Gardening Q and A

Cocoa Mulch – Where to Buy

Q: Do you know where I can buy cocoa mulch in Atlanta? A: I don’t know of a place locally, we’re too far away from sources in the Northeast. Shipping the shells down here is too expensive compared to locally...

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Deer Control

Q: I heard you mention on your radio show a motion-operated sprinkler. I could use one for deer control. Could you tell me where I can buy one? A: I don’t have a deer problem but I know gardeners who...

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Bermuda Grass – Best Mower

Q: I will soon have a new bermudagrass lawn and I want to get the best mower. After reading about how rotary mowers rip the grass and seeing the “swirls” they leave sometimes, I’m not sure that’s what I want....

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Hummingbirds – Eating Insects

Q: While watching hummingbirds with a friend, I saw a female bird eating what I call gnats. My friend said that hummingbirds eat nothing but nectar. Who’s right? A: Hummingbirds do eat insects. Nectar (or sugar water) supplies them with...

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Raspberries – ‘Heritage’ and ‘Boyne’

Q: I am interested in raising raspberry’s. What do you think of the ‘Heritage’ and ‘Boyne’ varieties? A: ‘Heritage’ and ‘Boyne’ are erect, rather than trailing, raspberries. They do best where it stays cool in summer. Upper north Georgia is...

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MacroScope – Where to Buy

Q: My mother-in-law mentioned something on her Christmas wish list that I cannot locate. She describes it as “a special garden monocular/microscope that allows you to look at plant leaves for signs of bugs, disease, etc.”. Please advise. A: She...

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Laying Hens – Attracting Them to One Spot

Q: I have four laying hens but I am an amateur at country life. The birds are free-ranging during the day. Someone told me to leave an egg marked with an “X” in the nest that the chickens most use...

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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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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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‘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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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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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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