Gardening Q and A

Tater Vine (Air Potato) – ID & Control

Q: I have a problem with a lovely but horribly invasive vine that grows little potatoes on its stem. It sprouts and spreads like a demon – nearly taking over a 3 acre lot! What is it and what can...

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Lady Banks Rose – Naked at Bottom

Q: I was hoping you could give me some advice on a problem I have with my four year old Lady Banks rose bush. It is on a west-facing brick wall and over the years, I have attached a double...

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Worms – Raising

Q: I am interested in learning about the raising of fish worms and the collection and sale of worm castings. A: As a worm explores the soil, it ingests tiny organic particles, digests any nutrients present, then excretes what it...

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Effect of Coke on Plants – Science Project

Q: I am working on a science project involving the effects of Coke and Sprite on plants. I have heard some time ago that if the roots of the plant are dipped in the Coke or Sprite, the plants absorb...

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Pesticides – Home-made

Q: I know there are some homemade remedies that shouldn’t really be tried. However, is there a book or an internet site that has legitimate homemade pesticides, fertilizer mixtures, etc.? A: I try in all my writings to use scientifically...

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Trees for Memorials – Recommendations

Q: Some friends from church would like to plant a tree in remembrance of our son Adam who was killed in a car crash. I would like an unusual tree that was showy three seasons of the year and maybe...

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Mosquitoes

Q: I have got to have some relief from mosquitoes! My children and I can not garden or play outdoors without being eaten alive! I don’t want to use (commercial mosquito repellent) on my kids. Isn’t there something more organic...

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Dogwood – Peak Bloom

Q: Can you tell me when the dogwoods will be blooming in Atlanta? I have friends who want to come when they are at their height. A: My retired Extension friend Newton Hogg has forgotten more information about plants than...

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Tomato Pollination

Q: My husband and I have the most beautiful tomato plants imaginable. They must be five feet tall now in May. The only problem is that there are no blooms on the plants. Is there a way to force the...

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Crinum – Identification

Q: Would you please identify the attached flower I have blooming in my backyard? A: According to one source, ‘Ellen Bosanquet’ crinum is one of the best known crinum hybrids in the United States. Percival Bosanquet grew the hybrid in...

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Bottlebrush Buckeye

Q: I would very much appreciate you telling me what this is. The picture includes the leaves, the nut case and the nut. I found a total of 8-10 bushes with nuts on them. I think it may be a...

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Dog – Eating Persimmon Fruit

Q: I have two Golden Retrievers and for a month or so I have noticed that the male dog’s stool has contains lots of pumpkin-like seeds.(Sorry about that) We have about nine acres in Grayson and even after eight and...

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Plants for Victorian Landscapes

Q: Could you recommend plants that would grow well in Cedartown, GA and be commonly found in a “Victorian” landscape? A: Victoriana Magazine seems to have good information about Victorian...

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Goldenrain tree – Fall Leaf Drop

Q: I planted a Goldenrain tree 5 or 6 years ago. Every year in August and September, short branches (about 18 inches long) begin turning yellow, die and drop from the tree. Sometimes green ones fall off. Dozens of these...

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Red Bud Tree- Straightening

Q: I have a redbud tree about 20 feet tall that is leaning and I would like to straighten if possible. Looks like the tree (sorry, no digital camera) has been growing this way from the base. Will it kill...

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Red Tip Photinia – Berries

Q: In our yard we have a large red tip hedge and recently noticed one of the bushes has sprouted red berries on the ends of its limbs. We have contacted several local nurseries and the county extension service and...

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Effects of Light and Soil on Plants – Science Fair Project

Q: I am a 9th grade student. I am doing a science fair project that has to do with plants. My project has to do with the effect different fertilizers, soils, and light have on the growth of a plant....

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Swamp Hibiscus- Growing

Q: Do you have any advice on the swamp hibiscus? The tag on the plant indicates that it “dies back to the ground in winter.” Info from a web site indicates that the plant will grow to 6 – 9...

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