Gardening Q and A

Potting Soil – Reusing

Q: I have a big pot from which I’ve pulled all of the petunias and other summer annuals. I want to plant it with pansies but I don’t know what to do with the old soil. Do I have to...

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Bulbs – Protection from Squirrels

Q: I’m on a big gardening kick this year and I want to plants lots of bulbs. People tell me that squirrels will dig them up if I don’t protect them the first year. How should I do this? A:...

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Hyacinth Bean – Saving Seed

Q: I bought some black grape hyacinth seeds when I visited Monticello because I liked the color of the flowers. I planted them and now the plant has produced a large purple bean pod. Can I save the seed and...

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Selaginella – Identification

Q: I have this low growing plant in the shade beside a hosta. It appeared on its own. I love it, but don’t know what it is. The leaves are finely divided–almost like the branch of a conifer. Can you...

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Bermuda Lawn – Patchy Look in Fall

Q: This past spring I sodded my front yard in Clarkesville with ‘TifSport’ bermudagrass. I went on a trip on Oct 22 and left a lush, green yard. When I returned on Oct 31 my yard was a green and...

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Tulip Tree – Topping

Q: I have a tall tulip poplar in my back yard which constantly drops limbs. I don’t want to cut it down so I=m thinking about topping it. Would this help the limb breakage problem? A: Topping your tree is...

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Stevia – Sweetener from Leaves

Q: I need some information about a plant called Stevia. It’s leaves are a natural sweetener and I want to try to grow it. A: The plant you are referring to is Stevia rebaudiana, sometimes called “Honeyleaf”. It is a...

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Water Problems in the Landscape

Q: I have a serious drainage problem in my back yard. With heavy rains, you can observe the water flowing out of the backyard like a river stream. Now a permanent waterway has been formed through my yard and a...

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Roundup – Safe to Use

Q: I am rehabilitating a yard that hasn’t had anything but occasional mowing in fifteen years. There are some nice surprises under all the privet and vines, like a battalion of daylilies and some demure nandinas. I prefer to dig...

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Desert Rose

Q: I have a Desert Rose plant that has flowered and made a seed pod! It looks sort of like a pea pod with little wispy seed. How do I plant them? A: Sometimes I am completely overwhelmed by the...

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Wildflowers – Planting

Q: I have heard that there is a special blend of wildflower seeds that is grown in the median of the Georgia expressways. I would like to purchase some of these seeds. Can you tell me where to buy them?...

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Birch Tree – Planting

Q: I am new to the Atlanta area and will be starting a garden from scratch. The lot where we are building has no trees and I need some assistance as to the best species and varieties to plant. Is...

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Bradford Pear – Proper Care

Q: I have 5 bradford pear trees that are 2 1/2 years old. They seem to be growing OK but I want them to grow faster. I bought some tree fertilizing sticks and plan to put down 3 4 for...

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Ground Cedar – Lycopodium

Q: Can you tell me the name of this plant? It is growing in our woods and is spreading. A: The common name of this plant is ground cedar or running cedar but the scientific name is more interesting: Lycopodium...

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Goldenrain Tree – Bougainvilla

Q: I saw this tree in a parking lot in Lawrenceville. The bloom is similar to a goldenrain tree and produces seeds in the same way. Can you identify it for me? A: You have sharp eyes and good instincts!...

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Sorghum – Identification

Q: This came up in my yard. At first I thought it was corn but it isn’t. What is it and where did it come from? A: It looks like Sorghum bicolor, otherwise known as grain sorghum. Sorghum seed is...

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Growing Vegetables Indoors

Q: My family is trying to eat as many home grown fruits and vegetables as we can. I am arranging my complete basement to be able to garden year round. Do you see any problems with this? A: My guess...

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Effect of Food Coloring on Plants – Science Project

Q: I am a Junior at in High school in Cherokee County. I am currently working on an experiment that involves coloring house plants, particularly the Dieffenbachia ‘Camille,’ with food coloring. At first I was growing these plants in soil...

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