Gardening Q and A

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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Roundup – Sprayed On Bermuda?

Q: Can I spray the green weeds in my Bermuda lawn with Roundup? A: Yes, you can, but you have to promise to be careful. Get down on your hands and knees and examine your Bermuda at the soil level....

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Rasberries – Specifics Of Care

Q: My raspberries are begging for some kind of attention. I have read too many articles and I’m really confused. Should I cut them back to the ground for the Winter? Should I tie them up on my trellis? Should...

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Christmas Tree – Finding The Concolor Fir

Q: When I went to buy my cut Christmas tree several weeks ago, the guys at the lot described it as a “Cuculla” fir. It was very attractive throughout the holidays – especially since it smelled so nicely of tangerines...

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Rhododendrons – Don’t Pinch Off The Bulbs!!

Q: I have noticed that my rhododendrons have large bulbs at the ends of the branches, not ready for bloom. Since winter is around the corner, should I pinch them off? A: Don’t, don’t, don’t!! Those swollen things at the...

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Air Potato – A Delicious Dish!

Q: I have been growing for several years the “air potato” plant you wrote about recently. I grow mine on a fence so the bulblets don’t spread throughout the neighborhood. The tiny “potatoes” are edible and quite good if put...

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Plums – Finding The Wild One

Q: When I was a child, we had a plum tree in our yard. My father would make a wonderful sweet-tart jam from the plums. He said it was a “hog” or wild plum tree. Do you know of this...

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Magazines – Two More!

Q: I would like to add to your recent list of magazines for Southern gardeners. Carolina Gardener and Southern Living are two that apply to our zone 7 and are well worth mentioning. They can be reached at www.carolinagardener.com (800-245-0142)...

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Squash – Growing On A Trellis

Q: We are growing acorn squash on a trellis to keep it from taking over the entire garden. The fruit are already large and we are concerned about them breaking the stems. How should we support them? A: I recommend...

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Hydrangea – Lots Of Foliage, But No Flowers

Q: I have seven Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea shrubs. All have a great abundance of green foliage, but they have no flowers. One is in 60% sun, three are in 30% sun, and three are in 20% sun.. A: Unlike common...

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Conks – Used For Artwork

Q: I recently had two large black locust trees cut down. They had shelf fungi (conks) growing on the trunks. A friend of the ax man wanted the conks. Do you have any idea what uses one would have for...

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Corn – Keeping Out Earworms

Q: Our corn will soon be silking. How do I keep keep earworms out? A: Earworm caterpillars come from eggs laid by a moth soon after the first appearance of corn silks. Some gardeners try to physically exclude them by...

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Pomegranate – Blooms Keep Falling Off

Q: I have a pomegranate bush. Each year the bush is loaded with blooms but soon they all fall off. What could help this situation? A: It sounds like the blooms are not getting pollinated. Pomegranate flowers are pollinated by...

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Grass – Getting Some From Clay

Q: Most of our back yard is dry red clay with very little grass. It’s in heavy shade in spring and summer and then covered in leaves in the fall and winter. We would really like to have grass. Can...

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