Food Gardening

Lime Does Not Control Moss

Q: I have some mossy areas in my lawn that could use some lime. How much? A: It is a myth that lime eliminates moss from a lawn. My backyard patio has several large patches of moss growing happily in...

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Applying Lime To Lawn To Raise pH – How Often To Do It?

Q: How often can one apply lime to a lawn to raise the pH? A: You can apply lime to a lawn, if needed, a couple of times a year. Since it can take several months for lime to change...

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Fig Tree – Figs Are Not Ripening

Q: I have a young fig tree. Last year I got twenty-five delicious figs. This year none of the figs are ripening. I have over forty green figs of various sizes on the tree. A: I really should patent a...

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Late-Blooming Blueberries – Recommendations

Q: I caught the tail end of your radio show when you were talking about late-blooming blueberries. Which ones do you recommend? A: My neighbor’s ‘Ochlockonee’ blueberry bushes finished fruiting in late July but she has a ‘Baldwin’ that ripens...

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Puffball – Red Marks on Top

Q: Can you tell me what this is? It was on the ground in Big Canoe. A: Retired Fernbank naturalist David Funderburk says it is a puffball. Specifically Calostoma microsporum or Calostoma cinnabarina. The puffball consists of a chambered, rough-gelatinous,...

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Tomato – Cracks on Top

Q: Last year and again this year our tomatoes have this “wood grain” look on the top of the fruit. What can we do to correct this? A: This distinctive look is caused by alternate wet and dry days. After...

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Basil Leaf Spot – Identification

Q: This week I noticed black spots on the leaves of my basil. Today, I saw these weird dots/bumps on the stems. Are they eggs of a bug or maybe a plant disease? A: At first I thought the brown...

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Dwarf Peach Tree – Brown Sap Oozing From Branches

Q: I noticed brown sap oozing from my three-year-old dwarf peach tree. An arborist told me this is caused by peach borers. I sprayed insecticide but recently I have noticed a few areas around small branches where the sap is...

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Pecan Tree – Ways To Treat Pecan Scab

Q: I have a pecan tree that is suffering from pecan scab. I read where the only way to treat it is by spraying the whole tree. I can’t accomplish that. Is there an alternative?  A: There is not an...

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Effect Of Wheat Straw On Vegetable Plants

Q: If I have been using wheat straw to mulch around my vegetable plants. Will the chemicals that may have been used on the wheat crop affect my vegetable plants? Things just don’t seem to be growing as vigorously as...

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Tomatoes – How To Combat Blight

Q: I and many others had a terrible tomato season because of early blight. Are there any tomatoes that are resistant to blight? Is there any successful treatment? Conversely, I have several volunteer cherry tomatoes that are disease free!  A:...

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Rosemary – Yellow Leaves

Q: My rosemary has many yellow leaves.  A: The first thing I would check for is spider mites. My neighbor’s rosemary plant is “eat up with ’em”! Clip off an eight-inch long branch and slap it onto a piece of...

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Are Those Tomatoes On My Irish Potato Plant?

Q: Have you ever seen tomatoes on Irish potato plants? I have three plants with what I call pomatoes.  A: They’re not tomatoes, just the seed pods of your potatoes. Tomatoes and potatoes belong to the same botanical family so...

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Something Is Eating My Corn Kernels

Q: Some creature is eating the kernels from my corn ears. Any ideas?  A: My bet is that it is mice in your garden. If it were a squirrel or raccoon they would pull the stalks down to the ground....

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Should I Trim My Watermelon Plant?

Q: I have a watermelon plant that’s doing great in a small three-foot by five-foot space. It’s getting too big. Would it be okay to trim the ends of the plant growth?  A: I guess you could clip the ends...

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Corn Blowing Over

Q: The last storm knocked over some of my corn. Should I stand them back up and hill some dirt around each one?  A: In my experience, sweet corn stalks never seem strong enough to withstand a summer thunderstorm unless...

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Apple Trees – Orange-Yellow Spots On Leaves

Q: We just purchased a new house with a couple of apple trees on the property. The leaves have lots of little orange-yellow spots on them. A: It’s likely cedar-apple rust. Your trees may start dropping leaves soon. Red cedar...

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Blueberry Bush – Leaves Are Yellow With Green Veins

Q: My Premier blueberry bush looks sick. It is full of fruit but the leaves are yellow, with green veins. Any ideas? A: Yellow leaves with green veins indicate iron chlorosis, which can be caused by soil pH that’s too...

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