Gardening Q and A

Key Lime

Q: What is a Key Lime tree? A: Key lime is Citrus aurantifoliaUSDA factsheet...

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Climbing Milkweed Vine (Honeyvine)

Q: I found an odd vine twining in my gardenia. The leaves are heart-shaped, but thinner than a morningglory. The seed pod is most odd: it is four inches long, tapered, and filled with seed that look like milkweed seed,...

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Bull Thistle

Q: I moved last year and had this come up in the yard of my new home. It grew to about 6ft. The spines were amazing and the plant was so spectacular I started some seeds. Do you recognize it?...

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Georgia Daffodil Society – Contacts

Q: Is there a Georgia Daffodil Society? A: There sure is! Contact them...

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Raised Bed – Building

Q: Planning for my old age arthritis, I am building some large flower garden beds from railroad ties stacked two tall so I can weed without getting on my bad knees. I have some excess “crusher run” rock from Hurricane...

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Squirrel Damage – On Maple

Q: I just noticed today that something is eating our seven-year old Japanese maple. The damage looks fresh. There are plenty of bark chips all around the base. This tree has been beautiful and we would hate to lose it....

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Chickweed – Control

Q: We had our fescue lawn aerated and overseeded in mid-September and it has come in really well. Unfortunately, a weed started sprouting at the same time as the seedlings, and now is in about one-third of the front yard....

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Insects – Identification Online

Q: Is there a good online resource for identifying insects? A: You bet! I am really impressed with BugGuide.net which is the brainchild of Troy Bartlett of Duluth. You simply click on one of the graphic outlines of common insects...

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Chrysanthemum – Fall and Winter Care

Q: Our church recently put out one hundred mums in pots for our dedication. Someone told me that these cannot be planted in a garden. We hate to throw away that many mums. Can they be successfully transplanted to a...

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Gardenia – Getting Continuous Blooms

Q: I’m originally from Chicago. My ‘August Beauty’ gardenias, are doing fine but I would like to get more than one bloom period from them each summer. When the bloom is spent, is it proper to pluck the brown bloom...

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Corn – Falling Over

Q: How do you keep corn stalks from falling over? I have a small vegetable garden with three rows of ‘Silver Queen’ corn. After every heavy rain just about all the stalks are on the ground! So far most have...

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Cherry – Quick Death

Q: We purchased in June an eight foot tall flowering cherry tree. The nursery was pretty far from the house so I put the tree in the back of my pickup to bring it home. When I unloaded it, the...

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Japanese Maple – Watering Properly

Q: My mother has a Japanese maple which did very well after being planted in the fall of 2000. However, over the last two weeks, the leaves have begun to curl and dry and subsequently fell off the tree. She...

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Lizard – Hatching Eggs

Q: I was in the process of moving plants in a container and lo and behold a lizard scrambled out. It had a blue tail so I assume it is a blue-tailed skink. After moving the plant I found a...

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Cherry – Canker

Q: I have a cherry tree on which I noticed a place oozing sap about halfway up the main trunk. I looked it up in a reference book and it diagnosed it as bacterial canker. The book says to prune...

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Swallowtail Caterpillar – On Parsley

Q: I found a bunch of these happily munching on and devouring my parsley. Any idea what they are? A: They are the caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies. They are sometimes called parsley worms. The butterflies laid their eggs on your...

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Creeping Raspberry – Locating

Q: A few weeks ago I wrote to you asking if you could recommend a shade vine to plant on a topiary. Theresa Schrum recommended using a creeping raspberry. My question now is where can I locate this vine? A:...

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Saddleback Caterpillar – Attacked by Parasitic Wasp

Q: I was cleaning some leaves from my small pond a week ago and my leg brushed up against this little devil. It stung worse than a bee sting! It is the weirdest little “caterpillar” I’ve ever seen. And it has...

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