Gardening Q and A

Plants of the Bible – Growing in the South

Q: We are landscaping an area around the old Lithia Spring and Sweetwater Park Hotel and would like to feature Biblical plants. Do you know how I could find a list of appropriate plants? A: It turns out that Professor...

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Red Hot Poker – Care

Q: A few years ago my dad gave me some plants he called Red Hot Poker. I planted them around my mailbox and they have done well. I think it is time to dig, split, and spread them to other...

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Tulip – Reblooming

Q: I am a novice gardener and am quite pleased with the tulips I planted last fall, which bloomed beautifully three weeks ago. However, your April Garden Calendar advised digging up and discarding the bulbs after blooming. Do tulips not...

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Tent Caterpillar

Q: I recently noticed in the crook of a few of my trees white webs with lots of tiny worms squirming inside. Do you have any idea what this is and what to do about it? A: You undoubtedly have...

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Giant Bark Aphid – Identification

Q: The other day I was laying pine straw in one of my flower beds and I noticed tons of yellow jackets hanging around one side of my loropetalum. I looked up to the 20ft Nuttall oak that hangs over...

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Crabgrass – Control after Sprouting

Q: I have had an eruption of crabgrass in my lawn this spring. I fertilize regularly and I put down a pre-emergent early this year. Can you suggest any products and treatments to eradicate this stuff? A: I’m doubtful that...

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Greenhouse – Home-made

Q: We are looking at converting an outbuilding into a greenhouse. Do you know of any Web sites that provide information on managing a greenhouse? A: I have one mental picture of greenhouse owners enjoying tropical warmth in the wintertime,...

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Moth Balls – as Animal Repellent

Q: I heard something scratching in the attic last fall. I tried to use a cage trap to catch the varmint but was unsuccessful. I then scattered three boxes of moth balls up there and that seemed to stop the...

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Animals in Attic- Control

Q: I hear heavy thumps and thuds in my attic in the middle of the night. Also, something seems to be chewing the wood up there. Would raccoons do this? A: It is possible that raccoons have taken up residence...

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Birds – Feeding

Q: Do you have any information on attracting birds to backyards? Types of feeders, food, plants and watering containers are all part of the information I am seeking. A: Birds have the same needs as humans: food, shelter and water....

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Birds – Roosting in Trees

Q: What a mess! For some reason, a flock some kind of black bird has chosen one of my Bradford pear trees to roost in. There is a huge mass of droppings under the tree. What can I do? A:...

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Bird – Banging into Window

Q: We have a cardinal that has been flying against our picture window for a week. He’s banging his head and making it bloody. What can be done to stop this? A: Ah, that sweet springtime surge of hormones! Makes...

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Indian Meal Moth – Control

Q: My family has always enjoyed our bird feeders. We keep the bird seed in the garage in some large Rubbermaid containers. We have a major moth problem in our kitchen. How can I get rid of all the moths...

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Greenhouse – for Homeowners

Q: I am considering building my own hobby greenhouse and don’t know where to begin. I want to start out with simple flowers and vegetables but I would like to be able to expand the greenhouse in case I decide...

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Garden Books – for Children

Q: I need a list of ten books on gardening for children in elementary school. I’m trying to obtain a grant from the Master Gardeners Association to purchase gardening books for our Mountain Regional Library. A: I polled my team...

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Cane Begonia – Overwintering

Q: How can I over winter Dragon Wing begonias? I hate seeing them in the compost pile after the first big freeze. A: Dragon Wing begonia, Begonia x hybrida, and angel wing begonia, Begonia coccinea are very attractive, cane-forming begonia...

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Gardening – Shouldn’t be Intimidating

Q: I am a little intimidated by gardening. I have a couple of holly bushes that I’ve had in pots near my entryway for months and they look like they need planting. How do I know where to plant them?...

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Snake – Repellents

Q: In the last two weeks I have killed four snakes, one of them in my garage. They were pretty big ones. One might have been a king snake, another was black with yellow lines. We live in a wooded...

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