Food Gardening

Is It Too Late For Blueberry Pruning?

Q: Is it too late for blueberry pruning?  A: You can prune blueberries anytime between late fall and late winter. Actually, they require little pruning until they reach four to six feet in height. At this point, start a cane...

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Nurturing A Corn Plant

Q: We received a corn plant when were married forty-one years ago. Now it’s blooming and the fragrance is wonderful! A: Given appropriate watering, occasional feeding, and the right amount of light, a corn plant can live to a ripe...

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Can You Plant A Meyer Lemon Bush Outside?

Q: Can you plant Meyer lemon bushes outside? I’ve had mine for three years. My husband is tired of moving it in and out and wants to know if I can just plant it outside and leave it.  A: I...

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Can I Cut My Cherrylaurels Down To A Foot?

Q: I have four cherrylaurels that are fifteen feet tall They are very difficult to maintain at that height. Can I take them down to a foot above ground level?  A: I have a cherrylaurel in my backyard that fell...

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Beautyberry Bushes – How Much Can I Prune Them?

Q: My beautyberry bushes are twelve feet high and haven’t been pruned in years. How far back can I prune them?  A: Good news: beautyberry blooms on new wood, so you can prune in winter. The eye-catching berries seen in...

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How Do I Stunt The Height Of My Tomato Plants?

Q: How do I stunt the height of my tomato plants? Every year they grow to at least seven feet high. I would like to limit that to four or five feet if possible.  A: Next spring when you buy...

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Wooly Apple Aphid – Control

Q: Last summer, I noticed some small white, fluffy, cotton balls on my apple trees. Is it aphids or some sort of a fungus? A: I think you’re seeing wooly apple aphids. They suck sap from the twigs on the...

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Meyer Lemon And Key Lime Tree In Same Pot – Should I Separate Now?

Q: I have a Meyer lemon and a Key lime tree in a three gallon pot. They’re about two feet tall. I intended on separating them into different containers but they have started blooming. Should I go ahead and separate...

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Do I Still Have Time To Plant Potatoes? 

Q: Do I still have time to plant potatoes?  A: Planting potatoes in fall in north Georgia is not usually successful. Sometimes you can get a crop if we have a warm fall and late frost but typically the soil...

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Is Transplanting A Four-Year-Old Blueberry Bush Possible?

Q: I have a four-year-old blueberry bush I need to transplant to a new location. Is this possible?  A: Blueberries have very fine, wide-ranging fibrous roots. This is normal for plants that have to scavenge for nutrients under trees in...

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My Tomatoes Develop Black Spots And Rot After Being Picked

Q: This summer I had beautiful tomato plants with loads of fruit. Problem is, after I pick them they begin to get blackish spots and rot right away.  A: Your symptoms sound like you have stink bugs or leaf-footed bugs...

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Cucumber Vine – Flat Stem

Q: This lemon cucumber plant started out with its main stem round. It has now grown six feet long but the stem is rectangular and about 2″ wide. A: Wow…very nice! The phenomenon of abnormally flattened stems is called “fasciation”....

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Pineapple – Dividing and Growing

Q: I have a three year old pineapple plant. It has three babies growing from the bottom of the plant. Should I repot the babies? A: Interesting! A pineapple usually doesn’t make offsets until after it flowers. Despite that, I...

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Pecan Tree – When to Take Down

Q: During a storm one of the lower limbs broke off my pecan tree. What should I do to save my tree? A: If the tree were out in a field, away from people, I’d say leave it and let’s...

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Cherry Tree – Should I Prune Dead Limbs Now?

Q: We have two old flowering cherry trees at our church. They have several dead limbs and didn’t bloom very well. Is there anything I should do now to strengthen them before pruning this winter?  A: I think no harm...

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Italian Parsley Plant With Black And Green Caterpillars

Q: I found several black and green striped caterpillars on my Italian parsley plant. A: They are swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, sometimes called parsley worms. The butterflies laid their eggs on your plant back in July. Unless you desperately depend on...

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Why Are Cabbage Worms On My Collards?

Q: I know I have cabbage worms on my new collards. Did I plant them too early or too late?  A: Cabbage worms seem to attack cabbage, kale, and broccoli plants anytime you plant them, spring, summer, or fall. I’m...

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Insects On Figs – How To Deter Them Without Killing

Q: I have a fig tree that is covered with little juicy nubs where figs used to be. Every time one gets ripe, large black wasps with white marks descend and devour it before I get a chance to pick...

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