Gardening Q and A

Coleus – Making it Come Back

Q: I have a coleus in a container that did really well this year. How can I get it to come back next spring? A: You can either keep it in a sunny window for the winter or take several...

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Green Persimmons – Bad Taste

Q: Why do green persimmons taste so bad? A: Because they have a lot of tannin in their juice. One web site says “tannin coagulates the viscous protein on the surface of our tongues, leading to the astringent taste.” Anyone...

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‘Fat Albert’ Colorado Spruce – Branches Dying

Q: I am stumped. Two months ago we bought a ‘Fat Albert’ Colorado spruce. We’ve left it in the container since then while we decided where to put it. Branches on the lower half are turning brown and dying. Michael...

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Centipede Grass – Growth in Cobb County

Q: Will centipedegrass perform well in north Cobb county? A: One of the great success stories of the lawn seed industry is the work of Dr. Wayne Hanna at the USDA Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton. In 1977, realizing...

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Vegetable Garden – Natural Insect Killer

Q: Can you suggest something natural we could use in our vegetable garden when insects begin to eat holes in the leaves. We do not want to use insecticides. A: In my opinion, spinosad (Green Light Spinosad) is an excellent...

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Aphids – On Tomato

Q: My tomatoes are covered with aphids. What in the world can I do to control them? A: Aphids damage tomatoes in two ways: they suck sap from the stem and leaves and they excrete honeydew, which covers nearby plant...

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Squirrel – Feeding at Hummingbird Feeder

Q: I guess the squirrels needed to have a drink to wash down the seeds from my bird feeders. Now, they are tipping the hummingbird feeders and drinking them. They pop the “yellow” flowers out of one feeder and tilt....

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Rosemary – Planting Seeds Produced

Q: A group of Teacher Master Gardeners planted rosemary at a nearby elementary school. Some of them have small blue flowers. Will these flowers produce seed we can plant? A: Rosemary flowers certainly produce seed but I doubt you’ll have...

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Chrysanthemums – Winter Care

Q: My father passed away recently and we have two lovely pots of chrysanthemums. Should I keep them indoors for the winter? A: In my experience they will do fine if planted outdoors now. The plants will do much better...

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‘Meyer’ Lemon Tree – Winter Survival

Q: I have a ‘Meyer’ lemon tree. My husband thinks it can survive winter outdoors in Riverdale. I don’t think so. What do you think? A: Upon such disagreements are strong relationships built! I think you should bet a weekend...

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Praying Mantis – Moving an Egg Sack

Q: This morning I noticed a praying mantis egg sack on the handle to my wheelbarrow. I have a problem: I use the wheelbarrow to haul hay to my horses twice a day. Can I move the sack? A: Just...

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Annabelle Hydrangea – Mixed Up With Lacecap

Q: I’ve had Annabelle Hydrangeas for three years around our home. My wife took a picture of the prettiest but kookiest blooms amongst the usual beautiful white globes that we’ve enjoyed since they were planted. It looks like it tried...

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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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