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Willow Springs, MO
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Pomona, MO
Plant identification
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Licking, MO
Wildflowers for September wedding from Licking MO
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Thayer, MO
Perennials non-toxic to horses in Thayer MO
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Clarkridge, AR
Will corn fall victim to allelopathy from hackberry in Clarkridge AR
Will my corn be inhibited by a nearby hackberry and if so would it help to cut it down? I understand that sometimes the soil is full of the chemicals the tree produces.
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Waynvesville, MO
Shade tolerant plants for Waynesville MO
We moved to Waynesville, MO (gardening region 6) and when we bought our house there was a nice looking gardening area in front of the house. It is shaded moderately by a Redwood Tree and was "occupie...
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Waynesville, MO
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I have a spring fed pond in Missouri and would like to plant perennial wildflowers in the area around it. Are there any that would do better or others that are not recommended? Thank you.
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Redford, MO
Osage orange thorn in foot in Redford MO
I ran an osage orange thorn through my foot,it is very sore and very red around it. Is that something I might need to see a dr about, or it is just going to be sore for a couple days. It only happened...
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Richland, MO
Will maroon and Texas Bluebonnets prosper in Richland MO?
I live in Richland, MO and have obtained both Maroon and Texas Bluebonnet seeds from Fredricksburg, TX. Will they prosper in this area and when is the best time to plant? I have read how and what type...
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Melbourne, AR
Bee-pasture recommendations for AR
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Yellville, AR
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Branson, MO
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Springfield, MO
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Springfield, MT
Wintering Purple Coneflowers in pots in Springfield MO
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Iberia, MO
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Cuba, MO
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Harrison, AR
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Willard, MO
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Newark, AR
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Stanton, MO
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