Gardening Q and A

Plum – Early Blooms

Q: For the past few years, my plum tree has started to show its blooms in the middle of January. Prior to the snow this January it began to do the same thing. I know that it has a lot...

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Ants – On Houseplants

Q: I had a nice jade plant but ants came in and made their home in it so I threw it away. I have since bought a smaller jade plant; so far it is thriving. Now ants have gotten to...

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Asparagus – Harvesting and Weeding

Q: My husband has a very large asparagus patch. The weeds get in there and are difficult to eradicate. Is there a weed killer that would not hurt the asparagus? A: According to the Ohio Extension Service, harvesting and weed...

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Rosemary – Growing Indoors

Q: I had a very large rosemary that flourished outside but it died of old age. I just bought two more and the label says they are hardy down to 20 degrees F. Should I keep them indoors or put...

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Cabbage – Savoyed Leaves

Q: On the TV show “Jeopardy” earlier this winter, one of the questions was something to the effect of: “You have to wash off the grit from the curly- as well as the smooth-leaved variety of this savoy vegetable.” The...

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Powder Post Beetle – Control

Q: I recently noticed some pin-sized holes in a wooden bed headboard in my house. There was a small pile of sawdust below the holes. Any idea of what it could be? If so, how do I eliminate the pest?...

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Azalea – Leaf Drop

Q: I have several ‘George L. Taber’ azaleas. In winter, their leaves turn yellow, then slowly to brown, and then they drop off the plant. This is happening to all of the plants. I don’t think they need water as...

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Tree – Guy Wire Still in Place

Q: I have a seven year old, fifteen foot tall Leyland cypress that still has the tie around the trunk where it was originally staked. The rope (with a plastic sleeve) has now grown into the tree trunk, preventing me...

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Houseplants – Recommended

Q: I live in an apartment. I’ve never been particularly successful with plants. Can you recommend some nice indoor plants that are easy to take care of and that are neither heavy nor require heavy pots? A: Not all houseplants...

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Abelia – Dwarf

Q: I bought a ‘Little Richard’ abelia to avoid regular pruning because it only reaches two to three feet tall. I planted it two years ago. The shrub now has several four foot tall shoots in the middle. Why did...

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Tiger Lily- propagation

Q: Is it possible to harvest the little bulbs on the stalk of a tiger lily and start new plants? I didn’t know what they were at first because I guess I had never grown a true tiger lily. A:...

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Blueberry – Pruning

Q: I have over one hundred rabbiteye blueberry plants, some almost 20 years old, and they need pruning. I get conflicting information on the proper time to prune. Please tell me when will be the best time. A: Blueberries flower...

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Petunia – Deadheading

Q: We have some old-fashioned reseeding petunias from the home of my great-grandmother. They’ve bloomed there since my father was a child. I know that in order to keep petunias blooming, you should remove faded flowers. I’m afraid if I...

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Bermudagrass seed – Choosing

Q: I am in the process of building a new home. I cannot afford to sod, but would like to seed bermudagrass in my 12,500 square foot front yard. I am told the seed needs to be mixed with sand...

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Tree – Using Mycorrhizae

Q: I have two large oaks on my property. I am contemplating hiring a tree specialist to care for my trees. The service includes “inoculate root zone with mycorrhizal spores and inject with biostimulants to help improve nutrient absorption and...

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Composting – Lawn Clippings

Q: I find myself with lots of fescue clippings I would like to compost this summer. However, we have our lawn treated with fertilizer and weed killer by a national lawn maintenance company. Does this mean we shouldn’t use our...

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Leafcutter Bee – In Mortar

Q: I have insects that are boring pencil-sized circular holes in the mortar where two brick walls meet. They appear to have a striped abdomen and they plug the holes with green leaf matter. How do I prevent them from...

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Flea Control – Indoors

Q: What can I use in the house for flea control with a sixteen month old baby present? The dog is treated and the yard is going to be but I want to get ahead of them indoors before there...

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