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  1. I am trying to save my dwarf snake plant with no roots.

  2. K. Get some potting soil for succulents. This can be ordinary houseplant potting mix, mixed 50:50 with perlite.

  3. As a new gardener, you will be 100% fine as long as you don't try to wing it, to improvise, to make up your own recipes and methods, and to stick to the tried-and-true mainstream. People have been growing plants using modern post-industrial methods for a long time, and the science behind the standard procedures and technique is well-understood, and highly effective.

  4. Cut it all down to the ground as far as you can. You want it right down to soil level. Use loppers.

  5. Question: I soaked my peas overnight. Covid hit that day and I couldn't muster up the energy to plant them, so I let them dry back out. It's been a week. Can I soak the peas again and plant them or should I start with a new batch?

  6. Soaking them triggered the germination process. Don't assume it's over until it's over. The embryos may have died when you allowed them to dry out again, or they may not. You won't know until you re-moisten the seeds. I'd totally soak them again, and then put them between two damp paper towels in a ziploc baggie in a warmish place, and see what you get. If they're still viable, you should have basically bean sprouts in a few days. If you see sprouts, you are in business. Plant them in the ground.

  7. This year I have ordered new varieties of watermelon, cucumber, eggplant, and snap peas based on recommendations that I found on my county's Master Gardener info page.

  8. They also often have a spring plant sale, which is a good place to get good healthy transplants of things. If yours do, they'll probably have a web page up by now.

  9. Am I missing something? Would love to build for <$100, but the Home Depot 4’ utility shelves start at $120 and quickly go up to $300+ if you get anything heavy duty. Their shop lights in actual tubes are like $50 for a two bulb unit or another $90 for a T8 LED 5 pack. Either way I’m looking at $200+ just for shelves and lights at Home Depot, but then need to add the light hanging system, Seed trays, timers, cord, etc. so easily looking like OP did very well.

  10. Well, granted, prices have gone up some since the last time I looked, and especially in the 14 months since I wrote that.

  11. Insufficient light. What is your light source?

  12. Yes, that is the standard recipe known generally as Mel's Mix, from Mel Bartholomew the Square Foot Gardening guy.

  13. The only thing you can do to try to save it is to put it into whatever bright light you have, and to give it normal care, and to otherwise leave it alone.

  14. I’m looking try growing my own herbs for cooking and homeopathy. Vegetables too if I can get the hang of something simpler first. Problem is, I’m a college senior about to move off to a yet unknown location for grad school— I live in North Florida now, and could be anywhere from Tennessee to New Mexico to Connecticut to Seattle by August. I’m a long way to putting down roots anywhere and so I can’t have an in-the-ground garden or huge outside planters— it’s gonna be the one-year-lease apartment lifestyle for me for at least the next 4-6 years. Ideally I’d like to plant some stuff in pots and bring them in the car with me wherever I go, but I am also open to the idea of planting something small to try this out through the spring and summer and then start over when I get to where I’m going. What plants and/or equipment might be a good fit for my situation? Right now I live in an apartment with lots of windows and a south-facing patio with pretty good direct sunlight. Anything that could be grown indoors or on the patio would work for me, but my boyfriend’s cat does live with me for the spring so it can’t be toxic to kitties. Thank you in advance!! 💚

  15. I toted an entire living room's worth of houseplants into and out of apartment complexes all over the Midwest while my husband was in school, and then for various job changes, for the first nine years of our marriage. If the will is there, it's eminently do-able.

  16. I'm thinking of trying to grow corn in pots and looked around online and saw someone selling stuff normally not seen in my country like Hopi Blue and Oaxacan Green Dent. They're selling it for like $1-$2 but there's only 3-5 seeds per pack. I know that maybe coz they're kind of rare but wouldn't that causes problems later if trying to replant from just a small amount of individual plants?

  17. What are the size of the pots you're proposing to use? Corn is a heavy feeder, and needs a big pot and rich soil.

  18. Growing mild lettuce requires a consistent period of cool, moist temperatures, no hotter than about 60F to 65F. That's the entire bottom line for growing the best-tasting lettuce.

  19. Southern California. Lately between 45-68.

  20. Well, kind of. Black seeded simpson definitely has a rep for being "Wow, this is way more bitter than the lettuce at the grocery store", and then you rationalize, "Well, maybe that's part of its being an ancient heirloom", and you cut it some compassionate slack," Poor non-hybrid historic thing, it can't help it."

  21. First of all thank you for your comment, it is full of helpful advice and tips. The picture of my stand was taken before I added the lights I have. I keep the blinds open during the day, but it is a NE facing. I have some clip on grow lights aimed over the aloe cactus and other little succulents. The pinstripe plant and ivy don't get as much light. I did download the Picture This app and am going through it to learn more about everyone (the plants). It is good to know the AeroGarden lights are not sufficient for trying to save my baby String. I'll put it near the others and point some of that light directly at it!

  22. Microclimates make a big difference, how fast the front arrives, and then wind speed and direction affect it, also relative humidity, and precipitation if any. Weather, even with computers, is still often a crap shoot.

  23. Outdoor flowers and vegetables are difficult to do indoors. Seeds are difficult to do on a windowsill. Seeds of flowers and vegetables are difficult to do indoors, on a windowsill.

  24. Too soon to tell. Give it until at least July before you decide it's dead and not coming back.

  25. It's not a bug. I was thinking it's a fungus of some type. I was hoping to identify it just in case my cats start to notice and touch it. Sorry should have added more detail to post.

  26. There are spores everywhere on the planet, and when conditions are ripe, they appear. Their job is to break down dead organic matter and return its nutrients to the Circle of Life.

  27. Orchid bark is expensive for that unless you're only potting up one or two plants. You can get the same effect by buying a giant 2 cubic foot bag of bark mulch at the garden center.

  28. That's too nice to cut it apart to hold plant lights. You'd have to remove the doors for ventilation.

  29. You need to ID the bugs in question before a battle plan can be formulated. Use an insect ID app, or post good clear pictures to

  30. It’s definitely not in a dark corner. Was outside (zone 8a) and is now inside in a south-facing window. The first photo is taken in the corner for visibility purposes; this is not its current position.

  31. I see Well, just give it lots of light. It actually doesn't look too bad for a frosted aloe, and the new pups are a good sign. "Bad" for a frosted aloe would be "green jelly, followed by black rot".

  32. I've already got the wood and want to make an heirloom piece. I just wanted to make sure that those woods would still be safe for my potatoes and onions and that they didn't put off anything that would hurt anyone.

  33. They will be safe as long as they haven't been pressure-treated with any kind of serious wood chemical preservatives. if they're just plain wood, it's fine.

  34. Lol I am basically a new parent. I usually buy my tomatoes from the nursery but decided to try from seed this year. I’ve only really grown herbs from seed before. I have 3 other varieties of tomatoes that sprouted recently and look much more vigorous and healthy, and wasn’t sure if I should just start from scratch again with this one.

  35. Eh, I'd just give it time. Do you have more seeds? You can replant. Sometimes seeds fail, sometimes seedlings really do have Issues, and then decide to check out early.

  36. Yes, if you use too much of it, it will affect the pH of he soil adversely, making it more alkaline. But you can use it in small quantities. There is Math online that tells how much to use. I do not do Math, sorry.

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