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Cutting shoots from the base of trees
There are suckers that often sprout at the base of tree trunks, especially common with olive and pomegranate trees. They ruin the trees' aesthetics. Can I remove them during shemitah? What about citrus trees? Does it make a difference if the growths are from below the graft line?
Kedushat shevi'it in produce
Since Rosh Hashanah I have been handling the cucumbers that I bought as having kedushat shevi'it. Was this the right thing to do?
Mushrooms and shemitah status
What is the status of mushrooms vis-vis shemitah? It wasn't clear to me from the wrapper.
Mixing compost piles on the ground
I have a compost pile on the ground in my yard. Am I allowed to mix it during the shemitah year? If I mix it, I will be mixing soil.
Trellises and supports during shemitah
Is it permissible to train climbing plants onto a trellis during the shemitah year?
What about adding supports to trees that have begun to grow crooked? If so, under which conditions?
Herbs growing on a covered balcony
I have herbs growing in my covered balcony. Do they have kedushat shevi'it? What about terumot and ma'aserot?
Hefker for herbs and vegetables growing on an open-sky balcony
Hi! Are all these rules exactly the same for a mirpeset open to the sky? How do I make plants on my mirpeset hefker?
Pruning fruit trees and bushes
I forgot to ask about pruning the bushes for aesthetics. Is that allowed? There are a couple of fruit trees too, I assume we should leave those alone altogether? Also, not to eat the fruit?
Terumot and ma'aserot and hefker for fruit on trees now (Cheshvan)
Hello, my daughter has a lemon tree that she just picked 3 lemons. 1. I believe that the lemons fall under the category of yivul shishit. 2. If so, does she still have to make them hefker before she brings them into her home? 3. Does she have to take terumah and ma'aser since they were picked during the shemitah year?
Removing dead leaves or the entire contents of a planter
If most of the leaves have died in a potted plant (perforated planter, outside), may I remove the dead leaves and/or throw out the entire contents of the pot?