Food Gardening

Huge sweet potatoes!

Q: I have grown sweet potato’s before, but have never seen anything like this. This is the first year for our garden. The sweet potatoes that I dug were malformed and very large. These were Georgia Jet variety. One was...

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Okra pods not pollinated

Q: I was away for a week and wasn’t able to cut my okra while gone. When I returned there were ants on the stalk and I noticed that the small pods would fall off when I shook the plant...

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Is white sap on fig fruit harmful?

Q: Some of our figs have white goo on them. What is it? Is it harmful to ingest? A: Like many members of the ficus family, edible fig tree branches and fruit exude a milky white latex when injured. I...

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Squirrel Damage to Tomato

Q: Do you know what would cause this damage to tomato plants? A: It could be either a squirrel or a chipmunk. In my experience, squirrel damage is usually higher on the plant than chipmunk damage. The chipmunks usually chew...

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation

Q: My fiddle leaf fig started out really small and now it’s hitting the ceiling! Where will it go from here?  A: If you give your fiddle leaf fig enough space and light, it will grow 40 feet tall! My...

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Flowers Falling Off My Tomatoes

Q: My tomatoes look very healthy but the flowers fall off.  A: Hot weather always causes tomato pollination problems, particularly with varieties that have large fruit. Visit your plants once or twice a day and lightly thump the flower clusters...

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Can I Prune Okra?

Q: In last year’s garden the okra did well but grew way too tall. Can it be pruned to keep it lower and still produce well? A: You sure can! As our common okra varieties age, the top of the...

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When Will Lone Filbert Nut Tree Mature?

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more?  A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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Blueberry Leaves Stuck Together

Q: My blueberries are starting to turn blue but I noticed that something is binding the leaves together. It looks like the leaves have been bitten on the ends but they are then stuck together with something invisible.  A: You...

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How High Can Raised Beds Be?

Q: I am working to create permanent raised beds in my garden. I have been told that raised beds should not exceed twelve inches high because the soil becomes too hot and dry.  A: Raised beds do dry out a...

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My Pomegranate Trees Have Only One Or Two Fruits

Q: My wife and I have three six-year-old pomegranate trees. One of them has full of orange flowers but only one or two fruits. Most of the flowers are single but there are many double flowers too.  A: I think...

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Filbert bush needs pollinator

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more? A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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When to harvest garlic

Q: Now that my garlic plant has this beautiful bloom will it have a garlic bulb or onion to harvest or do I just leave it? A: By the time the plant flowers, garlic may be a little past optimum...

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Bumper Crop Of Baby Peaches – How To Thin The Peaches

Q: I have a bumper crop of baby peaches. Is there a rule of thumb for thinning the peaches? I know the branches won’t support all of them.  A: You are right. If you don’t remove some of the fruit,...

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Starting A Vegetable Garden On A Sunny Cow Pasture

Q: We are moving out in the country and I’d like to start a vegetable garden. Our property is on a sunny former cow pasture. I’d like to grow corn, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, and maybe potatoes. Any suggestions on...

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My Fig Tree Stopped Producing Fruit

Q: Early this spring our figs were leafing and had several small fruits. Now, they have lots of large green leaves but all the figs we saw earlier are gone! There are no signs of new fruit. A: It is...

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Fruit From My Banana Plants

Q: I get fruit from my banana plants about every other year, contrary to what you said on radio.  A: It seems like every time I say a certain thing isn’t possible in Atlanta, someone writes and says “Why, I...

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Is Compost Tea A Good Fertilizer?

Q: Is compost tea a good fertilizer for the vegetable garden or is it better to just mix the compost into the holes of the plants?  A: I have a history with garden “teas”. I remember helping my mother make...

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