Gardening Q and A

“Mole Plant” – Information

Q: My sister in law has sent me “mole plant” seeds. She says the plant will deter moles from the garden. Do you have any information about such a plant? A: I think you have castor bean seeds. The plant...

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Meyer Lemon Tree – For Georgia

Q: I just purchased a Meyer lemon tree and want to plant it in my yard. Do you see any problem with planting it here? I’ve done some Internet searching for this question, but most answers relate to growing them...

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Bats – In Louvers

Q: I have had bats in the louvers in the eaves of my house. The vent is about thirty feet in the air. They have managed to get through the screen and into the attic. What can I do now?...

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Hornworms – Control

Q: Until four years ago I always planted three tomato plants in a spot where they covered the entire side of my garage and bore fruit until frost. Then, the hornworms got my address. The first year they defoliated an...

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Pansies – Planting From Seed

Q: I am tired of buying flat after flat of pansies each fall, only to see them shrivel up and die each spring. Can I harvest the seeds of pansies that are flowering now so I can have “free” pansies...

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‘Packman’ Broccoli – Gone to Seed Early

Q: I planted my ‘Packman’ broccoli plants on February 22. They are only a foot high but have already gone to seed. I feel cheated! A: Broccoli plants flower and make seed (bolt) when the young plants are exposed to...

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Red Dogwood – Blooming White

Q: Four years ago I planted a red dogwood. The first blooming season it bloomed red, but in subsequent years has bloomed white. What’s up? How do I get it to bloom red again? A: I’ll bet the red dogwood...

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Tansy – Deterring Japanese Beetles

Q: I read in a book that tansy is good for deterring Japanese beetles. I have roses and other flowers that the beetles have a good lunch on for a few months. I don’t like to use sprays due to...

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Snakes – Control on Patio

Q: I am trying to find a solution to our snake problem. I live in a townhouse; my unit is bordered by a deep drainage ditch. I’ve had snakes come up onto the patio as well as around the rest...

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Creeping Fig – Prune After Cold?

Q: We have a lot of creeping fig planted around our house. The cold weather has turned it brown. Does it need to be pruned back or will the new foliage just take over? A: Creeping fig, Ficus pumila, is...

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Planting – On Burnt Soil

Q: I would like to plant a flower bed where I have burned yard trash for many years. The ashes have been removed but will flowers grow in this soil? A: I’d bet the soil is still pretty alkaline. You...

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Fescue – How to Lay Bermudagrass Over

Q: I read your tips on laying bermudagrass sod but have a question. My yard currently has fescue. Not the best, lots of bare spots and pretty poor quality. Can I just lay sod over top of the fescue or...

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Rainfall – Records and Information

Q: Is there a web site I can go to that shows daily rainfall records from a recording station near me? I know the University of Georgia has a monitoring station in Watkinsville, but I don’t know if the information...

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Azaleas – When to Fertilize

Q: I continue to get mixed messages on when I should fertilize my azaleas. I have three of them, planted last spring. When is the right time to feed them? A: It’s best to fertilize after blooms begin to fade...

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Cleome Seed

Q: How does one collect and plant cleome seed? A: The airy pink and white blooms of cleome (also called spider flower) lend grace to the back of flower beds in September and October. The stems average three feet tall,...

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Wood Chips – Around Playset

Q: We are creating a spot in our back yard for a big wooden play set. We are debating whether to put pine chips down for safety. We had some pines taken down so we have a mountain of chips....

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Intenet – Garden Sites

Q: I am just learning to use my computer to learn how to garden better. Do you have a list of Internet Web addresses you use for gardening information? A: In my educational media efforts, the Internet is my right...

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Fertilizer Burn – Bringing Back Burned Grass

Q: Last fall, I thought it would be nice to “weed and feed” my lawn and get rid of the weeds. I did – – five times. I didn’t realize so much fertilizer would hurt the grass. I actually killed...

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