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Can You Grow Squash in Containers?

Can You Grow Squash in Containers?
“Is it possible to grow squash in a container?” Question from Anne Marie of Napa, California
Answer: Bush squashes grow beautifully in large containers. In fact, I plan to plant a few in my garden this year. The key is making sure that you choose a compact, bush-forming variety. You can find bush zucchini, summer squash, pumpkins, and winter squash. I […]

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What Garden Plants Grow in Sandy Kansas Soils?

What Garden Plants Grow in Sandy Kansas Soils?
“I’ve tried some plants and flowers that say they grow in sandy soil, but no success. Do I need to stick to container gardening or add something to the soil in my flower beds? Thank you.” Question from Susan of Wichita, Kansas
Answer: If you choose the right plants for your site and improve your soil’s fertility, you will […]

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What Medicinal Herbs Grow Well in Central Florida?

What Medicinal Herbs Grow Well in Central Florida?
“What Medicinal Herbs Grow Well in Central Florida? I moved to Florida and I want to know which native medicinal herbs to look for and grow here at my new home.” Question from Susan of St. Pete Beach, Florida
Answer: There are lots of medicinal herbs that will grow well in your Zone 9 garden. I recommend that you […]

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How Do I Keep Spreading Herbs in Bounds?

Keep Spreading Herbs in Bounds
“I know a lot of herbs spread on their own. Do I need to put barriers in the ground to keep them from taking over?” Question from Glenda of Sewell, New Jersey
Answer: Barriers are required to keep spreading herbs in bounds. The worst spreading perennial herbs are mints of all kinds and oregano, another member of the mint family. They spread […]

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How Much Cold Can Petunias Handle?

How Much Cold Can Petunias Handle?
“What is the coldest temperature petunias can handle?” Question from Barbara of Racine, Wisconsin
Answer: Petunias are true warm-season annuals that cannot withstand really chilly temperatures without damage. Ultimately, they grow best when nighttime temperatures are between 55 and 65 F. (14-16 C.) and daytime temperatures are between 61 and 80 F. (16 to 20 C.). Many newer cultivars are able […]

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What Is the Best Black Gold Soil for Raised Beds?

Best Black Gold Soil for Raised Beds
“I have several raised garden beds (6’x3′ and 2’x2′) both 18+ inches deep for vegetables.  I am debating between the “natural and organic potting mix”, “organic flower and vegetable soil”, and “natural and organic raised beds and potting mix”.  Is there a clear choice here or would I be good with any?” Question from Lars of Chicago, Illinois
Answer: All […]

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How Long Does Compost Feed Plants?

How Long Does Compost Feed Plants?
“How long does compost feed plants? And if you have compost in the ground, do the plants still need fertilizer? I use plant-based food scraps, grass clippings, and shredded paper for trench composting. It breaks down very quickly here in the Sonoran Desert.” Question from Jacqueline of Casa Grande, Arizona
Answer: The value of compost to plants depends on how long […]

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What Are the Best Strawberry Varieties for Texas Gardeners?

What are the best strawberry varieties for Texas?
“What are the best strawberry varieties for Texas? I really would like to enjoy them year-round, and I have the ability to grow them in a raised bed that can easily be covered.” Question from Deb or Alvarado, Texas
Answer: Great timing! I just planted 25 strawberries in my own Delaware garden, so strawberries are on my mind. […]

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What Makes a Good Raised Bed Site?

What Makes a Good Raised Bed Site?
“How does one determine the best location for a raised bed in one’s yard?” Question from Joanne of Cary, North Carolina
Answer: What Makes a Good Raised Bed Site? There are several criteria for siting a raised bed. Here are the top five to consider.

Sun: Choose a location with at least eight hours of sunlight. Twelve is even better.
Topography: The […]

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What Soil and Pot Should I Choose for My Miniature Weeping Pussywillow?

Miniature weeping pussywillows can be grown in pots or gardens and stay quite compact.
“I bought a Salix caprea ‘Pendula’ (or a miniature weeping pussywillow) on March 20th. I was wondering if the Black Gold All Purpose Potting Mix would work to transplant the tree in? I am repotting it into a larger container. I am also wondering how large of a container I may need. […]

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