Gardening Q and A

Cedar Sawdust – On Garden

Q:I do a lot of woodworking and have lots of sawdust. Last spring I put a layer of cedar sawdust on my vegetable garden. I was not happy with the plant growth I got from beans, eggplant, radishes, etc. Is...

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Petunia – Growing From Seed

Q: I have a front yard flower bed. Can I successfully plant petunias by broadcasting the seed there? When is the best time to do it? A: Petunias can certainly be grown from seed but it’s usually done indoors or...

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Bruised Tree Trunk – Interior Damage

Q: A few years ago this totally healthy oak was struck very hard by another falling tree. Eventually a wound developed. I decided to cut it down for safety of my home. However as you can see in the pictures,...

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Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry – Droopy

Q: I have some Vanilla Strawberry hydrangeas that look beautiful in June/July but when they have lots of blooms and we get a heavy rain they droop over and can’t hold the weight. My local nursery expert told me to...

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St Ausustine Grass – Brown Patch Disease

Q: What is wrong with our St Augustine grass? Noticed it on this hill after several days of rain this week with a fairly sudden onset. A: It looks very much like brown patch disease, Rhizoctonia solani, to me. The...

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Lawn and Garden Radio Show – Why so Many Ads?

Q: I have really enjoyed your Sat. radioshow over the years, but, why, why, why do you have so many commercial breaks ???? This really cuts down on the time for Q and A. A: This is a frequent question I get...

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Amaryllis – Care after Bloom

Q: How do I care for an amaryllis after it blooms for Christmas? A: Once all of the flowers have opened and faded, cut the stiff bloom stalk at its base and remove it. Keep the pot, with its green...

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Hydrangeas – Protect from Cold

Hydrangeas are beautiful in summer but flowering can be damaged by cold winters. Particularly damaging is a winter warm spell followed by a hard freeze. I’ve seen bushes wrapped like lollipops with white sheets and I have seen quilts flung...

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Tomato Leaves – Soaking to Make Insecticide

Q: Does the organic pest control method of steeping cut tomato leaves in water overnight and then spraying on plants work? A: I’ve heard of gardeners doing this but no one has yet reported their results. Scientists have experimented with...

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Paperwhite Narcissus – Timed Planting

Q: What is the timetable for starting paperwhites so that they will be at their peak before Christmas and during Christmas week? A: Paperwhite narcissus bulbs will bloom four to six weeks after they are planted. That puts the planting...

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Fruit Orchard – South Georgia

Q: We are moving to Bacon County, in southeast Georgia, and I have five acres to play with. I have visions of a backyard fruit orchard dancing in my head! Where do I go for information on the what and...

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Pecan Leaves – Not For Mulch

Q: Are pecan leaves good to mulch a garden? The local Cub Scout pack will be raking leaves at church and I’m planning to put them on our community garden there. A: It’s well-known that juglone, a chemical in walnut...

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Hollies – No Berries

Q: All the hollies I see have no berries this year. What event occurred to cause this phenomenon? A: I went out back and spoke to my holly friends Nellie, Savannah, Foster, and Burford. They all reported copious berries this...

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Bermuda – Mowing Mid Winter

Q:Will it damage my bermuda lawn if I mow it when it has turned brown? I just want to clean it up a little. A: Mowing your lawn high once or twice in winter is a good way to clean...

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Red Cedar – Transplanting

Q: We have fifteen red cedar saplings about a foot tall growing in shade. We’d like to relocate them but the new location would be in full sun almost all day. Can these be transplanted? A: Redcedar (CQ), Juniperus virginiana,...

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Ginger Lily – Growing Leaves

Q: In September, I cut back my ginger lilies, dug out some rhizomes, and sent them to my friend in Massachusetts. He put them in pots in his house. They are now growing leaves. Should he cut the leaves back...

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Bulbs – Sprouting

Q: We have some bulbs that are beginning to sprout. The foliage is two inches high. Is it too late to divide and replant them? A: You can accomplish two things at once now: divide and fertilize. We have had...

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Hydrangea – Winter Care

Q: I have a pair of four- year-old common hydrangeas. I need to know how to overwinter them. Do I need to cover them to protect next year’s blooms from frost and hard freeze? A: It’s generally not necessary in...

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