Gardening Q and A

Daisies – Floating in Drinks

Q: I would like to float daisies in my punch for a christening. Are they harmful in any way? A: Master Gardener Mary Kay Woodworth replies: “PLEASE don’t eat the daisies! Daisies are considered toxic plants, but they are not...

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Frog Calls CD – Online purchasing

Q: At some point during the show on Saturday, I heard frog calls. I think you mentioned that it is from a CD. I wanted to try to obtain a copy for a friend. Who do I call, where do...

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Hydrangeas – Keeping their true color

Q: I bought 5 Monrovia ‘Red and Pretty’ hydrangeas this spring. They are doing well in my garden, but the blooms are hot pink, not red! Is there anything I can add to the soil to change the color to...

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Iris – Trimming and Mulch

Q: The iris’s were lovely this year, but now that the bloom is over, the foliage is floppy and lying on the sedum. Does it need to absorb sunshine like bulb foliage, or can it be trimmed back? I’ve read...

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English Ivy vs Irish Ivy – Identification

Q: I have heard that English ivy is really Irish ivy and that Irish ivy is the plant that covers my woodland. How can I tell them apart? A: According to Suzanne Pierot, President of the American Ivy Society: “Irish...

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Squirrels – Eating leaves in tree

Q: I planted a maple tree last fall and have been waiting for it to leaf out. The leaves started disappearing and to my surprise, I spotted a squirrel in the tree, climbing the branches and munching on the leaves!...

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Gardening – For a profit

Q: I have no farming experience, except my 25 by 25 foot garden. Is it possible to be a hobby farmer working the farm only one day a week, and produce enough to make the effort worth while? What is...

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Juniper – Dying Under Trees

Q: My junipers are dying, all of them. Can you help? A: This is a common problem…the trees originally planted above the junipers were small enough to let plenty of sunshine through. In the intervening years, shade has become more...

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Holly – Pruning

Q: We have 4 holly bushes. They have gotten out of hand and look more like trees and cover the windows. Please tell me the proper way to prune A: Theresa Schrum replies: “There really is no wrong way to...

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Butterfly – Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Q: I spotted this gorgeous butterfly in our back yard in June. Its wing span was nearly the size of my hand. Some of the black round spots on the wings were actually bulging, not flat. Is it unusual? A:...

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October Glory Maple – Splitting at the Trunk

Q: I planted an ‘October Glory’ maple last October. Recently I have noticed a split, about 6 inches long in the bark. It is about 10 inches from the ground where the trunk is about 4 inches in diameter. It...

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Animals – Keeping out of garden

Q: How can I keep neighborhood animals from sleeping among my plants (i.e., red hot pokers, shasta daisies) and flattening them? A: I saw a magazine article recently where a person described cutting her surplus coathangers into “hairpins” with a...

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Royal Paulownia (Empress Tree) – Carving

Q: You talked about a weed tree from China, a Royal (something). I would like to know the spelling of that weed or tree. I am a woodturner and will have access to a large piece (about 2 feet in...

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Perimeter College Native Plant Garden

Q: I have not been able to find the link to the Perimeter College Native Plant Garden on your website. Could you please provide information on their Wednesday programs? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “The web site with more information on...

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Squash Bugs – Control

Q: Do you have any suggestions for controlling squash bugs, not squash vine borers, on yellow squash? A: Adult squash bugs are a bit more than a half-inch long and a quarter-inch wide. They are dark brown, sometimes mottled with...

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Turfgrass – Watering

Q: My lawn maintenance guy and I have a difference of opinion. Turf experts recommend an inch of water per week, applied every seven days. My yard guy says that since the subsoil is so hard-packed six inches below my...

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English Ivy – Dying

Q: I have an ongoing issue with my ivy. I have lost more than 1/2 of the ivy in the front yard. We are very frustrated and would like to keep the ivy rather than replace it with something different....

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‘Mission’ Fig – Growing in Georgia

Q: I saw black ‘Mission’ fig trees at a nursery a couple of weeks ago and started dreaming of plucking figs from my own tree and cooking with them. But I wondered if they’d grow well in Georgia. In the...

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