Margo Howland-Mastro
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Margo Howland-Mastro replied to John Dickens's discussion What do I do next? in the group Vegetable Gardens
"If you feel that you cannot destroy pests use have-a-hart (humane) traps for the raccoons and pray that you don't get skunks. The raccoons can be released in some other area not near the garden and if you get a skunk, throw a tarp over the trap…"
Jun 3, 2013
Margo Howland-Mastro replied to John Dickens's discussion What do I do next? in the group Vegetable Gardens
"John -- You may need to critter-proof those raised beds. Squirrels and raccoons can decimate a corn bed. Most agricultural supply stores (i.e., Agway, Farm Way, etc. or Home Depot) carry metal fencing posts with built-in curved hooks so that you…"
Jun 2, 2013
KAREN GREER replied to Margo Howland-Mastro's discussion Compost Bins That Don't Compost in the group Vegetable Gardens
"I agree with Bob. We found the brown/green balance made a tremendous difference on this last batch. We treated ourselves to a tumbler, as we have lots of curious critters around our place. So it keeps them out. But the moisture,heat and…"
May 21, 2013
Bob (Z9B Florida) replied to Margo Howland-Mastro's discussion Compost Bins That Don't Compost in the group Vegetable Gardens
"William hit most of the points.  Lemme just list a few that are important: 1.  balance between greens and browns ... can be real critical if you want a fast composting pile.  2.  greens between the browns are what make it…"
May 21, 2013
Margo Howland-Mastro replied to Margo Howland-Mastro's discussion Compost Bins That Don't Compost in the group Vegetable Gardens
"Thanks William. I will try wetting it down and fluffing up the top a bit by stirring it with a pitchfork.  Sorry to hear about the bad weather in your area and hope you and your friends and family are OK."
May 21, 2013
William Brooks Zone 7/OK replied to Margo Howland-Mastro's discussion Compost Bins That Don't Compost in the group Vegetable Gardens
"Hi Margo how is Vermont. Have you added any moisture to the bin. I put leaves in mine and every thing else I can except meat products. I don't turn it for it is a fairly big bin area and just let stand if it dries out I water it down a little…"
May 21, 2013
Margo Howland-Mastro added a discussion to the group Vegetable Gardens
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Compost Bins That Don't Compost

We have a very nice wooden compost bin, made of slat-type boards with about an inch or so of space between each board, with a hinged door in the front and open on top. We've put our vegetable scraps, leaves, egg shells, coffee grounds and other vegetable waste in there for the last couple of years and it does not appear to be breaking down. We live in White River Junction, Vermont (Zone 5). The bin is in a yard that gets a fair amount of sun and is slightly shaded by a small apple tree. Where…See More
May 21, 2013
Lyn - Sydney commented on Margo Howland-Mastro's blog post Rooting an Avocado
"Margo, so pleased to hear your avocado plant was very successful. Post a pic!"
Aug 22, 2012
Margo Howland-Mastro replied to Mary Miller's discussion Veggie questions in the group Vegetable Gardens
"Mary -- Can't answer your pumpkin questions but maybe the cilantro needs more room? I grow herbs in a raised bed and they are doing very well. The sage tripled in size over the course of a year."
Aug 22, 2012
Margo Howland-Mastro commented on Margo Howland-Mastro's blog post Rooting an Avocado
"A year later the avocado is three feet high and doing well."
Aug 22, 2012
Margo Howland-Mastro's blog post was featured

what's up with my aloe plants

I have some aloe plants in terra cotta pots. I've had them for a long time and water them when they appear dry. I've noticed that the leaves look sort of tan to pinkish, rather than green. Should they be in bigger pots? By the way my avocado plant looks wonderful. See More
Apr 9, 2012
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what's up with my aloe plants

I have some aloe plants in terra cotta pots. I've had them for a long time and water them when they appear dry. I've noticed that the leaves look sort of tan to pinkish, rather than green. Should they be in bigger pots? By the way my avocado plant looks wonderful. See More
Apr 9, 2012
Margo Howland-Mastro commented on Margo Howland-Mastro's blog post Rooting an Avocado
"Thanbks for the advice, I'll repot it this week."
Aug 21, 2011
Carolyn K. Malcolm - Zn7(N.GA.) commented on Margo Howland-Mastro's blog post Rooting an Avocado
"Can avocado plants grow in Georgia/USA?  "
Aug 20, 2011
Lyn - Sydney commented on Margo Howland-Mastro's blog post Rooting an Avocado
"Hi Margo - here in Australia we just put our advocado stones/pits straight into soil in a pot and they always take root very successfully.  We had 3 that we had transplanted into our garden and they reached about 4 to 5 ft tall.  However…"
Aug 19, 2011
Blake Lynch commented on Margo Howland-Mastro's blog post Rooting an Avocado
"You can repot it now. Be sure to fill your container with a good layer of water EVERY DAY! I have had mine in a pot for a couple of weeks now and it has both a good root and it's sprout is just now protruding the pit."
Aug 19, 2011

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Recreational Gardener
Skill level
Beginner
What kind of gardening do you like to do?
vegetable and flower gardens, herbs
How much time do you spend a week on average in your garden when weather permits?
8-10 in summer

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what's up with my aloe plants

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 7:10am 0 Comments

I have some aloe plants in terra cotta pots. I've had them for a long time and water them when they appear dry. I've noticed that the leaves look sort of tan to pinkish, rather than green. Should they be in bigger pots?

 

By the way my avocado plant looks wonderful.

 

Rooting an Avocado

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 6:34am 6 Comments

I am rooting an avocado pit (smallish) in a beaker of water on my windowsill. The top is starting to split and it has sent down a 1 1/2 inch - 2 inch root into the water. At what point should I repot it into a container of soil?

 

 

Raspberry Bush die back

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 8:28pm 2 Comments

I was out weeding the raspsberry patch today and noticed about every third clump had  dead-looking canes with no greenery at the base.  The rest of the clumps had dead-looking canes and new growth together. If I gave the slightest tug to the dead canes, they came up easily with no root at the bottom., I thought they might have been chewed by mice, but couldn't figure why they would still be upright.   Should I put in new canes in the fall (my cousin has some she can dig up and transplant,…

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Raised Beds

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 9:50pm 4 Comments

I am doing raised beds for the first time in my new yard in my new house. What's the optimum size? 3 x 6? 4 x 8 ? how high do people like them? 8 inches? 12 inches? Do people like wood or composites for the material?

Suggestions and advice welcome.

Margo Howland-Mastro

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At 7:39am on February 22, 2011, diana Z9 Houston, Texas said…
send me a picture so I can see what you have on your hibiscus.
 
 
 

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