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Why not name "Gardening and Landscaping" as "Horticulture" Instead?

I noticed many of the other stack exchanges are based on scientific disciplines and horticulture certainly encompasses both gardening and landscaping with some added produce farming and science. ...
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Would a tag for "How to" be useful to attract new users?

I see that when I search for something on Google and it starts with "how to", there are a lot of suggestions like: how to prune xyz? how to germinate xyz? how to take cuttings from xyz? how to grow ...
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Creating a stack exchange site for Bonsai

I recently proposed a stack exchange site for bonsai trees. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/107012/bonsai As there are some really active bonsai forums out there I thought that this could ...
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Should we change the order of things in the Asking section of the Help Center?

In our quest to improve the quality of questions, especially from newcomers, I wonder if we should change the order of categories in the Asking section of the Help Center. I especially think moving up ...
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What should you do with answers that you no longer agree with?

As one's education advances, one may find that answers that one has provided in the past which have been upvoted and perhaps even accepted are no longer consistent with one's latest understanding of ...
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What to do with the [diesease] tag?

I noticed there is a diesease tag on 3 questions: What happened? - Chilli plants are developing spots on leaves and the edges are curling Why is my philodendron getting these brown dry parts on its ...
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Who can see the name of the users who voted to close a question, before the actual closure takes place?

I know that when a question is put on hold or closed, the list of those who voted to do that becomes public. During the process, meaning when there are not yet enough votes to cause closure, who can ...
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How can we encourage users to include images?

Especially in terms of gardening Q&A, a picture is worth a thousand words. Naturally, questions tagged identification will provide at least one image. But others don’t. How can we encourage ...
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How should an editor handle adding a tag after an identification has been made? [duplicate]

As an editor, I'm seeking guidance as to the best practice for adding a tag to an identification question once the identification's been made. From the information section of the identification tag: ...
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What would change by moving out of beta?

I am familiar with other Stack Exchange sites that are out of beta and don't see a lot of difference. I think we get more elected moderators and they get special spam fighting powers and a cape but ...
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How to exit Beta, after 6 years?

Note: I don't mean beta as the scientific name of beet's genus. Looking at Area51, e.g. our page: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1369/gardening-and-landscaping and comparing with other ...
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Where should I ask a question about a tree that was found on a trail but could be in a yard?

I'm seeking information about what appears to be a severe problem affecting the bark of two trees, which I think are birches. The trees were found by my husband on a hike in the woods, but they don't ...
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Are questions about animals in garden maintenance or animal husbandry on topic?

Animals are part of nature, sometimes welcome in our gardens, sometimes not. Hence questions involving animals have always been part of our site, as far as they touch our everyday gardening actions. ...
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When to upvote?

I saw this question. What is this bug on my adenium plant and what should I do? It had two responses to it and had no upvotes. I upvoted. It seemed odd that the question was worth flowing to and ...
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40-minute time limit

I would encourage you to drop the 40-minute limit on postings. Allowing people to only post once per 40 minutes means that for many users they will only be making one answer (or question). I am not ...
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How do some questions get 1000's of views vs. other's are in the 10's

I am not sure how many users are on Gardening & Landscape but I see that some questions get 1000's of views and others are in the low 10's or 100's at best. Where do these 1000's of views come ...
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Best practice for quoting an offline reference

I have an extensive library of books about plants and recently had occasion to quote a section from a book in an answer. As the content of the book is not available online I referred to a listing on ...
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Question about plant DNA barcoding as citizen science project appropriate to this site?

I would like to ask a question where gardening overlaps with genetics ("Plant DNA barcoding as citizen science project?"). Is this something that is appropriate on this site or should I try Biology ...
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Will a question about why a plant flowers only after rain be on-topic?

With regards to this question about identifying a plant found in a garden in south India wich only flowers after rain, I'm planning to ask in a separate question why it does that. Will that be on-...
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What is the best way to distinguish a question as the definitive answer to a common issue

I frequently find myself repeating instructions about how to treat spider mites, mealybug and scale. These pests are common indoor and out on a wide range of species. For example there are many ...
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tag merge or redirect

I see an "ecological" tag has been added which is a poor choice as the proposed tag seems to point to "organic" in it's usage. I suggest either deleting the "ecological" tag as most tags as nouns or ...
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Should SI units generally be added to US customary units?

Due to the beta state of this site and its use of English† only, most questions and answers use United States customary units, particularly inch and feet, but also gallons and degrees Fahrenheit (the ...
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Why doesn't Gardening & Landscaping have a banner image?

Some other SE groups I'm part of, eg. Bicycles has a colorful themed background behind it. Presumably they can only be a good thing, making the site look more professional and retaining users. How ...
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What's the best way to promote more high rep users?

Looking at the users here, you'll notice something. There are 3 active users over 30k, and then the next active users are well under 6k. It's almost like tiers. This is unnatural. About 3/4 of the ...
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Are tree/log processing questions suitable for this site?

I posted this question over at The Great Outdoors SE and it has received mixed opinions on its suitability for the site. I have many trees on my land that need to be cut down. I would like to know ...
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What percentage of new users come from other SE sites?

I'm here because of stack overflow. I wonder how many of our first time questions come from people who have other accounts on SE?
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What does the community think about a Facebook page?

I have (finally) gotten on Facebook, and have a thought. I wouldn't mind hosting a 'Gardening & Landscaping Stack Exchange' Facebook page, to feature highlight questions and answers from the site. ...
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Can I extend a bounty?

In the Help section it says a bounty period is 7 days and points will be awarded based on most up voted answers. It is a slow time of the year for gardening in the Northern hemisphere and my question ...
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If you want the site to succeed, you need to VOTE!

This week there are two people that voted. Me and a user named Sue. If you want your site to succeed, you need to vote. Go look at all the meta articles describing the NEED to vote on questions. ...
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What should a community ad for gardening.stackexchange look like?

Fully launched StackExchange sites can show community ads for anything their community chooses. There are premade templates for ads for Area51 proposals: area51 ad http://area51.stackexchange.com/ads/...
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Should the bulb tag be eliminated, or at least be made a synonym of bulbs?

The bulb tag had only one question. I edited it out and replaced it with bulbs. At this point, should we eliminate bulb, or at least make it a synonym?
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Do questions about the benefits of a plant or herbs fit in this SE?

Just as the title says, do any questions regarding the benefits of certain plants or herbs fit in this SE? It seems that this is all about gardening. Should I propose one?
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Do questions about aquarium plants fit in?

I've asked two questions about plants in my aquarium so far, and found that I got very good answers too. On the question "Should I let Echinodorus Tenellus flower?" there was some debate as to whether ...
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one or multiple questions

I have a little place where my plants are, but there are a bunch of conditions that I would like to improve. I would like posting all the situation in one single question and explaining each issue. Is ...
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Can I ask a question about making a kitchen garden on my balcony?

Can I ask this sort of question on the main site given the dimensions of the balcony?
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British vs American English: How to avoid confusion?

In this topic, there seems to be some confusion regarding the term "compost", which seems to have different meaning in AE and BE. Is there any resource on how to deal with such problems? E.g. ...
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Sprinkler Systems AND Irrigation Tags?

We have sprinkler-system tag. And we have an irrigation tag. Obviously Sprinkler systems are a subset of irrigation, but there are 28 Sprinkler-system tags and 24 Irrigation tags. Complicating ...
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Do we need the low-light tag?

The low-light tag only has two questions, both of which are from 2012. It seems like this one could be replaced by light, which I added. This already has light, so I think it's redundant. The ...
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The Landscaping tag with Gardening and Landscaping needs much BROADER knowledge bases

Landscaping is a HUGE title. Garden walls for example are perfectly within our scope. Grading, drainage, soils, climate, weather, chemistry, siting buildings are all so very much part of landscaping....
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Is there a difference between a shrub and a bush

We have a shrubs tag that is reasonably well used with 97 entries (44 this year), and we have a bush tag with 5 questions this year and none before. Is there any noteworthy difference between a shrub ...
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Is the natives tag useful

I was searching the tags and happened to discover the natives tag. The tag has all of one question to it's name. My first instinct was that the tag would have something to do with either A) ...
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Is the tag [Plant-Care] too meta?

Currently there's a tag plant-care with 105 questions using it. It doesn't look like it's been used anytime recently, and the tag wiki describes itself as: General tag for questions on plant care Use ...
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Can we have our own Formatting Sandbox, and make it easy to find?

I think a formatting sandbox is very important, not just for new users, but because we all need a place to learn and experiment. I'd really like our site to have its own. The sandbox to which users ...
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Repeat question or not?

This morning someone asked a pest ID question. There are accurate answers in the comments sections, but posters were reluctant to write in the Answers section as other questions had been answered ...
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What's up with the frugal tag?

Scanning through the tags today, I noticed that there was a tag: frugal. There are 7 questions using the tag: How bad is it to use colour newsprint for paper pots? Do homemade paper pots for ...
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Is it okay to embed an information link in a plant's name in someone else's question?

I came across this question. It has an answer and nobody has asked for a picture, so it appears to be one of many that can elicit good advice without a specific picture. Because I've never heard of ...
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Are legal questions on-topic here?

The only previous discussions I can find about legal questions here are ones asking about questions involving growing illegal plants/drugs. Are questions about a marijuana garden allowed? What is the ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Gardening & Landscaping Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive ...
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Do we really want questions asking for off-site resources?

We get a fair number of questions asking for off-site resources. Some recent examples: Competitions and lectures for garden designers A website for keeping track of my houseplants What good websites ...
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Does Community user delete unanswered questions here?

I was looking at Meta Stack Exchange at this question and wondered if this is in effect here as well. Questions with no answers or downvoted will be deleted after a month or year depending...