Q: I have black ants eating the beets in my garden. Last year, they ate the tassels off my sweet corn. What chemical or natural control could I use to get rid of the ants?
Q: I came across your website while I was doing some research on growing sweet corn. I have had success in the past, but the last two years, the tassels have sprouted and pollinated long before any of the ears even have started to grow. As a result, I get no corn. Do you know what causes this to happen and how I can prevent it or possibly get corn from my crop this year?
Q: I had someone ask me questions about green beans. After the hot weather we have been having, all of the blooms on her green beans dropped off, so she is worried that she will not get any beans. Is there anything she can do to stimulate a second flush of blooms?
Q: I bought a dwarf Valencia orange tree about two months ago. Since then, it has not grown an inch. I had transplanted it into a 1-gallon pot and put it in the middle of my dining room table.
Q: Will you give me permission to murder my husband? He sprayed a herbicide to kill a few lawn weeds in our backyard. However, the drift affected 22 of my tomato plants.
Q: Last year, my apricot tree had lots of fruit, but it was leaching a sticky liquid. I read that those parts of the tree that are leaching should be removed, so that is what I did. This year, the tree is doing very well and there is no leaching. However, it is not bearing fruit. Any ideas?
Q: I have a hackberry tree that has started to grow in the middle of a rose bush. The ground is dry, hard caliche. For the past three years, we have suffered through a drought.
Q: All the tall canes in my raspberry patch died this spring. I think it was because of the mild winter and then a late freeze. All of them now are growing from the bottom. Each of the plants has three or four canes. Should I thin them out? I live in south-central South Dakota. The patch is quite thick because I don’t have them growing in a row. Will I get a crop this year?
Q: You have a very interesting website. I read in one of your answers that a hibiscus plant won’t bloom until it’s root-bound. In another answer, you said to put it in a bigger pot so it doesn’t get root-bound.
Q: I have a white peony plant that looks healthy and produces loads of blooms.
The blooms open to very large flowers. Unfortunately, all the flowers have a brown edging on each petal. Except for the brown edges, the flowers look healthy. This has been going on for about four years.
Should I get rid of this plant?
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