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

Asked by: Toot
You might want to web search for disease resistant varieties. I grew marketmore 76 and got a good yield one year and last year and this year I grew double yield and a disease is attacking the plants.
Answered by: Brian from TN
Date published: 2017-07-17

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

Asked by: Pamella
If your zucchini plant is otherwise healthy, then the problem is very likely to be lack of pollination. Bees usually perform this service for you, but bee populations have been in decline for many years. You can hand pollinate your female zucchini flowers yourself by transferring some pollen from your male flowers. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-07-17

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
Most roses nowadays are bud grafted onto a 'root stock'. The root stock usually has excellent roots with much disease resistance, but little or no flowering ability. In such a plant, there is a tendency for the plant to want to grow only from the root stock, and leave the bud graft to wither away and die. You must prevent this by immediately removing any shoots that try to grow up from the root stock. The root stock is there to produce good roots, not leaves and stems, so don't let it misbehave in this manner. Thus, the correct thing is for only the bud graft to grow and prosper, and supply you with beautiful rose flowers. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-07-16

first year asparagus, when should your tops of new plants turn brown or should they? still have news shoots coming up if they are to be cut is it at ground level

Asked by: fisherman70
The tops of your asparagus will turn brown after the first frost or so. No harvesting should be done during the first year, even if the new shoots look very tempting. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-07-17

My sister is in a nursing home. I have put a bird feeder and flower pot on a double Shepard hook outside her window. She loves it and the birds just thrill her so. What I want to know is, is there any kind of "winter" plant I can put in the flower pot. 

Asked by: Noni2k
It is impossible to give a good answer to this question without knowing your location/climate zone. I will say that if you are in zone 7 or warmer, then pansies are a good choice and will bloom profusely all winter if they get enough sunshine. If you are north of zone 7 then few if any plants will grow through the winter. In that case I might try putting in some spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips and the like, and adding in some pansy plants around March or so. Or you might try some so-called "flowering Kale" which could grow as north as zone 5. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-07-17

I planted 2 different varieties of tomatoes: rutgers and roma. I decided to grow some in containers instead of raised bed. 5 of the 8 tomato plants in containers have a strange curled leaf instead of normal looking leaf. Not sure if something is wrong.

Asked by: CindyMc
It sounds like they are afflicted with a virus disease or else a fungus disease. There are products to control fungus, but there is nothing available for viruses. Try not to use the same soil for growing tomatoes in consecutive years, as this encourages diseases. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-07-17

How do I know when its time to harvest the garlic I planted?

Asked by: vettechick
When they go dormant is the best time, perhaps now?
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-07-17

why cucumbers are so bitter.

Asked by: earman
You are probably harvesting them too late/too mature. Try taking some when they are younger and more tender. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-07-17
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