Gardening Q and A

Epsom Salts – Using

Q: My parents have always told me to put Epsom salts on my roses and tomatoes to make them healthier. Does it really help? How much should I add? A: Epsom salts is the common name for the chemical magnesium...

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Holly – Insects Among Blooms in Spring

Q: We live in Forsyth county and have tons of neighbors who farm cows and chickens. There are some very mature holly bushes right in front of our house. In spring they are infested with flying insects – some appear...

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Falsa berry

Q: I have a question about a berry which grows in south Asian countries. I don’t know what it’s called in English, but its size is similar to a blueberry but its color is violet when ready to eat. In...

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Stinging Nettle

Q: Last year and again this year I had a small green stinging weed in my bermudagrass. The plant was about 2 inches in diameter, 1 inch high, had small leaves shaped like a heart (less the V at the...

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Pawpaw – Sources

Q: Where can I purchase pawpaw tree? Do I need to have more than one for it to fruit? How long does it take for a tree to produce? A: Try Johnson Nursery in Ellijay or www.eat-it.com . You might...

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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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Spittlebug – Identification

Q: I have noticed white, frothy, wet masses around the stems of my penstemon plants. What causes this? A: You have spittlebugs on your plants. The young spittlebugs attach themselves in a joint between leaf and stem and suck out...

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Ceanothus – growing

Q: I would like to grow ceanothus and wonder whether you have had any experience with this garden material. A: Horticulturist Mike Dirr says his camera almost imploded when he saw a blue ceanothus in Edinburgh. There are dozens of...

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Oak – Germinating Acorns

Q: A friend gave me some nuts from the endangered mossy cup oak. I would like to know how to start these trees and take care of them. I have access to more nuts from this tree and am interested...

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Oak – Hollow, Carpenter Ants

Q: I have an oak tree in my yard that has two branches about a foot in diameter growing out from the main trunk near the base. About a year ago, I noticed something that looks like coffee grounds at...

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Lightning Damage

Q: Recently we had some summertime fireworks. There was an unbelievably fierce storm and lightning struck a large pine tree and an adjacent box elder maple. Is there anything that you can recommend to help us save these two trees?...

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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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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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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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