Questions And Answers On Home Garden Tips

Graham asks…

Summer squash in a home garden?

My mom and I are growing some summer squash in our garden. All of the squash up untill this point have rotted and then eventually develop this white (yeast like) fuzz on them with black tips. Now we have three very nice and harvestable sized squash on the plant now.

Are these healthy looking ones safe to eat?
I’m worried my plant has some disease and I know nothing about gardening as this is my first year with a garden.
I’m sure as long as they don’t show any signs of rotting, odd coloration, mushiness etc they are fine to eat but you never know.

Thanks for any help

Home Gardener answers:

The healthy-looking squash are safe to eat. Probably what was happening was the earlier squash blossoms weren’t getting pollinated, so the little squash embryos rotted and fell from the plant. Female blossoms produce the squash, and a female blossom has a tiny squash embryo directly behind the blossom. A male blossom is just on a stem. If there are no male flowers on the plant, or their pollen isn’t reaching the females, the little squash embryos cannot develop and mature, and they end up shriveling, rotting and falling from the plant.

No big deal, you can pollinate the female blossoms yourself so long as there are some male blossoms also. Go out to the garden in the morning, while the pollen is still fresh. Find a male blossom and rub some of its pollen onto a Q-Tip or small paintbrush. Then transfer the pollen to a female blossom. This will pollinate the female blossom and its little squash will mature and be edible.

Charlie asks…

tips to make my garden more beautiful?

i have a small garden in my home…i want to make it so beautiful and feel fresh…….please help…


Home Gardener answers:

First u have to set ur garden in a way that attract everyone. Then plant beautiful plants and shrubs. More attraction use double colored roses, its add beauty to ur garden. Then plant sm good smelling plants that gave a freshness to ur home everyday. U have to set ur gardens ground with small green plant, it attracts more when u cut it beautifully after its growth.

Daniel asks…

How can I stop my grandmothers garden from dying?

I am responsible for maintaining my grandmothers LARGE garden for the next week. She left one day ago and already some of the flowers look like they’re dying.

A few of them appear to droop and look to be curling up and hardening. I believe she watered them before she left and I watered them again in the evening. The next morning I watered them, then watered them again in the evening. The temperatures been around 90 degrees and about half of the plants are hanging on pots above the fence while the others are in the ground.

The garden is about three feet wide but goes all around the perimiter of the yard and there is a ton of stuff. I usually run the water right where the plants roots are for about ten seconds then move to the next plant, the whole routine usually takes me 45minutes. Unfortunetly these plants aren’t looking too good and she will be very disappointed if she returns home to dead plants.

Any tips on how I can keep them alive?

Home Gardener answers:

Water the plants at night when it is cooler and so less of the water evaporates and the plants are able to absorb more.

Shelley asks…

any tips & some easy plants for a first time gardener?

I’ve just purchased my first home & it has a little raised garden in the back. it looks like it might be shaded for part of the day.
what would you recommend for a first time gardener? something easy & low maintenance, but will produce some yummy foods?
any other tips?
also, i don’t know how to time it!!
any help is much appreciated!
i’m in the pacific northwest, btw.
(meant to mention that. oops!)

Home Gardener answers:

Well, here in the zone 4/5 border vegetable gardening is pretty much done, at least as far as my abilities. I suggest that you start fresh next spring. I find that the reliables in my garden are carrots, peas, beans and radishes. If you happen to be a radish fan, they just go nuts! Both carrots and radishes seem to do best with deep watering fairly spread out as it forces the root (the part we eat) to reach down deep looking for water. Also, pumpkins grow wonderfully. Gardening is never really low maintenance. The area must be prepared and that alone can be a tough job. Then there is weeding (yuck) but give it a go. Start small and then decide if the work involved was too much or if you want to go big! You never know, you might just fall in love with it!

Steve asks…

I have a medium size garden that is now filled with weeds, any tips on removing them?

I work full time, and study through dis ed, and am a single mum, so I dont have time to do everything. One of the things thats been neglected, is my garden. I got a quote today from a home services company $70! The gardens only about 3x2metres. The cost seems excessive to me! Am now thinking about biting the bullet and trying to get it done myself. Any tips to make the job easier? As some of the weeds are rather hard to get out, I broke gardening tools on them during my last attempt.
This plastic covering thing is interesting, but will it kill the plants>? My “plants” are some grass like bushes that were there when I moved in. I live in SE QLD Australia, and we are not allowed to water our plants and definitely not our weeds. I could face fines if I did. And the ground is very dry and hot.

Home Gardener answers:

Spray the entire surface with Roundup. Once everything is dead, cut them low with a weed-eater and till everything under. Pull out the rest by hand. Use a pre-emergent like Preem to keep it under control.

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