Gardening Q and A

Japanese Beetle Traps – Alternatives

Q: In you article in June, you said that you preferred hand-picking Japanese beetles and that we should never use traps. Well, I have too many beetles to hand-pick so what should I do? A: You’re right – some gardeners...

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Strawberry – Fertilizing

Q: What sort of fertilizer should I use on my strawberry bed? A: If your bed is more than a year old, you can get by with a single fertilization each spring. You should have done it in mid-March, but...

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Dogwoods – No Blooms

Q: I have some wild dogwoods in my yard that don’t bloom very well. How can I make them do better? A: Have you ever marveled at reports that a Kentucky Derby winner is worth millions of dollars? Why would...

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Tater Vine (Air Potato) – ID & Control

Q: I have a problem with a lovely but horribly invasive vine that grows little potatoes on its stem. It sprouts and spreads like a demon – nearly taking over a 3 acre lot! What is it and what can...

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Lady Banks Rose – Naked at Bottom

Q: I was hoping you could give me some advice on a problem I have with my four year old Lady Banks rose bush. It is on a west-facing brick wall and over the years, I have attached a double...

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Worms – Raising

Q: I am interested in learning about the raising of fish worms and the collection and sale of worm castings. A: As a worm explores the soil, it ingests tiny organic particles, digests any nutrients present, then excretes what it...

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Identification – Red Spider Lily

Q: I live in the Candler Park neighborhood, and for several years now, this time of the year, I get red flowers sprouting up several feet apart on my lawn (which is mostly weeds). There are more each year. I...

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Quince – Growing From Seeds

Q: Can I grow a quince tree from a seed? I grew up with them in Alabama and many people here in Coweta county don=t even know what I’m talking about. A: My colleague Marco Fonseca recently brought a quince...

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Greenhouse – Glazing

Q: A tornado damaged my greenhouse; it was wiped out even with the ground. I am in the process of buying a new one and need to know if I should get it with “clear” or “mist green” fiberglass exterior....

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Effect of Coke on Plants – Science Project

Q: I am working on a science project involving the effects of Coke and Sprite on plants. I have heard some time ago that if the roots of the plant are dipped in the Coke or Sprite, the plants absorb...

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Pesticides – Home-made

Q: I know there are some homemade remedies that shouldn’t really be tried. However, is there a book or an internet site that has legitimate homemade pesticides, fertilizer mixtures, etc.? A: I try in all my writings to use scientifically...

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Dogwood – Peak Bloom

Q: Can you tell me when the dogwoods will be blooming in Atlanta? I have friends who want to come when they are at their height. A: My retired Extension friend Newton Hogg has forgotten more information about plants than...

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Crinum – Identification

Q: Would you please identify the attached flower I have blooming in my backyard? A: According to one source, ‘Ellen Bosanquet’ crinum is one of the best known crinum hybrids in the United States. Percival Bosanquet grew the hybrid in...

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Bottlebrush Buckeye

Q: I would very much appreciate you telling me what this is. The picture includes the leaves, the nut case and the nut. I found a total of 8-10 bushes with nuts on them. I think it may be a...

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Dog – Eating Persimmon Fruit

Q: I have two Golden Retrievers and for a month or so I have noticed that the male dog’s stool has contains lots of pumpkin-like seeds.(Sorry about that) We have about nine acres in Grayson and even after eight and...

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Plants for Victorian Landscapes

Q: Could you recommend plants that would grow well in Cedartown, GA and be commonly found in a “Victorian” landscape? A: Victoriana Magazine seems to have good information about Victorian...

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Goldenrain tree – Fall Leaf Drop

Q: I planted a Goldenrain tree 5 or 6 years ago. Every year in August and September, short branches (about 18 inches long) begin turning yellow, die and drop from the tree. Sometimes green ones fall off. Dozens of these...

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Red Bud Tree- Straightening

Q: I have a redbud tree about 20 feet tall that is leaning and I would like to straighten if possible. Looks like the tree (sorry, no digital camera) has been growing this way from the base. Will it kill...

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