Food Gardening

Is Pine Needle Tea Safe To Drink?

Q: Is pine needle tea safe to drink or just some hippie idea I clicked onto?  A: I found lots of articles online that recommend pine needle tea as a tasty “citrus’y” drink in winter. I have no idea if...

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Can I Plant Some Old Coffee Beans?

Q: I have five pounds of very old coffee beans found in an old closet at church. They are probably over two years old. Is it possible to till them into the soil in the spring as an amendment?  A:...

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Did I Plant My Wando And Alaska Peas Too Early?

Q: I planted Wando and Alaska peas in my garden this week. But I see on your garden calendar that I am weeks too early. What is your opinion for sandy-soiled Burke County?  A: I think you are fine. My...

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I Love Mahonia!

Q: I think mahonia is a beautiful, colorful, and interesting plant!  A: The unique foliage and bright yellow flowers in early spring certainly make this a distinctive plant. Spikes of blue berries follow the flowers. Some gardeners don’t like mahonia...

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Starting A Dunstan Chestnut Orchard

Q: I’m in the planning phase of starting a large Dunstan chestnut orchard. Is there anyone to help me in the process? One issue I need to address is irrigation.  A: Few people alive remember the billions of American chestnut...

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Will Mulching my Peach Trees Slow Blooming?

Q: I have several Elberta peach trees that are growing like crazy but they want to bloom in January. I read that mulching them would keep the soil cold to slow blooming. A: The air temperature around trees is what...

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Aphids on chives

Q: I have black aphids on my garlic chives. They can be washed off but come right back. How do I get rid of them? A: I guess you could use store-bought insecticidal soap on them, but spraying with a...

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Can I Crop Indeterminate Tomato? Distinguish Determinate from Indeterminate

Q: If I plant indeterminate tomatoes can I crop the top to keep them from growing tall? A: Pruning an indeterminate tomato to make it bushier is possible but you’ll be fighting Mother Nature. After planting, indeterminate tomatoes grow for...

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UGA Vegetable Gardening Publications

With food prices high, folks have been thinking about growing some of their own food. Food gardening is not hard and it doesn’t have to take much room in your landscape. You can even do it in containers! These gardening...

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Sunflower Hulls Disappear Under Bird Feeder

Q: For 15 years I fed sunflower seeds to the birds in my Lawrenceville home and continually had to clean up the hulls under the feeders. I recently retired and moved to a home in Midway, Ga. I’m still feeding...

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No 10-10-10 for Blueberries

Q: I did some cleaning of leaves from around my blueberry bushes. Since we are about to have rain would it be a good idea to give them a little 10-10-10 so it would soak in well? A: I don’t...

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Pruning 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 common okra varieties age, the top of the plant...

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Elberta Peach Blooming Early

Q: I have several Elberta peach trees that are growing like crazy but they want to bloom in January. I read that mulching them would keep the soil cold to slow blooming. A: The air temperature around trees is what...

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Vegetable Plants Not Affected By Bacterial Wilt

Q: Can you give a list of vegetable plants that are not affected by bacterial wilt. I had this disease diagnosed in my tomatoes last year. A: There is only a very narrow selection! I have never heard of sweet...

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Killing The Root Of Bradford Pear Bushes

Q: I am trying to eliminate obnoxious volunteer Bradford pear bushes. Is there a way to kill the roots without waiting for regrowth and using weed killer. A: You could dig the roots out, but I’m guessing that’s not what...

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Planting Rainier Cherry Trees In Atlanta

Q: I’d like to plant several Rainier cherry trees just to see what happens. I LOVE them. A: So, I see you are a gambler! Sweet cherry trees have a tough time bearing fruit in metro Atlanta. Temperature swings in...

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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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