Gardening Q and A

Mushrooms – Control

Q: After a big rain I had dozens of mushrooms in my lawn. Will they make more mushrooms? Should I remove them? A: Another way to think about mushrooms is to call them the “flowers” of an organism that lives...

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Candlestick Plant – Identification

Q: A friend gave me this plant. She started it from seed and said the name had “candlestick” in it. Can you identify it and tell me how to care for it? A: Your friend is correct. You have a...

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Squash – Cross-pollination With Other Vegetables

Q: Q: I have a watermelon planted next to a cucumber vine. The watermelon flesh is white. Did the cucumber pollinate the watermelon? Q: I have a squash plant that volunteered in my garden. The fruit looks like a zucchini...

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Carolina lily

Q: I found this in my back yard in Lumpkin County. It just showed up this past summer. Is it a protected plant? Can I move it and if I can what type of soil and sun conditions should it...

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Cherokee Rose

Q: I have to do a garden club program on our state...

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Dracena – Air Layering

Q: I have a really tall corn plant. It nearly touches my ceiling. Can I divide it somehow to save it and to make a new plant? A: You can’t divide the corn plant unless it has a new stem...

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Rose – Propagation

Q: I have an antique rose, ‘Clotilde Soupert’ to be specific. It is beautiful to look at and the flowers have a marvelous fragrance. It flowers from spring to fall. It is very healthy and has a good size. Is...

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Plants – Heeling In

Q: We will be moving this winter and I have several plants that I would like to take with me. There are several rose bushes, Indian hawthorn, rhododendrons, azaleas, bulbs and a red twig dogwood. They are healthy and did...

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Leaves – Using for Mulch

Q: I was raking up huge piles of leaves from our ever-struggling Midtown fescue lawn when it occurred to me how pointless and stupid this annual event is. After twenty years of planting, aerating, occasionally sodding, and finally just giving...

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Roundup – Breakdown in Tap Water

Q: Several weeks ago you wrote about the half-life of insecticides after application. I assume that the same breakdown occurs in herbicides. Does the degeneration occur after mixing, or only after application? I have been mixing Roundup(tm) in five gallon...

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Sago Palm – Care

Q: I’m thinking of planting eight or ten Sago Palms around the outside of my in-ground pool fence. Is this a good palm tree for the Clayton County area? I’m looking for a palm that does not grow too high...

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Spiders – Black Widow Brown Recluse

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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Lycopodium – Ground Pine

Q: No one can tell me what this is. Can you shed some light on this mystery? A: Theresa Schrum says: “It’s one of the plants commonly and collectively known as ground pine (sometimes running cedar). The botanical name is...

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Tomato – Low Acid

Q: I have read that sprinkling baking soda around a tomato plant will make the fruit sweeter. How much baking soda should I use and how often. A: I don’t know where your tip came from but I strongly disagree....

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Nematode – Control

Q: I grow tomatoes in one spot in my yard because it’s the only place that gets enough sun. I had a problem with nematodes last year. What can I do to kill them before I plant this spring? A:...

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Powdery Mildew – Euonymus

Q: There are powdery spots all over the leaves of my euonymus. I believe this is called powdery mildew. If so, what can I do about it? A: The name of this disease exactly fits its description doesn’t it? Powdery...

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Poison Ivy – Jewelweed Remedy (and Identification)

Q: I heard you on the radio tell about a native plant in the impatiens family that is a good treatment for poison ivy. Can you tell me the name of it so that I can get some and plant...

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Treehoppers – Control

Q: I have these strange pests on the bottom of my sunflower leaves. We have searched high and low to find what they are. I would greatly appreciate it if you could identify them and tell me how I may...

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