Gardening Q and A

Cast Iron – Plants From A Bulb?

Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

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Dogwoods – When Will They Bloom?

Q: Can you tell me when the dogwoods will be blooming in Atlanta? I have friends who want to come when they are at their height. A: My retired Extension friend Newton Hogg has forgotten more information about plants than...

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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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