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While traveling, all of my Burpee seeds got left out in an attached, unheated garage from approximately 10:00 pm to about 8:oo am. The temps for that particular day was a high of 8 degrees with a low of -5 degrees. Are they ruined or just less effective?

Asked by: snipes
I had a lot of seeds from 2006..I moved a lot since and these seeds were packed in my brothers garage (not heated) for 4 winters..the seeds were in tins(that I had taken out from tomatoes myself...and carefully laid out on brown paper towel.....and then these tins were packed in Sterilite plastic boxes so these seeds were planted in Virginia...they were originally grown in NJ...and my shock...all of them had tomatoes this year.....I was thrilled beyond thrilled...these seeds meant the world to me. My Dad grew a garden back homeand some are from His garden!!! .I wouldn't give up hope for any seeds that were taken great care,of you may be pleasantly surprised like I was.
Answered by: creamcheese
Date published: 2019-03-23

I built a trelis out of scrape wood and used regular plastic covered clothes line for the grid. Used it for two years and cucs did not do good. You think it might be the trelis?

Asked by: Maxhavoc
Probably not. The key to good success in gardening in my experience is good root systems, which in turn will provide good upper leafy parts of plants. I will guess that your soil needs some refurbishment, including perhaps a pH adjustment. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-03-05

when is the earliest i can plant tomato plants in south arkansas In big pots

Asked by: Ju Ju
You can plant them any time now, as long as you can protect them from frost at night. Tomatoes are extremely sensitive to freezing, which will kill them dead. In my experience, however, tomatoes are tropical plants, and will not grow at all until temperatures reach the 70s in the day and no lower than mid-40s at night. 80s in the day and 50s at night is even better. If they are too cold, they will just sit there, doing nothing until the weather warms up, so there is hardly any advantage to planting them so early. Also, cold rainy weather will usually kill them, even if temperatures remain above freezing. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-03-05

what is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?

Asked by: geokruk
Yams are African, sweet potatoes are South American. Although they somewhat resemble each other, they are not at all related. They are not even in the same plant family.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-03-05

I ordered Walla Walla Sweet onion plants and they have just shipped. The instructions on the website say to plant ASAP after plants arrive, before the last frost. I am in zone 6 and we still get snow in March. Is it safe to plant as directed? Thanks!

Asked by: IBK4
There is currently an extreme near record cold spell affecting the Northeast US currently. In a day or two it should be gone, and then scrape some snow off of your garden space and plant them. They will be fine in the remaining cold weather. Yes, do as the label says and plant them ASAP. If you must wait, (not recommended) then place them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator until you can plant them. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-03-05

I recently moved to a new house. I want to bring some plants here. Can I dig iris put them in pots and have them bloom there instead of planting in spring?

Asked by: MNMe
Yes you can put Iris in pots and they will grow and bloom in pots. I move my iris with me when I moved didn't get them put out an they grew fine in pots for 2 or 3 years...
Answered by: Diane 57
Date published: 2019-03-04

Hello. For personal reasons and leaving town unexpectedly, my beautiful healthy garden was left abandoned all fall and winter (rotted plants now) Now I’ve come back home I’m afraid my soil might have fungus. What can I do? 

Asked by: Aradiagreen
Various kinds of fungus are always present in healthy garden soil, and most species of fungus are actually beneficial, since they recycle the dead remains of previous generations and thus release previously locked up nutrients back into the soil to be used again by growing plants. I personally would not worry about it, and just till up the land and plant your spring plantings as usual. Plants actually prefer to grow in the dead remains of previous generations. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-03-21

I’m starting pepper and tomato seeds indoors for the first time. The seedlings started off strong but growth has slowed down and now the first leaves are turning a dusky color. Using grow lights and a heat mat. Watering every few days. Help!!

Asked by: Casey317
Starting seeds indoors is one of the most difficult things that a gardener ever does. At least three of four parameters have to be "just right" or disaster could result. The most common difficulty is inadequate light. I have heard that keeping the lights ~2 inches above the plant tops is best. I prop their seedling tray up underneath with bricks and/or blocks, and remove one tier from time to time as the plants grow taller. And keeping the lights on 24 hours/day is also helpful, and will not harm your plants, as some have maintained. Another problem is "chlorosis", which is a yellowing of the leaves combined with stunted growth. Chlorosis can be caused by several causes, and is due either to a compromised root system or else a nutritional deficiency. Impaired root systems are often caused by the growing medium becoming waterlogged, especially when employing a bottom watering strategy, which mimics swamp land. Tomatoes and Peppers and Geraniums are especially prone to this difficulty, since they are more adapted to semi-arid climates in their native state. And also, bottom watering tends to lead to salt buildup when ordinary tap water is used to water your plants. The water evaporates away, leaving the salt content to build up and up in your growing medium. Chlorosis can even set in when the growing medium is too small of a size, with the plants having outgrown their living quarters. The most common nutritional deficiencies that cause chlorosis include Nitrogen deficiency, and Iron deficiency, although any needed mineral, when deficient, could cause chlorosis. An incorrect pH can also cause chlorosis, usually when the growing medium or water is too alkaline, as in plants that are watered with plain tap water. Tomatoes and Peppers are particularly prone to this problem as well, as they are Solanaceae, which are acid loving. So what to do? I water my plants with rainwater collected from my roof's downspouts, or distilled water which can be purchased at any grocery store. I use a commercial water soluable fertilizer, adding ~1/2 tsp of the crystals to each gallon. I also add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per gallon to their water to keep the pH slightly acidic, which tomatoes and peppers love. I keep the plant lights about 2 inches above the plant tops, and I leave them on 24/7. Also tomato plants in particular like to be "tickled" periodically, since this encourages their stems to grow thicker and stronger. I just blow on mine from time to time, to mimic the wind. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-02-28
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