Food Gardening

Peach Tree Planted Around Septic Tank – Safe To Eat Fruit?

Q: What do you think about eating the fruit from a peach tree that it was planted around a septic tank? A: As long as the fruit does not directly touch the ground I would be comfortable eating it. Germs...

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Red Potatoes – What Has Been Eating At The Roots?

Q: We planted red potatoes but one of the plants has been eaten from the roots. A: I think it could be a vole (meadow mouse) eating the potato. These shy creatures make runs beneath mulch and weeds to reach...

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Peach Fruit – Spots

Q: This peach tree has been here many years. This is only my second year owning this property. Last year the peaches were delicious but looked a lot like they do in these pictures that I took today. What is...

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Rosemary – Spider Mite Infestatiom

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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Tomato – Early Blight on Fruit

Q: I have some beautiful tomato plants this year but something is causing my tomatoes to rot from the stem end. They fall to the ground after the top of the tomato has rotted from the stem. This generally occurs...

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Sorghum And Sweet Corn – Can I Plant Them Together?

Q: Could I plant sorghum in the same area as sweet corn without ruining the corn? A: Though the plants are somewhat similar in appearance, there is no problem planting them together. On the other hand, there could be a...

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Stinkhorn Mushrooms – How To Get Rid Of Them

Q: We have stinkhorn mushrooms growing in a large flower bed at the front of our house. How to get rid of them? They are foul on so many levels! A: The best thing to do is the simplest: use...

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Raspberry – Blooms but no Fruit

Q: My Heritage raspberries have been planted for a few years and never produced fruit. This year looks promising with so many flowers. But they all looked like the attached picture. Am I going to be disappointed again? A: UGA...

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Meyers Lemon – Producing But Lemons Fall Off

Q: We have a Meyer lemon, three feet tall, indoors by a bright window. It is blooming profusely and producing lemons. But they get to the size of the tip of your little finger and fall off. Any ideas? A:...

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Pickling Cucumbers – Short And Curling Up On Ends

Q: I plant pickling cucumbers each year but lots of them are short and dumpy and curling up on the end. What causes this? A: Easy – the pickles didn’t get pollinated. On this year’s vines, notice that there are...

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What Fruit Plants Are GMO?

Q: I saw strawberry plants for sale that had “GMO free” on the label. What fruit plants are GMO? A: As far as I know, only Hawaiian papaya might be fruit that’s a GMO (genetically modified organism), but note that...

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Using Shingles To Warm Ground Around Tomatoes – But Are They Toxic To Soil?

Q: I heard you talking about using shingles to warm up the ground around your tomatoes. Shingles sound like the perfect weed barrier: won’t blow away, won’t deteriorate, heat up the soil, etc. But are there toxic chemicals in them...

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Fake Article – Adding Eight Things To Soil For Better Tomatoes

Q: I saw an article online that listed eight things to add to the soil to grow better tomatoes. I’ve never heard you mention any of them. A: As soon as I saw “Apply baking soda to get tomatoes that...

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Is It Worth It To Use Stored Year-Old Tomato Seeds?

Q: Is it advisable to use year-old tomato seeds that were stored in the house? Are there extra steps that should be done to ensure successful germination? A: Unless you have a rare heirloom tomato variety, saving seed isn’t worth...

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Do Blueberries Need Full Sun Year Round?

Q: Do blueberries need full sun at all times of the year? My planting spot gets full sun for eight months a year but in winter my house blocks the sunlight there. A: I think you’ll be fine if the...

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Large Organic Garden – Advice For Planting Rhubarb

Q: I have a large organic garden and would like to plant rhubarb. Any advice? A: Rhubarb won’t be as perennially hardy here as it is up North but you can grow it in the South for a couple of...

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Varieties Of Apple Trees – One Bloomed And Others Won`t Get Pollinated

Q: I have three varieties of apple trees. The Red Delicious bloomed before the other two so it won’t get pollinated. Any suggestions? A: When one apple blooms before others, look around for a crabapple that’s blooming and bring some...

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Vegetable Garden Weed Killer – Leaves Safe Soil For Summer Vegetables

Q: Is there a safe weed killer for vegetable gardens that could be applied now, but still leave the soil safe for this summer’s vegetables? Our garden is loaded with winter weeds. A: Despite social media claims, corn gluten meal...

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