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birddogivy’s Question

I wondering if the nitrogen content, 14%, is too high for two year old fig trees.

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Classic’s Question

I have just moved three blocks up the street.Have not put old house on market yet, can I uproot hostas and Summer slematis and transplant them in new hme if i DO NOT DO THE TRANSPLANTING IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT.

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cmlakes’s Question

Finally got my yard ready to reseed. .. have 5yrds of the 2 way coming today at 2p. AND suppose to be in 80 this weekend. Am I crazy to reseed now ? I Do have a sprinkler system. Also, which seedsdlo you find best to use? Thank you Caron

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TomandLinda’s Question

I recently visited a friends garden and saw this beautiful plant with dainty bright blue flowers on it. The leaves were similar to a viola but much, much larger. Are abke to share with me the name of the plant?

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Thanks, PlantersPlace!

I don't have a question, just wanted to say how much I enjoy the info from Planters Place. Thank you. Linda Benci

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Adding soil to existing flower pots

New to gardening. Is it okay to add soil to the top of an existing flower pot, or do I need to mix slightly? Flowers are growing, but dirt is low and hard.

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Planting herbs together

Can you plant different herbs together?

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White, transparent bugs on plants

Hello Marianne, I have become a better gardener these past couple months but I am having an issue with some kind of bugs. I have a couple of indoor plants and they have these tiny white/transparent bugs on it. I need your help to figure out whether it is dangerous to my plant or not. Thank you, David.

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What’s eating my petunias?

I have successfully grown annuals in pots on my sunny patio in the past. This year something appears to be eating many of my flowers - the petals not the leaves - especially my petunias! It seems to be happening overnight. I use Sluggo in the pots to control slugs and snails. Do you have any ideas what this is and how to stop it? Thank you!

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