Gardening Q and A

Potatoes – Planting In Fall?

Q: We would like to grow potatoes in the fall as well as spring, but we can never find seed potatoes in the fall. A: Fall potato planting isn’t nearly as successful as planting in early spring. The soil is...

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Moisture – Preventing Waterlogged Plants

Q: Do you have any advice for how to lessen moisture and prevent waterlogged plants during this super rainy summer? A: The first job is to remove mulch, except for a thin layer. The second task is to correct any...

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Ants – Baiting and Removal

Q: I have tiny brown ants everywhere: deck, garage, stoop, etc. I’ve used bait products plus I can spray an area and it may kill some but within an hour they are back. A: You might not be waiting long...

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Squash – Too Late To Plant?

Q: All the rain has wiped out all of my squash. Is it to late to put out a few more zucchini plants? A: Summer squash only takes 50 – 60 days to produce something to eat, so you have...

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Bermuda – Least Maintenance?

Q: Which of the hybrid bermudagrasses requires the least maintenance? A: TifWay (Tifton 419) and TifGreen (Tifton 328) are excellent hybrid bermudagrasses developed by Dr. Wayne Hanna in Tifton. Both require regular fertilization and frequent mowing to look their best....

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Edibles – Identifying Edible Plants

Q: Where do I go for a good book describing edible outdoor plants? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable  suggests taking some wild edible classes first. That way you’ll have an experienced professional identify plants for you and point out...

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Landscaping – Drawing Up Plans

Q: I’m looking for someone to draw up landscape plans. We’ll probably do the work ourselves, but we really need some professional help. A: Strictly speaking, if you want a “plan only ” service, it’s illegal for someone other than...

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Society Garlic – Identification

Q: Can the seeds collected from society garlic be planted and, if so, when? A: As its name implies, society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea, is a member of the onion family. Scott Ogden, author of “Garden Bulbs for the South” considers...

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Corn Smut – Black Kernels

Q: Every year we grow yellow sweet corn. Recently we discovered two deformed ears with some kind of fungus or growth that is white and black. It was very “yucky” looking! A: You say “yucky” but others say “yummy”! Your...

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Overseeding with Fescue – Waiting For St. Augustine

Q: I am going to till my yard and sprig it with St Augustine grass. Is it OK to overseed with fescue until the St Augustine fills in? A: The two grasses will compete for a couple of years, but...

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Planter – Making One From A Trough

Q: I have a large galvanized cattle water trough that I want to use as a planter. What kind of drainage holes I should drill in the bottom? A: Tony Johnson is manager of the UGA Research and Education Garden...

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Alternatives – Purple Fountain Grass

Q: I read that the purple fountain grass I planted last year will not come back this spring because it freezes in winter. I really like the way it looks but can’t afford to plant it every year. Is there...

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Water Oak – Protecting Damage

Q: A vehicle struck a water oak tree in our yard yesterday. There are several deep cuts in the bark Is there anything we should do to the tree to make sure it survives? A: Use a razor knife to...

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Onions – Cutting Off The Flowers?

Q: I started some onions from seed this fall. They are Red Delicious Hybrid from Burpee. They are doing well, however I now see them beginning to form flowers. Should I cut off the flowers at the bottom of the...

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Plants – Bringing in to Georgia

Q: I’m moving from New Mexico to Alpharetta in a few weeks and just received a beautiful Goldfinger cinquefoil plant as a gift. Am I allowed to bring it in the state? A: We are all excited to hear of...

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Forsythia – Pruning Tips

Q: I have a large happy forsythia. It is probably ten feet across but I would like to prune it. Any recommendation on when and how? A: Now is the perfect time. The plant will have plenty of time to...

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Mexican Heather – Will The Soil Drain Enough?

Q: I bought several pots of Mexican heather but I’m afraid the soil may not drain well enough where I plan to put them. I read on your website to add “organic soil conditioner” but I don’t know what that...

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Fescue – Keeping It Alive Over Summer

Q: How do I keep a fescue lawn alive during the summer if I seeded in April? I tilled the soil beforehand and added topsoil, lime, starter fertilizer. A: You’re off to a good start by having tilled before planting....

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