Fruits

How Do We Protect Creeping Fig In The Winter?

Q: We have a wall covered in creeping fig. How can we protect it from freezing this winter?  A: Ask at your local nursery if they sell frost cloth. This is a lightweight polyester fabric used to drape over tender...

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Difference Between Green, Yellow And Red Bell Peppers

Q: What is the difference between green, yellow and red bell peppers? Dave Baker, Conyers A: All bell peppers start out with green or yellow-green fruit which then progress through other colors to finally end up with red skin. Different...

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Japanese Plum Yews With Cottony Scale

Q: I have twenty Japanese plum yews that are infested with cottony scale to the point it looks like snow on the branches. Should I dig them up and toss them?  A: Don’t give up yet! I have gotten control...

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Thorny Three-Leaf Orange Plants With Fuzzy Yellow Fruits

Q: I have a bunch of thorny three-leaf orange plants with lots of fuzzy yellow fruit on my property. Are they worth anything? What’s the best way of getting rid of them? A: I have heard of farmers planting trifoliate...

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Caring For Ghost Peppers Inside

Q: I love hot peppers and grow ghost peppers in two containers. What is the best way to care for them if I bring them inside for the winter?  A: Even though we think of peppers as being annual plants,...

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How Much Space Should I Leave Between My Blueberry Bushes?

Q: I inherited an overgrown blueberry patch ten years ago. I managed to clear it and they have borne a reasonable quantity of fruit each year. However, I lose a lot of fruit because the rows between the bushes have...

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Are There Any Heirloom Tomato Festivals In The Southeast?

Q: Are there any heirloom tomato festivals in the Southeast? I’m looking for a way to taste a variety of heirlooms at once.  A: Cartersville GA, Raleigh NC, Columbia SC, and Hendersonville NC have yearly tomato festivals of some sort....

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My Plants Produced Fewer/Smaller Tomatoes This Year

Q: I had the worst year ever for tomatoes. The plants didn’t produce as many tomatoes and the tomatoes themselves were smaller than normal. A: I think it was just the vagaries of your local environment. Several things can cause...

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Is It True That Female Watermelons Are Sweeter?

Q: I was bragging to a friend that my sliced watermelon is always sweet because I choose the round female ones and not the longer male fruit. He laughed at me at said this was an urban myth! Who is...

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My Large Peach Tree Is Not Producing Well

Q: I have a rather large peach tree that doesn’t produce very well. I didn’t prune it properly at the beginning so it’s about 15 feet tall with lots of branches and doesn’t have an open center.  A: A short...

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How Can I Help My Peach Tree Resume Vertical Growth?

Q: Our peach tree has suffered for years from extensive shading on one side, encouraging it to lean precipitously. It has lots of green leaves. I removed the trees around it recently. Can I help the peach to resume vertical...

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Advice For Proper Varieties And Planting Of Fig Trees?

Q: What advice do you have for proper varieties and planting of fig trees?  A: Figs growing in the open in Dahlonega can suffer lots of damage in a severe winter. But given a sheltered planting spot by a wall...

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Should I Put Crushed Egg Shells In Soil Around Tomatoes?

Q: I saw online that you can put crushed egg shells in the soil around tomatoes for extra nutrients. Is this a good idea?  A: It doesn’t hurt anything to put crushed eggshells around tomato plants, but it probably doesn’t...

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Where To Get Non-GMO Heirloom Big Boy And Better Boy Tomato Seeds?

Q: Where can I get non-GMO heirloom Big Boy and Better Boy tomato seeds?  A: When I saw your question initially, I thought to myself “What does he mean by ‘heirloom’? Those tomato varieties aren’t that old!” But I am...

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Solving Fusarium Wilt Wilt On Tomatoes

Q: My UGA Extension office says I have fusarium wilt on my tomatoes. I was thinking of laying plastic over the area and letting the sun cook the soil.  A: Solarizing the soil is a good option to control diseases...

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Termites in Tomato Stakes

Q: We pulled up the wooden tomato stakes from our raised beds and found them covered with termites. What would you do? A: Finding termites on untreated wooden stakes is not a problem. This is the way nature is supposed...

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Tomato Producing Too Small Fruit

Q: I had the worst year ever for tomatoes. The plants didn’t produce as many tomatoes and the tomatoes themselves were smaller than normal. A: I think it was just the vagaries of your local environment. Several things can cause...

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Figs – How to Know When Ripe

Q: My figs are turning brown. How do I know when they are ripe? A: One way is to look for those that have bird peck holes. They have spent thousands of years contemplating your question, so they are experts!...

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