Gardening Q and A

Fire Ants – Controlling in Veg, Garden, Animal Pen

Q: I have a pet pig; recently I found a big fire ant mound in the pen. What can I do to control them? I also have a vegetable garden and there are fire ant mounds in it. What can...

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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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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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Swamp Hibiscus- Growing

Q: Do you have any advice on the swamp hibiscus? The tag on the plant indicates that it “dies back to the ground in winter.” Info from a web site indicates that the plant will grow to 6 – 9...

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Mosquitoes

Q: I have got to have some relief from mosquitoes! My children and I can not garden or play outdoors without being eaten alive! I don’t want to use (commercial mosquito repellent) on my kids. Isn’t there something more organic...

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Trees for Memorials – Recommendations

Q: Some friends from church would like to plant a tree in remembrance of our son Adam who was killed in a car crash. I would like an unusual tree that was showy three seasons of the year and maybe...

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Tomato Pollination

Q: My husband and I have the most beautiful tomato plants imaginable. They must be five feet tall now in May. The only problem is that there are no blooms on the plants. Is there a way to force the...

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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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