Gardening Q and A

Tree Tomatoes

Q: In the paper, there was an ad for “Tree Tomatoes”. It claimed you can get 60lbs. of tomatoes from one single plant! Have you ever heard of these? Could you please shed some light on this before I order...

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Royal Paulownia – Sapphire Dragon

Q: I cut two ads out of the newspaper and wondered if you would give me some insight. One advertises the “Super-growing Flowering Shade Tree – Grows roof high in just one year!” It’s called a Royal Paulownia and I...

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Cattails – Where to get

Q: Where can I get some cattails? My son has a perfect spot for them. A: There are probably hundreds of people who would be glad to give you cattails from their pond. They won’t tell you that the reason...

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Piccadilly Farm – Hellebore Days

Q: When is the annual Hellebore Days at Piccadilly Farm? A: Hellebore Days has been an annual event at Piccadilly Farm in Bishop, GA (near Athens)for more than seventeen years. It is usually held around the first week of March....

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Pruning Trees in Fall

Q: We have several limbs on big oak and pine trees that need to be cut off. My husband says it should’t be done until the sap is out of the limbs in December. I think it needs to be...

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Watermelons – Ripe When?

Q: This is the first year I have grown watermelons. They are taking over my garden! When is the right time to harvest them? The largest melon is the size of a basketball. A: I have a gourd vine right...

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Tree Spikes – Good or Bad

Q: I work for a tree maintenance company. Recently, we worked in a landscape a few weeks after the homeowner had had a television receiver installed up in one of his pine trees. The installer had evidently used spikes to...

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Pea and Bean – Difference

Q: What is the difference between a pea and a bean? A: I posed your question to Dr. Wayne McLaurin, my Extension service vegetable guru. After a few seconds of thought, he replied, “There IS no difference – they both...

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Philodendron – Flowering

Q: We have a split leaf philodendron with what appears to be a blossom. We cut it back about 8 years ago. The leaves were split when we acquired the original plant it but over time, the split disappeared. The...

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Collards – Aphids

Q: I have a beautiful crop of collards, but cannot control the lice on them, what can I do. I have tried spraying with permethrin (Pounce) but it doesn’t seem to help. A: Turnip aphids and green peach aphids (collard...

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Hydrangeas – Green Blooms

Q: I enjoyed your article about pruning hydrangeas but I have a different situation. My hydrangeas look great but their flowers are green – almost as green as the leaves. Can you suggest how to make them turn back to...

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Elephant Ear – Leaves Edible

Q: I have question about a plant I picked from a nursery recently. The name of the plant is BLACK MAGIC ELEPHANT’S EAR (Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ ). It is a tropical plant. On the information attached to the plant...

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Muscadines – Fruit Skin Color Changes

Q: My husband and I planted two muscadine grape vines many years ago. One was supposed to be bronze and the other black. Both came up bronze, which was a great disappointment, but we just blamed the nursery. This year,...

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Mulch – Use Shredded Paper

Q: My office produces a lot of shredded paper. I have been thinking about collecting it and composting it. Will this work? A: You can compost anything that is organic in nature: shredded paper, shrimp shells, peanut hulls, etc. All...

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Cutworms – Control

Q: Six weeks ago I had twenty pallets of Bermuda sod installed on my new home’s lawn. It was green when they put it down but within two weeks it was all brown. I watered it every day. Yesterday I...

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Pantry Pests – Drugstore Beetles

Q: I have tiny brown beetles everywhere in my pantry! They crawl on the shelves and get in my rice. What should I do to evict them? A: The insects you have are called drugstore beetles. They are a common...

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Huckleberry – Growing

Q: Do know where I can obtain some huckleberry bushes? We had them in our backyard growing up. I tried to transplant some last fall but they didn’t survive. A: Theresa Schrum, at Eco Terra Landscape, says when it comes...

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Cudweed, Prickly Lettuce – Control

Q: This weed grows in our centipedegrass lawn. My husband and I are at odds over what it is. Please identify and tell us how to get rid of it, as it is taking over the lawn. A: Hmmm…you might...

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