Gardening Q and A

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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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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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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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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