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I am working with youth and families to teach them how to grow vegetables and herbs indoors throughout the year. What would be good suggestions and do you have special growing instructions for them?

Asked by: LRT1
The key word here is 'indoors'. You will need some good lighting, either a very sunny windowsill or else some artificial lighting in order to be successful. I recommend cheap 'shop light' type fluorescent fixtures, with T8 bulbs with a color spectrum of 3,000-3,500K to ensure adequate reds. As far as plants go, radishes germinate super fast, with brassicas and marigolds not far behind. Dwarf French marigolds can bloom as early as 6 weeks after planting from seeds. Growing onions from sets and potatoes from 'seed potatoes' are also fun. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-22

I am interested in growing clematis on a trellis in the NE jcorner of my yard.  I live in the middle of Kansas.  Would like to know if they are hard to start and can I mix several (3) different colors in the same section.  Please give me any advice. 

Asked by: Kimstrong
Clematis will not do well unless they have perpetually moist soil year round. In your area I would presume that you will need a thick layer of mulch, at least 3-4 inches deep, and maybe even some drip irrigation during the dry months of July, August, and September. It has also often been said that Clematis like their roots to be perpetually in shade, while the vine enjoys sunshine, which is rather difficult to achieve. Good luck. P.S. Multiple colors will grow fine with each other.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-22

My order of georgia jets arrived today. Given the weather here (zone 4) they cannot go in the ground for at least a week. How do I keep them for 7-10 days?

Asked by: Richard22
I would put their little whole bundle into a plastic drink cup full of water for 24 hours, then take them out and replace the water with some moist potting soil in the drink cup, and let them have some sunshine, if possible. Then plant them at their scheduled time. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-22

I planted four beautiful blackberry plants about a month ago and they are still great looking plants except that they haven't grown at all. I have done everything right as far as I know. I'm stumped.     Please help!

Asked by: Fuzzy
Be patient. Right now they are hopefully establishing an extensive root system. Once that is nearing completion, they will likely send up some new canes from the roots, which will often grow several inches per day. They will then keep sending up canes until fall, when they will go dormant. Then you should get some blooms and berries next year (2018) on these canes, while the plants send up more new canes to provide for fruiting in 2019. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-22

My squash plants are doing well, lots of blooms, but no squash. Blooms fall off after a few days.

Asked by: pamiejo1961
I sometimes hand pollinate my squash. Squash have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. You will need to transfer pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-21

I bought some packs of Burpee Sunflower seeds last year (2016) and never opened them, would they be good for planting this year (2017)? and when I live in Northern Virginia

Asked by: JamesG2
Sure, go for it. Good Luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-22

What is the best way to keep raccoons out of the garden?

Asked by: Memaw
Where I live, the raccoons only attack my corn as it is just beginning to ripen. I literally have to build a fortress around my corn for the last few weeks of my corn's life. My fortress consists of a 4 foot wire fence using steel fence posts that are pounded into the soil. Then I add a two foot band of chicken wire around the bottom of the fence, with 1/2 of it, i.e. the bottom foot, laying flat on the ground, and the other half, the top foot, wired to the wire fence. The foot of chicken wire laying flat on the ground is then further shored up with 2x4's, tree branches, bricks, etc. to keep it firmly down on the ground. And finally, I add an electrified single wire around the top of the wire fence, which will deter any raccoons attempting to climb over. Therefore, they can't get under the fence, and they can't get over, either. Success.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-22

What are the best fruits and herbs to grow in zone 10? I live in Barbados so no risk of frost at all! The lowest temp would be from 75 (winter nights) to 100 (summer days)

Asked by: no3silver
Oranges and other citrus require a few light frosts each year, so your climate is too warm for these. Mangos and pineapples and maybe bananas would be good choices. Most herbs will grow well in the tropics, except maybe onions/garlic/chives. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-05-22
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