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Can I Use 2, 4-D to Remove Weeds In My Ornamental Grasses?


“I have a pampas grass – it grows in our ditches in Iowa. Unfortunately, I have had creeping jenny find it’s way into one area of it. Can you spray the grasses with 2/4D to kill the jenny without killing the grass?” Question from Brenda of Peterson, Iowa
Answer: Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) survives in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 10, so it is not […]

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Do I Have To Worry About Your Soils While Pregnant?


“I am pregnant and was watering my plants when I got Black Gold potting soil on my hands. I am concerned about toxoplasmosis and have questions. Is your soil made in areas where cats are present?” Question from Katie
Answer: Feline waste is not an ingredient present in our mixes! As you probably know, toxoplasmosis may be present in fresh or old cat feces. Any […]

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What Are the Best Hanging Basket Flowers For the High Desert?

 
Flowering purslanes are drought-tolerant, tough, succulent, and have ever-blooming flowers in a wide variety of brilliant colors.
“What are the best flowers to plant in hanging baskets for high desert? We have lots of wind also?” Question from Jill of Greybull, Wyoming
Answer: There are several options for you. All of the plants I will mention are tender in your area. Some can be brought indoors to […]

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Can I Make Seedling Soil Blocks With Black Gold?


“I realize that you sell several potting soils. The one that I want to use to make soil blocks is your organic potting mix.  Do I need to add anything besides water to it to act as a binder?” Ken from Washington State
Answer: Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Mix is perfect for seedling block making.  All you need to do is fully moisten […]

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How Do I Kill Trumpet Vine?


“I am having the hardest time killing trumpet vines & they have taken over my yard. I use roundup every year, but it’s not killing the root system.” Question from Rosie of Wichita, Kansas
Answer: Red trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) is a beautiful native vine with giant, trumpet-shaped, orange-red flowers loved by hummingbirds, but as you have discovered,  it is best left for roadside fencelines […]

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Will Mold in Leaves and Wood Chips Harm Your Soil?


“Will the mold from decomposing leaves and wood chip piles harm your soil?” Question from Sylvia of Belle Plaine, Minnesota
Answer: The molds involved in the decomposition of dead plant material are generally not disease causing to live plants, so they should not harm your garden plants. They are distinct from disease-causing fungi.
The soil is filled with fungi of all kinds at all times, some […]

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Does Black Gold Carry Earthworm Castings?


“Does Black Gold carry worm castings?” Question from Holly of Idaho Falls, Idaho
Answer: Yes! We do carry Black Gold Earthworm Castings. Many of our potting mixes contain castings as well. These include Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Mix and Black Gold Waterhold Cocoblend. All of these products are OMRI Listed for organic gardening! They are best added to potting mixes or ground soil for […]

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I Need Flower Design Help for My Sunny Kentucky Garden


“I have a large area to plant flowers in that gets full sun but I am not sure what design and mixture to use.” Question from Karen of Cannon, Kentucky
Answer: Most garden flowers grow best in fertile soil with excellent drainage. I recommend working up your soil to increase aeration and adding a fertile blend of compost (Black Gold Garden Compost Blend) and peat […]

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How Do I Start Seeds of the Rare Succulent Sinocrassula yunnanensis?

Sinocrassula yunnanensis
“I was gifted Sinocrassula yunnanensis seeds. What’s the best way to germinate seeds.” Question from Lizzy of Ocala, Florida
Answer: The seeds of the rare Asian succulent Sinocrassula yunnanensis need some care for effective germination. The beautiful plants have nearly black foliage and form dense, succulent clumps. Bloom time is in fall or early winter, and the flowers are ivory with red tips.
The seeds should […]

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How Do I Keep Ticks off of My Lawn?


“What is the best way of getting rid of ticks? My lawn and yard are infested, and I have gotten Lyme disease.” Question from Kathy of West Rutland, Vermont
Answer: Ticks are the worst and a real worry for people living where Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are a problem. Of course, tiny deer ticks are the carriers of Lyme disease, and they contribute to over […]

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