Food Gardening

‘Yellow Delicious’ Apple – Pollination

Q: I recently purchased a Yellow Delicious apple tree. Do I need a pollinator for it? A: You’ll get reasonably good fruit set with a single tree but better pollination will occur if you have a ‘Stayman’ or ‘Rome Beauty’...

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Vole – Damage to Base of Cherry

Q: This cherry tree is my favorite and its base is showing this damage. I do not want to lose it. A: I’ve seen identical damage at the base of a flowering cherry that “up and died” overnight. One day...

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Tomato Leaf Miner

Q: What do you know about the new pest tomato leaf miner? A: Zero! A gardener brought the pest to my attention in January, 2015 and all I could find was warnings that it would be very hard to manage....

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Hickory, Pecan, Oak – Huge Nut Crop

Q: Our home is surrounded by many hardwood trees. This year we are experiencing a proliferation of hickory nuts. It is basically a solid mass of nuts underneath. Do you know of any explanation for this? A: Nuts such as...

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Grape Vine – Deer Damage

Q: A deer chewed my grape vine clean in half about two feet off the ground. Do I need to dig up vine and start over? A: The grape vine will definitely come back, either from just below the damage...

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Carrots – Surviving Winter

Q: Will my carrot’s make it through winter freezes? I have them in a window box on my deck. The green leaves are about 12″ tall. A: Carrots are cold weather champs. But growing them in a shallow, easy-to-freeze container...

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Asparagus – Moving The Bed

Q: I have a question about moving an asparagus bed. I have moved and I want to dig my asparagus bed and move it to my new home. Can I move it now? A: Now is a terrific time to...

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Blueberry – Winter Care

Q: I planted a blueberry bush back in the summer and it has thrived. Do I need to protect the bush during the winter months? A: Blueberries are perfectly winter-hardy, so there’s no need to protect them from cold. Eventually...

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Serviceberry – Pruning For Shape

Q: My serviceberry tree has a single trunk and is twelve feet tall but it wants to be shrubby. Every couple of weeks I cut off shoots that come from the base of the trunk. What is the best way...

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Persimmon – Not Bearing Fruit

Q: I have three three-year old persimmon trees but they have never had any persimmons. Is this normal or should they be bearing? A: Three- or four-year old trees are still establishing a vigorous root system. Your trees are more...

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Basil – Leaves Being Eaten

Q: The leaves on my basil plant have been eaten by something. There are holes in the middle of most leaves. A: The holes could be caused by slugs, snails or caterpillars. To differentiate, put a saucer-ful of beer near...

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Pecan – Finding Papershell

Q: At my former home in Texas I had two paper shell pecan trees and would like to plant one here. Do I need to have two different pollination types or can I get by with two trees of the...

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Strawberries – Identifying Mock Strawberries

Q: This year I planted a bed of wild strawberries but mock strawberries have invaded! How can I tell them apart so I can pull the weed and keep the wonderful? A: The leaves of the two plants are very...

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Tomato – Saving Seeds

Q: I grow organic heirloom tomato plants. How do I save the seeds? A: The “jelly” that surrounds each seed can inhibit germination. Save an unblemished ripe fruit, scoop out the seeds, and cover with water in a glass jar....

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Butter Beans – Few, Flat Beans

Q: For many years I’ve grown pole butter beans but this year the vines look great but there are few beans and they are flat. A: Flat beans usually indicate poor pollination. Butterbeans are self-pollinating but produce enough nectar to...

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Apple – GMO Modification?

Q: I ate a Honeycrisp apple that was not organic so I’m assuming it’s probably GMO. Seeds inside had tiny sprouts so I planted to see what would happen. Will these produce fruit that is GMO? A: I know of...

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Sweet Potatoes – Proper Fertilization

Q: I’m growing Beauregard sweet potatoes. One source says they are light feeders but another says they are heavy feeders. How should they be fertilized? A: UGA gardening expert Bob Westerfield says he would class sweet potatoes in the medium...

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Fulton County – Vegatable Growing

Q: What are the rules on urban farms or gardens in Fulton County? How much of our property can we dedicate to growing vegetables? A: Becky Griffin, UGA urban agriculture specialist, says that in June the Atlanta City Council passed...

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