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April 14th, 2017 at 01:13 AM How deep to plant? by topthumb
I am going to plant a variety of tomatoes this year and am reading on the stickers too plant them 2/3 into the dirt. I have a couple questions, first is that 2/3rds including the the root that is already there or just from the top of the dirt 2/3rds up? Second, do I cut off all the leaves/shoots that will be buried when planting that deep or leave everything on the plant? Only reason I'm asking the second question is because I've always thought you were not suppose to let the leaves touch the dirt for fear of mold or disease. BTW, most of the plants will be Early girls, Mr. stripeys, and Medfords and maybe one cherry 100.

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April 3rd, 2017 at 04:19 PM Can someone identify this pest? by Jan H
Hi all,

I was given a mixed plant arrangement, and separated them out into pots. It's been so long since I had house plants I'm going to have to i.d. them, pretty sure the one with pests is an arrowhead plant. The little creature are on the underside of the leaves, haven't seen them in the other plants yet. . I did a google search for common arrowhead plant pests, but couldn't find anything quite like them.

the leaf in the photos (underside) is maybe 3 inches long, so you can tell they are pretty tiny.

Thanks for any info, looking forward to getting into house plants again and enjoying the forum here!

Jan H.

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March 17th, 2017 at 10:29 AM Raccoons destroyed my garden by Andrea123
Hi folks, I have a garden in front of my house. I love gardening and I spend most of the time planting vegetables and herbs. I used to maintain it well. I have a separate section dedicated only for flowers. But a week back an incident took place and I felt really sad. My garden was fully messed up, I somehow managed to bring it back to its original state. That time I didn’t take it seriously. But yesterday again there was holes dug and plants destroyed. My guess is that it’s a raccoons job as we live in an area where there are quite a few of them. My husband told me to call a raccoon removal services from toronto. Is there any other way of getting rid of these raccoons? Please chime in with some useful suggestions.

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February 13th, 2017 at 12:15 PM Making a creative landscape by jovinnah
Howdy, I have a large backyard which is in bad shape from the past so many years. I would like to give it a new look. My friend suggested going for a water feature like a pond or fountain as it would suit my house background. I saw a blog suggesting some methods of renovation for your backyard. [ ]. As I haven’t done this before, I would like to get your suggestions on creative designs and ideas. It would be of great help if you can suggest me some reasonable designers who can help me out. Thanks in advance.

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February 1st, 2017 at 05:09 AM Backyard Landscaping Pebble Paths by Beans
Backyard Landscaping Pebble Paths That Seem Shaped by The Wind

The designs showcased below have been created by using river stones carefully categorized into colors and sizes. You can only imagine the amount of work invested into such a grand design.

January 21st, 2017 at 02:44 PM My day at Roger's Gardens [GARDEN IDEAS] by Beans
You guys probably remember my previous post at
A year later, I'm back to share some more photos.

This past weekend, I've had the pleasure of returning to Roger's Gardens in Corona Del Mar, California (So Cal).
I've brought back a handful of photos from that day, to share with everyone :)

Rogers Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd
Corona Del Mar, California
(949) 640-5800
OPEN: Daily 9am-6pm
Roger's Gardens is dog friendly

I don't work for, or have anything to gain from visiting or promoting this garden/nursery/business.

December 23rd, 2016 at 11:03 AM Transplanting my rose by AliciaJoh
I got rose saplings from my friend, she is a good gardener, she has a large variety of flowers in her garden. She makes flower bouquet and sells to the neighborhoods and she has regular customers. Last month, she gave me a rose sapling when I visited her. The sapling is 1-month-old, it is 2 cm now. But my friend told that it will grow minimum 5cm within a month. I have followed the procedures she told me about planting and followed up all the procedures. I don't understand why my plant is growing slow. She is using a garden bed, I wonder whether it might be the reason for the fast growth. I even read an article saying that it can produce more yields. I am thinking about transplanting my rose plant onto a garden bed. Hope that it might give better results. Little worried about the transplantation, how can I transplant the rose safely? Need your suggestions.

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November 8th, 2016 at 06:28 PM Arbor Vitae Browning by chazbo
Can anyone explain what cases the browning shown in the attached photo? Should I cut out the brown patches and is there anything else that can be done. One guy thought maybe it was too much water but the soil was really not excessively damp. Thank you in advance!

October 23rd, 2016 at 01:35 AM All Butter Pie Crust by Bestofour
From Better Homes and Gardens November 2016

Makes 3 - 9 inch crusts

3-3/4 cups all purpose flour
3 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 to 1 cup cold water

1. In a large bowl whisk together flour and 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, work butter into flour mixture until butter is bean size. Stir in 3/4 cup of the water, a few TBS at a time.

2. Turn dough out in a mound on a work surface. Starting with a quarter of the dough smear that section with the palm of your hand pushing away from the mound. Repeat with remaining dough sections. Gather the dough into a ball, divide into thirds, wrap in plastic wrap, and press each into a round disk. Chill for 60 minutes.

3. Using a floured rolling pin on a floured surface roll one portion of dough into a 12 inch circle. Transfer to a 9 inch pie plate and trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold extra dough under, even with the pie plate edge, press it together. Flute as desired. Prick the bottom and sides of dough several times with a fork.

4. Line dough with a double thickness of foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Put in preheated 375° oven. Bake about 20 minutes. Remove foil and weights and bake a few minutes longer until golden in color.

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October 6th, 2016 at 11:05 AM Green algae by HildaBeft
Hello all,
I'm right now at Canada and I just love gardening. I used to try different varieties of gardening and recently I bought few container plants and grew them in separate containers. As you all know winter is nearing and it's cold during late evenings. I placed the containers near a concrete wall from the time it was bought. Yesterday I found something like green algae formation in the concrete walls. I just moved the container and was shocked to see the wall covered with green algae. I tried to remove it but it was very difficult to get rid of their marks. I found an online article containing information about cleaning up green algae I tried those steps and removed the green algae from the wall. But my wall has turned green and it doesn't look good. Do you guys have any idea to cleanup the green algae completely off the wall? Any suggestions are greatly welcomed. Thank you.

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