spots on my green peppers, egg shells, pepper plant
Growing Vegetables: brown spots on my green peppers, egg shells, pepper plant, tomato plants

Growing Vegetables: When to pick Acorn Squash, acorn, feast
Growing Vegetables: When to pick Acorn Squash, acorn, feast

Growing Vegetables: slugs, broken egg shells, slugs and snails
Growing Vegetables: slugs, broken egg shells, slugs and snails, metal pan

Growing Vegetables: fungus, copper spray, tomato plant
copper spray, tomato plant, cherry tomato: Dear Cale J Compton, I ve read a bit about neem oil and also some references to a copper spray, and both appear to be adequate for the problem. Before you try something very expensive, if you feel the plant has some time, try watering just the soil and roots...

Growing Vegetables: Green Bell Peppers, bell peppers, nutrients
bell peppers, nutrients, insects: Tonya- I m not quite sure why you are asking this question, but I assume that your peppers look poorly? If you would like to describe the problem I may be able to help you better. There are a number of factors that could give plants an unhealthy appearance,...

Growing Vegetables: Growing cantaloup in Denver, ripe melons, cantaloup
ripe melons, cantaloup, tendril: Ken: Good luck with that. I think we are about the same latitude, and I do grow cantaloupe, but have given up on watermelon. Don t expect ripe melons until fall! I recommend using hot caps or tunnels to get them growing, and short season varieties. You...

Growing Vegetables: Growing carrots, carrot problems, growing carrots
carrot problems, growing carrots, stunted carrots: Hi Werner, The problem you are describing sounds like a soil issue. If soils are very compacted or heavy, or contain rocks and other debris, you will see poor growth and misshapen roots. Another issue could be inadequate watering. Carrots need a steady...

Growing Vegetables: Growing in San Diego, tolerant varieties, beets
tolerant varieties, beets, spinach: Charley- Lettuce would probably work in June in your area, as would spinach. Parsley will take some shade, so will beets, carrots and peas. Bunching onions would grow in shade. Most of these are cool-weather crops (you can find some heat tolerant varieties...

Growing Vegetables: Growing San Marzano Tomatoes, san marzano tomatoes, mid hudson valley
san marzano tomatoes, mid hudson valley, volcanic soils: Robin and Steve: You might want to have a soil sample to test the ph. It would not hurt to mix a little lime with your soil. Try to rotate the crops so you don t plant the same thing in the soil two years in a row. This cuts down on the possibility of...

Growing Vegetables: green peppers, green pepper plants, tomato plants
green pepper plants, tomato plants, would make sense: Chris: If you know that you have rabbits or other animals in your area, then it is a distinct possibility. Are they just broken or are the tops actually gone? Animals have a way of knowing what plants are poisonous (tomato leaves), so it would make sense...

Growing Vegetables: growing from seed, brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes
brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, broccoli: It is not too late. The last expected frost date for NE PA is May 20th; therefore you can plant the seeds this weekend, and by the time they germinate, the frost date will have passed for the tender crops. The only vegetables that will lag behind by a couple...

Growing Vegetables: growing tomatoes in 5 gal. buckets, tomato problems, blossom end rot
tomato problems, blossom end rot: Hi Karl, Unfortunately, adding lime to the soil won t do much at this point to help with your blossom end rot. Lime takes a while to work, so I usually advise people to add it at planting time if they know (via a soil test) that they have low calcium levels...

Growing Vegetables: need help starting a garden, manure compost, peat moss
manure compost, peat moss, top soil: Dear Anne, Yes you can grow those 4 items in that space, but be sure to plant the watermelon and cucumbers at opposite ends, because they vine and they will cross if they get too close. I don t remove top soil, but I have placed railroad ties around the...

Growing Vegetables: Organic Fertilizer, granular fertilizers, organic fertilizer
granular fertilizers, organic fertilizer, planning a garden: Jani- there are many types/brands of organic fertilizer available. I would get what is available where you live. Granular fertilizers are usually best incorporated into the soil in the fall, or at least one month prior to planting. Liquids can be applied...

Growing Vegetables: Organic/non-hybrid seeds, hybrid seeds, synthetic fertilizers
hybrid seeds, synthetic fertilizers, organic seeds: Ben, organic seeds can be purchased as hybrids or non-hybrids. All organic means is that the parent plants were not treated with chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. They were also grown in organic soil. If you re having trouble finding heirloom (non-hybrid)...

Growing Vegetables: Pepper growing in WA State, full flavor, wa state
full flavor, wa state, hot peppers: Gabe- You may be disappointed coming from a warm state like Texas, especially if you plan on growing chilies. Culture would be the same, but you will have to start them later, as you know. Choose quick maturing varieties, hot peppers won t attain as much...

Growing Vegetables: Proximity of Tomato Plants, tomato plants, diseased plants
tomato plants, diseased plants, ornamental grass: Dear Chris, There is always a risk when plants are in close proximity, but I think 40 feet is a reasonable distance. You might plant some sort of barrier type plant by the experimental tomatoes. Something like marigolds or zinnias or ornamental grass or...

Growing Vegetables: Pumpkin, broken vegetable stems
broken vegetable stems: Oh, I hate it when that happens! You can do two things to try to save your seedling: 1. You can try removing the stem, and keep watering your plant. Maybe it will form new foliage, but I wouldn t bet on it. 2. Since it sounds like the stem hasn t broken...

Growing Vegetables: pepper plants, organic insecticide, pepper plants
organic insecticide, pepper plants, insect damage: Sue: I doubt that over-watering is the cause, the leaves usually turn yellow from that. It is possible that it was due to the insect damage that occurred before you sprayed, assuming insects were the problem. You may have been too generous with your spray....

Growing Vegetables: pepper plants, pepper plants, nighttime temperature
pepper plants, nighttime temperature, dirk: Bob: Can you give me more to go on? How soon after planting did they start to look poorly. What do you mean the leaves are turned upside down ? What do the spots look like - round, irregular, sunken? Are they really dark green, or could they be black? What...

Growing Vegetables: peppers again, spider mites, tomato plants
spider mites, tomato plants, insecticide: Sandy- I d say the peppers are goners. Did you say these were in pots? They may be more sensitive to the pesticide than the tomatoes. As long as the tomatoes still look OK I don t think you need to worry about them, but I wouldn t use that insecticide again....

Growing Vegetables: When to pick Acorn Squash, acorn squash, when is acorn squash ready to harvest
acorn squash, when is acorn squash ready to harvest, harvesting acorn squash: Hi Page, Oh, I love acorn squash! If you are planning to eat your squash right away, you could go ahead and harvest it now--it will be delicious, but will have a more delicate summer squash type of flavor. If you are looking to store your acorn squash...

Growing Vegetables: pruning tomatos, pruning tomatoes
pruning tomatoes: Lynda: There is no need to prune you tomatoes. Some people do, but it is not necessary. Did you by any chance fertilize your plants last year? Too much nitrogen will give you all foliage and no fruit, which is what it sounds like happened. If you want...

Growing Vegetables: Spaghetti Squash, blossom drop, squash plants
blossom drop, squash plants, male flower: The flowers will need pollinated; either by bees or by hand. Given your situation, manual pollination is the only answer. This is why your tomatoes never produced fruit. You can hand-pollinate the flowers of most vegetables by taking a Q-tip or small paint...

Growing Vegetables: Squash are Dying, squash borers, squash borer
squash borers, squash borer, dish soap: Bryan, it sounds like your plants have been infested by the squash borer. Squash borers are very common pests for all members of the squash family. These pests boar into the base of the vine, and eventually spreads a disease that causes the plant to slowly...

Growing Vegetables: Squash are Dying, roots and vines, dish soap
roots and vines, dish soap, spider mites: Dear Bryan Cash, This looks like a parasite that invades the roots and goes up the stalk and vine. Diatomaceous earth might help if you can get it around the roots without damaging the root system, but if the bugs are already in the vines, it may be difficult...

Growing Vegetables: Strawberries, john calnan, mother plant
john calnan, mother plant, conventional wisdom: Yes. To both questions. Depending on what you used as mulch, they may root directly in that. But you probably want them to root in the soil so you can use the mulch around them. You won t want all the little plantlets that are formed. When they begin to...

Growing Vegetables: Strawberries; Runners, john calnan, hi mike
john calnan, hi mike, new bedford: John, since the runners draw their nutrients primarily from the parent plant, all you have to do is water the original. Once the parent plant is spent (dies off after 2-3 years of production), the runner plant will have rooted and will survive on it s own....

Growing Vegetables: slugs, growing carrots, slug bait
growing carrots, slug bait, egg shells: Jerome; EVERYTHING is food for slugs! Except maybe the onions, I don t think I ve ever seen any slugs on my onions. They won t bother the carrots much either, but if you leave them in over winter they may get at the tops of them. They like places they...

Growing Vegetables: squash, squash plants, premature fruit drop
squash plants, premature fruit drop, problems growing squash: Hi Gretchen, Premature fruit drop in squash is generally due to one problem: inadequate pollination. You may need to try hand-pollinating the female flowers of your spaghetti squash to ensure that enough pollen is transferred from the male flowers to the...

Growing Vegetables: starting tomato plants, tomato problems, tomato nutrient deficiencies
tomato problems, tomato nutrient deficiencies: Hi Carl! Without knowing what kind of fertilization routine you followed, my first reaction to reading your question was that your plants are suffering from a bit of nitrogen deficiency. Since the plants are otherwise healthy, they shouldn t have any trouble...

Growing Vegetables: summer squash, siamese twins, four fingers
siamese twins, four fingers, birth defect: David: Is it all of the squash or just one plant? It could just be a birth defect , some quirk that occasionally produces those vegetables you see that look like animals and things - basically like siamese twins. It could also be a rogue seed that got...

Growing Vegetables: Thailand Fruit Question, chiang rai, mangosteens
chiang rai, mangosteens, summer fruits: Lydia: Imports of fruits into the USA is normally a difficult situation as they have to have a serious inspection at the source. You may be able to find Mangosteens at large Asia markets. I have never seen them frozen and do not know why they did not...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato Plants Dying once Transplanted, tomato plants, cherry variety
tomato plants, cherry variety, growing tomatoes: Shanna, I would assume these plants have been hardened off at the nursery or garden center from where they were purchased. Plants do need a hardening off period to acclimate to outdoor conditions. If they were properly prepared, you most likely have a soilborne...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato plants, northwest washington state, tomato plants
northwest washington state, tomato plants, cool nights: Gail: This sounds like you have a fungus. Buy a general purpose fungicide and spray every 3 days for 9 days. Keep the plants watered (deep root) and fertilize every 15 days. Hoping that they recover and you can enjoy some nice fruit. Best wishes....

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoe, medium size pot, spring onions
medium size pot, spring onions, seedlings: The white marks could be a number of things. What kind of plant are we talking about? Where do you have it? As for the onion leaves - are you sure they re not leeks? I have no idea what might be meant otherwise. Maybe if you tell me the variety I can help...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, tomato leaf curl
tomato leaf curl: Hi Susan! There are two things that could be causing your leaf curl. The first is stress from excessive heat, which is probably the most likely cause since you mention that you ve just had a long heat wave. If this was the cause, the borage feed and keeping...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes -light leaves, tomato leaves, balanced fertilizer
tomato leaves, balanced fertilizer, nighttime temperatures: Theodore: I still think the plants will be OK. It may be from transplanting, it may be the weather. Is it sunny there? If not, they may not be getting enough light. Overwatering can make the leaves turn yellow, too, so be careful there. Give them a couple...

Growing Vegetables: Twisted and purplish tomato leaves, flea beetles, little rain
flea beetles, little rain, recommended solution: Several factors can play into this, but it usually narrows down to either too much watering or excessive fertilizing. Too much water can saturate the roots, which in turn will prevent the plants from absorbing oxygen and nutrients. Too much fertilizer can...

Growing Vegetables: tabaco horn worms on tamato plants, tomato plants, organic method
tomato plants, organic method, moth: Dear Lisa, I use diatomaceous earth. I sprinkle it on the leaves and around the base of the plant. It does sometimes have to be reapplied after rains, though, but that s not usually so much through late July and August. I hope this helps. Happy Gardening,...

Growing Vegetables: tomato plants, pots plant, tomato plants
pots plant, tomato plants, nighttime temperatures: Is there a lot of space between the leaves? If so, the problem is not enough light. Have you transplanted them at all? Either way, if you can, repot them in larger, deeper pots. Plant them as deep as the pot will allow, up to the first set of leaves. Place...

Growing Vegetables: tomato purple leaves, symptoms of calcium deficiency, calcium deficiency symptoms
symptoms of calcium deficiency, calcium deficiency symptoms, fish emulsion: Hi Svetlana! The symptoms you describe indicate phosphorous deficiency rather than calcium deficiency. Symptoms of calcium deficiency are die-back of buds and emerging leaves. The die-back would start at the top of the plant and work its way down the stem,...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, tomato blight, plant tomatoes
tomato blight, plant tomatoes, beefsteaks: Will- No, there is nothing you can add to the soil to extend the season. It is all weather related. What you can do is protect the tomatoes when the weather starts to get cold. Covering them with a lightweight blanket when the nights start to go below...

Growing Vegetables: twisted tomato leaves, flea beetles, tomato plants
flea beetles, tomato plants, phosphorus deficiency: Svetlana: You don t say where you live - temperatures could be a part of this. It is not flea beetles, they usually don t bother tomatoes but the sign that the beetle is doing damage would be many small holes in the leaves. It is not unusual for tomato...

Growing Vegetables: Vegetable fungus, powdery mildew, nutrient deficiencies
powdery mildew, nutrient deficiencies, baking soda and water: Gena: It sounds like you could have a number of problems. Fungus, powdery mildew, aphids, even over- or under-watering and nutrient deficiencies. Try using a fungicide such as Neem oil or a mixture of baking soda and water (1 T/gal). don t over water,...

Growing Vegetables: vegetable garden, free range chickens, vegetable garden
free range chickens, vegetable garden, possible solutions: Dear Nancy, I have two possible solutions. One is: I have free range chickens that just love little green worms . . . and the other is diatomaceous earth. I sprinkle that on plants that I have to keep out of the reach of the chickens, because they will...

Growing Vegetables: vegetable garden, rebecca rebecca, companion planting
rebecca rebecca, companion planting, natural chemicals: Rebecca: Dandelions are hard to get rid of, one, because they have large taproots which makes them difficult to pull, and two, because they set so many seeds which can also blow into your yard from miles away. Full-strength vinegar works well for killing...

Growing Vegetables: vegtable plant compatibility and proximity, curcubits
curcubits: Connie: Yes, you may plant the squash and cucumber together, as long as you have enough room. Any of them can also be grown up a trellis to save space. The only problem that arises when planting different curcubits together is if you were planning on...

Growing Vegetables: Wild Onions-Leeks or Shallots?, ramps wild leeks, wild onions
ramps wild leeks, wild onions, wild garlic: Linda- You don t say where you live, but they sound like ramps - wild leeks. Could also be wild garlic - I have some myself this year. If you are going to freeze them I wouldn t soak them. do they even have bugs? You can peel off the outermost layer and...

Growing Vegetables: Windburned/Sunburned my tomatoes, whiskey barrels, whiskey barrel
whiskey barrels, whiskey barrel, tomato plants: Tammi- I d make sure there is some new growth first. Once you know they are going to recover I think it would be OK to transplant them. They may be a bit behind, but they should catch up and produce just fine. It s pretty early in the season yet. Elys...

Growing Vegetables: Acorn Squash, matter of size, fingernail
matter of size, fingernail, acorn: Carolyn: It is not a matter of size, but maturity. Acorn is a winter squash. It is usually mature 90-100 days after planting. If you plan on storing them, the stem should be dry and hard and the skin should be tough enough that a fingernail cannot pierce...

Growing Vegetables: Asparagus, asparagus plants, ferns
asparagus plants, ferns, beetles: Most likely it is the asparagus beetle. Look for long, red beetles on the ferns - I think there is another variety of another color as well, I think metallic green, but I am not answering this from home so don t have my references. They chew on the tips of...

Growing Vegetables: Asparagus, 5 gallon buckets, asparagus crowns
5 gallon buckets, asparagus crowns, gallon pots: Oscar: Asparagus will not do well in containers. It needs room for the roots to grow horizontally. The mature ferns of the asparagus grow to 4-5 tall as well, which would require a large container to keep from toppling over. They might do OK in a 1/2 barrel,...

Growing Vegetables: Asparagus, 5 gallon buckets, asparagus crowns
5 gallon buckets, asparagus crowns, asparagus harvest: Dear Oscar, Asparagus can be maintained in a bucket or large pot for a time, but it ultimately, as far as I know, will need to actually be planted in the ground to produce. I m guessing if you are moving within the year, 5 gallon buckets should be large...

Growing Vegetables: Beans, cutworm larvae, 4 leaves
cutworm larvae, 4 leaves, bean plants: Phil: By cultivate I mean turn it up or rake it up so you can bring overwintering insects to the surface. If you do this before a frost it will kill any eggs, and you can kill slugs and larvae that you find. I would go ahead and replant where you pulled...

Growing Vegetables: beans/rhubarb, rhubarb plants, organic pesticide
rhubarb plants, organic pesticide, remay: C.A. that is a common problem with beans. could be cutworms, sometimes birds, even slugs. If you seeded heavily you may still get enough, however if all the seedlings or the majority are damaged, it would be best to replant. This time, cultivate the soil...

Growing Vegetables: bell peppers, west tennessee area, butterflies and bees
west tennessee area, butterflies and bees, blossom drop: Johnny: I believe you have a fungus that causes blossom drop. You need to buy a general fungicide and try it on your plants. I am also concerned that they are not pollinating which causes lack of fruit production. Try fertilizing them around the roots...

Growing Vegetables: bell peppers shriveling, pepper plants, orange peppers
pepper plants, orange peppers, refridge: Rick: Hmm. Sometimes it s hard to tell from a brief description. They could be dry, perhaps they are past maturity? If it is mostly on the bottom it could be blossom end rot. If they are mis-shapen it could be a weevil. Once they turn yellow, red or orange,...

Growing Vegetables: burpless cucumbers, cucumber plants, burpless cucumber
cucumber plants, burpless cucumber, cucumbers: Dalphine: I believe that your cucumbers are infected with a fungus. Please buy a general fungicide and spray them late evening about 3 times and see what the results are. Make sure that they have plenty of water and fertilizer. Best wishes. Do...

Growing Vegetables: Cantalope, nylon stockings, melons
nylon stockings, melons, slings: Tamara: Congratulations! Hope you have lots of melons, not just vine. You can head the vines back anywhere you need to. You will get bigger melons that way, anyway. You can also train them up a trellis, if you provide some support for the melon. I use old...

Growing Vegetables: Cauliflower, cauliflower, pots
cauliflower, pots, pot: Well, maybe that plant was started to early and set fruit too soon to support it. They don t usually set second heads, and when they do they are very small, so I d say that is a bad plant. It could be that the pot wasn t big enough to support it and it was...

Growing Vegetables: Cayenne Peppers, cayenne peppers, hot one
cayenne peppers, hot one, ink pen: Kiimberly: There could be some mix up in your seeds. They should be hot. Let them grow a little more. Do not use to much water. Also, fertilize about every 15 days around the base. Hoping that they get hot and tasty. Best wishes. Don Battle...

Growing Vegetables: Cool weather= small tomato plants, tomato plants, nighttime temperatures
tomato plants, nighttime temperatures, yellow flowers: Tami: You don t say what the nighttime temperatures have been, that is actually more important than the days. It could very well be the reason. I don t think you need to pinch the flowers off at this point, the plants will grow as the tomatoes do. And if...

Growing Vegetables: cantaloupe, kim kim, cantaloupe
kim kim, cantaloupe, mounds: Kim: May is too early for cantaloupe in the Midwest. Try replanting them now. If the soil is not yet warm (65-70), lay some black plastic over it (water first if it is dry) for a week or so to warm it up. You can leave the plastic down and just cut Xs where...

Growing Vegetables: ONE OF FIFTEEN TOMATO PLANTS DRYING UP, tomato plants, green tomatoes
tomato plants, green tomatoes, elyse: Rod: Are they all in separate planters? Check the top of the planter and see if the roots are exposed. It is also possible that the stem has cracked and is broken away from the rest of the plant. If the plants are very large a broken stem may be hidden and...

Growing Vegetables: Cayenne Peppers, cayennes, plants
Growing Vegetables: Cayenne Peppers, cayennes, plants

Growing Vegetables: tomato's, apple cores, coffee grounds
Growing Vegetables: tomato's, apple cores, coffee grounds, drink of water

Growing Vegetables: Garden Pests/Disease, pepper plants, flea beetles
pepper plants, flea beetles, garden pests: Sounds like the corn and peppers may need some water. It may be the heat or lack of water. Try mulching after watering to conserve moisture. Peppers should be able to take the heat though. The cantaloupe could have flea beetles, though I ve never seen them...

Growing Vegetables: Green peppers, pepper flavor, green pepper
pepper flavor, green pepper, green peppers: Dear Raygina, It sounds like a different type of pepper than just green. I have discovered in the past few years that some of the hybrids seem to have a recessive throw back and end up rather strangely shaped. If they are staying green and continuing...

Growing Vegetables: green bell peppers, bell pepper, main stem
bell pepper, main stem, bell peppers: David: I have had the same experience. I do not know what causes this but do not think that it is a fungus. Just to be safe, spray with a general fungicide. I did not spay and the blackness did not effect my plant production. Please let me know how...

Growing Vegetables: green pepper problem, green pepper plants, cold weather
green pepper plants, cold weather, inch hole: Galen: The pepper probably fell from the plant either due to cold weather or incomplete fertilization. did you happen to notice if it had any seeds in it? The hole was likely from a slug or some other ground bug. It s not unusual for some early fruits to...

Growing Vegetables: Habernaro Pepper, yellow species, habanera
yellow species, habanera, infatuation: Mark: When you reuse seeds they loose their hybrid characteristics. I recommend that you buy new seeds yearly. Habanera grows very well in warm climite. Be careful with hands near the eyes when picking as they are very hot. Best wishes. Do...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno pepper plant, jalapeno pepper plant, bell peppers
jalapeno pepper plant, bell peppers, genes: Jeremy: Plants are living things, and like people don t always look alike. Sometimes one gets odd shaped vegetables. I can t be sure, but the fact that the plant has been producing for three years may have something to do with it. Old genes and all. I think...

Growing Vegetables: leaf curl on tomatoes, chiang rai thailand, tomato seeds
chiang rai thailand, tomato seeds, nematodes: Marion: This condition normally happens when you have a fungus. I suggest that you buy an all purpose fungicide and spray every 3 days for 9 days. It is possible that you could have nematodes which is a small parasite that attaches to the roots of the plant....

Growing Vegetables: Miracle Gro, miracle gro, flowers and vegetables
miracle gro, flowers and vegetables, time jen: Jen: What are the numbers on the Miracle Gro? Does it say for vegetables? Are you needing to feed both? Are they planted in the garden or in pots? If in the garden, is there compost or other organic matter mixed into the soil? what vegetables in particular...

Growing Vegetables: nematodes, Nematode control
Nematode control: Daniel: As I have not had nematode problems before I did a little research. The below article is a little long but gets to the point. I agree with his findings. Crop rotation and nematode resistant vegetables are the only answers. Plan Ahead For Effective...

Growing Vegetables: onions, onion skin, onions
onion skin, onions, tops: Deborah: No, I don t know of any name for it, other than skin. And actually, it is the last layer, not the first. It gets created once the onion stops growing and the tops begin to dry out. That is why you wait until the tops have fallen over and browned...

Growing Vegetables: Peas, soil inoculant, grass clippings
soil inoculant, grass clippings, season crop: Phil, peas are a short season crop which thrives in cooler weather. They normally blossom in early June, have one large harvest, and then die off once the weather turns hot. When the foliage turns brown or curls prematurely, it is usually an indication...

Growing Vegetables: Problem with pepper plants dying/grass clippings in veg. garden, green pepper plants, grass clippings
green pepper plants, grass clippings, peat moss: KerryLynn- It s possible it was from the grass, but I can t say for sure. You don t say how much grass you put down. Grass clippings are fine for mulch, but they are very high in nitrogen, and if put down too thick they heat up quite a bit, which could...

Growing Vegetables: pickles, sweet pickles, calcium chloride
sweet pickles, calcium chloride, cucs: Ely: Try to pickel the smaller ones as they fit in a jar better. Chilling is recommended before pickling. If you have alum or calcium chloride to use they will be more chrispy. Most recipes are near the same except for sweet pickles. Best wishes...

Growing Vegetables: potatoes, potato tubers, full blossom
potato tubers, full blossom, seed potatoes: Mary: You won t see any potato tubers until after blossoming. As long as the plant is growing and healthy, I don t think you have a problem. Early, mid and late are approximate designations, and refer to harvest time, not blossoming. So the Norland may be...

Growing Vegetables: protecting the plants in winter, greenhouse kit, basements
greenhouse kit, basements, pots: Dear Varu, They just need to be some place that they will not freeze. Many people put them in their basements, although they will need light. If your garage is heated, great. If you have a place in your house, an extra bedroom, whatever. We finally made...

Growing Vegetables: rhubarb problems, rhubarb plants, soil test
rhubarb plants, soil test, correct ph: Bob: I ve never grown rhubarb, so I can t speak from experience. However, it is a perennial, and a slow growing one, so first I would say maybe it just needs another year. It s possible you damaged the plant somewhat when transplanting, divided at the wrong...

Growing Vegetables: Sick tomato plants, tomatoes, disease
tomatoes, disease: The symptoms you described lead me to believe the problem is one of two things. The most likely is that the tomatoes have contracted a disease specific to tomatoes, such as verticillium, blight, or anthracnose. The other possiblility is that they are stressed...

Growing Vegetables: Squash plants, nighttime lows, side dressing
nighttime lows, side dressing, fert: Ok, sounds like it is warm enough and light is not a problem. They could be waterlogged though, you might want to dig down about 12 inches and see if the soil is wet. They might also need a bit of fertilizer, depending on what kind of soil you used to make...

Growing Vegetables: Starting seeds, onion seeds, pepper seeds
onion seeds, pepper seeds, corn plants: Jim: I know what you mean - the cost of both seed and plants has skyrocketed, like everything else. You can save your own tomato and pepper seed, as long as the varieties you planted were open-pollinated, that is not hybrids. The name should include the...

Growing Vegetables: Stunted vegetables, tomato peppers, tomato plant
tomato peppers, tomato plant, eggplant: What is the weather like by you? My guess is that it is just not yet warm enough for these vegetables. Picking off the flowers at this point is a good idea. Are all the tomatoes the same variety? If not, that could account for some of the difference in size....

Growing Vegetables: How do you store spaghetti squash, chiang rai thailand, watermellons
chiang rai thailand, watermellons, yellow squash: Martha: Squash are a lot like watermellons and other related plants. The ripening occurs from the inside out. Professional processors use a coating to keep the oxygen off the surface this is not practical for home use. The only way you can retard to...

Growing Vegetables: summer squash, male flower, male flowers
male flower, male flowers, pollinators: Jeff: Actually Jeff, it is a pollination issue, but not necessarily a problem. The squash (fruit) will not develop until after pollination occurs. The flower has probably already opened but was not pollinated and is now wilting, which is normal. Are...

Growing Vegetables: Tiny bugs on tomatoes, gulf coast florida, tomato plants
gulf coast florida, tomato plants, plastic mesh: David: I think that you are over watering. Overwatering depletes the nutrients in the soil. Also, for those crops that are sensitive to nematodes please rotate them yearly. It is difficult to do this when you have a limited area. There is not only a...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoe plants, tomatoe plants, lowes
tomatoe plants, lowes, square foot gardening: Dear Janene, If you have nice looking plants and no tomatoes, it may be a pollination issue. Do you have blooms? It s still early in the season, so check with a local nursery and make inquiry. If you have blooms, then it s a lack of pollination. If there...

Growing Vegetables: tomato plants leafs turning yellow, epsom salts, nitrogen fertilizer
epsom salts, nitrogen fertilizer, mass marketers: Joan: OK, I am assuming the weather there is warm enough, so that is not the problem. The problem may be with the plants themselves - I never recommend buying plants at mass marketers such as home depot - they won t have had the proper handling and care that...

Growing Vegetables: tomato's, miracle gro, tomato plant
miracle gro, tomato plant, plant food: Where do you live? Mid-April is a little early for tomatoes, unless you live in the south. I don t know what watering with Miracle-gro would have to do with your plants dieing. What is it the they say to do ? If the plants have not grown, and now look dead,...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoe problem, tomato worms, fruit on the vine
tomato worms, fruit on the vine, tomatoe plants: Dear Barbara, Definitely too much watering. If they start to look wilted between rains, is the only time you need to water mature plants. If they are partially ripe, they should fully ripen in the window sill. I recommend diatomaceous earth for pests....

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, growing tomatoes, main stem
growing tomatoes, main stem, photosynthesis: Peggy: I m glad you didn t spend the money. I ve never heard anything so ridiculous. The leaves are the plants breathing mechanism. Leaves are where photosynthesis occurs, without with the plant has no life. Photosynthesis is like our digestive system, it...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, tomato plants, yellow leaves
tomato plants, yellow leaves, organic soil: Nina: Sounds like they might not be getting enough sun, which is making them leggy . Can you move them around during the day to catch more rays? right now they are probably better off in part shade with the temps so high - I doubt they have been over watered...

Growing Vegetables: When to transplant seedlings, seed grower, vegetable garden
seed grower, vegetable garden, seedlings: Dear Ivette, They can be transplanted when just a few inches tall, but the only way to strengthen the plants is to thin them immediately. If they remain fragile and continue to get taller, they will never be sturdy plants. I know it s hard to do, but they...

Growing Vegetables: Veggies not growing, turning yellow, organic fertilizer, leaf production
organic fertilizer, leaf production, yellow leaf: Kim: Typically the yellow leaf is a result of a shortage of nitrogen. Apply a good fertilizer and water it in good. Over watering will deplete the nitrogen in your soil. If you have a good grade of organic fertilizer carfully work it in around the roots...

Growing Vegetables: veg, brussels sprouts
brussels sprouts: Alexander: It is safe to eat the leaves - I ve never done so, so I don t know how they taste. I wouldn t cut off too many however, as it could effect the size of your crop. And yes, it is normal. The time to remove the leaves actually, is when you harvest...

Growing Vegetables: vegetable garden, vegetable garden, blooms
vegetable garden, blooms, suckers: Sandra: You can leave the suckers on the tomatoes, removing them produces a stronger center stem and few side shoots, but if you have enough room between plants it is not necessary. Removing the flowers from any fruiting plant is removing the developing fruit!...

Growing Vegetables: Yellow squash dying on the vine, cucumber vines, dying on the vine
cucumber vines, dying on the vine, yellow squash: Joanne: Normally the spots represent a fungus. It seems like it has also spread to your cucumbers. Buy a general purpose fungicide and spray. Fertilize the plants and water in good. Please let me know what your results are. Best wishes. ...

Growing Vegetables: yellow squash, yellow squash, dear barbara
yellow squash, dear barbara, hybridization: Dear Barbara, I m not sure which zone you are in. I m in 7 and I thought my plants bloomed late this year. Mine just bloomed in the past 10 days, which is pretty late. If you are in an earlier planting zone than 7, I would recommend that you ask a local...

Growing Vegetables: Zuccini, veggie garden, root system
veggie garden, root system, zucchini: JoAnne: I wouldn t be concerned about the small zucchini. Sometimes they are not completely pollinated and they don t grown properly. Normally when transplanting any plant, it is best to remove all the flowers and allow the plant time to establish a root...

Growing Vegetables: zuchini & pumpkin, nitrogen fertilizer, grass clippings
nitrogen fertilizer, grass clippings, soluble fertilizers: Mary, when blossoms or young fruit fall off prematurely, it is usually an indication of one of two problems. Either your plants are not being fully pollinated, or they are receiving too much water. If you do not have enough bees in the area, you can hand-pollinate...

Growing Vegetables: Acorn Squash, growing acorn squash, orange patches
growing acorn squash, orange patches, different stages: Dear Micki, Those are the most difficult squash for me to tell when they are ripe, because their color really doesn t change that much. Although some people pick them green, I wait for a patch or two of orange, but not too much orange. Enjoy! Squash is...

Growing Vegetables: Bell Pepper, pepper plants, cotton swab
pepper plants, cotton swab, bell pepper: Dear Rae, May be a pollination issue. Try pollination by hand. I just gentle touch a cotton swab to the center of the bloom and and then do the same thing in another bloom. If they are all the same variety and probably hybrid, I ve seen this happen. The...

Growing Vegetables: Bell Peppers; Black Bottoms, epsom salts, blossom end rot
epsom salts, blossom end rot, absorption of calcium: Norma, you are correct. Like tomatoes and eggplant, peppers need calcium in the soil. Otherwise, the first flush of tomatoes will experience blossom-end rot, the condition you described. Although most soils have calcium, younger plants have a difficult time...

Growing Vegetables: Bush beans, bush beans, bush bean
bush beans, bush bean, gourmet restaurants: Bush beans do not climb; they are self-supporting. I stopped growing the vining varieties several years ago and now exclusively grow bush beans. They do not need support since their growing habit is compact and bushy. Normally, you can get 2-3 heavy yields...

Growing Vegetables: Butternut Squash-flower falling, butternut squash, butterflies and bees
butternut squash, butterflies and bees, yellow buds: Wen: We may have a situation called blossom or fruit drop which is normally caused by a varius of some kind. Generally there is no cure for this. However, you might want to discuss this with your local nursery. In the meantime give you plants plenty...

Growing Vegetables: Butternut squash, water soluble fertilizer, squash varieties
water soluble fertilizer, squash varieties, fruit bearing: Butternut squash will always start off with a greenish tint that gradually evolves into a light yellow with green stripes. Once the stripes begin to fade, the squash will turn orange. At this point, they are ready to harvest. Never wait until the fruit...

Growing Vegetables: banana squash, michelle banana, fruit size
michelle banana, fruit size, dry fruit: Michelle: Banana squash can get quite huge, depending on your growing conditions. Winter squash needs to be fully mature to have good flavor. The stem should be brown and dry - fruit size doesn t matter. For storage, the skin should be tough enough that your...

Growing Vegetables: butternut squash, butternut squash, cool dry place
butternut squash, cool dry place, god: Dear Donna, When all the green striping has faded and they are basically a uniform light tan or beige, they are ripe. They will store for some time in a cool dry place, but they can be split, baked, and frozen for extended keeping. I love butternut squash....

Growing Vegetables: when butternut squash is ready to harvest, butternut squash, squash plants
butternut squash, squash plants, squash varieties: Lorraine, butternut squash will always start off with a greenish tint that gradually evolves into a light yellow with green stripes. Once the stripes begin to fade, the squash will turn orange. At this point, they are ready to harvest. Never wait until the...

Growing Vegetables: Cantaloupe and watermelon, tendril, cantaloupe
tendril, cantaloupe, cantaloupes: The best way to tell when a cataloupe or watermelon is ripe is when the stem slips easily from the vine or the tendril above the stems completely dries. Also, for cantaloupes, once the rind turns completely tan, and the fruit is firm but not rock hard, the...

Growing Vegetables: Corn plants, chemical insecticide, natural insecticide
chemical insecticide, natural insecticide, corn plants: If you prefer to stay organic, I would use a product called rotenone. This is a natural insecticide that uses a derivative from a tropical plant. It comes in a powder, so you would simply sprinkle the powder on top of the plant. If the silks have not formed,...

Growing Vegetables: Cucumbers, cucumber plants, english variety
cucumber plants, english variety, water issue: Dear Melinda, I m not familiar with the term you use to describe the pot, but by the term pot, I m sure these plants are contained and not just in the soil. So, I have two thoughts. Either the drainage has become an issue and the bottom of the tub is retaining...

Growing Vegetables: cherry tomatoes, organic fertilizer, cherry tomatoes
organic fertilizer, cherry tomatoes, best wishes: Rebecca: Tomatoes like a lot of organic fertilizer and it should be applied about every 10-15 days. Make sure that the fertilizer is watered in good. Do not over water the plants. About every 3 days should be enough. Hoping that this will imporve...

Growing Vegetables: cilantro died, back porch, rectangle
back porch, rectangle, containers: Christina: I don t know. Was it hot out? When was the last time you watered it? Young plants need more water than established ones when the weather is hot, and plants in containers dry out faster than those in the ground. That would be my guess of what the...

Growing Vegetables: cucumbers, clay soil, cukes
clay soil, cukes, zone 7: Sharon: I don t think you have done anything wrong. It might be the variety. sometimes they just curl, I don t know what causes it of if there is any way to prevent it. One thing that might help though is to grow the vines on a trellis. This allows the...

Growing Vegetables: growing spaghetti squash
Growing Vegetables: growing spaghetti squash

Growing Vegetables: Green Bell Peppers, growing green bell peppers, blossom end rot
growing green bell peppers, blossom end rot, bacteria: Denyel: Where are the spots? Do they look moist and rotted, or are they thin and sunken? If the spots are mainly on the bottom, black and soft, it is blossom end rot. You should just pick the peppers and use what you can, before it spreads. If they...

Growing Vegetables: Green Peppers, fernando ferreira, pepper plant
fernando ferreira, pepper plant, green pepper: Fernando: There are two possibilities for your pepper plant problem. One is a fungus and you can spray with a general purpose fungicide. The other is a virus like Tobacco Virus which there is no cure for. I wish I could be of more help but this is the...

Growing Vegetables: greenhouse questions, powdery mildew, organic materials
powdery mildew, organic materials, fungicide: Nancy: I think the beans have a fungus. I am not familiar with serinade but I would recommend a general purpose fungicide from your local supplier. Please let me know if you get control of the situation at don@donsfoods.com Best wishes. Don Battle...

Growing Vegetables: growing berries indoors, plastic mulch, berry plants
plastic mulch, berry plants, adequate light: Sharon: I ve never heard of this being done. You would have to provide adequate light and heat, and I really doubt that the berries would be as good tasting as those grown in sunlight. what kind of bugs do you have on your outdoor berries? It might be easier...

Growing Vegetables: growing spaghetti squash, squash plants, male flower
squash plants, male flower, female flower: Cathy: I m sure you are not doing anything wrong. It is still early in the season, at least in some areas. Squash usually produces male flowers first, with the female flowers starting a couple of weeks later. If for some reason the female flowers are not...

Growing Vegetables: HELP MY TOMATO PLANT HAS BET, red tomato, calcium deficiency
red tomato, calcium deficiency, tomato plant: I think you mean BER - blossom-end rot. All you can do now is keep the plants from drying out, as it is a combination of calcium deficiency (solved by the addition of lime) and inconsistent watering. You can usually cut off the rotted bottom and still eat...

Growing Vegetables: How do you increase heat in hot peppers?, epsom salts, hot peppers
epsom salts, hot peppers, hotness: James: The hotness in all peppers comes from the membrane that holds the seeds together. From a stand point of hotness you can let the pepper fully mature until it gets red and the membrane will be larger and pepper hotter. If you really like hot...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno bugs, homemade insecticidal soap, cabbage worms
homemade insecticidal soap, cabbage worms, bacillus thuringiensis: Les, homemade insecticidal soap must be made from non-concentrated dishsoap. Simply mix one tablespoon of the dishsoap with one tablespoon of lemon ammonia per one gallon of water. The key, however, is non-concentrated. The concentrated brands are too strong...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno peppers, jalapeno peppers, hotness
jalapeno peppers, hotness, best wishes: Kathy: The hotness in peppers comes from the membrane that holds the seeds together. After they are picked you can let them dry and they will be hotter. Better to wait until they turn red and then pick them. They are hotter this way. Best wishes....

Growing Vegetables: Jalapenos; Growth Issues, ph test kit, fertilizer package
ph test kit, fertilizer package, organic amendments: It sounds like a problem with your soil. Either the ph level is out of balance or you are lacking specific nutrients, such as phosphorus, for good growth. Phosphorus is the second number on the fertilizer package. This nutrient is essential for large fruit...

Growing Vegetables: Jalepeno pepper plants, pepper plants, pepper flavor
pepper plants, pepper flavor, carla: Carla: You didn t say where you live. Location makes a difference with chilies. The hotter and drier the environment, the hotter the pepper. Try giving them less water now that the peppers are getting mature, that will up the heat a bit. The cultivar could...

Growing Vegetables: Japeleno peppers, jalapenos, bell peppers
jalapenos, bell peppers, blooms: This is actually normal on jalapenos as they mature. It s much like bell peppers when they begin to turn from green to either red or purple, depending on the variety. The color has no effect on the taste of the peppers. For most varieties, it is the first...

Growing Vegetables: Lettuce; Harvesting, growing lettuce, seed pods
growing lettuce, seed pods, bush beans: Jerome, it is always best to harvest the outer leaves and allow the plant to continue growing. Lettuce will provide a continuous harvest for weeks before bolting once the weather gets hot. When it bolts, it will send a large shoot up the middle of the plant....

Growing Vegetables: lettuce, growing lettuce, baby lettuce
growing lettuce, baby lettuce, leaf lettuce: Jerome: If you are growing loose-leaf lettuce you can eat it any time. And yes, you can cut the larger leaves or even all of them, leaving the stem, and they will grow more. If you have seeded heavily, you can even use what you thin out as baby lettuce. ...

Growing Vegetables: lime trees, lime trees, citrus tree
lime trees, citrus tree, sunny place: Matt: I really don t have any experience with citrus indoors. I can tell you that 3 hours under the light is not nearly enough. I would leave it on for at least 12. Also, you say it is small, in which case it will probably still not be enough. The room...

Growing Vegetables: mildew on vegetable leafs, fungus spores, powdery mildew
fungus spores, powdery mildew, air circulation: Mirek: Mildew is not a soil-borne disease. It is a fungus. Spores can live on plant material left over from the previous year, so the best way to prevent it is to destroy the plant at the end of the season (or earlier if necessary) and clean up and destroy...

Growing Vegetables: Peppers, blackish color, main stem
blackish color, main stem, fungicide: Tomy: This is a commom problem with peppers and it is caused by some kind of fungus. Use a good fungicide and spray about there times. I don t think that it will cause a big problem for your peppers. Please E-mail me and let me know what your results...

Growing Vegetables: Pumpkins and aphid control, fava beans, pumpkin patch
fava beans, pumpkin patch, aromatic herbs: Katie: Aphids can be very hard to control once they get established. In addition to what you are doing you might try just a strong spray of water on the leaves every day. Perhaps follow that with your soap spray once or twice a week. I have also read that...

Growing Vegetables: pole green beans, fish fertilizer, nitrogen fertilizer
fish fertilizer, nitrogen fertilizer, kingman az: Karen: Why don t you try cutting out the growing tips? Maybe this will force them to set flowers before the weather turns too cool (does it get cold there?). You could also give them a little liquid phosphorus, but even in liquid form it is usually a pretty...

Growing Vegetables: replanting my tomato plants, tomato plants, growing tomatoes
tomato plants, growing tomatoes, soft soil: Linzy: Replanting is a delicate operation. First insert something along the sides of the container holding the plants. Then gently remove the plant and transplant in soft soil. After covering the roots good gentlly water the plants. In about 15 days...

Growing Vegetables: Squash; Blossom-end Rot, grass clippings, peat moss
grass clippings, peat moss, squash plants: When young fruit of squash plants develop soft black spots on the bottom, or shrivel and fall off prematurely, it is usually an indication of one of two problems. Either your plants are not being fully pollinated, or they are receiving too much water. This...

Growing Vegetables: spaghettie squash, princeton british columbia, nitrogen fertilizer
princeton british columbia, nitrogen fertilizer, grass clippings: When blossoms or young fruit fall off prematurely, it is usually an indication of one of two problems. Either your plants are not being fully pollinated, or they are receiving too much water. If you do not have enough bees in the area, you can hand-pollinate...

Growing Vegetables: spiders/mospquitos, bottled propane, fogger
bottled propane, fogger, mosquitos: Kris: The best way to repel these critters is to buy yourself a fogger that if fired by bottled propane. Use the local nursery recommended fogger and then do it to them about ever 3 nights. They will go away. Best wishes. Don Battles Phuket Thailan...

Growing Vegetables: squash problem, yellow summer squash, powdery mildew
yellow summer squash, powdery mildew, squash plant: Kris. You ve got powdery mildew, the scourge of curcubits everywhere. It sounds like it is probably too far gone to save, but you can try spraying with a mixture of 1T baking soda/1 gal of water. Milk is also supposed to work, but I m not sure of the dilution....

Growing Vegetables: summer squash is rotting, nitrogen fertilizer, soluble fertilizers
nitrogen fertilizer, soluble fertilizers, organic amendments: Sue, it most likely is the rain, especially if your soil is not draining sufficiently. This can be corrected by adding organic amendments to the soil, such as aged manure, peat, and compost. When blossoms or young fruit fall off prematurely, resulting in...

Growing Vegetables: sweet banana peppers, winnipeg manitoba canada, sweet banana peppers
winnipeg manitoba canada, sweet banana peppers, tomato plants: Betty: The cool damp weather may have caused some fungus rot on those peppers. I would pick them. You may want to spray the plant with some neem oil or baking soda in water to prevent it from spreading, but you will need at least 8 hours of dry weather for...

Growing Vegetables: TOMATO DISEASE?, tobacco mosaic virus, ken ken
tobacco mosaic virus, ken ken, white matter: Ken: These are my thoughts: 1. If you have not rotated your crops then there is a chance that a root fungus could be causeing the problem. 2. Pull up a dieing plant and check the roots to see if there is any white matter around them. If so, this could...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato, elyse, wendy
elyse, wendy, tomato: Wendy: Do you mean the bottom leaves of the plant, or the undersides or tips of all the leaves? If you mean the lower leaves are yellow, it is nothing to worry about. Those are the first true leaves that formed, and it is not unusual for older leaves on...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato leaves turning yellow, fungus diseases, water soluble fertilizer
fungus diseases, water soluble fertilizer, magnesium deficiency: Kathy, poor soil is the primary reason plants fail to do well. Tomatoes need magnesium and calcium in addition to a small ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus. You should add as much organic matter to the soil as possible. These materials would include compost,...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato plants, tomato plants, organic fertilizer
tomato plants, organic fertilizer, blossom drop: Bill: Your plants should start to develop fruit. Check to make sure the blossoms are not falling off the plants. If so this blossom drop is a result of a fungus and can be treated with a general fungicide. Tomatos like a lot of organic fertilizer and...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, growing tomatoes in a pot, calcium deficiency
growing tomatoes in a pot, calcium deficiency, blossom end rot: John: That is called blossom end rot. It is caused by a calcium deficiency, and inconsistent watering. Next time, add some lime to the pot, and keep the plant evenly watered - not too wet, but don t let it get completely dry either. You can usually cut...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes - When to Pick, lush foliage, organic fertilizer
lush foliage, organic fertilizer, tomato plants: Nancy, Early Girls are one of the smaller varieties, growing to only about 6-8 oz., or the size of a tennis ball. Tomatoes should be picked by color. If they are a bright or dark red, and the fruit is firm, you want to pick now. Keep in mind that the first...

Growing Vegetables: tabasco plants no peppers, elyse, phosphorus
elyse, phosphorus, avail: Daniel - I m not familiar with this variety, it is possible that you don t have the right growing conditions for it. Peppers are very temperature sensitive - they won t set fruit below a certain temp and flowers will fall off over certain temps. They don...

Growing Vegetables: tomato (disease?), plant tops, growing tomatoes
plant tops, growing tomatoes, yellow leaves: Carl: It is possible that the soil has become a bit waterlogged due to the recent rains. I would check that - dig down to 12 if you can, and see how wet it is. If that is not the problem, watch the plant. If the yellow leaves wilt and turn brown, then you...

Growing Vegetables: URGENT! vegetable garden dying ... need immediate help!!, soil test kits, cucumber plant
soil test kits, cucumber plant, happening year: If it were one type of vegetable, I would suspect a specific insect infecting the plants. But given the fact that all of the vegetables are affected, it definitely has to be a soilborne disease. Keep in mind that some soil test kits only evaluate the levels...

Growing Vegetables: Watermelons, micro climate, cukes
micro climate, cukes, cucumbers: John: I m sorry, I haven t a clue. Since your cukes are doing fine, it doesn t sound like a nitrogen surplus or weather problem, might be something with the seeds or the variety. You ve had no flowers at all, or just none that developed fruit? The only thing...

Growing Vegetables: Yellow tomato leaves, soil dries, yellow tomato
soil dries, yellow tomato, soil area: Jennifer, both of the possibilities you mentioned are the primary reason for yellow leaves on container-grown plants. Excess water depletes the soil of nutrients. Since soil is the primary source of nutrients, it is imperative that you use a fertile potting...

Growing Vegetables: Zucchini problems, mushroom manure, male flower
mushroom manure, male flower, fruit bearing: The plants are most likely getting too much water, which in turn depletes the soil of phosphorus and iron, two nutrients needed for fruit-bearing vegetables. Zucchini, like all squash, should only receive approximately 1 of water per week. You can supplement...

Growing Vegetables: Zuchinni, squash borer, insects
squash borer, insects, stems: I never recommend cutting leaves of squash unless you cut them right at the base. My reasoning is that open stems are a clear invitation for insects, specifically the squash borer. These insects can prove fatal to the plant. When I have squash that grows...

Growing Vegetables: zcchhini, squash blossoms, zucchini
squash blossoms, zucchini, pumpkin: Dear Ricky, I know pumpkin leaves are edible and all squash blossoms are. I ve read that all squash leaves are also edible. So I ll share my experience. Pumpkin leaves are prepared like any other greens. Boiled or sauteed with a little butter. Add a...

Growing Vegetables: zucchini, vine borers, growing zucchini
vine borers, growing zucchini, elisa: Elisa: Sounds like you might have squash vine borers. When you first notice the leaves turning yellow, you can cut into the stem and find the worm. Bury the cut part of the stem. Try planting your zucchini a couple of weeks later next year, sometimes that...

Growing Vegetables: zucchini, kansas city mo, fungicide
kansas city mo, fungicide, best wishes: Twila: I would remove one plant carefully and inspect the roots for any for of white looking material which might be nematodes. Take the plant down to your local nursery and ask them to inspect it and suggest something. I thought that the fungicide...

Growing Vegetables: zucchini, female flowers, pollination
female flowers, pollination, vern: Vern: Are you sure they are the female flowers? Something could be eating them. I often have some of the later squash itself turn yellow and shrivel, this is usually a pollination problem. I wouldn t give up as long as the plant still looks healthy. They...

Growing Vegetables: zucchini, poor pollination, pollinating insects
poor pollination, pollinating insects, plants: Nicole: It could be one of two things. Either the flowers are poorly pollinated (or not at all), or you could be overwatering. Usually with incomplete or poor pollination it will correct itself in a week or two, unless you simply don t have enough pollinating...

Growing Vegetables: asparagus, asparagus beetles, white asparagus
asparagus beetles, white asparagus, frost tender: Sandra: Right now you needn t do anything other that occasional water. Once the ferns die back, you can remove them (this is suggested if you have a problem with asparagus beetles), or you can leave them to spring. Some sources say that leaving them on helps...

Growing Vegetables: Bell Pepper Plant, pepper plant, crushed granite
pepper plant, crushed granite, gallon pot: Amy: It may be that the Aphids carried a fungus or a virus. It seems like you are doing everything correct. Reduce the watering to every 3 days and then fertilize each 15 days. Start with an application of organic fertilize and water it in. Purchase...

Growing Vegetables: Broccoli, phosphorus fertilizer, growing broccoli
phosphorus fertilizer, growing broccoli, chino valley az: Victoria, if you planted back on Mother s Day, you should already have been harvesting full heads. My broccoli was started in early May, and I harvested two weeks ago. Most varieties can be harvested 60 days from sowing. My guess is that your soil lacked...

Growing Vegetables: Butternut squash, pick winter squash
pick winter squash: Amy: You could have searched past answers to find the answer to this question. It seems to be a popular one. Butternut and all other winter squash are ready in the fall. They should turn a tan color, the stem will be brown and shriveled, the plant itself...

Growing Vegetables: buplesscucumbers, burpless cucumbers, cukes
burpless cucumbers, cukes, seed packet: Kathy: Sorry. If all the leaves are turning brown then the plant is probably dying and it is too late to do anything. You could try watering it, but it is late in the season (depending on where you live), and it may just be spent. If that is the case, then...

Growing Vegetables: butternut squash, winter squash, ripe
winter squash, ripe: Susan: You can t pick a squash by size. You must let them fully mature. They will turn pale yellow when ripe, which usually is not until fall. Once they have turned color they can be picked, but for storage they need to be totally mature. The skin should...

Growing Vegetables: Cantaloupe Picking, cantaloupe ripe
cantaloupe ripe: Mike: As I have said here many times before, true cantaloupes when ripe will slip from the stem. You may prefer to pick them before this however, depending on how ripe you like them. They will be a tan color, and the blossom end will give when pushed on....

Growing Vegetables: Cantelope, true cantaloupe, muskmelons
true cantaloupe, muskmelons, cantalope: Dean: If it is a true cantaloupe, it will slip right off the vine when it is ripe. Other muskmelons are not so considerate. Look for a color change, from green to tan. The veins should be tan, not just the skin. also the tendril closest to the stem will dry...

Growing Vegetables: Compost, soil diseases, compost bin
soil diseases, compost bin, compost pile: Everything from the vegetable garden can be added to a compost pile. The only exception would be a plant that contracted a disease. Since many diseases are spread through the soil, diseases from infected plants can be spread through compost. Corn husks...

Growing Vegetables: Conjoined cucumbers, rare situation, siamese
rare situation, siamese, likelihood: Noel: I am not sure how this happens. But if it is on all of the fruit save the seeds as it is a rare situation. Something in the genes of the seeds did this. If you have several and you have time could you photograph them and send to me at don@donsfoods.com....

Growing Vegetables: Cucumbers, growing cucumbers, fertilizer
growing cucumbers, fertilizer, bitterness: Jim: Changing fertilizer will not ripen fruits, but there is always the possibility that you have used too much, causing the plant to grow larger at the expense of fruiting. Has the weather been cooler than normal the past two years? Are the plants getting...

Growing Vegetables: cantalope, school agriculture, maturity date
school agriculture, maturity date, agriculture department: It s hard to say, not knowing what they are. Funny, I have a similar mystery in my garden - I thought I was planting cantaloupe seed, but the fruits appear to be gourds, but I m not quite sure, could be a squash. Anyway, without knowing what the variety...

Growing Vegetables: Eggplants, miracle gro, flowering plants
miracle gro, flowering plants, fruit production: Miracle-gro is sold for different applications. The standard all-purpose blue fertilizer has a NPD ratio of 24-8-16, which is extremely high in nitrogen, the first number on the ratio label. This is ideal for bushes, grass, or plants with just foliage. However,...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes & bell peppers., bell pepper, seed store
Growing Vegetables: tomatoes & bell peppers., bell pepper, seed store, center core

Growing Vegetables: Watermelon/sugar baby, comparison photos, perspective
Growing Vegetables: Watermelon/sugar baby, comparison photos, perspective

Growing Vegetables: Garden, cauliflower brussels sprouts, tolerant crops
cauliflower brussels sprouts, tolerant crops, yellow squash: Teresa: Sounds like you re doing great. It is perfectly normal for any plants to develop some brown (dead) leaves towards the end of the season. It is not necessary to remove them, but you can if you like, for aesthetics. The beans should have had more...

Growing Vegetables: Growing Onions, growing onions, e mail
growing onions, e mail, best wishes: Bonnie: Wish I were there to help you harvest the onions. You can do both ways, one when you are hungry and second when you see the tops start to turn brown and droop. This is usually indicative of the onion being mature. Please let me know how things...

Growing Vegetables: growing corn, nitrogen fertilizer, balanced fertilizer
nitrogen fertilizer, balanced fertilizer, soil amendments: Debbie: Corn is a heavy feeder and so likes a high-nitrogen fertilizer. What you use depends on what is available in your area, your budget and your own preferences. Do you want to add something to the soil or fertilize? You can use seed meals for soil amendments,...

Growing Vegetables: Habanero Peppers, habanero peppers, chili peppers
habanero peppers, chili peppers, back deck: Sherry: Check the soil around the plant to be sure it is not harboring any creatures. I m not sure what eats chili peppers - they are usually pretty safe from insects. If there is nothing in the soil, then try covering the peppers with some garden fabric...

Growing Vegetables: Habanero Problems, habanero plants, calcium deficiency
habanero plants, calcium deficiency, blossom end rot: Jay- It is likely blossom end rot. It s partly a nutrient problem. It s caused by calcium deficiency, but it also has to do with inconsistent watering, which effects the uptake of the calcium. It is solved both by adding lime to the soil and by consistent...

Growing Vegetables: mystery squash, winter squash ripe
winter squash ripe: Lisa: Looks like the Hasta la Pasta spaghetti squash, but if it was a volunteer it is most likely a cross between whatever curcubits you grew in your garden last year. It wont hurt to try it, treat it like any winter squash (though it could also be a summer...

Growing Vegetables: mystery vegetable, yellow crookneck squash, cucurbit
yellow crookneck squash, cucurbit, garden seed: Carol: It could be a squash or it might be a gourd. Are the leaves big, serrated, hairy things, and the plant a vine with thick stems? (Even if you have grown melons or cucumbers, you probably would recognize the vine as a cucurbit). I m sure it would...

Growing Vegetables: Pepper Plants won't Flower, pepper plants, several different kinds
pepper plants, several different kinds, daytime temps: Scott: You didn t say how you fertilized, but yes, it is possible it was too much nitrogen. Peppers are also very temperature sensitive, nighttime temps below 60 will not allow the plant to set flower, daytime temps above 90 will cause them to drop fruit....

Growing Vegetables: Pickle Plant, pickle recipes, plant question
pickle recipes, plant question, dutchie: I see, I didn t understand your question. Pickles are cucumbers which have been soaked in a brine or other kind of pickling liquid. You can eat them right out of the garden - have you ever eaten fresh cucumbers? There are many, many pickle recipes, which one...

Growing Vegetables: Pumpkin flower trouble, pumpkin flower, southwest desert
pumpkin flower, southwest desert, female flower: The first flush of flowers are always males. Male blossoms only stay on the plant for one day and then wither and fall off. Once the females begin blossoming, they bloom profusely. This often occurs two weeks following the first appearance of male flowers....

Growing Vegetables: Pumpkin harvested too soon?, harvesting pumpkin, pumpkin ripe
harvesting pumpkin, pumpkin ripe: Yes, you picked it too soon. Winter squash ripen in the fall. Refer to your seed packet or catalog if possible for number of days to maturity to give you an idea when to start checking. The stem should be brown and shriveled, the plant itself may be beginning...

Growing Vegetables: pumpkins, first frost, leaves
first frost, leaves, halloween: Tim: They may be turning orange, but that does not mean they are ready to be picked. I expect it will be at least another month, if not longer. Pumpkins are a winter squash, and as long as they mature before the first frost, they will keep, properly stored...

Growing Vegetables: Rotting tomato stems, tomato plants, neem oil
tomato plants, neem oil, damp weather: Yes, it can spread. The ones that do not have it will benefit from an anti-fungal spray. I don t know how effective a baking soda solution is against blight, but it can be used (1T soda/1 gal water). Also, be sure to destroy or dispose of the infected plants,...

Growing Vegetables: rotting of squash while on vine, butternut squash, blossom end rot
butternut squash, blossom end rot, northern minnesota: Gertrude: It could be nothing more than lack of pollination. If a fruit is not fully pollinated it will not grow. Usually this only happens to a few squash on a plant. Have you seen bees or wasps on the flowers? If the plant is still flowering, try hand-pollinating...

Growing Vegetables: Seedless cucumbers, cucumber seeds, seedless cucumbers
cucumber seeds, seedless cucumbers, hybrid seeds: Diane, seedless varieties are hybrids that have been genetically bred to produce fruit with no seeds. The only way to grow them from seed at home is by purchasing the hybrid seeds from a seed company. Attached is a link to where I purchase my cucumber seeds....

Growing Vegetables: Squash Vine Borer, squash vine borer, squash vines
squash vine borer, squash vines, squash borer: Squash borers are very common pests for all members of the squash family. These pests bore into the base of the vine, and eventually spread a disease that causes the plant to slowly wilt near the base, and eventually die. Depending on how far it has traveled...

Growing Vegetables: Sqush, season crops, spaghetti squash
season crops, spaghetti squash, size shape: They do start out green, I looked at mine and could see where they might look a little like watermelon. Again, these are long season crops. Did you check the seed packet/catalog? It will tell you number of days to maturity. They mature in the fall, but I don...

Growing Vegetables: spaghetti squash, two different places, farmers market
two different places, farmers market, spaghetti squash: Chesnea: I m not sure about the colors. I ve grown two varieties, both are yellow when ripe, although one has green at its base. You should check the seed catalog or packet for a description. It is still early for a spaghetti squash to be ripe. The earliest...

Growing Vegetables: sweet potatoe, sweet potatoe, warm climates
sweet potatoe, warm climates, cold frame: James: According to Botanica s Organic Gardening you can, but you may need to use a cold frame. They are a tropical plant and usually grown in warm climates. Botanica says to start them from rooted shoots. I suggest you look up this book or any other for...

Growing Vegetables: Tomato stem disease?, tomato diseases, fungus diseases
tomato diseases, fungus diseases, late blight: I would suspect one of three fungus diseases; late blight, verticillium wilt, or fusarium wilt. The bad news is that none of these diseases are usually reversable. Once the plants are infected, the problem gradually gets worse. You can, however, potentially...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, insect damage, green tomatoes
insect damage, green tomatoes, stems: Jake: I suggest you just let the plant sprawl. If necessary, put a cage on its side, or a pile of straw or any other object for it to rest on - but if its bent to the ground just leave it. It will be a little harder to see and pick the tomatoes, and there...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, little green tomatoes, cherry tomatoes
little green tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, purple ball: Amanda: I m not familiar with this variety. There is no description on the package? From the name, I could see them being black. Also, sometimes different nurseries will rename a variety to make it appear to be a unique one, so the black cherry for example,...

Growing Vegetables: Tomatoes, phosphorus fertilizer, grass clippings
phosphorus fertilizer, grass clippings, garden soil: Successful tomato gardening requires ample sunshine, loamy soil, and a high ratio of phosphorus in the soil. Given your conditions, you are attempting to do the right thing by amending the soil. However, if the soil is comprised mainly of clay, it takes years...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, morning and evening
cherry tomatoes, morning and evening, fungus: Jackie: I have had this same experience befoe. I am not sure what causes it other than rapid growth. Try backing off of the watering and do not water until the soil is dry. Fertilizing should not be more frequent than 15 days. Please let me know how...

Growing Vegetables: tomatoes & bell peppers., cross pollination, tomato plant
cross pollination, tomato plant, bell peppers: Sharolyn, While it is possible for the tomatoes and peppers to cross pollinate, even if they did, it would not affect the fruits on these plants. The effect would not be seen unless the seeds of a crossed fruit were planted. It may be the tomato variety,...

Growing Vegetables: Watermelon/sugar baby, watermelon sugar, southern new england
watermelon sugar, southern new england, sugar baby: Patrick: I ve answered this question a few times before, but here goes: There are two ways to determine if a watermelon is ripe, and neither is foolproof. I like to use both methods to increase my chances. 1) Look at the tendril closest to the stem....

Growing Vegetables: water melon, growing watermelon, water melon
growing watermelon, water melon, organic fertilizer: Shawn: Try decreasing the watering a bit. Also use a good organic fertilizer. Watermelons like a lot of nitrogen. Check for a bout 10 days. If this does not change things then there is a possibility that you have a fungus or a virus. Please let me...

Growing Vegetables: zucchini squash, female flower, zuch
female flower, zuch, genea: Genea: It seems a little late for the zucchini to not have set any fruit yet, it is possible that it won t. I know that is hard to believe, but every once in a while you get a barren plant. The zuch is no different from the other squash, you can tell the...

Growing Vegetables: Bell Peppers, compost pile, bell peppers
compost pile, bell peppers, green peppers: Dayna: Are you sure it is black that they are turning? All bell peppers are green when they are UNripe. They will turn red, orange, purple or even brown when ripe, depending on the variety. Yours may just be getting ripe. If they are soft and mushy, look...

Growing Vegetables: Butternut Squash, long term storage, storage life
long term storage, storage life, butternut: Teresa: If the squash is tan in color it is probably ripe. they won t ripen off the vine, so I suggest you cut one and try it. If they have been hit by frost already, their storage life may be shortened. You can still use them, however if you have a lot,...

Growing Vegetables: buttercup squash, squash ripe, winter squash
squash ripe, winter squash: Kris: No, they will not ripen once the vine is cut. Go ahead and cut one though, they may be ripe enough to eat, just not mature enough to store. All the squash will probably ripen around the same time, but you should check the seed packets, catalogs or plant...

Growing Vegetables: Cayenne pepper plant, harvesting cayenne peppers
harvesting cayenne peppers: Gail: Cayenne peppers are harvested when red. You don t need to pull the plant until frost, and if you live in a frost-free area, then the plant may survive all winter. also, if you have a sunny enough window, you may even be able to grow more peppers indoors,...

Growing Vegetables: canning info, pressure canner, canning tomatoes
pressure canner, canning tomatoes, water bath: Dear Janet, If the jars are not sealed correctly, usually bubbles will start appearing in a couple of weeks, indicating the growth and activity of something. If the lids are sucked down, did they do that without your touching them? Sometimes we don t hear...

Growing Vegetables: cantalope, true cantaloupe, muskmelons
true cantaloupe, muskmelons, tendril: Gary: If it is a true cantaloupe, it will slip right off the vine when it is ripe. Other muskmelons are not so considerate. Look for a color change, from green to tan. The veins should be tan, not just the skin. also the tendril closest to the stem will dry...

Growing Vegetables: carrots growing weird, rocky soil, clay soil
rocky soil, clay soil, growing vegetables: No, I don t really have any other clues, except maybe planting too close together. It doesn t necessarily have to be actual rocks, if the soil is clumpy , like if it was turned when wet or if it is heavy clay soil, that would also cause branching. Try adding...

Growing Vegetables: deformed leaves vegetables and fruit trees, garden veggies, organic fertilizer
garden veggies, organic fertilizer, dry soil: I don t really have an answer for you, just some possibilities. aphids can cause deformed and discolored leaves, are you sure they are gone? Herbicides can also cause this problem, do you have a neighbor nearby that may have sprayed something? Neem oil should...

Growing Vegetables: carrots growing weird, sandy loam, excess nitrogen
Growing Vegetables: carrots growing weird, sandy loam, excess nitrogen, loose soil

Growing Vegetables: Leeks, soil level, leeks
Growing Vegetables: Leeks, soil level, leeks, eight inches

Growing Vegetables: mystery squash.... I think, exact description, pumpkin
Growing Vegetables: mystery squash.... I think, exact description, pumpkin, garbage

Growing Vegetables: Growing Hot Chillies, hot chillies, seeds
hot chillies, seeds: Vincent: 1. I do not recommend that you use left over seeds as they loose their hybrid featurse. Seeds are cheap for a small pack. 2. Seed are living inside, I do not recommend that you freeze them. Let them dry good and keep in a good dry dark place....

Growing Vegetables: geography, grocery store prices, seasonal offerings
grocery store prices, seasonal offerings, cheap imports: Bwalya: I assume you mean direct-to-consumer marketing? The biggest problems I ve seen are attracting customers, that is getting them to know you are there, and price. Farm-direct prices are often higher than grocery store prices, and with today s economy,...

Growing Vegetables: Harvesting Potatoes, harvesting potatoes, dries
harvesting potatoes, dries: Tony: You really can harvest them anytime, but if you are planning on storing them, wait until the plant dies back. Then leave them in the ground for up to two weeks - as long as the ground doesn t freeze. That gives them a chance to cure , that is the skin...

Growing Vegetables: Jalapeno's, heat intensity, intensity changes
heat intensity, intensity changes, jalapenos: This is a normal part of the ripening process. Jalapenos, like any other pepper, will eventually turn completely red if left on the plant too long. However, unlike bell peppers which get sweeter when red, the jalapenos get hotter. Whether green or red, they...

Growing Vegetables: jalepeno peppers, jalapeno pepper, hot pepper
jalapeno pepper, hot pepper, scoville scale: Ann: When you plant again try the F1 Macho. This is the best hybrid jalapeno seed that I have found. You should not use any seeds that are not hybrid. Left over seeds loose their hybrid features. If you like a hotter pepper try the habanara. Best wishes....