Gardening Q and A

Starting A Vegetable Garden On A Sunny Cow Pasture

Q: We are moving out in the country and I’d like to start a vegetable garden. Our property is on a sunny former cow pasture. I’d like to grow corn, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, and maybe potatoes. Any suggestions on...

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My Fig Tree Stopped Producing Fruit

Q: Early this spring our figs were leafing and had several small fruits. Now, they have lots of large green leaves but all the figs we saw earlier are gone! There are no signs of new fruit. A: It is...

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Can I Leave Caladiums Among Tulips And Daffodils?

Q: I have an area where I want to put caladiums amongst tulips and daffodils. Can I leave them in the ground all year and expect a nice show?  A: Caladiums rarely survive winter cold in the ground outdoors. I...

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My Witchhazel Never Flowers

Q: I have a spring-blooming witchhazel. It looks healthy but never flowers. I pruned it late fall to see if that might stimulate something.  A: If you pruned it in the fall, that’s the whole problem. Some witchhazels bloom in...

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Red Dogwood Tree – Trunk Is Dead But New Growth From Base

Q: We have a six-foot red dogwood tree we planted last spring. The main center trunk has died but it has some new growth coming from the base. Should we remove the dead part and save the new growth?  A:...

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Roots Growing Through Weed Barrier

Q: Several years ago I put down rolls of weed barrier under my flowering cherry and then covered it with black wood mulch. Since that time the barrier has become covered with black dirt, mulch and weeds. Roots from the...

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Do Carpenter Bee Traps Work?

Q: Are carpenter bee traps worthwhile in capturing these insects?  A: From the reports I have gotten, results are not consistent, even using the same type trap. Some people catch a dozen bees, while others capture none. You are welcome...

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Armadillos In Georgia

Q: I was surprised to see an armadillo crossing the road in Tallulah Falls one morning at 5:45 a.m.!  A: Armadillos are everywhere in Georgia! I recently heard of one on Collier Rd. in Atlanta and another on North Druid...

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I Mowed Over Poison Ivy Vines – Is It Still Toxic?

Q: I threw poison ivy vines out in the yard and mowed over them. Now I’m afraid that I spread it throughout the yard. Do I avoid going out in the backyard for the entire summer? A: I am not...

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Fruit From My Banana Plants

Q: I get fruit from my banana plants about every other year, contrary to what you said on radio.  A: It seems like every time I say a certain thing isn’t possible in Atlanta, someone writes and says “Why, I...

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Is Compost Tea A Good Fertilizer?

Q: Is compost tea a good fertilizer for the vegetable garden or is it better to just mix the compost into the holes of the plants?  A: I have a history with garden “teas”. I remember helping my mother make...

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How Should I Amend The Soil When Planting Native Shrubs?

Q: How should I amend the soil when planting native shrubs? A: I know it seems better to amend the soil with organic matter, but the latest research shows that unless you are planting in pure clay, amending soil doesn’t...

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Rose Sawfly – Most Leaves Damaged and Brown

Q: Any idea what might be wrong with this rose bush? The leaves are very brown and look dead. A: You have rose sawfly damage. Your damage is pretty severe but I can’t think of anything else that would give...

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Agave (Century Plant) blooming

Q: My sister brought this cactus-looking plant from Columbia SC three years ago. It sprouted something in the middle last week. It gets bigger daily. It’s about 15 feet high now. What is it? A: Wow, you’re going to have...

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Seedling Growing From Tree Crotch

Q: How unusual is it to find one tree growing from another? I have a camphor tree growing in my yard in Hazelhurst. Now one of my oaks has a camphor branch growing from its divide. The camphor is probably...

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Pet Safe Weed Killers

Q: We need a pet safe weed killer that will control dandelions but leave our fescue and bermuda alone. What do you recommend?  A: Products that contain chelated iron, FeHEDTA (Natria Lawn Weed Control, Fiesta, etc. ), will give reasonable...

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How To Get Rid Of Johnson Weed

Q: How do you get rid of Johnson weed?  A: It’s tough! Johnsongrass, Sorghum halepense, was introduced from the Mediterranean as a pasture grass. But farmers soon found that this tall, aggressive grass, while favored by cattle, was very difficult...

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Do Different Varieties Of Zoysia Require Different Soil Temperatures?

Q: Do different varieties of zoysia grass require different soil temperatures to root? A: Different varieties of zoysia grass tolerate cold air temperatures differently, but the soil temperature for rooting is similar for all of them. My general advice is...

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