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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
I agree with Brian. I put down several thicknesses of old newspaper, followed by any sort of mulch on top, which keeps the wind from blowing the papers away. Sometimes I also use brown paper, available in rolls in the paint department of your local home center, with mulch on top. Most weeds are then unable to penetrate the newspaper or brown paper, making your garden weed free all summer. Good Luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-04-22

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
Unfortunately, this new Burpee software package does not require you to give your location nor allow you to upload a photo. I would set them outdoors, since the colder temperatures, especially at night, usually will slow down their growth. I would even consider planting them outdoors in their permanent locations, realizing that you will need to protect them from any late frosts. Good Luck
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-04-21

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

I planted blueberries in containers last year. This year, do I need to change the soil in their containers? Or can I keep the soil the same and just fertilize?

Asked by: ContainerGardenerIL
Hi, sorry for a late reply. You can certainly keep the same soil in the pot, don't worry about changing the dirt in your blueberries' containers.
Answered by: Sunflowerlover
Date published: 2017-04-17

Is there a variety of tomatoes that I can grow that are seedless? 

Asked by: Marvelous
Yes, burpee sells a type of tomato called "Sweet Seedless Hybrid Tomato", which is a seedless variety. Where is the link: http://www.burpee.com/vegetables/tomatoes/tomato-sweet-seedless-hybrid-prod001016.html
Answered by: Sunflowerlover
Date published: 2017-04-23

I started my seeds in a Burpee cell in my kitchen. Some of the cells now have a whitish mold growing. What should I do?

Asked by: 217slb76
I add a tablespoon of ordinary apple cider vinegar per gallon of their water, which will usually control mold growth. But mold is not that harmful, anyway. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-04-16

I live in NM it's 65-75 during the day- I Started seeds inside but don't have natural light. I am interested in putting them outside during they day and bringing them in at night once they germinate. Should I buy a light for inside the house instead?

Asked by: Alisha
Yes, your strategy will work fine. But I would look into buying a cheap 'shop light' type fluorescent light fixture using the newer T8 bulbs rather than the older T12 bulbs. They can be purchased relatively cheaply at your local home center and they are very effective. I recommend T8 bulbs with a 3,000-3,500K temperature spectrum to ensure adequate reds. Good luck
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-04-16

Squash plants have both male and female flowers. But can a male flower pollinate a female flower on the same plant? Or do I need two different plants?

Asked by: andy02
Yes, pollination will be successful even if the pollen is from the same plant. But overall species survival in the wild is enhanced by receiving pollen from multiple sources and thus avoiding inbreeding. (Thinking about these issues is fun for someone like me, but you need not worry about such things on a practical level.) Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-04-17
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