What plant is this? Answered

It has soft, fuzzy leaves.

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tomato plants?

I have planted my tomato plants outside in my garden. The low tempts have been 40-45ï20First few days were OK, now they are getting yellow leaves and looking bad. What is the cause for this and can I recover?

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What is this plant?

My mum asked me to find out for her what this plant is. Any ideas anyone? We presume it's from one of the seeds that's fallen out of the bird feeder. She let it grow so she could find out what it is. If it helps, she lives in the SE of England. Thanks.

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how to grow sweetpotoattos?

Planted in a raised furrow, do I cover the vines, or let them grow on there own?

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What Flower plant is this?

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How to reroot a plant??

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Repotting flower plants

I tried repotting flowers from one pot to another but they die.  I am doing something wrong. How can I repot flower plants from one pot to another.  What soils and other items do I need and is there a certain size flower pot I have to repot them in or does it depend on how big I want the flower to grow.  I want to put these flower(s) plants on my patio.  Sometimes during the day my patio has a lot of sun and other times it does not.  What is the best flower plant(s) for this. What is the best way to take care of a repotted flower plant.

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Project for Children

I am looking to do a fairly simple children's gardening project at a Green Fair that is being held in March.  In the past, the group has had the kids transplant seedlings.  Does anyone have any ideas?  I think that there must be much better "quick" projects.

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What variety of garlic should i grow? Answered

I'm looking into starting some garlic in my garden this fall, and i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a good garlic for southern California. i'm in zone 8B, and i have read that i probably want a hard-neck garlic, but can't seem to find anything more specific than that. Does anyone have any recommendations? 

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I am considering turning my turtle sandbox into a planter for my salad garden but am wondering about drainage.

I have one of those little turtle sandboxes for the kids. You know, the kind that fill up with water because I never remember to put the lid on when it rains. Should I put a bunch of small holes in the bottom or just one larger hole in the center for drainage. Also, any other input on how to best do this would be great (ie best way to fertilize etc...). Thanks.

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Biofuel Solar Power Plant

PG&E; has a signed a deal with a Portuguese firm that is building a hybrid biofuel solar power plant in the Central Valley area of California. The plant will combine solar power with agricultural waste to produce energy--a very enterprising solution to get energy from an abundant, eco-friendly source.Link

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Do These Plants Need Stakes? Answered

Firstly, when I say "stakes" I mean a giant setup made out of 2 stakes and chickwire, extremely good for climbing (in brilliant Australian sub-tropical, metal in full sunlight still can't burn plants). Tomatoes Kidney beans Black-eyed peas Soy beans Adzuki beans Watermelon Mung beans Sweet corn Pumpkin Cucumber Zucchini

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Can somebody identify this plant?

I bought this plant a couple of weeks ago in the houseplant section of my local garden centre. It came with a label that I soon found to be completely wrong (It's certainly not a cactus) and now I have no idea how to look after it. At first it grew very quickly and then slowed down dramatically, so I fear that it isn’t getting the right care. It has long, smooth, chunky leaves (Though I’m not sure you would call them leaves) and a pale green stem. At first most of the plant was covered with a kind of hydrophobic white powder that has since worn off. If someone could provide the name of this plant that would be perfect, thanks a lot!

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Do Plants Such as Vegtables count?

Do the entries have to be flowers or can we also submit helpful Instructables on how to grow richer and better tasting fruits or vegetables?

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Is it possible to grow a plant in a bottle? Answered

I just got a great idea that I would like to try. I tried searching the web for similar ideas, but found nothing. So, I have decided to try it and post an instructable. My idea is to insert some garden soil into a 1.5 liter plastic bottle then drop in a seed and cover it lightly with some more soil. Then, I will punch a few holes in the bottle cap and screw it on. Will the seed germinate and grow? Thanks.

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Grow a plant in my locker?

Currently, this is an idea, and i am simply expanding on it. I had this great idea, mostly as a joke, why not grow a plant in a spare locker? I am currently a high school student that goes to a small school, and have way too much time on my hands. As i was looking at the empty lockers we have from students who left, or even just spares, an idea hit me. Why not put one of these lockers to good use? Why not put a plant inside of it, that can sustain most if not all of itself? Have a gallon of water in there, along with an arduino and a moisture sensor, that would end up watering the plant. I would also have an artificial light source to provide light, preferably LED. The hardest bit is the power. All of this would run off of either a SLA battery or two, or maybe a drill battery. I could swap the battery once every day, which means it would need to go for 24 hours without stopping. That, and the weekends, which would be three full days. I first thought about mushrooms, or other dark growing plants, but i find that boring, lacking a challenge. besides doing this just for jokes, i have also wanted to try out the idea of growing a plant fully indoors without the use of natural sunlight. I have never done this, so please feel free to bombard me with recommendations. Again, this is only an idea. I can only assume it's possible. Also, recommendations on parts and methods would be sweet. Some type of light that can be powered on 12-24v, and run off of a SLA or maybe even a lawnmower battery for minimum of 3 days. Also, plant. I was thinking a tomato plant? Some species that doesn't grow taller than 2.5ft? Anyway, that's the idea. If you guys could help with ideas, provide recommendations, or point me in the correct direction, that'd be sweet. Last note, i would like to keep this cheap. I am not going for some extreme garden or anything. Just a single plant, in a semi-self sustaining locker.

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how can i obtain seed of roses and other plants and even indoor bamboo plants?

how can i obtain seed of roses and other plants and even indoor bamboo plants, easily at home.

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mushrooms growing in my garlic plant? Answered

i have an indoor garlic plant and little mushrooms are starting to grow in the soil, is this something i need to worry about? what should i do?

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LED Grow lights for indoor plants?

I have a lamp with a couple of multi-color changing LED light bulbs and I was wondering if any of the red/blue combination settings would work well for growing plants indoors? This is a photo of the type of bulb I have.  I have a couple of non-edible plants that I got at a craft store and I was just wondering if this type of bulb would work well and help them grow since I can't get these plants into direct sunlight.  Thank you Instructaverse! 

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Edible Plants? AKa Underutilized crops

So.. I like to read the Wikipedia. I don't know why. However, the other day I found a little blurb interesting. I was reading about alternative crops when I realized I was very familiar with a few of the plants on the list. I do a fair amount of Gardening here in Northern Utah, so I was somewhat surprised to find that one of the weeds which I've been pulling for 90% of my gardening experience is actually an extremely nutrious food crop. So this got me wondering, what other alternative food crops were out there. I tore through the wikipedia's list of underutilized crops, and was surprised by the number of plants that just aren't used. In many cases, I can't see a reason why such a crop isn't being used. Especially in areas where cultivation of said plant would encourage use of land that's not otherwise arable. As a for instance, I live very near the Great Salt Lake. The flood plain of the great salt lake is salt killed, however, There is a small plant that grows on the flood plain. I was told that it was edible, but it wasn't usually eaten due to both the texture and the flavour. So, I was surprised when I noticed it's scientific name on the underutilized crop list. Turns out it's a good oil seed crop, and oil is one of those things we need. The other thing I noticed is that alot of the crops were indigenious, rather then more commonly used cultivars. Indigenous crops that have evolved to survive in specific locations are, in many cases, better suited to survive in local areas then food crops developed through artificial selection. Utilizing indigenious plants helps mitigate the impact of agricultural activity on the environment (which is arguably more destructive then any other industrial activity), and helps to reduce pests of popular cultivars. So with that all said, I'm interested to see what other people have donee along this line of thinking. I've noticed an instructable or two that have done just this. I'm probably put one up at the end of this year. Mine will be focusing on Common Pigweed and White Goosefoot (scientific names are in the links to the wikipedia at the bottom). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Underutilized_crops http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranthus_palmeri http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Goosefoot

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Is there any way for a semi-skilled DIY-er to build a rooftop garden on a three car garage roof?? Answered

It's got a fairly low pitch, and a fairly new roof.  It's 20' x 30'-- much bigger than it looks in the photo.  I figure  That 600 sq ft is a lot of room to be just wasted, so I'd love to do something "green" with it.  Any suggestions and ideas would be so appreciated!  Thank you!

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Any suggestions for home made pot or tub for plants?

How to make pot or tub like for a plant?

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What happened to my pequin pepper plant?? Answered

Last year I bought a pequin pepper plant, it was about 50 cm tall, with a lot of small leaves, and it gave a lot of peppers, but this year several weeks ago some really big branches started to grow from it with some big leaves on them, it looks like two different plants. What is going on? Is it normal? Does it need  I dont know how to describe it so here are some pictures (first picture: complete plant) (second picture: original leaves) (third picture: new leaves/ branches)

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Can a bamboo plant and an Apple Snail coexist?

I'm thinking about putting one of my extra Bamboo plants in my Apple Snail's aquarium, any thoughts? My main concern is fertilizer on the roots being harmful to the snail. Would rinsing off the roots be enough?

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Top plants for home garden to be used in cooking? Answered

I was curious about what are some of the best plants for my backyard garden. I want to be able to use these plants in my cooking. So far I know that strawberries and tomatoes and cilantro are going in. Maybe some common herbs will add to the variety. I am a southern California residence and the area is shaded by two palm trees. The temperature range is very mild with few extremes and the soil is of mediocre quality. I just need some direction as to what else is available and what I would most commonly need for my cooking. Thank you,

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What are the best plants to grow in a garden for dried potpourri, besides lavender?

I am planning to plant a potpourri garden next year in a small, raised space in Southern MN.  Anyone have any great experiences growing and drying plants that smell nice?  I'd like to start with lavender and go from there.  THANKS  :)

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What are some of the most poisonous plants? More explanation within. Answered

Well, to make a long story short, I am making a bed of poisonous plants and doing some research. It will have a fence around it and everything will be labeled so you do NOT eat it. We have lots of toddlers around.... and it would be bad if they ate anything poisonous.

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what is the best green house i can make for my red pitcher plant?

 the green house needs to be easy and not messy. This type of plant needs a special type of soil to live in.

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I have a set of 6 small glass tubes. Is there a small plant or flower I can plant in them?

The tubes are 4" in diameter, 6" in length and have screw on lids. The glass is 1/4" thick.

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Lightbulb terrarium

What kinds of plants would be good for a lightbulb terrarium? :) I'm talking about the regular house bulb.

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How can a terrarium be air tight? Answered

The office where I work has a no plant policy; they're afraid the water will spill and ruin the furniture and carpet. However, I think I can get away with a terrarium. However, I'm am wondering how plants can live in an air tight environment. Eventually won't the plants convert all the carbon into oxygen and suffocate?

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How to carve wooden flowers?

I have a need to hand carve wooden flowers and plants for outdoor use.

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When I was a kid my mom used to have these clay worm thing in her plants to indicate when the plant needed water.

I would try to make them but if I need to buy them that is ok too.

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What is the best kind of light to use when growing plants indoors without any sunlight?

I am wanting to grow a plant or two in my basement, and was just curious what the best artificial light to use is and how to go about doing it.

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Will low e windows effect plant growth in a greenhouse?

I have a bunch of low e, argon filled double pane windows that I want to build a greenhouse with. Will the plants inside the greenhouse be adversely effected by this type of glass? I am not a "sciency" type - please advise me.

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. Which edible plants should I choose for my small greenhouse?

I'd like to start a small greenhouse from ikea in my balcony. It's an old model called Ort and as you can immagine it does not hold much space (about 1ft deep x 3ft wide x 6ft high with 2 or tree shelves in it). I'd like to plant something I can eat. and it definetly needs to fit in vases or other similar recipients. Which plants should I choose? I was thinking about beans, is it possible? Any other sujestion? Thanks

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What plants can/should i use for my steam-punk light bulb terrarium?

I decided to build a light bulb terrarium and took a steam punk spin on it using pipes as the base. What plants can/should i use that will grow up the through pipes(only 2 or 3 inches tall) and still look nice in the bulbs?

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Where can I find an online archive/library of aquatic plants, that will help me identify various lake plants?

I've said it all... It would be nice if I could narrow the species down one step at a time, simpily answering yes or no to descriptors. Picture comparing would be nice too...

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Will this light work to grow plants in my homemade greenhouse? Answered

I am working on a homemade greenhouse and I wanted to use a solar light, I found one for pretty cheap at harbor freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=95573 will this work to help my plants grow? or does it have to be a certain type of light? thanks

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Can anyone help me identify this plant, please? Answered

Found in my new Community Garden plot, among the weeds that had sprung up over the winter. I was going to pull it, but then it starting looking to me like it might be a desirable garden plant. A few clues:garden is in Seattle, WA; in a Temperate Rainforest climate.raised bed garden, filled with a none-too-rich commercial compost, built on top of native soil composed of equal parts clay & glacial till.this plant or its seed survived an unusually long hard freeze (for this area) this last winter, 12 days of temps ranging from 10-20 F.discoloration on leaves is probably Leaf Miner damage, of which our community gardens have a minor plague.just before deciding that it might not be a weed, I discovered that it has a thick white taproot that extends well below the 4 inches or so that I'd dug out.Thanks for any help you can offer.

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LED Gardening

I heard somewhere that you can use LED lights to grow plants. is this a substitute for the sun? does it work well? (i know, dumb question =P )

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Resident Beehives, indoor bees?

I was watching an episode of "how it's made", they were covering commercial tomato's.  The plants were grown in a large building and the plants were pollinated by a in house beehive.  The hive was kept separate from the plants, but the bee's had access through some tubing and a hole in the wall.  Everything I've read suggests that having bee's pollinate your indoor plants is a bad idea.  I'm pretty sure most of these comments are coming from hobbyists, but the claim is that the bees get lost indoors and usually die as a result.  Can anyone enlighten me on the subject?

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