Gardening Q and A

Green Thumb – Origin of Phrase

Q: This isn’t a question, just a bit of garden trivia. Do you know how the expression “green thumb” originated? According to James Underwood Crockett, it comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will...

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Lawn – Vandalized

Q: Someone has poured something on my lawn killing it instantly, within 24 hours, turning it blackish in stripes. I called the police and asked if they would test the grass to see what was used. They say they do...

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Pineapple – Forcing Fruit

Q: I have heard that to make a pineapple produce you have to put a rotten apple in the middle of it. Can you please send me the information we need to make our pineapples have fruit? A: Once a...

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Flowers – For Blooming Clock

Q: My college architecture project this semester focuses on issues surrounding the landscape at Hartsfield International Airport. Part of my proposal is to create a rooftop garden that would use flowers as a way of telling time. Do you know...

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Pampas Grass – Dividing

Q: I’m having a problem with my two pampas grass plants. They are ten years old. The last two years they gradually dry up each winter and only partially grow back in the spring. Each fall, I cut the dry...

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Muscadine – Rejuvenating Old One

Q: We have an old muscadine vine in the back yard and would like some information on how to revitalize it. There are several dead limbs towards the bottom and the entire vine is only producing a few grapes. We...

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Impatiens Seed – Planting

Q: I am having great fun sharing with friends the popping of the impatiens seed pods. Now what do I do with them? Let them dry and scatter in the spring? When is a good time? A: You can easily...

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Putting Green – Installing

Q: Is it possible to install my own putting green in my back yard? I have about two thousand square feet in full sunshine. Where can I purchase greens mix? A: It is possible in theory but devilishly difficult in...

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Vegetables – Soil Temperature for Planting

Q: What is the proper soil temperature needed to plant garden seeds, such as beans, peas, etc in Douglas county? A: Warm season vegetables like beans, tomatoes and corn need a soil temperature of at least 60 degrees but they...

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Tree – Repairing Split

Q: We have a redbud tree with an eight inch trunk that has split straight down the middle. Both sides are still very much alive but we are wondering if we should cut one side completely off or tie the...

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Honeybees – In Wall

Q: For the second time at my mother’s house honey bees have decided to swarm/nest in her walls. The first time we shot them with some good bug poison and sealed the holes. This time they are coming in the...

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Tomato – Heirloom not like Parent

Q: This spring I planted seeds I saved from a single ‘Cherokee Purple’ tomato I had eaten. One of the seeds produced a plant and fruit that was completely different from the rest of the plants. This particular plant had...

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Daylily – Fertilizing Stella d Oro

Q: For the past four years, I have purchased plants that I thought would be prolific all-summer bloomers: ‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies, carpet roses and the ‘Nearly Wild’ rose. While they bloom abundantly in the early summer, it is only...

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Rose – Rainbows End

Q: I visited the rose gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo last week and found a rose there I must have! It is a multicolored (red-orange-yellow- gold) miniature rose bush. It was labeled ‘Rainbow’s End’. I thought it would be...

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Fungus in the Ground – Diagnosing

Q: I have an area in my yard where everything I plant there does terribly. I think it is a fungus in the ground. My lilac tree has white-like curled up leaves, the summer phlox turns yellow at the bottom,...

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Obscure Scale – Control

Q: I recently got a note from a tree company that had been out inspecting my neighbor’s trees. It stated that they had discovered a insect pest known as “obscure scale” ravaging my neighbor’s pin oak trees. The tree man...

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Apple – Jonathan Red

Q: We are looking for a source to purchase a ‘Jonathan Red’ dwarf apple tree. We had been buying trees from one nursery, but we understand they are out of business. Can you provide a source for this tree? A:...

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Termites – Control In Raised Beds

Q: I recently built a raised garden using untreated wood. I applied five coats of paint to each piece. Later, while I was congratulating myself on making the wood more rot resistant it occurred to me that I didn’t do...

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