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Why Are There Ants on My Vegetable Plants?

Ants on My Vegetable Plants
“I have ants in my garden, and they are eating my veggie plants. What is the best product to use on a vegetable garden that is safe for us to eat vegetables from?” Question from Jill of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Answer: Ants are not vegetable garden pests. They may be attracted to the sweet juices of a split tomato or strawberry or […]

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What Are Good Shade Plants for Poor Soils?

Start by improving your soil!
“I have a shade area with poor soil…I need suggestions for plants, when to plant and how to improve the soil.” Question from Patricia of Knoxville, Iowa

Answer: Thank you for your questions.  I encourage you to read a couple of our garden articles that are sure to help you improve your soil and then fill your gardens with the right plants. Any […]

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How Do You Control Sandspurs?


“How do I get rid of sandspurs?” Question from Rena of Morehead City, North Carolina
Answer: Anyone with a yard or beach plagued with sand spurs, most commonly the southern sandbur (Cenchrus echinatus) and the coast or field sandspur (C. spinifex), knows never to walk barefoot. Their painful spurred seeds are covered with needle-like protrusions ready to pierce through skin and even thick clothing like […]

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Can I Grow Green Beans in a Greenhouse?

Can I Grow Green Beans in a Greenhouse?
“Can I grow green beans in a greenhouse?” Question from Angie of Fort Bragg, California
Answer: Absolutely. Green beans, whether pole beans or bush beans, can be grown in a greenhouse if given good soil, full sun, regular moisture, and temperatures that do not get too hot. Green beans grow best in temperatures between 50 and 85 degrees F. […]

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What Garden Plants Tolerate the High Mountain Winds of Colorado?

What Garden Plants Tolerate the High Mountain Winds of Colorado?
“Our biggest challenge up here in the mountains is the wind. Unless we build a sturdy greenhouse, there’s no way around it as it comes through and over fences as well. (10-35 mph on about 75% of days) Any plant suggestions?” Question from Wolf of Westcliffe, Colorado
Answer: When growing conditions are a problem for average garden-center […]

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What is the Best Time of Day to Water a Garden?

What is the Best Time of Day to Water a Garden?
“What time of the day is best to water your garden?” Question from Joy of Delta, Ohio
Answer: Timing is everything when it comes to good irrigation. In areas with regular rain and higher humidity, the best summer watering time is in the cool early morning when soil-water retention is highest. Early moisture prepares plants for […]

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My Yard Is Low and Wet. How Can I Garden?

My Yard Is Low and Wet. How Can I Garden?
“How do I plant a garden when most of my yard holds water after the rain?” Question from Kim of St. Clair, Michigan
Answer: You essentially have two options. Either build raised gardens (click here to learn more about raised bed gardening) or go with the flow and plant a wetland or rain garden. I have an […]

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How Do You Plant Wildflower Seeds?

How Do You Plant Wildflower Seeds?
“What is the best way to plant wildflower seeds. I am preparing a spot on a sunny hill, taking the grass and roots out down to the dirt. I know I have to mix the seeds with sand. Are there any other tips on making them thrive? I appreciate the advice.  Thank you.” Question from Lexy of Weare, New Hampshire
Answer: […]

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How Should I Irrigate My Santa Rosa Plum Tree?

How Should I Irrigate My Santa Rosa Plum Tree?
“How often should I water with drippers my 20-year-old Santa Rosa plum tree?” Question from Gloria of Morgan Hill, California
Answer: Even established trees with deep roots need supplemental water during dry spells. In arid areas where soils are poor, irrigation is even more important, as is fertilization. Let rainfall decide when you irrigate your Santa Rosa plum […]

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When Is It Safe To Plant Summer Annuals?

When Is It Safe To Plant Summer Annuals?
“When is it safe to plant summer annuals? Should I wait until after Mother’s Day to plant my marigolds, petunias, and other annuals?  I live in Central Ohio.” Question from Diane of Newark, Ohio
Answer: Always plant warm-season annuals, like petunias and marigolds, after the threat of frost has passed. To do this, you need to know your last […]

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