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On-topic? Questions about lawnmowers, tillers, and other machinery

Would questions about use and maintenance of gardening/landscaping machinery be on-topic? I believe we've established that questions about gardening tools are on-topic, but I'm curious whether I can ...
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Discussion on examples of possible borderline topics for Gardening and Landscaping site

Here are some sample topics/questions I thought of that may be considered borderline. I'd like to here everyone's thoughts regarding whether they fit in or not: Advice on rain barrel system to ...
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Should we split the tools tag?

Currently the tools tag is covering just about every kind tool, equipment or device in use in the garden. Do we carry on this way? Or should we think about splitting them out. I'm thinking lawnmower ...
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What is “What is this plant?” as a question?

There are a fair number of "What is this plant?" questions. e.g: What is this itch-inducing twig I found in my cilantro? ; What is the name of this plant and how to make it grow horizontal branches? ;...
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Close similar questions or answer with links to existing answers

As spring arrives in the Northern Hemisphere we are starting to see questions from first time users that have, in many respects, been asked and answered before. The choices are to answer the question ...
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Does linking to any Amazon item allow SE to get affiliate credit?

I added a link in a comment to a weed cutter on Amazon on this question. I assumed that the link would be converted to allow SE to get credit for a potential sale as it does on Stack Overlow but that ...
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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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Should question titles (and some content) be expected to use globally-applicable season names?

I keep coming across questions where I'm not sure if the season being discussed is winter or summer, or autumn or spring, because the questioner (or answerer if it's in an answer) has assumed that ...
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Do general tool question belong here?

This question seems only accidentally related to gardening. In general, I would imagine tool and tool repair questions would be better asked at the Home Improvement site. There are tool-related ...
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For id questions: Why should I tell where in the world a plant is growing?

When I ask for plant identifications, I often get a comment that I should add where the plant can be found. I don’t want to tell everyone on the Internet where I live. Can’t I just give the ...
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Are patio paver questions off topic?

This one was just asked. I believe it was determined to be off topic in the definition phase of this project (In the spirit of This off topic question and this one too ), but I'm not sure so I'm ...
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Is the [vegetables] tag useful? Or just another meta-tag?

One of my questions about peppers was recent retagged with vegetables (please don't be side tracked by this, it's just what prompted the post) Since I'm not particularly invested in this SE site, I'm ...
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How can we get more knowledgeable answers to questions?

I've been concerned about a lack of knowledgeable users on the site since, well, it was two days out of private beta. Looking at the most recent site evalutation, I'm not convinced that we have the ...
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Aren't we supposed to be avoiding easy questions in private beta? [closed]

Isn't this the kind of question we are advised not to have in the site at this stage: What is an easy vegetable to grow in a hot, dry summer / cool, wet winter climate? I want to try growing ...
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Should answers that look like questions be deleted because of form?

(Full disclosure: I have a horse in this race; I think the answer is 'no, but'.) An answer of mine was closed because a moderator thought it was a clarifying question. However, it was really a ...
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Should we retag identification questions once they're answered?

We have a lot of identification questions now, and I wonder: would it would be useful to retag these with the identified plant/pest/disease when this has been determined? For example, this question ...
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What's the maximum size of the garden so I can ask questions here?

Say I have a big garden, 3,000 square meters. Is it too big? How about one hectare? What if I buy one hectare of land, I make there a small house and I live there, and make a garden on that 1 ...
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Pre-emptive meta question about book recommendations questions

So, there aren't any questions about gardening books. But there are a lot of gardening books. I don't personally think they're all rubbish. But I doubt there ever is or will be a definitive book ...
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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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New close reasons: unclear, too broad, opinion-based, and custom sub-reasons off-topic

There are changes in the close reasons that have just gone live: “not constructive” and “not a real question” are replaced by: “unclear what you're asking” “too broad” “primarily opinion-based” "...
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Why was the grow-lamp question closed?

I don't understand why What kind of a grow lamp can I use in my apartment? was closed recently. It doesn't ask for shopping recommendations or brands. In fact, it was edited from the original ...
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Details in tag wiki

We have quite a few tags, but not much descriptions yet. The question of what should be in a tag-wiki has been discussed quite a few times on MSO, but no hard rules are set. From this discussion on ...
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Should we blacklist the [garden] tag?

I noticed today that we have a garden tag. It is currently applied to 17 questions, and is the only tag on 5 of them. Now, the gardening tag is blacklisted because it's an intrinsic tag, one that is ...
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Are questions regarding gardening tools off-topic?

I just read through the FAQ and it looks to me that, technically, if I were ask questions about tools for gardening, then that would be off topic. I'm not asking about specific brand recommendations ...
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“winter-gardening” tag vs “wintering”

Is winter-gardening meant to refer to active gardening only? Should there be another tag, perhaps wintering, to refer to questions about the care of plants that are dormant during the winter?
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Should the tag “bulbs” relate to things like Springtime flowers or root vegetables?

Currently the tag bulbs is mostly associated with "Onions", a bulb vegetable that is strictly speaking a subset of "Root Vegetables". Personally when I think of bulbs in a gardening context, the ...
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Is posting a LOT of identification questions appropriate?

I've just moved into a new house with a garden. Woohoo! It's about 7m x 15m with a lot of borders, all of which are heavily overgrown. I've started to go through the borders weeding them, but I ...
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How does the system recognize/qualify low quality content?

Routinely, posts with certain criteria are marked as low quality and they show up in my queue. Sometimes I'm unsure how to moderate these, when it comes to the content of the posts (rather than the ...
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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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When and how should I flag comments for removal?

I understand that on Stack Exchange sites, comments are supposed to be ephemeral. They are intended for clarification from an author, and once they have served their purpose, they can be removed at ...
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Should reputation or badges be used to encourage referring users to StackExchange communities?

I just sent out information about the site to 6 acquaintances whose knowledge and expertise I call upon regularly, because I realized that this community is improved by greater activity (assuming that ...
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How should the help center let our users know they should add location data where appropriate?

Wow that's a horrible title.. This question is to discuss the location data for Q/A questions. specifically where on the help center should we inform our users and what the wording for asking for the ...
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Is it on topic to ask for the name of a plant?

Is it on topic to ask for the name of a plant? I asked for the name of my aloes, and the response was poor.
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What do folks understand by the tag “backyard-garden”?

What do you understand by the tag backyard-garden? It means nothing to me and I can't see what the 3/4 questions under that tag have in common. But maybe it's a term in general use somewhere in the ...
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For identification, please only post one plant per question, and be specific when asking!

We always ask that when you post an identification question, you only ask about one particular plant type in that post. Be specific! This allows answers to be much less vague - especially if it's a ...
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Are Questions About Making and Hanging garden gates in scope?

I would like to post questions about building and hanging a garden gate. I think this site is the best fit but I cannot see any similar questions. The Home Improvement site is the alternative but a ...
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Should the [seed-starting] and [germination] tags be synonyms?

I noticed today that we have tags for both seed-starting and germination (with the latter having a synonym, germinating). Both tags have wikis, but the one for germination has a lot more detail. The ...
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Are red mites and spider mites, the same thing?

if so, we need a tag synonym: Best practice to prevent aphids and spider mites? I tagged this spider-mites as per the question, but it was retagged red-mites.
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Making plant/tree care tags general

There was one question earlier today on thinning fruit trees, and was tagged fruit-thinning. Since the primary purpose of tags is for archival purposes and easy access to information, I suggest making ...
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Should we avoid internetisms like TL;DR?

I saw an answer to an old question today which included a jokey TL;DR at the top. This StackExchange isn't superuser or webapps. Arguably we are reaching out to an audience which doesn't necessarily ...
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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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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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Should tags of nouns be plural or singular?

Should tags of nouns be plural or singular? Real example: pumpkin vs. pumpkins If the answer is: "Doesn't Matter", then do we connect the singular and plural versions as synonyms?
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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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Suggestions needed … name our chat room?

Cooking has The Frying Pan. Philosophy has Schrodinger's Discussion So it seems the other stacks have super duper names for their chat rooms, while currently our chat is branded Gardening & ...
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How come nobody from Japan?

What I like here is that people are from all over the world. India, Switzerland, Netherland, France, US, you name it... But where are people from Japan? We all know how important gardening is for ...
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Angling joke sounding questions for experts

So we know that cultivating a fertilised garden bed for experts is one rule of green thumb on whether or not a burgeoning Stack Exchange site will likely emerge from the husk of the beta period. But ...
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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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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 ...