Gardening Q and A

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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Fescue – How Long to Leave Straw

Q: Perhaps this is a silly question, but how long do I leave the straw on my newly-seeded fescue lawn? A: You sound like me when I call my horticulture specialist friends in Athens with an inquiry I fear is...

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Growing Fruits – For Beginner

Q: I’m trying to find out about growing fruit trees such as peaches and plums. I have no experience with either. Can you give me any help or any links that may be able to help me? A: I strongly...

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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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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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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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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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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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Vitex – Identification

Q: A family member bought this plant at a yard sale/flea market but does not know what it is. It is a small tree – but the leaves look like hemp. Any ideas? A: More than one ornamental plant has...

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Poison Ivy – On DeadTree

Q: A large dead pine tree at the edge of our property fell recently. All that had been growing on it was a massive vine of poison ivy. The base of the vine was at least twelve inches around. We...

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Carpet Beetle – Control

Q: I found some odd-looking bugs in a corner of my bedroom. They are small – a little smaller than a grain of rice. They appear to have little hairs growing out all over. They wiggle and are darker on...

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Loropetalum – Pruning

Q: When and how do I go about pruning my ‘Zhuzhou Fuchsia’ loropetalum. It has grown long limbs and is very open. I’d prefer it to be a little bushier. All the books say it needs little pruning. A: It...

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Plastic – Use Under Tree

Q: Six years ago I planted a silver maple on my front lawn. About a year ago I noticed branches growing from the base of the trunk of the tree, almost at the soil line. I trimmed these branches off....

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Tulips – Planting in Pots

Q: I have some tulip bulbs I would like to plant in pots on the deck. Do I need to pre-chill the bulbs for eight weeks and then plant in December? Can I re-use the bulbs next fall? A: You...

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Outdoor Plants – Double-potting

Q: I recently purchased two dwarf-looking little shrubs with a named spelled like Thuia (or Thuja) Homstrup. I hope to keep them in containers on the patio throughout the year. I remember the nursery salesperson saying that if I planned...

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Norway Spruce – Planting

Q: I planted a Norway Spruce in December of last year. The tree was five feet tall when I planted it and has grown approximately one foot since planting. In the last few months, needles on some branches have turned...

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