Gardening Q and A

Apple – GMO Modification?

Q: I ate a Honeycrisp apple that was not organic so I’m assuming it’s probably GMO. Seeds inside had tiny sprouts so I planted to see what would happen. Will these produce fruit that is GMO? A: I know of...

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Hens n Chicks – Hens Are Dying?

Q: I received a plant from my grandmother called “Hens n Chicks”. Some of the hens seem to be dying and the chicks are still going strong. What should I do? A: Hens and Chicks, Sempervivum tectorum, is native to...

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Planting – When To Plant What

Q: When is the correct time to plant turnip, mustard, beet and radish seeds? A: You can start thinking about it around Aug. 15, completing the effort by mid-September. Wait for a day when rain is in the forecast so...

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Greenhouse – Pollination Without Bees?

Q: I’m thinking about attaching a greenhouse to my home. I’d like to grow some citrus (lemon, orange, kumquat). But how do they get pollinated if no bees can get to them? A: Good news! They don’t require insects for...

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Sweet Potatoes – Proper Fertilization

Q: I’m growing Beauregard sweet potatoes. One source says they are light feeders but another says they are heavy feeders. How should they be fertilized? A: UGA gardening expert Bob Westerfield says he would class sweet potatoes in the medium...

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Plant – Interesting, Pretty and Attractive

Q: I need something to plant in a space that’s quite long; part is shady and some is in full sun. I’d love the plant to have year round interest and maybe attract wildlife. What do you think about Oregon...

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Fulton County – Vegatable Growing

Q: What are the rules on urban farms or gardens in Fulton County? How much of our property can we dedicate to growing vegetables? A: Becky Griffin, UGA urban agriculture specialist, says that in June the Atlanta City Council passed...

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Snakes – Finding Eggs

Q: We were spreading a pile of mulch and came across eggs that are as big as chicken eggs, but more slender. Our neighbor’s lawn man killed a timber rattlesnake in their yard a couple of weeks ago. Hope these...

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Topsoil – Finding Good Product

Q: Do you know of any business that sells quality topsoil by the bag rather than the woodchip-filled debris presently available? A: Like you, I’ve been disappointed by the “dollar-a-bag” topsoil products I find at big-box stores. You can make...

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Tomatoes – Ripen All Togther

Q: I grow Roma tomatoes every year. How can I get them to ripen all together? I make my own marinara sauce, but it’s difficult to do when I can’t get all the tomatoes to ripen together. A: As you...

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Copperheads – In Your Yard

Q: We have found baby copperheads in our yard. I am very afraid of snakes and worried about my two small children playing there. I’m afraid that we have a nest of them. A: Copperheads bear live young so they...

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Blueberry – Cross Pollination?

Q: I’ve been researching Powderblue blueberry bushes. I need four plants to get a good harvest for my family. Do I need to also purchase a different variety for cross pollination? A: ‘Powderblue’ is an excellent choice. You’ll get better...

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English Ivy – Not Dying

Q: Many of my pines were covered in English ivy. On several trees I’ve clipped the vines on the trunk but the leaves still seem to be thriving. A: It can take several weeks for English ivy vines to die....

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Mulch – Invaded By Ants

Q: We have a mulch pile that is invaded with ants and they swarm out when stirred up. Any suggestions for control? A: Turning the pile over a couple of times usually does the trick. If you work quickly they...

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Tree Stump – Filling The Hole

Q: I had a tree in my lawn that is now gone. The stump rotted and a large hole appeared. Can I use some leftover thinset mortar mix in the bottom part of the hole? A: I don’t foresee any...

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Maple Trees – Regular Pruning

Q: How effective are tree growth regulators for maple trees? I’ve got some twenty-five-foot high maple trees on a sloped hill. They’re doing well but I’m wondering if I can slow down their growth. A: Chris Hastings (www.arbormedics.com) says he...

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Pampas Grass – Salvaging Whats Left

Q: This past winter reduced our large pampas grass to a circle of papery stems. There are four or five clumps of healthy new growth on the perimeter. Nothing has sprouted in the center. What to do? A: Sadly, it...

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Colorful – Options Of Shrubs

Q: I would like to plant a flowering shrub that also has colorful foliage. The area is in a sunny spot and southern exposure. A: Consider named varieties of common abelia, Abelia x grandiflora. Typically this shrub grows to ten...

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