Food Gardening

Yucca Plants – Seeding

Q: I have several yucca plants that have finished blooming and have left behind stalks of seed pods. How do I plant the seed? A: Frankly, it might be easier to look under your existing plants and dig out small...

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Peppers – Storing

Q: I harvest hot peppers and air dry them throughout the growing season. In the fall I grind them and store them in jars. Recently I noticed small worms in one jar and moth-like insects in an other. What can...

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Okra Pods – Ants

Q: Last year my okra pods were covered in fire ants. How do I keep them off without using strong chemicals? A: Fire ants are indeed the likely culprits. They feed on developing pods and make a nuisance of themselves...

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Zucchini Plant – Blooms

Q: I know that the first blooms on a zucchini plant are the male flowers. If I cut those off will the female flowers that come later still produce zucchini fruit? I love fried squash blossoms! A: You can fry...

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Fruit – Espaliering

Q: I’m learning about growing fruit and I see that in England they are grown against walls in a fan shape. Is there a reason we don’t do this in the Southeast? A: Training fruit trees to grow in a...

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Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans – No Beans

Q: We planted Kentucky Wonder pole beans in April. They are climbing up the support poles nicely but they have been blooming for over two weeks with no sign of beans! A: Bean flower drop is related to fertilization but...

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Asian Persimmon Tree – Fruit

Q: My two-year-old Asian persimmon tree has been dropping developing fruit. Is it poor pollination? How can I stop the drop? A: Fruit trees vary in their ability to hold fruit while they become established in a growing site. There...

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Potato Vine – Trimming

Q: I have a potato vine in a large ceramic pot. It grows like kudzu and is covering everything close by. Any problem with trimming? A: There’s no problem at all with cutting the vine when needed. Some early varieties...

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Hican – Identification

Q: What is a hican?   A: According to Arty Schronce at the Georgia Department of Agriculture, pecans and hickories are closely related and they can hybridize. Both belong to the genus Carya. The nuts of pecan-hickory hybrids (at least...

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Container Gardening – Vegetables

Though the trend now is to rent rather than own a home, the urge to grow your own food is still strong. Rather than dig a permanent garden plot, you can get great yields from containers on your patio, deck...

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Kiwi – Hardy Types

Q: I recently purchased a pair of hardy kiwi, that have a smooth skin, which appealed to me for my experiment in making jam from them. How are they grown? A: Hardy kiwi is different from the fuzzy kiwifruit, Actinidia...

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Pepper – Fused Fruit

Q: I planted three banana pepper plants (grown from seeds) this spring. While harvesting the remaining peppers from the one surviving plant a couple of days ago, I found this little oddity. I found it so unusual, I thought I...

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Muscadine – Pruning on an Arbor

Q: I was sick for two years and this arbor of muscadine and muscadine grapes is way out of control. When should I prune and what should I prune? A: You have some major jobs ahead: If you want a...

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School Garden – Resources

If you’re a teacher or parent involved in setting up a school garden, you know there’s lots more to it than digging the dirt and planting some seeds. Do you have a good garden spot? When will you plant? What...

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Vegetables – Cold Damage

Vegetable crops differ in their hardiness to cold temperatures, depending upon their genetics and origin. Warm season crops, such as tomatoes, snap beans, and the cucurbits originated in tropical areas and can be severely injured by even a light frost....

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Tomato – Fall Harvest

Q: Our fall tomato crop has been great! They made it through the hot summer and we cut them back, thinking they were done. They started growing and blooming again! A: Your experience is the same as mine. I’ve discovered...

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Turnip – White Spot Disease

Q: I have grown Purple Top turnips for many years without problems. This year though, issues have arisen. I first noticed a few small spots developing on the foliage. It has now spread throughout the entire crop. I can’t figure...

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UGA Fruit and Nut Publications

Following are good UGA fruit and nut publications: Citrus Fruit for Southern and Coastal Georgia Experiments and Observations on Growing Mayhaws as a Crop in South Georgia and North Florida Home Garden Apples Home Garden Blueberries Home Garden Bunch Grapes...

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