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I purchased the new hybrid corn for containers. I planted in a raised bed. It has been 3 weeks and only a few have come up. Should I have soaked the seeds before planting? Any suggestions?

Asked by: Grumpy
Wet paper towel inside plastic Ziploc bag. Works every time 4 me. Just don't leave them in there 2 long because they will grow thru the paper towel.
Answered by: ksdank
Date published: 2018-05-21

Does enriching the soil with nitrogen mean that I don't have to worry about crop rotation?

Asked by: mfriday
No, there is more than one reason to rotate crops. Depletion of Nitrogen is just one reason. Depletion of micronutrients is another reason, such as Boron and Selenium, to name a few. But the main reason to do crop rotation is to avoid disease buildup in the soil. Good luck
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-21

When is the best time to spray fruit trees:  For protection from worms 

Asked by: Sandy red
When daytime temperatures rise above 80F is when the little green fruits get attacked by worms, so spraying needs to ensue at that time of slightly before, for best results. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-21

Is it true that if you plant cherry tomatoes to close to full size tomatoes, full size will stunt in size?

Asked by: Walt530
The answer is yes and no. The 'yes' part is that if you plant anything too close to full size tomatoes, the full size will get stunted in size. Tomatoes are large plants, and their roots need a good amount of space, free from competition from other plants. Growing any kind of vegetable like a tomato plant in over-crowded quarters is hardly any different from growing said plant among a lot of uncontrolled weeds. Neither situation will yield an ideal result. The 'no' part is that there is zero chance of the cherry tomato plant causing any genetically induced reduction in size of the full sized tomatoes during this crop year. If there is any cross pollination between the two varieties, that will only show up in the next generation, i.e. only if the seeds from the cross are subsequently planted and raised up to fruition, usually in the following year, and only if you save and plant the seeds next year from your current tomato plants. (Which is something that I personally don't ever do.) Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-21

is a 3-in-1 swf citrus plant for container to be kept outside on indoors

Asked by: david j
Most people keep their citrus outdoors during warm, sunny weather, and indoors during cold or freezing weather. Attempting to grow citrus in a place like North Dakota will definitely present a significant challenge. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18

Can you suggest how I can kill wild violets without harming my other annuals and perennials? I hate to kill them, but they are taking over my flower patches. No matter how much tilling I do to them, they keep coming back. Thank you

Asked by: Andalusians
I personally believe that Roundup is perfectly safe and effective, if used as directed. Alternatively, I have laid down a double thickness of black plastic for one year, and that will kill them out. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18

are you suppose to remove the yellow flowers on tomato plants

Asked by: connie502
The yellow flowers are what ultimately produce the tomatoes on your plants, so removing the flowers will prevent you from harvesting any tasty tomatoes. The only time I have ever pinched the flowers off of my tomato plants is when the plant is just transplanted and weak and needs to devote more of its energy to becoming strong and healthy, rather than wasting energy on fruit production. Then you can let it bloom later, with much better results. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18

I Have a 16 cell Self watering system that is over one year old. My plants are only 2 inches high and I planted your seeds 7 weeks ago. I used lights on them all that time on 16 hours of 8 hours.Is it possible the pellets are old??

Asked by: johncon
Starting seeds indoors under lights is perhaps the most difficult thing that most gardeners attempt. Everything must be 'just right' or disaster will occur. The most common reason for poor results is inadequate light, and on that score, I usually keep my grow-lights on 24 hours/day, (which will not harm your plants). The next thing is that you need adequate nutrition, meaning their water needs some dilute liquid fertilizer for best results. The pH needs to be right as well, with some seedlings preferring acidic media, and others preferring neutral to even slightly alkaline media. Lastly, using ordinary tap water will often cause salts to buildup in your media, especially if you rely on watering from the bottom too much. (Most plants prefer to receive their watering from the top, similar to rain.) Use rain water or distilled water instead. And I have had some trouble with keeping the media too soggy and water logged, which is especially bad for semi-arid adapted species such as tomatoes and geraniums, for instance. I hope these musings will help your situation. Good luck
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18
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