Gardening Q and A

Siberian Iris – Dividing

Q: I have Siberian irises that need to be divided. Can I do this now? I read that irises should be divided in August, but that seems like a hot time to do it. A: Siberian iris are almost indestructible....

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Peach vine – Identification

Q: I saw an advertisement in the paper for a “Peach vine”. Is there really a peach that grows like a vine? A: It took some digging (in the phone book, not in the dirt!) to find out about the...

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Night-blooming cereus – Care

Q: How should I care for a night-blooming cereus? I was given one last year and I have it in a heated sunporch. A: Night-blooming cereus has been a “passalong” plant for decades. As you can tell from looking at...

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Gourd Seed – Sources

Q: I would like to purchase a variety of fancy / exotic gourd seed. I need to find a source that will sell enough for several acres. Most of the seed catalogs sell packets with only a few seed per...

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Earthworm – Castings

Q: I have mounds of what look like lilliputian guinea pig droppings all over our front yard. Can’t find any one who can I.D. Any thoughts? A: I’m not sure how you’d know what lilliputian guinea pig droppings look like...

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False Aloe

Q: I found some interesting looking plants on a building lot that I was about to grade. The plants appeared to be a native orchid of sorts, so I planted them in a raised bed at my home. I was...

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Sports Turf – Maintaining

Q: Can you give me a good resource on caring for sports turf? Our football and soccer fields need an “extreme makeover.” A: As the father of a soccer-playing son, I see wide variations in field conditions. Some are pristine...

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How To Make a Hypertufa Container

Q: Can you tell me the recipe for making trough containers out of portland cement and peat moss? A: It’s a simple recipe: • one part Portland cement • one part sand • two parts peat moss. Once you have...

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Arbor Day – Celebrating

Q: Would you please give me the date for Arbor Day? A: Arbor Day is celebrated in Georgia on the third Friday of February. Arty Schronce at the Georgia Department of Agriculture says the first Georgia Arbor Day was proclaimed...

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Twig Girdler – Identification

Q: My property has many hardwood trees. I continually have to pick up short limbs with healthy green leaves. What is causing them to fall. A: If the trees are oak, pecan or hickory, the culprit is likely the twig...

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Corn – For Making Corn Meal

Q: I live in Carroll Co.and was wondering is you know the names of some of the corn that is grown mostly for livestock and for grinding for corn meal.When I was a kid my grandfather grew corn that made...

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Stinkhorn – Caged-type

Q: I recently visited my father in south Georgia (Seminole County), and was curious about a mushroom or fungus that was growing in his yard. It looks as if it’s from another planet! I did notice that there were several...

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Henbit – Identification

Q: I thought this was henbit but the leaves are furry purple/magenta besides being green. Do you know what this sort of invasive plant is? A: No question here…it’s henbit! This broadleafed weed sprouts in October and becomes rampant in...

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Mahonia – Identification

Q: We found a couple of these growing under the pines on our property. Any idea what it might be or how it could have gotten there? One is about five feet tall. A: When I was ten I found...

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Begonia – Beefsteak

Q: My Mother passed away last year and she had a plant which I now have. I have tried every source to try to identify it and have been unsuccessful. I hope that you may be of some help. A:...

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Birch – Badly Pruned

Q: I had my river birch pruned by a man who said he knew how to do the job. I just wanted it shaped and pruned in a normal manner. The tree now has only three main trunks, that’s it....

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Tree – Determining the Value

Q: About a month ago on your radio show you discussed a formula to use to determine the dollar value of a tree. Can you tell me more about that formula? A: Members of the International Society of Arboriculture use...

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Firefly Larva

Q: I found this bug in the office of a bird feeding supply store. I’ve never seen anything like it and web searches haven’t turned up anything. A: I consulted the experts at www.bugguide.net (A GREAT site!) and they diagnosed...

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