Fruits

Strawberries – Basic Care And Maintenance

Q: I’m growing strawberries for the first time. What should I do to the plants for winter? A: Strawberries are very tolerant of cold weather. Most strawberries will keep a few green leaves in winter and these leaves need sunlight...

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Date Palm – Re-establishing Roots

Q: I’m doing some research for a Sunday sermon which has a short discussion of date palms in it. Can a date palm re-root after being blown over? A: Yes, like most palms, date palm can be propped up for...

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Vegetables – Tall Plant With Small Fruit

Q: Most of our vegetables grew very tall but with poor fruit. One tomato was ten feet tall but with only tiny fruit; cabbages grew long stems but the cabbages were size of a tennis ball. Our soil tests as...

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Figs – Preventing Sourness

Q: For years I have had wonderful crops of figs. Some years in August they have turned sour and fuzzy on the tree, a total loss.. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? A: Souring usually happens when...

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Grapes – What Will Grow In Georgia

Q: I have a Riesling grape and was wondering what conditions are needed for growing one. A: Riesling grapes do not grow well here. Summer heat and various fungal diseases wipe out the vines before one gets a harvest. Recommended...

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Pears – Managing Height

Q: I want to keep my nine foot tall Bradford pears no larger than fifteen feet tall. Is this possible with regular pruning each spring after flowering? A: Bonsai artists prune and maintain trees that are normally a hundred feet...

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Pawpaws – Looking For Ripeness

Q: I have pawpaws for the first time, they are five inches long, much bigger around than bananas, green, and hard. How do I know when they’re ripe? A: The fruit probably won’t ripen until September but keep an eye...

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Guava – Preparing For Freezing Nights

Q: I just planted two pineapple guava trees. Do you think they will make it through our winter? A: During our current heat wave, it’s hard to remember the freezing nights that will surely test your plant in north Georgia....

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Peppers – When Do They Change Color?

Q: My bell peppers are supposed to be red and yellow. I’m getting a lot of fruit but they are all green. Are they going to turn color? A: Bell peppers change color depending on how developed the seed inside...

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Lemon Trees – Pollination and Fruit Bearing

Q: I have a Meyer lemon tree in a pot outdoors for the summer. When we bought it had one lemon. But it has produced flowers twice and when the lemon reaches pea size they fall off. A: I think...

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Scuppernogs – Fertilization and Care

Q: Can you advise me as to a good fertilization schedule for scuppernongs? A: For established vines apply three to five pounds of 10-10-10 per plant in March of each year. Apply one-half pound of ammonium nitrate in June. Grapes...

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Berries – Management and Growing

Q: I recently started purchasing food from our local farmer’s market. Now I’m inspired to start my own garden. What kind of blackberries and raspberries would you recommend for southeast Georgia? A: ‘Kiowa’ and ‘Gem’ are good blackberries. ‘Caroline’ and...

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Hugelkultur – For Squash, Tomatoes, Melons and More!

Q: I am a beginner at gardening and I want to start growing my own veggies this spring. I want to start a hugelkultur bed. Any tips? A: Hugelkultur is the process of piling limbs and woody material in a...

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Tomatoes – Drip Irrigation Method

Q: I’ve decided to use drip irrigation for my tomatoes this spring. Any advice on how many gallons per hour, how often, where to locate the drip hose , etc? A: Water specifications depend a lot on your personal observation....

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Apricots – Planting In Georgia

Q: Is there any chance that apricots will grow in Sharpsburg, Georgia ? I don’t want to waste my money buying a tree that wont bear fruit. A: Growing apricots in this area begins a quick trip to heartbreak hotel....

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Fig Tree – Planting For Fruit!

Q: I want to plant a fig tree for the fruit. What variety do you recommend for this area? A: ‘Celeste’, ‘Brown Turkey’ and ‘LSU Purple’ grow very well here. Check with your local nursery for availability or visit the...

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Pepper – Pollination

Q: Will peppers cross pollinate? If I plant hot peppers, like jalapeno and habanero, near bell peppers and banana peppers will it make all of them hot? A: Pepper flowers have both male and female parts and they usually pollinate...

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Fragrant Crabapple – Identification

Q: I found this small tree growing in Floyd County not too far from Barnsley Gardens. It was growing in an area close to a creek. The tree was small 8+- feet with rough gray bark. The flowers were very...

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