Fruits

What To Do If You Put Too Much Compost In Tomato Beds?

Q: We put too much compost in a raised bed for tomato plants. Now we have tall, healthy plants but no flowers a month later. What to do?  A: Not much can be done except to wait until the plants...

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Is Celebrity Tomato A Determinate Type?

Q: I planted a ‘Celebrity’ tomato. The label says it is a determinate type. But mine already has six vigorous stems and doesn’t look determinate to me. I thought I’d have more of a bushy type plant.  A: I once...

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Making Kieffer Pears Palatable

Q: On your website you say that only canning makes Kieffer pears palatable. I’ve found an exception. A few years ago I had a bumper crop of hard pears. I gathered a paper bag full and left it in my...

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Apple – Brown Corky Skin, Russetting

Q: This brown ring is on most of my apples on this years crop. What is it and can it be treated? A: It looks like apple russet, the brown scarring that sometimes appears on the skin of apples and...

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Muscadine – Dropping Little Fruit

Q: I was out looking at my muscadine vines this morning and the fruit seems not as plentiful compared to previous years. Looking on the ground, I see these small fruit. Is this possibly a pest chewing the small stems...

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Bacterial Wilt On Tomato – Streaming Test

Q: Do you think this is bacterial wilt on my tomatoes? Seemed to be totally healthy and then one by one they just wilt and not come back. I tried your wilt test. A: Bacterial wilt is a soil-borne disease....

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Large Crapemyrtle – Why Not to Prune Severely

Q: We have several 20-30 ft. crepe myrtle trees that we would like to prune down to 8- 0 ft. They shade much of the surrounding plants and lawn, preventing growth and flowers. A: I understand your reasoning, but pruning...

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Figs – For Cold Climate

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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Blueberry – Leaf-footed Bug

Q: My sister has three different types of blueberry bushes that produce delicious berries. But I have noticed lots of these flying guys have also been enjoying them! Can you tell us what they are and what we can do...

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Tomato – How to Know if It is Determinate or Indeterminate

Q: I planted a ‘Celebrity’ tomato. The label says it is a determinate type. But mine already has six vigorous stems and doesn’t look determinate to me. I thought I’d have more of a bushy type plant. A: I once...

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Dolomitic Lime Dated 2009 – Is It Still Useful?

Q: For tomatoes. I found a box of agricultural dolomitic lime in our dry basement dated 2009. It is still powdery, no clumps. Is it still useful?  A: Lime deteriorates slowly, even when it gets wet. Since your lime is...

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Are Mahonia Berries Edible By Human?

Q: In late April I saw ten birds attack my mahonia shrub. I watched bird after bird swallow those beautiful blue berries down their throats like a snake does his dinner. Are mahonia berries edible by humans?  A: I’m not...

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Crabapple Tree That Has Green Fruit?

Q: My elderly mother has decided that she really wants a crabapple tree that has green fruit when ripe, like she remembers from growing up. What do you suggest?  A: Almost all crabapples bear fruit in some shade of red....

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How Can I Control The Height Of Tomatoes Without Hurting Them?

Q: Last year I planted tomatoes but they grew to fifteen feet long. Can I cut them back to control height without hurting the tomatoes?  A: It would be better to plant tomatoes that limit their height naturally. Look on...

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Transplanted Blueberry Bush – Not Fully Leafed Out

Q: I transplanted a large blueberry bush early last fall. I have other blueberry bushes that are fully leafed out now, but the transplanted one is only 20% leafed out. Should I remove berries to reduce stress or let the...

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Cherry Leaf – Finger Gall

Q: I have a tree in the back yard that has developed these strange bubbles on its leaves. The entire tree is covered along with the leaves wilting and dropping at a pretty steady rate. A: It is just finger...

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Grape – Tumid Gall

Q: My grape vines are growing some weird thing. Can you identify? A: I think it is tumid gall. Generally does no damage to the grape. Cut it open to see what’s inside. Grape...

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Blackberry – Stem Gall

Q: I found this on my blackberry plant and thought you might know what it is. Should I remove it? A: I think it is a stem gall caused by the egg laying accomplished by a midge insect. Galls typically...

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