Vegetables

Potato Plant Looks Melted After Freeze – What To Do?

Q: My potatoes were eight inches high when the freeze came recently. The plants look melted. Will the potatoes below send more shoots or should I replant? A: The warm weather we had before the freeze kept soil temperatures pretty...

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How Much Composted/Bagged Cow Manure To Use In A Vegetable Garden?

Q: How much composted and bagged cow manure should I add to my vegetable garden before planting? A: Bagged cow manure contains very little nutrition for plants. And as for adding organic matter to your soil, there are better materials...

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Potato – Seed Pods

Q: This is a stalk from my purple potato plant. In all my gardening years, I have never seen anything like these growing on the stalk above ground. What are they? A: They are potato seed pods! I’m sure you...

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Slug – on Broccoli

Q: I found these bugs on my broccoli plants. What’s the best way to control them? A: You have a slug, not a bug. A common online remedy for slugs and snails is to press a saucer into the ground...

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Nurturing A Corn Plant

Q: We received a corn plant when were married forty-one years ago. Now it’s blooming and the fragrance is wonderful! A: Given appropriate watering, occasional feeding, and the right amount of light, a corn plant can live to a ripe...

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Do I Still Have Time To Plant Potatoes? 

Q: Do I still have time to plant potatoes?  A: Planting potatoes in fall in north Georgia is not usually successful. Sometimes you can get a crop if we have a warm fall and late frost but typically the soil...

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Cucumber Vine – Flat Stem

Q: This lemon cucumber plant started out with its main stem round. It has now grown six feet long but the stem is rectangular and about 2″ wide. A: Wow…very nice! The phenomenon of abnormally flattened stems is called “fasciation”....

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Why Are Cabbage Worms On My Collards?

Q: I know I have cabbage worms on my new collards. Did I plant them too early or too late?  A: Cabbage worms seem to attack cabbage, kale, and broccoli plants anytime you plant them, spring, summer, or fall. I’m...

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Effect Of Wheat Straw On Vegetable Plants

Q: If I have been using wheat straw to mulch around my vegetable plants. Will the chemicals that may have been used on the wheat crop affect my vegetable plants? Things just don’t seem to be growing as vigorously as...

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Are Those Tomatoes On My Irish Potato Plant?

Q: Have you ever seen tomatoes on Irish potato plants? I have three plants with what I call pomatoes.  A: They’re not tomatoes, just the seed pods of your potatoes. Tomatoes and potatoes belong to the same botanical family so...

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Something Is Eating My Corn Kernels

Q: Some creature is eating the kernels from my corn ears. Any ideas?  A: My bet is that it is mice in your garden. If it were a squirrel or raccoon they would pull the stalks down to the ground....

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Corn Blowing Over

Q: The last storm knocked over some of my corn. Should I stand them back up and hill some dirt around each one?  A: In my experience, sweet corn stalks never seem strong enough to withstand a summer thunderstorm unless...

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Red Potatoes – What Has Been Eating At The Roots?

Q: We planted red potatoes but one of the plants has been eaten from the roots. A: I think it could be a vole (meadow mouse) eating the potato. These shy creatures make runs beneath mulch and weeds to reach...

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Sorghum And Sweet Corn – Can I Plant Them Together?

Q: Could I plant sorghum in the same area as sweet corn without ruining the corn? A: Though the plants are somewhat similar in appearance, there is no problem planting them together. On the other hand, there could be a...

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Pickling Cucumbers – Short And Curling Up On Ends

Q: I plant pickling cucumbers each year but lots of them are short and dumpy and curling up on the end. What causes this? A: Easy – the pickles didn’t get pollinated. On this year’s vines, notice that there are...

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Large Organic Garden – Advice For Planting Rhubarb

Q: I have a large organic garden and would like to plant rhubarb. Any advice? A: Rhubarb won’t be as perennially hardy here as it is up North but you can grow it in the South for a couple of...

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Vegetable Garden Weed Killer – Leaves Safe Soil For Summer Vegetables

Q: Is there a safe weed killer for vegetable gardens that could be applied now, but still leave the soil safe for this summer’s vegetables? Our garden is loaded with winter weeds. A: Despite social media claims, corn gluten meal...

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Best Greens To Plant In Winter

Q: What are the best greens to plant in the winter. A: Collards, turnip greens, lettuce, and spinach are easy to plant from seed in September. Given water as needed, they will give you much to harvest through most of...

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