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How long does it take for a pear tree to bare fruit?

Asked by: Ms Rene
Usually around three years, with dwarf varieties being somewhat sooner.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-01-20

I bought some seeds at the supermarket (organic onion, cilantro, tomatoes, spinach) and in the back the package says " not for human consumption". What does it really mean? It makes me doubt if It refers to the seeds or the plants also when they grow?

Asked by: Linda Lau
Our government just wants to make it clear to you that you are not to eat the actual seeds. This is because the various government regulations regarding the sale of such seeds for human consumption have not been met. So if you had any plans to eat the actual seeds, then please refrain from doing so. But I am sure that if you plant the seeds and raise the resulting produce, that it will be perfectly ok to eat the resulting tomatoes and other such things that you are growing. Cheers
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-01-20

when do you cut rose's back I am in zone 8

Asked by: 620 14st
Your rose's longer stems are best cut back when your plant is dormant, i.e. now, or before spring growth starts.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-01-20

Can you plant garlic and onion in Zone 8 in the spring

Asked by: SEC60
Garlic and onions(plants/sets) should be planted now, or immediately as soon as you obtain your plants/cloves/sets in zone 8. They prefer to grow in the cool, cloudy, rainy months, and will go dormant as the summer approaches.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-01-20

Looking for ground cover that is fast growing in dense shade stays low to ground. Moss mabey 

Asked by: Hawk
I believe English Ivy and perennial Vinca (Periwinkle) will grow well in shade.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-01-08

definition of determinate and indeterminate for tomatoes mentioned in your catalogue

Asked by: rufus
There is a video on this website that explains the difference. The difference, in a nutshell, is that indeterminate tomatoes are similar to the wild form, which send their vines all over the place, and can become quite unruly as a plant. The determinate forms have a 'compact' gene which limits the growth of the vines, allowing the tomato plant to be more bush-like and civilized, and more conducive to growing in smaller spaces, especially in containers. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-01-08

I have attempted to grow a sweet pepper plant indoors this winter in an open pot. The plant is very healthy however, the buds drop when flowering. Is dry air in the house causing this. What is the cause?

Asked by: Fredrick
The purpose of any living thing, including flowering plants, is to survive and then reproduce. The purpose of a flower is to attract bees, which then carry pollen from flower to flower, which in turn allows the flower to get pollinated. Unless a flower becomes pollinated, it will just drop off, since an unpollinated flower cannot produce seeds, and thus there is no reason for the plant to devote any more of its energy to it. Are there many bees living indoors with your pepper plants, and visiting them daily? If not, I'm sure that this is your problem. You may have to hand pollinate your flowers if you want them to produce actual peppers indoors. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-01-08

I live in zone 10. I have spoke to a lot of local gardeners and we all had the same issue with tomatoes this year, which is lack of! I had a lot of plants but very few tomatoes. Last year I had more than I could ask for. Do you have any ideas on this?

Asked by: Vickil56
Hi what can I do to stop leaf miner on my tomatoes
Answered by: Banjoguy
Date published: 2017-01-05
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