Gardening Q and A

Watermelon – Blossom End Rot

Q: I have discovered that the ends of my watermelons are getting black, like the blossom rot you see on tomatoes. Do I need to add calcium as you do to tomatoes? A: You are exactly right, watermelons get blossom...

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Pool Water – Recycling

Q: What do you think about watering with pool water? There is a lot of water waste from when we clean the pool and I was hoping to do something useful with it. A: If the backwash water just has...

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Desert Rose

Q: I have a Desert Rose plant that has flowered and made a seed pod! It looks sort of like a pea pod with little wispy seed. How do I plant them? A: Sometimes I am completely overwhelmed by the...

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Wildflowers – Planting

Q: I have heard that there is a special blend of wildflower seeds that is grown in the median of the Georgia expressways. I would like to purchase some of these seeds. Can you tell me where to buy them?...

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Birch Tree – Planting

Q: I am new to the Atlanta area and will be starting a garden from scratch. The lot where we are building has no trees and I need some assistance as to the best species and varieties to plant. Is...

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Bradford Pear – Proper Care

Q: I have 5 bradford pear trees that are 2 1/2 years old. They seem to be growing OK but I want them to grow faster. I bought some tree fertilizing sticks and plan to put down 3 4 for...

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Tulip Tree – Topping

Q: I have a tall tulip poplar in my back yard which constantly drops limbs. I don’t want to cut it down so I=m thinking about topping it. Would this help the limb breakage problem? A: Topping your tree is...

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Stevia – Sweetener from Leaves

Q: I need some information about a plant called Stevia. It’s leaves are a natural sweetener and I want to try to grow it. A: The plant you are referring to is Stevia rebaudiana, sometimes called “Honeyleaf”. It is a...

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Water Problems in the Landscape

Q: I have a serious drainage problem in my back yard. With heavy rains, you can observe the water flowing out of the backyard like a river stream. Now a permanent waterway has been formed through my yard and a...

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Roundup – Safe to Use

Q: I am rehabilitating a yard that hasn’t had anything but occasional mowing in fifteen years. There are some nice surprises under all the privet and vines, like a battalion of daylilies and some demure nandinas. I prefer to dig...

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Sorghum – Identification

Q: This came up in my yard. At first I thought it was corn but it isn’t. What is it and where did it come from? A: It looks like Sorghum bicolor, otherwise known as grain sorghum. Sorghum seed is...

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Growing Vegetables Indoors

Q: My family is trying to eat as many home grown fruits and vegetables as we can. I am arranging my complete basement to be able to garden year round. Do you see any problems with this? A: My guess...

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Effect of Food Coloring on Plants – Science Project

Q: I am a Junior at in High school in Cherokee County. I am currently working on an experiment that involves coloring house plants, particularly the Dieffenbachia ‘Camille,’ with food coloring. At first I was growing these plants in soil...

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Turkey – Control

Q: I spoke with you on the radio about my ‘turkey problem’, and I thought you’d enjoy some photos of the culprits. If they weren’t so dirty I’d keep them as pets, but we’ll take measures to move them to...

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Ground Cedar – Lycopodium

Q: Can you tell me the name of this plant? It is growing in our woods and is spreading. A: The common name of this plant is ground cedar or running cedar but the scientific name is more interesting: Lycopodium...

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Goldenrain Tree – Bougainvilla

Q: I saw this tree in a parking lot in Lawrenceville. The bloom is similar to a goldenrain tree and produces seeds in the same way. Can you identify it for me? A: You have sharp eyes and good instincts!...

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Wild Azaleas – Pruning

Q: When I bought my home, I discovered some wild azaleas in my back yard. They have bloomed beautifully for years. Do they require pruning? A: Wild azaleas are quite a find on your property. Most of the native species...

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Iris – Selection and Care

Q: I love iris flowers but they seem to all bloom at the same time in spring. Do some iris bloom later than others? A: Indeed they do. There are plenty of choices for bloom time. The iris family is...

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