Food Gardening

Pecan Trees-Zinc Deficiency

Q: I have a twenty-foot-tall ‘Candy’ pecan. There’s a large ‘Stuart’ nearby. Last year the branch tips died back and there were no pecans. They all turned black when small. Does this sound like scab or maybe a zinc deficiency?...

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Blueberry Types-Northern/Southern

Q: The UGA website lists ‘Legacy’ blueberry as a Northern highbush type. Your website says it’s a Southern highbush. Since I live in south Georgia I need to know what type will grow best here. A: I’ll have to break...

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Tomatoes-Container Growing

Q: What are the best tomatoes for growing in a container? A: Make sure it says “determinate” or “bush type” on the label. Determinate tomatoes grow to a smaller size, although they stop producing in midsummer. Otherwise you’ll have a...

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“Low Chill Cherries”- Can They Grow Here?

Q: Is it possible that the new “low chill” cherries would produce fruit in Georgia? A: While it is true that their requirement for wintertime chilling severely limits cherries such as ‘Bing’, ‘Ranier’ and ‘Lambert’ in Georgia, many other things...

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Tea Olive (Sweet Olive) – Pruning

Q: When is the best time to prune sweet olive shrubs? Mine are six feet tall and bloom in spring and fall. A: I’d do it after the spring flowering period. Tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, blooms on twigs that grew...

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Inexpensive Tomato Grafting Supplies

Q: I need to find a source for tomato grafting tubes and clips that are not terribly expensive for 100 or less of each. Is there an advantage in using eggplant rootstock rather than tomato rootstock? I’m looking for a...

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Tomato – Milk Jug

Q: How do I start tomato plants in a milk jug? A: Use heavy scissors to make a cut two inches above the bottom of a milk jug, cutting around the jug on three sides (the fourth side will be...

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New Pear Trees

Q: I have been trying for several years to start new pear trees from old ones. What’s the best way? A: I think your best bet is grafting twigs from an old tree onto a small young tree. This is...

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Dragon/Kiwi Fruit in Augusta

Q:I live near Augusta and am growing several different fruit plants. I’m looking to plant a fruit you don’t normally see in this area. I was thinking of Dragon Fruit plant or perhaps kiwi. A: Dragon fruit is a type...

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Straw Bale – English Peas

Q: I would like to try planting English peas in straw bales. Is this a good idea? A: Straw bale gardening can be very productive but it takes at least ten days to prepare the bale. It would probably take...

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Blueberries Too Bitter

Q: I have two blueberry bushes. The last several years the fruit has been too bitter to eat. How can I sweeten them up? A: Here are three tips: 1. Make sure they are in full sun all day. Blueberries...

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Tiger Nuts

Q: What are Tiger Nuts? I heard they are delicious. A: “Tiger Nuts” are the roasted tubers of the terribly invasive yellow nutsedge, Cyperus esculentus. Since they are roasted, if you accidentally drop one, it won’t germinate. I applaud any...

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Online Fruit Trees – Organic

Q:I would like to buy fruit trees, vines and bush varieties that are not available at local nurseries. Where is the best place to shop online to make sure I know they are grown in chemical-free soil? A: If you...

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Mushrooms – Growing from Bottom of Pot

Q: This is is growing out of all the holes in my potted fern. They are yellow: maybe mushrooms? A: Your guess is correct. These are mushrooms growing out of the potting soil at the bottom of the pot. Potting...

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Chinese Wing Bean – Identification

Q: In the garden, next to my Tahitian long beans, we planted another seed that looked like a kidney bean. But what grew doesn’t look like any kidney bean I am familiar with. Any idea what these are? A: It’s...

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Potatoes – Cooking in Pine Rosin

Q: Have you heard of using pine tree rosin for cooking potatoes? Is there a local source to purchase the rosin? A: At first I thought you were joking but people do endorse this cooking method! An entrepreneurial family down...

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Watermelon and Squash – Do Not Cross-pollinate

Q: I think I have a watermelon/squash hybrid in my garden. This came up this year where I planted squash. I didn’t plant watermelons this year but had planted watermelons in the spot last year. A: It’s probably not what...

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Blossom End Rot – Control On Tomato and Pepper

Q: What causes young tomatoes to get a black bottom that turns to rot? A: Blossom end rot is caused by lack of calcium in the tomato sap nearby when the small fruit is just starting out. I used to...

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