Gardening Q and A

Frost – Forming

Q: How and why does frost form? A: I guess you could say that frost is the same as dew, except colder. When I pour myself a glass of iced tea in summer, humidity from the air condenses on the...

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Winter Red Holly – Pollinator

Q: Will you please clarify for me the proper pollinator for my ‘Winter Red’ holly? ‘Jim Dandy’ was recommended as the male pollinator, but after more research I planted ‘Apollo’ in its place. Now I read that the proper pollinator...

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Bermuda Grass – Brown Swirled areas

Q: After I mow my bermudagrass, brown swirled areas are left in the yard. I use a self propelled push mower with mulching blades. Would the mulching blades cause this? A: The swirls are normal at this time of year,...

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Marbled Orb Weaving Spider – Identification

Q: My daughter and I found this guy in our yard. We’ve never seen a spider quite like him. He was pretty evil looking! A: Evil is in the eye of the beholder! To her boyfriends, this marbled orb weaver...

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Information – Building a Garden

Q: A coworker and I have received a grant to build a wheelchair-accessible garden at our school. We are unsure what to plant for our limited growing season but we’d like to have vegetables and some flowers. Is there a...

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Boston Fern – Florescent Light

Q: Now that I’ve brought my plants in for the winter they only get a couple of hours afternoon sun each day. Will leaving the florescent lights on in the room be sufficient light? If so, how long should the...

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‘Magilla’ Perilla – Winter Care

Q: Last spring I purchased a perennial and accidentally disposed of the tag. The plant leaf closely resembles a coleus and is magenta, cream and green. I do remember the name on the tag was something like Magilla. The plant...

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Sweet Potatoes – Scurf

Q: I have been raising sweet potatoes for several years. Now, about five percent of my potatoes have black skin. The potato underneath the skin is good but the black skin is unsightly. What is wrong? A: I have sour...

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Blackberries and Raspberries – Fruit Growth

Q: Do blackberries and raspberries produce fruit off of old growth or off new growth? A: It depends on which varieties you have. Brambles (which can describe both blackberries and raspberries) typically send up green, leafy stems (primocanes) initially. The...

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Amaryllis – When to Bring Inside

Q: My amaryllis bulbs are growing well outside. Should I bring them inside now or wait for the yellow leaves like other bulbs? A: If you want to keep the bulbs fully protected and plant them outdoors next spring, bring...

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Daylily – “Repeat Bloomer”

Q: In daylily jargon, what does “repeat bloomer” actually mean? I bought several well-established daylilies last fall. I was told that all of my selections were repeat bloomers, yet they only bloomed that first beautiful flush and then nothing the...

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Roach Bait – Recipe

Q: I need a recipe for roach bait. I have tried the boric acid, bacon grease, onion, dough recipe but wondered if there isn’t a better one. I’ve tried bait stations but they didn’t work. A: The bait stations from...

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Mums – Transplanting to bed

Q: Our church recently put out one hundred mums in pots for our late September dedication. Someone told me that these cannot be planted in a garden. We hate to throw away that many mums. Can they be successfully transplanted...

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Tardiva – Pruning

Q: When the Chattahoochee flooded my yard, a cluster of twelve-foot tall ‘Tardiva’ hydrangeas was left a total mess. Can I prune them now instead of next February without any adverse effects? A: There is no problem at all pruning...

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Pecan Tree – Replacing

Q: We had to cut down a fifty-year old pecan tree due to the fact that it started to lean toward the house after the hurricanes. It was the best producer of pecans we had and we wish to replace...

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Beautyberry plant – General Information

Q: While visiting my daughter in Texas I noticed beautyberry plants growing wild in the area. My daughter has two beautiful ones in her back yard and she thought they were trash plants. Could you give me some information so...

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Russet Potato – Drying Seed Pods

Q: One of my ‘Russet’ potato plants developed flowers, then seed pods, but no potatoes. Can the pods be dried and the seeds planted in the spring? A: Irish potatoes do indeed produce seed but we normally plant “seed” potatoes,...

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Root Zone Drainage – Planting on a Soil Mound

Q: Why do some folks mound up their soil and then plant right on the mound? I see that done a lot around town. Is it better to plant them high? It seems like the soil will just wash away....

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