Food Gardening

What Range Can Cabbage And Lettuce Crops Stand Before Being Frozen?

Q: My cabbage and lettuce crops are looking great even though we have had colder than normal weather. What range can they stand before being frozen out?  A: It is tough to predict how cold temperatures will affect vegetables. Much...

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How Can I Prop My Fig Bush Up?

Q: My fig bush was so heavy with figs they pulled the limbs almost to the ground. Can they be propped back up? A: One of the ways that edible fig plants (as well as other species of fig) compete...

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How Do We Protect Creeping Fig In The Winter?

Q: We have a wall covered in creeping fig. How can we protect it from freezing this winter?  A: Ask at your local nursery if they sell frost cloth. This is a lightweight polyester fabric used to drape over tender...

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Are Crushed Peanut Hull Granules Good For Amending Garden Soil?

Q: I have access to a lot of crushed peanut hull granules. This is the inert material that broadcast pesticides are eventually applied to. Would they be good for amending my garden soil? A: This material seems like a perfectly...

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Difference Between Green, Yellow And Red Bell Peppers

Q: What is the difference between green, yellow and red bell peppers? Dave Baker, Conyers A: All bell peppers start out with green or yellow-green fruit which then progress through other colors to finally end up with red skin. Different...

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Japanese Plum Yews With Cottony Scale

Q: I have twenty Japanese plum yews that are infested with cottony scale to the point it looks like snow on the branches. Should I dig them up and toss them?  A: Don’t give up yet! I have gotten control...

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Thorny Three-Leaf Orange Plants With Fuzzy Yellow Fruits

Q: I have a bunch of thorny three-leaf orange plants with lots of fuzzy yellow fruit on my property. Are they worth anything? What’s the best way of getting rid of them? A: I have heard of farmers planting trifoliate...

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Caring For Ghost Peppers Inside

Q: I love hot peppers and grow ghost peppers in two containers. What is the best way to care for them if I bring them inside for the winter?  A: Even though we think of peppers as being annual plants,...

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My Asparagus Plants Are Four Feet Tall And Bushy

Q: In 2013 we planted UC157 asparagus. We have harvested nice eating-size asparagus since. Now the plants are four feet tall and very bushy. My late husband tended our plot and I’m not sure what he did at this point. ...

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Meat In My Pecans Are Soft/Rotten – What’s Wrong?

Q: My house has two giant pecan trees with lots of green pecans that have fallen off. I dried a tray of them but the nutmeats were soft or rotten. What am I doing wrong? A: Our unfortunate Georgia pecan...

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How Should We Collect Nuts From A Walnut Tree?

Q: My brother’s walnut tree has walnuts on the ground and some still on the tree. Should we knock the ones on the tree off and do a one time collection or collect them as they fall?  A: Collect them...

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How Much Space Should I Leave Between My Blueberry Bushes?

Q: I inherited an overgrown blueberry patch ten years ago. I managed to clear it and they have borne a reasonable quantity of fruit each year. However, I lose a lot of fruit because the rows between the bushes have...

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Are There Any Heirloom Tomato Festivals In The Southeast?

Q: Are there any heirloom tomato festivals in the Southeast? I’m looking for a way to taste a variety of heirlooms at once.  A: Cartersville GA, Raleigh NC, Columbia SC, and Hendersonville NC have yearly tomato festivals of some sort....

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White Balls Killed My Potted Parsley Plants

Q: I had three potted parsley plants that suddenly wilted and died. There are white balls next to the stems. They pop when pressed and a sticky liquid comes out.  A: Since no yellow, red, or pink bug guts came...

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My Plants Produced Fewer/Smaller Tomatoes This Year

Q: I had the worst year ever for tomatoes. The plants didn’t produce as many tomatoes and the tomatoes themselves were smaller than normal. A: I think it was just the vagaries of your local environment. Several things can cause...

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Is It True That The Female Watermelons Are Sweeter?

Q: I was bragging to a friend that my sliced watermelon is always sweet because I choose the round female ones and not the longer male fruit. He laughed at me at said this was an urban myth! Who is...

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My Large Peach Tree Is Not Producing Well

Q: I have a rather large peach tree that doesn’t produce very well. I didn’t prune it properly at the beginning so it’s about 15 feet tall with lots of branches and doesn’t have an open center.  A: A short...

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How Can I Help My Peach Tree Resume Vertical Growth?

Q: Our peach tree has suffered for years from extensive shading on one side, encouraging it to lean precipitously. It has lots of green leaves. I removed the trees around it recently. Can I help the peach to resume vertical...

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