Food Gardening

Planting Peas And Beans – Where To Start

Q: I want a couple of pea and bean plants in my yard for a quick hobby garden. Can I sow a few seeds from dried grocery store beans? A: Possibly. Some beans and peas have been treated with heat...

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Small Broccoli Heads

Q: My broccoli grew tall but produced only small broccoli heads. It’s almost like it bolted although the weather has been nice and cool.  A: Storage temperatures before you purchase the plants can cause this. Just a few days of...

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Is Golden Jackpot Barberry Invasive Here?

Q: Is the Golden Jackpot barberry invasive here? A: It is hard to know. Japanese barberry is very invasive in some parts of the country, like New England, but does not seem to be as vigorous in the Southeast. Yellow-leafed...

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When To Plant Tomatoes And Peppers

Q: I know it’s customary to wait until mid-April to plant my tomatoes and peppers, but I’m getting antsy. Given the mild winter we’ve had, do you think it would be okay to go ahead or should I hold my...

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Peach leaf curl with red, puckered leaves

Q: Why are the leaves of my peach tree so red and puckered? The fruit seems to be affected too. A: This is peach leaf curl. It is a fungus that loves rainy spring weather. Best way to control it...

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Is it true that male and female green peppers taste different?

Q: Is it true that male and female green peppers taste different? My neighbor believes this. A: Your neighbor may believe this with all their heart but they are wrong. There is no such thing as a “male” or “female”...

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Great videos on how our food grows

Wondering how to conduct another day of at-home schooling? If you are looking for a fun activity for kids (and adults!) these short videos explain how common foods are grown. Watch them with the kids…or assign one for a child...

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Info On Fruiting Quince

Q: I have become interested in growing fruiting quince and have several plants (‘Le Page’, ‘Aromatnaya’, ‘Cookes Jumbo’, ‘Van Deamon’). Do they fruit on current year’s growth or last years? I need to prune them a bit. They are delicious...

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Where To Find Virginia Peanuts?

Q: Do you know where to locally purchase Virginia peanuts to plant in my garden?  A: Jimmy Adams at Adams-Briscoe Seed (abseed.com) in Jackson says he can supply a couple of different varieties in homeowner quantities. He is quick to...

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Cats Use Beds As Litter Box – Should I Replace Soil?

Q: I have several raised beds where I grow vegetables. Stray cats like to use my beds as their litter box. Do you think I should replace the soil before I plant in spring.  A: I am not a veterinarian...

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How Rare Are Asparagus Spears In January?

Q: We enjoyed two asparagus spears from our plant back in January. How rare is this? A: Soil temperature is the main trigger for asparagus spear production. Perhaps a root was growing shallowly and became warm enough to send up...

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How To Get Rid Of Wild Onions?

Q: Do you know of anything to get rid of wild onions except pulling them out?  A: Hand-pulling wild onion/wild garlic has the disadvantage of leaving in the soil the bulbs that don’t currently have leaves. The herbicide imazaquin (Image...

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Good Fruit Trees For Georgia?

Q: I am new to Georgia and am interested in planting a few fruit trees in my back yard. I’d like rare but hardy ones. Any suggestions?  A: “Rare” and “hardy” may not be possible. If a fruit tree is...

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When Do Meyer Lemons Bloom?

Q: My Meyer lemon has about ten blooms starting to form. Is January the normal time?  A: It is behaving normally. Mine has bloomed indoors in January as well as outdoors in May depending on the weather conditions. When a...

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When To Prune My Peach Tree?

Q: How soon after planting can a peach tree be given its first pruning to develop the wine glass shape desired?  A: The first pruning is usually done a few minutes after the tree is planted. Many growers cut the...

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When Should I Prune Our Peach Tree?

Q: We have been waiting for the right time to prune our peach tree and I know you recommend March for that. However we just noticed that they seem like they will bloom very soon. Should we still wait until...

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Can I Toss Vegetable Scraps Into My Shrubbery?

Q: I’m too old to do classic composting with a pile. Every day I have a cup or so of vegetable scraps to dispose of. Can I just toss them over my shrubbery to decompose or am I asking for...

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How To Prune A Pomegranate

Q: I planted a pomegranate ten years ago. I have read that it should be pruned a specific way if it gets too big. A: I don’t think there is a “specific” way to prune; it just depends on what...

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