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Should I leave my fig leaves on the ground?

Q: I have a big fig tree in my backyard. I have always been removing all the fallen leaves this time of the year as I was told that any dead leaves could give rise to increase in insects and plant diseases. I wonder ...

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Should I plant wildflowers in burn areas?

Q: I am wondering if it is a good idea to spread wildflower seeds in the burned out old growth forest in the Detroit area.

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What happened to my potatoes?

Q: Both our red norland and yukon gem potatoes were affected by whatever this is. Please help us identify the problem, and how to eliminate it for next year?

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Is it too late to plant my cover crop?

Q: This week we were given two bags of crimson clover from two different people who know a lot about gardens. We live in Gates. According to the packages we missed the prime window for broadcasting the seeds. Is it still fine to use them this fall, or should we wait until the spring?

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Why does my butternut squash taste so boring?

Q: We planted butternut squash that produced prolific fruit, but it just did not have flavor. The squash looked fine inside and out. What went wrong? Variety? Soil nutrients?

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What is this huge larvae in my mason bee box?

Q: I found a chunk of dried mud with some larvae embedded in it. It was in our mason bee box, but way too big for mason bees. What could it be?

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What are these little gray bugs?

Q: I have an infestation on my broccoli as well as my brussel sprouts. Can you tell me what these are and how I can battle them?

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Can you help assess my trees after the fire?

Q: I have 20 acres on the edge of the Beachie Creek fire. I lost my barn and quite a few trees. I just need help in assessing which I should save and those that I should have harvested...if at all possible. Can you point me in the right direction? Several areas were involved.

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I have strawberry root weevil, are nematodes an option?

Q: I have several peonies in my front yard. The edges of the leaves are badly eaten by strawberry root weevil. How can I remove the strawberry root weevil? Is it worth doing?

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Can you give me a list of fire resistant shrubs and trees?

Q: I have a wide variety of trees and shrubs on my 1/3 acre, some of which may be hazardous and too close to my home. I would like to consider replacing the more-hazardous, with fire-resistant selections. Do you have lists of trees and shrubs with regard to fire safety rating?

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