Gardening Q and A

Asparagus – Little Sprouts Growing!

Q: I planted asparagus this past spring and cut down the foliage a few weeks ago. The other day, I noticed that each plant has a few asparagus stalks coming up! A: The little sprouts came up because we haven’t...

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Roses – Using Rose Waste

Q: Last year, when I pruned my Knockout roses I clipped the stems into short sections and used them as mulch under the plant. What would be the best method to incorporate rose waste back into the garden? A: Since...

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Date Palm – Re-establishing Roots

Q: I’m doing some research for a Sunday sermon which has a short discussion of date palms in it. Can a date palm re-root after being blown over? A: Yes, like most palms, date palm can be propped up for...

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Azaleas – Lots Of Yellow Leaves

Q: All of my azaleas have lots of yellow leaves. Is it drought or something else? A: We think of spring-blooming azaleas as being evergreen but in truth they are sometimes semi-evergreen. They drop a certain percentage of leaves each...

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Sweet Potatoes – Curing Process

Q: For Christmas, my eighty-year-old dad wants a bushel of sweet potatoes that have been laid out in the sun to dry after being dug up, like his family in Alabama did. According to him, sweet potatoes are now kiln...

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Leyland Cypress – Trimming The Top

Q: I have ten Leyland cypresses that provide a beautiful privacy fence for my back yard. But they have grown so tall that they are blocking sunlight to my zoysia grass. Is it okay to trim the top of the...

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Hellebores – Growing On Tybee Island

Q: Will hellebores grow on Tybee Island? A: If you keep them in the shade all day, I think Lenten rose would find Tybee Island very hospitable. One key factor is the amount of organic matter in your soil there....

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Vegetables – Tall Plant With Small Fruit

Q: Most of our vegetables grew very tall but with poor fruit. One tomato was ten feet tall but with only tiny fruit; cabbages grew long stems but the cabbages were size of a tennis ball. Our soil tests as...

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Roses – No Second Bloom

Q: I planted several Knock Out roses last year. They bloomed nicely last fall and spring but, unlike my neighbor’s bushes, I don’t see any blooms now. A: Like all roses, Knock Out blooms occur at the end of a...

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Ash Trees – Spreading Diseases

Q: We were in Northern Ireland recently and noticed sick ash trees. Looks like their government is stepping in to control this disease. A: At least they don’t seem to have emerald ash borer (EAB) insects in addition to the...

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Fescue – Basic Fertilizing

Q: I need to fertilize my fescue lawn. I used starter fertilizer in September when overseeding. Should this month’s fertilizer include a weed killer or pre-emergent? A: The general rule is that you can apply weed chemicals when the fescue...

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Collards – Controlling Whiteflys

Q: What are the small white flies on the back of my collard leaves? A: I wasn’t previously familiar with whitefly damage to collards bit it turns out that this is an important pest. They suck sap from the leaves,...

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Creasy Greens – Basic Information

Q: My grandmother mentioned eating creasy greens in spring. She said they were a favorite mountain tonic. What can you tell me about them? A: Creasy greens, also called winter cress, are in the mustard family. The botanical name is...

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Radishes – Poor Harvests

Q: Every spring I plant radishes and always have the same problem. The plants look beautiful and lush but only about one in ten turn into radishes. The rest just have a red stem going into the ground. A: This...

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Acidity – Oak Leaves and Pine Needles

Q: I’ve heard that pine needles and oak leaves cause soil to be acid. Is this true? A: This is a gardening myth that should be put to rest. While needles and leaves from all trees may be acidic initially,...

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Straw Mulch – Convenient Benefits

Q: Have you ever tried grinding straw for mulch? This year I dragged my ancient leaf chopper out of the basement and ran two bales of straw through it. I got the most beautiful golden mulch. It really creates a...

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Squirrels – Nesting Habits

Q: Do squirrels return to the nest they have built year after year? Do ‘new’ squirrels ever move in to take over the nest? Should we remove the nests? A: Yes, gray squirrels do reuse their nests. However, since wild...

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Weeds – Types Of Eradication

Q: This summer a neighbor and I planted tomatoes and peppers in a very sunny spot. The plants did well, but due to our inattention the plot became overwhelmed with weeds. Is there any way to eliminate weed seeds before...

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