Gardening Q and A

Impatiens – Rooting Indoors

Q: On your website’s seasonal calendar for October you said to root impatiens indoors. How do you do this? A: My grandmother always had impatiens rooting in the kitchen window in winter. Take 6 inch long cuttings from impatiens branches...

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Limbs – Decomposing Quickly

Q: I recently had trees removed from my property. The tree service couldn’t get the limbs out so they piled them in a big stack. How can I make the debris decompose more quickly? A: You may think the pile...

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Catalpa Trees- Pruning

Q: There is a 15 ft. tall catalpa tree at my lake house. I want to prune it to make it more bushy. I gather and freeze catalpa worms each year for fish bait. With more leaves, I’ll get more...

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Fescue Lawn – Straw Protection

Q: How long I should leave down the straw I put out to protect fescue seed after my annual planting? A: If you used 1 bale of wheat straw per 1000 sq. ft., the mulch is laid so lightly that...

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Tomatoes – How to Make Relish and Pickles

Q: I have a lot of green tomatoes and want to make some relish, pickles, etc. that do not require a boiling water bath, something that we could just keep in the refrigerator until it’s eaten. Is there such a...

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Milkweed Pods – Growing in Georgia

Q: On a recent trip to Massachusetts I saw milkweed pods ready to burst. Is it possible to grow milkweed down here? A: Garden designer Shannon Pable (www.shannonpable.com) pointed me to the website of Monarchs Across Georgia, which boasts a...

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Privet – Tools to Remove

Q: On your TV show you mentioned special tools to remove privet. I went to hardware stores and they hadn’t a clue what they were. A: The tools were the Weed Wrench (www.weedwrench.com) and the Honeysuckle Popper (www.misterhoneysuckle.com). Both are...

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Tuscan Blue Rosemary – Surviving in the Cold

Q: I purchased a potted Tuscan Blue rosemary last winter and kept it inside until spring. I planted it outside in full sun. Now that cooler weather is here, I am concerned about how it will take colder temperatures. A:...

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Horticulture Degree – Job Opportunities

Q: I am in my mid-thirties and looking for a career change. What type jobs are possible with a horticulture degree? A: You’ve made a good choice! Scott Angle, Dean of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental...

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Mona Lavender – Keeping it Alive

Q: I bought a beautiful Mona Lavender at the beginning of the summer and have managed not to kill it. I would love to keep it alive until next spring. A: ‘Mona Lavender’ plectranthus is a beautiful plant! It was...

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Tap Water for House Plants – Dechlorination

Q: I have several fish tanks and use a de-chlorinating product when using tap water for water changes. Would it be beneficial to use such a product when using tap water on my house plants? A: I don’t think there...

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Plants – Growing Better on Mounds of Soil

Q: Why do some plants grow better in the garden when they are planted in a mound of soil? A: Planting in a mound or a raised bed gives plants better root drainage and faster soil warming in spring. Roots...

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Bermuda – Mowing After October

Q: Your seasonal calendar (xrl.us/LAWNCALENDAR) says that the third week of October, is the last time to mow bermuda. Would it hurt the lawn if I mow periodically to clean up leaves? A: Mowing when the grass is not growing...

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Fescue – When to Plant

Q: Is the last weekend of October too late to plant fescue seed? A: Your soil temperature will determine success. Fescue needs a minimum of fifty degrees to germinate. In your area, that typically occurs in the first week of...

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Composting Kitchen Scraps

Q: We are interested in composting kitchen scraps. Do the tumble composters that claim to make compost in 14 days really work? A: In my opinion they are not very useful. In winter, the tumbler cools off too much to...

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How to Calculat the Amount of Water Coming Off of a Roof

Q: How do I calculate the amount of water coming off of a roof? A: The amount of water collected by a roof is easy to calculate. Multiply the length times the width to get the area. Multiply this result...

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‘Drake’ Elm – Peeling Bark

Q: I have two eight-year-old ‘Drake’ elms. Their bark is splitting and peeling on the main trunk. Is it normal for these trees to shed bark like sycamore and crapemyrtle? A: It’s normal. ‘Drake’ elm is a nice Chinese elm,...

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Leave Dcomposition – How to Speed it Up

Q: We have an abundance of hardwoods on five acres. We blow leaves off the driveways 2-3 hours every day into a temporary area but after December 15th we’ll have to move the piles again. Is there something we can...

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