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by jssprenger on May 11, 2014 03:26
Hello Mr. Smith,

I received an orchid 2 years ago for Mother\'s Day. I have read that it needs to be replanted every 2 years. I haven\'t been able to find information on how to replant the orchid. Do I use the same pot it came in with new dirt or do I use a bigger pot? Also, do I trim or cut the long flower stems off or trim them back?


living in a windy area....

by shelbysgarden on May 5, 2014 11:28
i live in a very windy place and i was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on containers or stuff like that to plant herbs veggies and strawberries. i have had a horrible time trying to move my plants around the house to block the wind i need something i can build or something like that to block the wind from my plants.PLEASE help me!

starting a garden in Bermuda grass

by charness on March 10, 2014 11:05
I have a Bermuda lawn and would like to have a garden. How do I kill or get the Bermuda out of the new garden?

New plants from old

by marmee on January 15, 2014 05:12
I am wanting to root cuttings from a banana shrub (Michelia figo) and Clematis armandii, what is the best method? ....and how easy do they propagate?

caramel sauce

by momin89 on August 17, 2013 09:25
Allen, My daughter is getting married in October and the theme is very rustic country fall. She wants caramel sauce in 4oz canning jars for gifts to put at each place sitting. The problem I am finding is that caramel sauce cannot be canned and stored unrefrigerated. Do you have any suggestions for a recipe that can use. Or any suggestions at all for what I\'m trying to accomplish.

non-flowering trumpet vine

by pghflwr on August 7, 2013 02:58
I have read that the biggest reason why a trumpet vine won\'t flower is because of lack of sun. Well, my 3 and 4 year old trumpet vine gets full sun. They actually get more sun than my roses do, and the roses are just fine. But still, nary a single flower. The growth is strong, full, beautiful. I live in 5a. Does any one have any suggestions? Thank you in advance.

Something different for a heavy shade

by dusanmal on July 12, 2013 11:57

we recently moved to our new home in West Orange NJ. I designed our landscape with decent success but one area still eludes me: facing East but shaded both by close-by neighbor\'s house and several large trees (which we value, so they stay). Deep shade with quick Sun exposure at high noon. In the middle between our and neighbor\'s house I planted Dragon Lady Holly and they are prospering greatly. In the bed close to our house I attempted to experiment with lavender and Russian Sage and dwarf Alberta Spruce. This in attempt to carry South facing flower bed of lavenders and Russian sage (where they are in full Sun and prospering) around. Well, dwarf Alberta Spruce is barely doing OK. Russian Sage survives as a miniature and lavender plant died. Previous owners have had a small lilac tree here - which also died on them...

So, what to plant? I wouldn\'t like to repeat hollies and we do not like hasta and similar succulent plants. We\'d love to keep \"herb style\" - is there some interesting, flowering herb that would thrive in this deep shade? Any other ideas? Thanks!

Illustrations: area in question is to the right in following two images. I am talking about the area

just right of the porch post with #25 on it where you can see at the time surviving but now dead single lavender, at high noon when it got few moments of Sun.


by J.P. Wilcox on July 12, 2013 11:48
I am having trouble getting my okra to grow and produce. What type of fertilizer is best and when should I feed it. Different books say differnt things.

Italian Beans

by pwilson on July 1, 2013 04:36
Allen, I have had what is called Italian beans in the can. I wanted to get seeds and a friend said they were the same as pinto beans, is that correct?

New Dawn Rose

by on May 30, 2013 06:53
I would like to order this rose bush and have previously from J. Allen Smith but am not seeing that is available now. Can someone tell me how I can do this?

blue candytuft

by bakernorm01 on April 23, 2013 03:08
I am looking for blue candytuft . My friend had a beautful blue one, but I am able to only find white.

What to plant when in a drought cycle?

by on February 11, 2013 10:38
I live in central Kansas which is now in year 3 of drought. Everything I planted in the last 3-4 years died last year (except for liriope). I am not willing to quit enjoying my large yard just because it is a drought, but I am having a difficult time finding plants that can survive, even when I water twice a day. Last year, I attempted only indigenous flower and grass seeds, and even they could not get started in the heat and dry conditions. What suggestions might you have?

Managing the deer

by on January 26, 2013 06:53
I was wondering how you keep the deer out of your gardens. We have woods surrounding our home and are limited in what we can grow since they tend to eat a lot of our plantings. Thank you for any help you can give us. Your gardens are beautiful!

deer in your garden

by J.P. Wilcox
Here is something that works. Put 6 eggs that you have cracked, mixed up and let spoil in a spray bottle and spray your plants. Will need to repeat after it rains.

Also we put plastic bags on sticks in the garden for deer and other wildlife. they don\'t like the movement or the sound when they move with the wind.

norfolk island pine

by on November 18, 2012 08:30
Can you offer any suggestions for saving a very distressed Norfolk Island Pine? I receive it as a gift about 2 years ago. At that time I researched care and did my best to follow the instructions. It is about 5 feet tall. During the past couple of months it has started a dying process and I have not been able to find any help instrutions. Should it be cut back, repotted or ? It was a beautiful addition to my home and I would really like to save it. any help will be appreciated.


by jacques on September 14, 2012 05:17
Allen. I planted my asparigus a year ago, now it is spring time here in South Africa, and shoots are emerging. Some of them have already developed in to branches with seeds. I have never trimmed my asparigus.

I watched your video on you tube, it has been the only informative video I could find from the lot.

I want to find out if I should cut away the shoots that are already producing seeds. And should I cut away the fern, now in the first year, or should I wait for next year?



Clearing of Overgrown Landscaping Beds

by themissiah on September 7, 2012 10:42
Allen, I am an avid and successful vegetable gardener, but when it comes to landscaping beds, I like native plants and minimal fuss. The previous owners of our property planted very haphazard landscaping beds and they have been very difficult to keep up with. Two of our very large beds have become extremely overgrown and look horrible. We want to take one back to lawn and with the other bed we would like to create a small rustic sitting area/patio since it has a very small water plant pond. What is the easiest and most efficient way to clear these areas and get some grass growing? We would like to complete this in the Fall. Thanks!

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