Gardening Q and A

Paper – Usage In The Garden

Q: Can I can use the shredded paper from my desk for mulch in and around flowers?  A: You certainly can! The paper itself is harmless and the ink or toner from printers is mostly carbon. I would recommend soaking...

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Bermuda – Control in Flower Bed

Q: I am trying to control weeds bermudagrass in my flower beds. What should I use? A: A quick answer is that you can simply dig it out but I know that’s a chore if you have big beds. There...

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Leyland Cypress – Spittlebug

Q: I have Leyland cypress trees, most of which have small sticky bags all over them. What are they and what do I do? A: They’re spittlebug nymphs. These creatures suck sap from their host and exude a frothy spittle,...

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Bean Teepee (Bean House) – Construction

Q: We made a bean house with field fence sections and topped it with a cucumber trellis that was too short for us to use for cucumbers. It turned out to be very effective for growing beans and made them...

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Pecan Spittlebug – Identification

Q: I have notice a white wad of foam around the stem where my pecans are growing,;what’s going on? A: The foam is caused by pecan spittlebug nymphs. This has been a good year for spittlebugs of all kinds due...

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Shredded Paper – Use In Flower Beds?

Q: Can I can use the shredded paper from my desk for mulch in and around flowers? A: You certainly can! The paper itself is harmless and the ink or toner from printers is mostly carbon. I would recommend soaking...

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Bamboo – A Fair Warning

Q: Do you know of any bamboo growers in the Atlanta area? I know there are interesting and non-invasive bamboos but nurseries in this area do not seem to carry any. A: Most folks have heard tales of gardeners who...

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Naranjilla – A Wonderful Plant!

Q: I purchased a plant last year in Hilton Head, South Carolina and need some identification help. The plant was only know by the name ^solanum^ and this nursery had only one and knew nothing more. The plant grew to...

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Greenhouse Building – Concerns and Possible Alternatives

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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Compost – Basics 101

Q: I am trying composting for the first time so I bought one of those compost enclosures in August. At this point it looks more like a garbage pile than what I expected compost to look like. Any suggestions? A:...

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Compost – Obtaining Manure In Atlanta

Q: I live Atlanta and would like to know where can I obtain free compost in the city. Have you, or others you know, tried manures from the Atlanta Zoo? While on the subject, how long does it take for...

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Blueberries – Growing In Georgia Clay

Q: I have a horrible problem with clay soil (or should I call it ceramic?) soil. I want to transplant some blueberries and crepe myrtles into holes that have been dug but water seems to just sit in the bottom....

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Lombardy Poplar – Use As A Privacy Shield?

Q: I have just ordered a lot of Lombardy poplar trees that I plan to use as a border and privacy shield on my property. I need to know about these trees. How far apart do I plant them? How...

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The Austree – Not As Great As It Sounds

Q: Have you ever heard of Aus-trees? They are a hybrid and are supposed to be super fast-growing and good for shade and windbreaks. Will they do well here in Georgia? A: The Austree is heavily promoted through the mail...

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Birds – Not Eating Old Seed?

Q: My wife and I put up a new bird feeder after Christmas but we see very little feeding activity. Can birdseed go bad or can birds even tell that it is old? A: “Heck, they eat worms and dead...

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Sweetshrub – Growing More From Seeds

Q: I have a sweetshrub bush with several seed pods. Can these be planted to produce more bushes. How would I go about doing it? And when? A: University of Georgia horticulturist Dr. Michael Dirr seems to have found time...

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Spiders – Some Useful Info

Q: I recently found a black widow spider in my bathroom. Where did it come from? Do they nest in the attic or basement? A: Poisonous spiders populate the nightmares of many people. The combination of eight legs, venomous jaws...

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Bromeliad – Leaves Beginning To Shrivel

Q: Several weeks ago a friend gave me a big bromeliad from her greenhouse. Its leaves are beginning to shrivel. I watered the soil when I potted it and I have been pouring water into the throat of the plant....

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