Gardening

Gardening is a hobby that can be enjoyed inside or outside your home. There are many subtopics under the gardening topic you can ask questions about. Example: How to start and get organized in a particular garden project including watering,fertilizers,containers,equipment you will need to get started.

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Botany or Plant Biology
Mycology or Fungi
Gardening
Mushrooms

Are mushrooms biotic?

Yes, mushrooms are biotic.

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Rain and Flooding
Gardening

Name a chore you might get out of doing if it rains?

Gardening

Taking out the Trash

washing the car

raking

mowing the lawn

cleaning your windows

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Flower Gardening
Houseplants
Gardening

What is an indigenous flower?

Rather than give you a scientific botanical answer, here's a simple one related to human beings that helps to describe this kind of plant or flower.

In Australia, the Aboriginal people are indigenous, which means they come from Australia and nowhere else. They are unique to that continent.

An indigenous plant is one that is unique to a particular place. For example, the California poppy is indigenous to the state of California.

Both aborigines and poppies can live elsewhere if it is to their liking, but their origins remain the same no matter how long they dwell in the new location.

However, unless you can prove a plant totally originates in the place that you are, the chances are that they were brought back to that country from another country, by the intrepid botanists of the 16th century to present day. Also many seeds floated across oceans and landed on other shores and eventually became indigenous. It is an interesting subject..for many that we call plants in the Uk for instance, are classed as weeds elsewhere

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Gardening
Fruits and Vegetables

What does taro look like?

there are different types of taro. First of all, taro is Japanese for tuna. There's fatty taro, taro, etc. All of them have a reddish or pinkish color.

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Flower Gardening
Gardening

What are pebbles used for?

Pebbles can be used for scenery around a garden or a pond. Pebbles are usually smooth river rocks. You can go buy them at Home Depot.

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Houseplants
Botany or Plant Biology
Gardening

Do plants grow better in different light?

Yes they do. For more details, see Sources and Related Links.

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Flower Gardening
Gardening

Where can I get a flower box liner?

Many of your garden/hardware stores have them including Home Depot, Menards, and Lowes.

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Agriculture
Gardening

Chaff of the summer threshing floor?

Straw.

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Home & Garden
Tree Care
Gardening

What does undercutting mean in the plant term?

I am used to the term undercutting as it pertains to pruning trees. When removing a branch, you make a cut under the bottom first, then cut from the top down to that cut. This prevents the bark from being peeled off when the branch breaks from the weight as it might do if you simply made a single cut from top to bottom.

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Organic Gardening
Gardening
Earthworms

What will happen if salt is sprinkled on earthworm?

  • Similar to that of a slug, the worm would die and who ever done the deed would be thought of as one of them cruel kids to avoid.

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Gardening
Fruits and Vegetables

What is the Name of a starchy tuber?

yams is a starchy tuber

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Gardening
Fruits and Vegetables

What is kidney beans made out of?

Flowers have feet and like bananas.

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Gardening
Fruits and Vegetables

What does a rutabaga taste like?

like a turnip

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Biology
Gardening
Compost and Mulch

What is Biochar made out of?

Biochar is basically charcoal. It can be made from almost any biological substance rich in carbon, such as wood, straw, various kinds of plant material, compost and so on. It is usually made from wood because wood has a structure with various sized holes in it, mostly for conducting water or sap in the tree, and these form places where micro flora can live. When biochar is made, it is not processed at a high temperature, so the physical structure of the wood is not lost.

Biochar benefits the soil by providing places for micro flora to life, holding water, and holding various nutrients to prevent them from washing away. The nutrients and water are available to plants with roots in or near the biochar, so it provides fertility to the soil.

Biochar also has the benefit of providing for carbon sequestration, which is valuable for taking carbon dioxide out of the air and helping with global warming.

Soil with biochar added is called terra preta.

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Farm Crops
Gardening

What are the two types of fertilizers?

its organic and inorganic

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Lawn Care
Gardening
Algebra
Geometry

How much area does a yard of topsoil cover?

That depends upon how deep the soil bed is and how much moisture is in the topsoil. But here are some ballpark numbers for you: A yard of soil will cover a 10' by 10' area to a depth of three inches. In other words, figure a third of a yard per 100 square feet for every inch of depth. Length x width x # of inches deep divided by 324 = the number of cubic yards needed for that task.

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Gardening
Fruits and Vegetables

All the people in the Black eye peas names?

will.i.am, Fergie, Apl.de.Ap and Taboo

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Flower Gardening
Gardening
Sunflowers

Do sunflower grow better in pots or in ground?

Unless you grow a dwarf type of sunflower, such as "Teddy bear" you would not grow them in pots. Most sunflowers grow tall, and become rather top-heavy. Sunflowers need lots of room to grow--including the roots, which need to spread out beneath the soil in order to anchor the plant. Even muli-stemmed sunflowers, whose individual flowers are fairly small (for a sunflower), get top-heavy because of the number of flowers on the stem. So, if you absolutely MUST grow one in a pot, select the shortest cultivar you can, and still put that in an over-sized pot. So, sunflowers grow better in the ground, but it is possible and challenging to grow them in pots.

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Botany or Plant Biology
Gardening

Why do roots grow underground?

So they can take in ground water as well as to stabilize the plant or tree.

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Gardening
Soil

What is silt soil used for?

Silt is a soil texture, or a soil particle separate.

Silt textured soils are used for anything that other soils would be used for, except perhaps the mining of sand or clay.

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Botany or Plant Biology
Gardening

Do plants grow on a cloudy day?

Plants grow all the time no matter the weather [execpt for snow]. Sunny, rainy, cloudy, misty, or windy, plants will grow.

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Houseplants
Botany or Plant Biology
Gardening

Do plants grow taller by sunlight or lamp light?

Plants grow taller by using indoor grow lights.

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Houseplants
Botany or Plant Biology
Gardening

Do plants grow better under sunlight or artificial light?

In general, sunlight is better for plant growth as it is intense and contains the full spectrum of electromagnetic radiation required for optimal plant growth.

Artificial light, if it is an ordinary room light, will only support low-light tolerant plants. Most artificial light sources (fluorescent and incandescent) do not provide the full visible light spectrum that is required by plants for optimal growth, this results in plants that are tall and spindly (etiolated) and sometimes discolored.

However, there are special lights with a spectrum that is tailored for growing plants. They have to be on for longer hours than sunlight, but as long as a plant is getting enough light-energy to manufacture its food, it will grow well. It doesn't matter whether that light is coming from the sun or from grow lights.

The downside to extended exposure to light is the plants metabolic functions operate twice as hard for the same amount of output. Recent studies have also highlighted some of the negative aspects of extended photosynthetic periods (extended light reactive period and shortened dark reaction period).

There are times when artificial light has an advantage.

Hydroponic gardening with artificial light makes it possible to grow plants in unreliable climates that are lacking in sunshine - think of the long "night" periods of areas of the northern hemisphere. In some places in Canada forage for animals is produced indoors during the winter months in artificial conditions.

Supplemental lighting is used in horticulture to produce plants in flower outside of their normal flowering period. For instance Christmas cactus, poinsettias, tulips, narcissus, chrysanthemums, etc.

Many houseplants grow better under artificial lamps, not because of the lights, but because it keeps them away from drafty windowsills!


Plants will grow better under sunlight; artificial light lacks the complete spectrum of light provided by the sun. You can purchase "grow lights" which have a special coating on the bulb to produce more light in the spectrum that plants need to photosynthesize. However, they can never completely duplicate natural sunlight.

Artificial lights are produced to help humans see in the dark, so they only need to produce light in the visible spectrum.

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Gardening
Fruits and Vegetables

How do you make a creamy cucumber salad?

with cucumbers sour cream and cream cheese

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Earth Sciences
Gardening

What are storage roots?

Storage roots are those roots which store a portion of the energy/nutrients gathered or produced by a plant, Potatoes , beets , ginger are some examples of them.

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