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I see no reason why artificial turf questions should not be allowed. Its use is increasing in the UK, particularly since the advent of really good look alike artificial grass, and even the RHS allowed a show garden which used it at the Chelsea Flower Show two or three years ago. It's just another landscape surfacing which happens also to be permeable; this ...


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This section of our help center lists what types of questions are on topic here. Unfortunately, it clearly states that questions about the health and nutritional aspects of fruits/vegetables are not allowed. That said, if you've chosen something to grow for those purposes, please feel free to ask the same types of growth and care questions as you would ...


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Although there exists a dedicated History of science and mathematics SE site, the math or stats sites sometimes have questions about the history of a symbol, of a theorem. Those are quite interesting, to grow connections, rise interest. While I am not a high-level gardener, I believe such questions could be appropriate, and could be better by linking to ...


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In my opinion, you can't make a scientific assessment of this type of picture, as the artists are usually not botanists, and do not draw plants consistent in all characteristics to the real things. I would prefer that these not be on topic. If they can't find a photograph, they can't get a great answer. I agree with @kevinsky that they are rather amusing. "...


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Yes, please prompt for separate questions. This is a pretty common issue around the network and the best solution is to ask the OP to create a new question. I've had a great deal of luck doing as you did: prompt the user in comments to ask another question. (The more common case is for a user to ask several questions in one question box. Your situation ...


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I think it will depend on the type of answer you expect. Our help center has this text in the "don't ask" section: plant biology, beyond what is generally gardening knowledge (try Biology instead) So if you're just looking for the environmental trigger that causes the plant to flower after rain, that would be on-topic here. If you're looking for the ...


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I would say they're off-topic (others, please leave an answer if you have an alternate view point or upvote if you agree). The average gardener (or even experienced ones) is not a mycologist and will probably not know the different types of mushrooms and their properties. They're mostly just interested in recognizing it as one and inferring that it could ...


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We don't need a blanket ban on mushrooms. I don't see why mushroom identification should be out of scope: Identification of plants, insects, weeds, disease, and fungi in other contexts is in scope. Identification of those other things requires specific expertise (we happen to have people with that expertise already on the site). Misidentification of plants ...


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They are amusing if nothing else. If we get lots of them I would think putting them outside of scope is reasonable but one or two now and then is not an issue when we are trying to build the user base. (That is if you agree that a user who got an answer here once is more likely to return in the future with another, hopefully on topic, question.)


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Personally, I would limit it to the aspect of growing plants hydroponically, since that's the focus of this site. It shouldn't matter if the aquaponics system is intended as a source of plants, with water creatures as a side-effect, or if it's the other way around; so long as the question is about the plants in the system, it should be on-topic here. I ...


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I always edit these questions when I see them. I just did two today, changing "what is this plant?" to something that includes descriptive adjectives based on what I saw in the pictures. I do this for three reasons: to encourage possible answerers to click the link to leave a more searchable QA pair for future Googlers (and thus increase site traffic among ...


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I think it is reasonable to have these minimum standards: a picture a location Even indoor plants can be more easily identified if you know what part of the world the plant is located in.


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Questions about tools are certainly welcome; we have a couple of (albeit low-use) general-purpose tags for them: tools and tool-maintenance. We also have special purpose tags for a few types of tools: string-trimmer, lawn-mower, chainsaw. Often, the questions aren't tagged with the name of the tool, but with the action you'd use it for. So we have pruning ...


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This site is about growing things in a garden ( not farm ), and of landscaping. It's not usually about the processing of things that have been grown in a garden unless you're using those plants/trees/fungi for the purposes of growing something else. So, although there are questions about trees, it's about their growth and care. If the question were about ...


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The changes have just gone live, so we need to get working on this. Below is a first attempt at the text for this custom close reason. Any suggestions for improvement are welcome. A concern I have is that the linked questions aren't really formatted as FAQs and don't give the general advice that a newcomer might need to understand this site and how to ask ...


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I agree. I would hate to give an opinion that results in poisoning or death.


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This seems like a good and difficult question. I would be disappointed if identification questions were banned, but I do see that that is the easiest and possibly best way forward. The hardest part about trying to add a textual description to make the identification questions searchable is that visual descriptions can vary quite a bit for the same plant ...


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It's a question about propagating a plant, so it's on-topic. I think the person who answered was making a joke that it's a water plant, so it doesn't belong on a site about land-scaping, because "land" and "water" are opposites. Since that statement detracts from the answer, I've edited it out. I also cleaned up the comments because with that edit they ...


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I'm good with suggesting that Earth Science questions are better in another Stack Exchange site. As long as the distinction between soil science which is integral to good gardening and Earth Science is made.


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I think sustainability would be better, particularly if you were to phrase the question in terms of landscape management and what you want to do with the land after tree removal. Check permaculture for some ideas. https://sustainability.stackexchange.com/questions


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All aspects of your proposed question look on-topic to me. The initial hurdle appears to be the fact that the trees were in the woods, not in your garden, but we have other questions about stuff found in the wild. A couple of well-upvoted examples spring to mind (there are others): What is this large, woody plant with compound leaves, found in zone 6a? ...


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Artificial turf sounds like it's about landscaping to me (for aesthetics and ground cover/protection); it doesn't seem like as much of a gardening thing to me, though, although gardeners use it (maybe gardeners might use it in place of black plastic mulch). I think artificial turf is about as on-topic as inorganic mulch is. The only thing that makes me ...


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The page in the help center that describes on- and off-topic subjects has an entry for this in the off-topic section: the framing, plumbing or electrical aspects of building greenhouses, decks, or other structures (try Home improvement) (Disclaimer: the "or other structures" part used to be "etc." until I changed it just a few minutes ago while making ...


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In my opinion, the questions you've posted are all on-topic here. There is a site for pets, and aquarium keeping is part of that site. But they don't do identification questions, and while I don't think questions about propagating plants would be closed if they were asked there, I think this site would be the better place to ask. If you're interested in ...


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Great question! There is no point in asking questions about interpretation of aspects of the law: laws regarding plants change from city to state/province to country. plant laws are often part of overlapping jurisdictions at any level of government. For example: Food and Drug department says yes, Agriculture says no, Environment is not sure plant laws ...


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For all the reasons you mentioned, as well as the research questions you cited, I think most of these questions can be considered off-topic already; and there's no reason to create a standard that would enable them to qualify as good quality questions. As @J. Musser said, these questions aren’t a large part of our traffic, but the few we’ve allowed recently ...


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I'd say go ahead and rule them off-topic. They are liable to going obsolete, if the websites recommended go down, and I think the easiest route will be placing them out of scope. These questions aren't a very large part of our traffic, so I don't think there will be any ill effects. Explaining to new user that we don't accept this type of question will ...


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I think we should only take aquaponics questions that: pertain to the growing of plants in these systems pertain to the conditions for these plants (which could possibly include animal related content) and are not: about sourcing or finding these systems about the animals one can use in these systems, or the care of these animals about repairing/building ...


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As I write this, the question has no close votes. None! Instead, it has: 34 views, two upvotes, no downvotes, a comment from an 8k rep user (you) suggesting migration to Biology.SE, and an upvoted answer from a 14k rep user suggesting migration to Biology.SE Please, if you think something is off-topic, vote to close it. This sends a much stronger signal ...


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Mechanics should be off-topic I see a lot of mechanical questions, as in, "How do I fix my mower?" I think this type of question would be better served on https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/?as=1 and I say this as a small engine mechanic. Just because a piece of machinery is used for a landscaping purpose, doesn't mean gardeners and landscapers should be ...


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