Gardening Q and A

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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Alphabet Gardening – Plants with “U” and “X”

Q: I am planting an alphabet garden with my son. We are choosing plants with common or scientific names that begin with each letter of the alphabet. However, we are stuck with the letters “U” and “X”. Do you have...

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Tools – Sharpening

Q: My hand pruner is getting dull after a few years of hard work. Could you please tell me if it is easy to sharpen it? A: A hand pruner is not terribly difficult to sharpen. All you need is...

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Blueberry – Ochlockonee

Q: I am looking for a blueberry plant for fruit and for privacy screening. I’ve heard the ‘Ochlockonee’ rabbiteye blueberry is a good one. Do you have any better suggestions? A: The blueberry you’ve chosen has a great reputation. It...

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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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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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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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Rose Thrips – Control

Q: The edges of my rose petals are brown and ragged. What causes this? A: Rose thrips hide inside rose buds and chew on the edges of petals. When the bloom opens, the damage is evident for all to see....

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Fig – Poorly Pruned

Q: This fig tree belongs to my neighbor, but he is now giving me free reign to care for it. Several years ago there was such a bumper crop that I picked over a bushel of figs. Three years ago...

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Fruit – Definition of

Q: My sister home schools her nine year-old and in one of his books it states that the banana is a berry. Can you please tell me if this is a fact? A: Oddly enough, bananas ARE berries. A berry...

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Pansy – Nitrate Nitrgen

Q: I have read repeatedly your advice to use a fertilizer that contains “nitrate nitrogen”. I have read and read labels, but cannot find such a product. Could you please send me a brand name or names? A: Products containing...

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Carpenter Bee – Repelling

Q: I had carpenter bees boring in my deck last year and now they are back again. Is there any way to keep them away? A: The best you can do is to reduce the local population each year. Although...

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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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