Gardening Q and A

Bacteria – Growing for Science Project

Q: I need to know how to grow a bacterium to infect a healthy plant, and then try and cure it with beta carotene. Agrobacterium tumefaciens had been suggested but we cannot find the bacteria. Is there anything that I...

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Peace Lily – Wilts After Repotting

Q: I am in trouble! I recently repotted a peace lily which holds great sentimental value for my wife. Now the leaves have wilted and flopped down around the rim of the pot. Is there anything I can do to...

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Creeping Fig – Invasiveness

Q: I have a concrete retaining wall that is attached to my house on one end. I am thinking about planting creeping fig along the south face (filtered shade), starting about fifteen feet away from the house. I’ve read that...

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Fir – Concolor as Xmas Tree

Q: When I went to buy my cut Christmas tree several weeks ago, the guys at the lot described it as a “Cuculla” fir. It was very attractive throughout the holidays – especially since it smells nicely of tangerines when...

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Pecan – Fertilizing

Q: I would like to know how to fertilize my pecan trees. I have two large trees and they have always produced more than I could ever use or even give away. A: I have strong memories of my Dad...

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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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Identification – Red Spider Lily

Q: I live in the Candler Park neighborhood, and for several years now, this time of the year, I get red flowers sprouting up several feet apart on my lawn (which is mostly weeds). There are more each year. I...

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Quince – Growing From Seeds

Q: Can I grow a quince tree from a seed? I grew up with them in Alabama and many people here in Coweta county don=t even know what I’m talking about. A: My colleague Marco Fonseca recently brought a quince...

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Greenhouse – Glazing

Q: A tornado damaged my greenhouse; it was wiped out even with the ground. I am in the process of buying a new one and need to know if I should get it with “clear” or “mist green” fiberglass exterior....

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Wood Chips – Using

Q: I want to know what to do with the chips that are left after a stump is ground up. Can I put them on my flower or vegetable garden? Can they be mixed with the dirt or should they...

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Eucalyptus – Care

Q: I saw a couple of eucalyptus plants growing outside the entrance to Gwinnett Place mall. The maintenance people didn’t seem to know much about how well they grow in this region but they seem to have survived the winter....

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Whitewash for Tree Trunks

Q: Call me crazy, but I want to paint the trunks of some trees white for an upcoming party. I have seen trees out in the country that farmers painted white with whitewash. Where can I get whitewash or can...

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Fire Ants – Controlling in Veg, Garden, Animal Pen

Q: I have a pet pig; recently I found a big fire ant mound in the pen. What can I do to control them? I also have a vegetable garden and there are fire ant mounds in it. What can...

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Japanese Beetle Traps – Alternatives

Q: In you article in June, you said that you preferred hand-picking Japanese beetles and that we should never use traps. Well, I have too many beetles to hand-pick so what should I do? A: You’re right – some gardeners...

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Strawberry – Fertilizing

Q: What sort of fertilizer should I use on my strawberry bed? A: If your bed is more than a year old, you can get by with a single fertilization each spring. You should have done it in mid-March, but...

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Dogwoods – No Blooms

Q: I have some wild dogwoods in my yard that don’t bloom very well. How can I make them do better? A: Have you ever marveled at reports that a Kentucky Derby winner is worth millions of dollars? Why would...

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