Gardening Q and A

Vermiculite – Finding

Q: I am a new gardener trying to find vermiculite for my Square Foot garden. I haven’t been able to find grade #3 coarse vermiculite. Can you help me find a supplier? A: Coarse vermiculite won’t be too much of...

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Drain Fly – Control

Q: A friend’s house has been invaded with a type of fly or gnat. They are very small and have almost clear wings that begin halfway down their back. They have invaded his kitchen and seem to be coming from...

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Banana – Growing From Seed

Q: While contemplating a banana split at an ice cream shop, I noticed the seeds in the banana slices. Afterwards, feeling too porky to move for a few minutes, I began to wonder if bananas can be grown from seed....

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Pruning – To Reduce Bare Lower Limbs

Q: I have a number of variegated privets that are becoming thin near the bottom. I usually prune the tops but these have now grown to eight feet tall. I am thinking about cutting these off at about four feet...

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Weeping Cherry – Pruning

Q: For the first four years I had a very nice weeping cherry: all the branches wept downward and all of the flowers were pink. In the spring of 2000, after flowering all pink again, new branches began to grow...

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Stump Sprouts – Developing Into a Tree

Q: In my yard I have an oak tree stump that remains from a tree cut down two years ago. In the meantime, several new sprouts have emerged from the stump. I have kept one of these sprouts and cut...

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Hedge – At UGA

Q: Can you please tell me the name of the hedge at the University of Georgia? A: The hedge is called Chinese privet, or Ligustrum...

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Banana Tree – Frozen

Q: I covered my banana tree with straw and plastic bags for the winter. Recently, I removed the coverings and am not sure it survived. The top of the plant looks rotten, so should I cut the stalk back to...

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Soil – Over Amended?

Q: My son is building a large garden for a project. Because the soil in the area was packed clay when he began, he tilled it, added a dump truck load of compost and a truckload of old horse manure....

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Bell Pepper – Growing From Seed

Q: I just bought a red bell pepper last night from Publix and saved some of the seeds that fell out while I was slicing it. Would these seeds actually grow or produce peppers? A: The seed probably wouldn’t produce...

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Mountain Laurel – Fertilizing

Q: My land is covered with mountain laurel, which I love. However, it looks rather scraggy and not well kept. I have lightly pruned it, but admit I don’t know what else to do. How can I care for and...

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Purple Passion Plant – Identification

Q: I was given a cutting of a nice looking houseplant vine. It grows like “designer kudzu”. It has very fuzzy leaves, mostly purple and green. A: Purple Velvet Plant, Gynura...

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Blackberry Vine – Weed Identification

Q: I have this weed/thorn vine growing in my side yard and I can’t seem to get rid of it can you help me. It’s like a rose stem that is reddish/green with thorns; it only grows about 1-2 feet...

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Mulch – Dye Sources

Q: My red mulch and red pine bark are fading. Do you know where I can buy the red dye to touch it up? A: One source I found is Bark...

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Garden – Possum Contamination?

Q: There’s an area in my yard where I planned to put a garden. However, a possum died in the place before I had the chance to plant anything. When I went to remove the body, it had already started...

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Tufted Grape Hyacinth – Growing and Finding

Q: Are there any websites or information you can give me on how to grow Tufted Grape Hyacinth? I would also like to find a source for seeds or young plants. Do you know where I can get either? A:...

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Turfgrass – For Florida Soil

Q: What low-maintenance, long-lasting grasses do best in the climate and natural soil of Florida? A: Centipedegrass might do well. For more information on lawn care in Florida, see the Florida Lawn...

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Fleas – Control

Q: I have a major flea problem in my house. I’ve tried spraying with permethrin and vacuuming thoroughly, sometimes more than once a week. Our dog is covered in the things, despite getting a bath with flea shampoo about every...

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