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I planted Jersey Knight asparagus crowns over three weeks ago with less then 50% coming up.  This is my second asparagus bed, since a move left mine behind.  Am I expecting too much too soon?

Asked by: ShelleyJo
Thank you.  I chose this bed for it’s deep layer of composted material and have gently fertilized along the way.  Interesting the plants emerged are beautiful and healthy.  Like your idea of divide this winter.
Answered by: ShelleyJo
Date published: 2019-05-20

what is causing my tomato seedlings leaves to turn yellow?

Asked by: nabe
It sounds like your plants are suffering from a condition known as "chlorosis", which is simply a fancy word for "yellowing". Chlorosis can have a variety of causes. The most common cause is some sort of nutritional deficiency, especially Nitrogen, and sometimes Iron and/or Magnesium, but any nutritional deficiency could cause chlorosis. A non-favorable pH is another possibility, especially excessive alkalinity, but extreme acidity could also cause chlorosis. And any sort of root system problem could be a cause. If you are watering with tap water, a salt buildup could be the problem. The water evaporates, but the salt does not, and over time, there is more and more salt in your growing medium. Furthermore, water in Ohio tends to be excessively alkaline, containing much dissolved MgCO3 and CaCO3. And simply being in a pot with not enough root space can cause chlorosis, i.e. a rootbound condition. So what to do? I recommend immediately transplanting your plants into plastic cups, the largest that you can accommodate in your apparatus. Be sure to punch a hole in their bottoms for drainage. Where I live I can buy fully composted cow manure called "Black Kow", which I mix 50-50 with vermiculite for an excellent growing medium. But any good potting medium will work fine. I purchase a water soluble plant food and add ~1 tsp/gallon to their water. I water only with rain water from my downspouts, and/or distilled water, which can be purchased by the gallon at any grocery store. I also sometimes add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per gallon to drop the pH down to around 6.0 or so, since tomatoes in particular are very acid loving. If you employ these methods, your chlorosis should clear up in a week or two. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-05-19

My cucumbers are appearing but they don’t enlarge

Asked by: Rctofish
Most likely they are not getting pollinated. You can hand pollinate your female flowers yourself by transferring some pollen from the male flowers to the female flower/pistol pollen receiving area. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-05-19

I have ants in my large pots and raised beds - can I still plant tomatoes or will the ants hurt them?

Asked by: Diane H
I don't think the ants will cause any harm to your tomatoes. But if they bother you too much, some pyrethrin could take care of them, since pyrethrin is derived from Chrysanthemums. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-05-19

If I buy garlic sets in May, will they be ok until fall planting?

Asked by: Sterling49
Most likely yes, they will be ok. I would keep them in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator, and plant them outdoors in early September. Depending on your growing zone, you may need to provide some frost cover for them during the worst of this coming winter. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-05-19

Can you plant type op corn with other types

Asked by: Mikel53
Yes, except for supersweet or sh2 varieties, which are best isolated from all other varieties.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-05-19

Gardening S.O.S.!!!! I am the new owner of a beautiful very neglected garden. I have what I believe are a bed iris that are pushing the roots/bulbs out of the ground can I divide and thin them out now or should I wait?

Asked by: KansasGardenNewbie
Dividing them now is ok, or it would be better to wait until fall after they go dormant. Be sure to mulch them well for the winter after transplanting. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-05-19

I purchased the "Tomato Super Sweet 100 Hybrid", can I plant the seeds in a hanging flower pot until ripe?

Asked by: Brenda2
Certainly, but only one plant per hanging pot would be best.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-05-19
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