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My corn which is almost waist high has lots of shoots coming up around the stalk at ground level. Should I be pinching or cutting them off or do I let them keep growing?

Asked by: RCapt
In my experience, about half of the 'experts' recommend removing them, calling them "suckers", and the other half say leave them alone. I lean toward leaving them, since they will usually provide extra pollen, especially to 2nd and 3rd ears that may be developing, that often go unpollinated otherwise. If you are feeling very scientific, try removing the suckers from half of your crop, and leave the rest alone, and see if it matters which way is better. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-15

Hello. Is there a way to stop the growth of my tomato plants? They were planted indoors using your Ultimate growing kit on 3/24. They are under grow lights for about 14 hours. They are big, 7-8" and are healthy. How do I slow down their growth?

Asked by: GMR1966
Try taking out the shoots that appear in between leaf 'branches' (stops them becoming too bushy) and then when they get the required height take out the top shoot. The plants then concentrate on growing tomatoes, rather than growing taller.
Answered by: no3silver
Date published: 2017-05-12

I live in Central Texas. The subdivision in which I live has a layer of hard-packed, sun-baked, clayish soil over limestone. Is there anything I can do to make the soil less-clayish?

Asked by: TexasTroy
You could lay out wide beds, maybe 4' wide with 2 1/2 foot wide pathways between the beds. Then focus on improving the soil in garden beds. My garden was an over-flow parking lot with very compacted soil, and 1% organic matter. In the fall, I tilled the beds, added 2 inches of compost, then put on 18 inches of mulch (free from my local landfill). In the spring, I just dug holes in the mulch and planted my seedlings. By that fall the mulch was broken down, the beds were no longer mounded. I planted a deep rooted cover crop that included daikon radishes to break up compaction. The next spring, no tilling just 6 inches of mulch and planted. Awesome soil after only 2 years!!
Answered by: farmer phyl
Date published: 2017-05-14

We planted Fordhook 242 Bush Beans - Beautiful plant with lots of blooms but never produced bean. What are we doing wrong? We are trying again this year. We live in the northeast corner of LA. Planted end of March last year.

Asked by: Phylann
Beans are self pollinating and usually don't benefit from bees. It's possible that you are using too much nitrogen fertilizer which will produce lots of lush leafy growth but few flowers or pods. Also most beans won't set pods in high heat, Make sure you plant when the days are 60-80 degrees. Warmer than that and the blossoms won't set or will fall off before pods develop. Finally, you shouldn't grow beans in the same location for more than 1-2 years or yields often decline quite rapidly.
Answered by: farmer phyl
Date published: 2017-05-11

Garden planning. I am getting a delivery of about 10 ton of top soil to build up my back garden. I have a large amount of tree off cuts. Could I bury the off cuts under the top soil?

Asked by: big Phil
Look up huglekulture online and you'll see that burying tree trunks and branches is actually a very good thing to do to improve fertility and water holding capacity. Usually after you bury the wood, you mound the soil into beds. This way if the soil sinks after a few years it is still level or slightly mounded, rather than sunken holes.
Answered by: farmer phyl
Date published: 2017-05-11

I'm so sick of weeds overtaking my garden is there a way to prepare the soil I had a time with Weed Preventer of some sort that would be okay with tomatoes and other vegetables

Asked by: DJ321
Mulch is the most overlooked weed suppression solution out there. Not only does it smother weeds, but adds organic matter to the soil that improves fertility, increases water holding capacity, reduces erosion, and reduces soil compaction...which means your plants will be more healthy and will grow better so they can out compete weeds. Mulch is literally magic. Mulch in the fall. In the spring, wait until the soil has warmed to about 70 degrees, before you add more mulch. Check with your local landfill, they may offer free mulch.
Answered by: farmer phyl
Date published: 2017-05-11

I bought a packet of parsley seeds . It sates "not for human consumption". Do you not sell seeds that will grow as plants you can eat?

Asked by: Vegfarm
I believe they are saying that the SEEDS are not for human consumption, as in before planting and harvesting. I thought the same thing as you the first time I read "not for human consumption" on the pack lol. Lets hope we're right lol.
Answered by: RickandNelle
Date published: 2017-05-10

I have some zinnias seed I live in orofino Id and I was wondering when I can put the seeds in the dirt

Asked by: Jbdirtridet
Orofino, Idaho is zone 7. You should plant your zinnia seeds outside now, as the last frost date for zone 7 in Idaho is around April 15th.
Answered by: Sunflowerlover
Date published: 2017-04-17
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