Gardening Q and A

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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Vegetables – Is Depth Important?

Q: Is there a guide about the depth of planting vegetable seeds? I need to know how deep to plant different vegetables. A: A general rule of thumb is to plant seeds an inch deep. The soil is warm at...

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Ticks – Prevention and Eradication

Q: I’m getting ticks on me and my dogs almost every day. What can I do to control them? A: This looks to be a big year for ticks. I’ve seen three on my body already! Ticks climb to the...

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Tumeric – Growing and Harvesting In Georgia

Q: Can we grow tumeric in Georgia? A: Tumeric is a tropical herb that’s kin to ginger root. You can buy fresh roots at health food stores and plant them in a large container outdoors. Just before the first frost...

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Hollies – Which Male To Red Robin?

Q: I planted four Red Robin hollies behind our pool. I am trying to determine the right male to go with these female shrubs. A: Red Robin(tm) is a selection of ‘Mary Nell’ holly that has a distinct red tinge...

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Squash – Protecting From Vine Borer

Q: Our squash plants are small and we have covered them with cheese cloth. How long should we keep the plants covered to protect them from the squash vine borer? A: Squash vine borer causes much gnashing of teeth for...

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Spiders – Everywhere They Can Be

Q: I’m noticing lots of spider webs on my holly and azalea bushes. I also see them on dead branches in the Japanese maple. Why are they there? A: Like any creature, spiders are where they are because they can...

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Landscaping – Starting Your Own Business

Q: I want to start a landscape business installing flowers in small beds. What licenses do I need? A: It may be more complicated than you think. Todd Hurt, Training Coordinator for the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture says you...

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Toxic – A Lot Of Plants Are

Q: In a recent article you identified moon plant as datura. It worries me that you made no mention of its dangerous toxicity. A: If I had to mention the toxicity of every plant I write about, I think I’d...

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Lighting – Blue and Red Lights For Photosynthesis

Q: I read your recent reply to a question about using LED bulbs instead of fluorescent bulbs for plants in a kitchen. If I want to make a lighting system for sprouting seeds and maintaining my Meyer lemon in winter,...

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Kudzu Bugs – Killing With Insecticide

Q: I cannot take it any longer, those little kudzu bugs are driving me out of my mind! There are thousands. They are in my hair, bed and everywhere. If I cut out my wisteria, will they just find something...

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African Violets – Growing Under LED Lights

Q: For years we have grown African violets on our kitchen counter under florescent lighting. Recently we switched to more efficient LED lights and wondered if this change will affect the plants. A: Generally speaking, if the light from the...

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