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I grew some tomatoes and I have big bushes of green tomatoes growing. But now that fall is so close by, will my tomatoes turn red?  Or remain green?  Will they eventually turn red or am I out of luck?  I'm new at getting tomatoes to grow!

Asked by: Sophia
Leave them on the vines, they will continue to ripen. Your area is not due for a frost for another month.
Answered by: DanD
Date published: 2017-09-15

Purchased from Burpee a bare root Rosa Rugosa Rose bush and planted it in March, 2017. It has beautiful foliage, growing well, but no flowers. Why?

Asked by: DeeNick
I planted the same rose this year! I added a slow release fertilizer and the beneficial fungus and nematodes to help the bare roots absorb all the good stuff. You may have to be a little patient. Try adding compost tea or worm casting (poo) ! it will add a little push to help the roots and maybe get some pretty petals.Hope your rose will soon reward you!
Answered by: Leiaj
Date published: 2017-09-01

Blossom end of little (2inch) zucchini turn yellow and rot. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

Asked by: Pamella
I think the cool weather and lots of rain caused the problem in my garden. Calcium sprays are available to fix the issue in my garden's summer squash. Rain is nothing you did...The over abundance of rain and cool weather seems to keep the bees sleepy. Also try the handful of lime to which you add a tablespoon of vinegar..let it bubble. Add this to a gallon of water.Stir well and water the plant. The spray won't add the water if your garden is soaked like mine. Add flowers like marigolds and petunias to sweet talk those bees! Beee happy friend!
Answered by: Leiaj
Date published: 2017-08-13

My cucumber leaves have rust spots on them starting at the bottom and working it's way up. What causes this. 

Asked by: Toot
Sounds like you have the Fungus Among Us! I use a neem oil spray that makes it hard for the fungus to spread. You need to know those Fungus gnats and other chewing insects spread the fungus as they go from leaf to leaf. Look at pictures of the various disease conditions and be sure! An aspirin in a gallon of water (uncoated) seems to strengthen the leaf to protect it from the bugs. Yellow sticky papers attract the bugs. You can ID the bugs as well If you wish to try to add natural predators to your garden, Don't add any sick foliage to your compost or let it hang around. The fungus spores can spread by the breeze! All is not lost!
Answered by: Leiaj
Date published: 2017-09-19

My tomatoes are turning black on the bottom on the vine as they ripen. What causes this and is there a treatment to stop this rotting on the vine?

Asked by: Joemc
There are calcium sprays that will save your tomatoes. I have this issue all the time. Too much rain or not enough...We may be able to water but you can't turn off the rain. I have been using a commercially available spray that put the calcium on the leaves and the plants come back quickly. I have also taken about five hand fulls of granular lime or gypsum and added a tablespoon of vinegar. I let is bubble for a few minutes and then add it to a five gallon bucket of water. Stir this up. The gray water is full of soluable calcium that the plant can absorb now and fix your problem. Don't give up for this years. Fight back with this fix. Best of luck!
Answered by: Leiaj
Date published: 2017-09-19

I have mammoth sunflowers they have flowered but are now starting to droop is this because of them being top heavy or should I be concerned?

Asked by: JamieWins
If by droop you mean the heads are pointing to the ground, you are fine. The weight of the developing seeds is causing this"looking at the ground" position.
Answered by: ConcernedGardener
Date published: 2017-09-19

When, where and how do I start asparagus?

Asked by: dmeherg000
I started asparagus this year.  I ordered the little seedlings on line & planted in spring.  Growing good but it will be year or two before you get any asparagus to eat.  They need to mature. 
Answered by: Janetlpl34
Date published: 2017-08-08

I planted 5 tomato plants this spring. They started to set fruit. That's when the leaves withered, curled and eventually dried up. The fruit was stunted. Only one, Burpee's big boy, wasn't affected. Some showed signs of recovery. What happened?

Asked by: ceejay12
The disease is Blossom End Rot caused by lack of calcium and/or lack of water regimen. The fix: At planting time. place a fistful of garden lime in the bottom of the plant hole. Do the same for bell peppers as they too can get the disease. Water regularly.
Answered by: Izzy
Date published: 2017-09-15
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