Gardening Q and A

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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Bermuda – Removing from Lily Bed

Q: I have a bought a house that has bermudagrass and HAD an island with gorgeous lilies in it… however the bermudagrass has spread over into where the lilies are. How can I kill the bermudagrass without killing the lilies?...

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How to Make Concrete Look Aged

Q: I was recommended by a nursery to ask you about a solution that can be applied to outdoor cement walls to make them look aged. Can you tell me what to use? A: Anything that sticks to stone (or...

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Asparagus Fern – Not Edible

Q: My mother’s asparagus fern is producing small but tasty asparagus shoots. I never heard of a fern producing an edible vegetable. Have you? I guess it’s called asparagus fern for a reason. A: Hmmm…although asparagus fern, Asparagus densiflorus is...

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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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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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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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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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