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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?
Baking banana bread with kedushat shevi'it bananas
Can I bake banana bread with kedushat shivi'it bananas? Since we are not supposed to use the fruit in an “unusual” way, I wasn’t sure if baking is considered “unusual “?
Garden maintenance: lawn care and leave removal
Hello. Thank you so much for this information! We made Aliyah 3 months ago are very confused with how to properly keep the laws of shemitah here in the holy land.
Question(s): (1) Can we mow the lawn (or have someone do it)? The seed grass grows too high for my little dog to comfortably do her business on the lawn. We recently mowed it, before I realized that this might be a problem for shemitah.
(2) Can we remove dead leaves from the ground in the garden? Thank you again.
Poisoning and removing shoots that emerge from trees
I have a wild type of tree from the willow family. During the year we have new shoots surfacing and must poison them and pull them out as their roots can be very aggressive. Can we do this treatment during the shemitah year?