Gardening Q and A

Tomatoes – Planting With Lime

Q: Should we put lime in the bottom of the hole when planting our tomato plants? How much? A: Garden lime supplies calcium that prevents blossom end rot in tomatoes. It also counteracts soil acidity. However, you don’t need much...

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Zoysia – What With The Lime Application?

Q: We have zoysia grass and have never put lime on it. Should I do so now or do I have to test the soil first? A: All lawn grasses benefit by having the proper soil pH. If your soil...

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Fescue – Aeration Leading To Weeds?

Q: I had my fescue lawn aerated last fall and put fescue seed out at the same time. The fescue is growing great but there are lots of weeds. A: The aeration probably brought up some dormant weed seed, which...

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Raised Beds – Plans and Tips

Q: Do you have plans for a raised vegetable garden? A: Raised beds make a lot of sense because they are easier to manage and the soil can be amended to make it perfect for vegetables. Personally, I use 2″...

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Color – What To Plant For Color!

Q: We have a Bradford pear tree in the front yard and grass does not grow under it. What would suggest I put there for color instead of a pine straw island? A: You have lots of choices! Some of...

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Bottlebrush – Surviving In Atlanta

Q: On a recent trip to Jekyll Island I saw several beautiful bottle brush shrubs. Will they grow here? A: This Australian native is certainly tempting! But I spoke with three experienced landscapers and all had seen examples of “experimental”...

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Heirloom Tomatoes – Where To Get Them

Q: Where can I buy heirloom tomato plants in or near Washington County? A: Heirloom tomatoes taste great and many community farm markets and hardware stores now carry them. Don’t forget online tomato suppliers as well. I have lots of...

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Protecting Peaches – Using A Net?

Q: Last year I noticed that my peaches were gone and the tree seemed to attract birds. My neighbor suggested that I put netting over the tree to prevent the birds from eating my fruit this year. Is this wise?...

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Earthworms – Help Aerate Red Clay?

Q: I have been told that Alabama Jumper earthworms are the best type of worms to help aerate red clay. Is this true? A: Although we think of earthworms as always good for the garden, such is not always so....

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Seedlings – Relatively Inexpensive

Q: I have a large pine straw island in the back of my property and I plan to plant several pine trees and maybe some bushes in between. Is there any place where I can get free tree seedlings? A:...

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Seed Club – Checking Seed Viability

Q: Last year I subscribed to a seed club but not many were planted. I have a plethora of seeds that I would love to plant this spring. Is this possible? A: It’s easy to test their viability. Put five...

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Squirrel – In The Attic

Q: We have a squirrel in our attic. I had a roofer fix the hole in the eaves but it is still finding a way in. Do you have a recipe to keep out squirrels? A: I don’t know of...

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Label Holders – Where To Get Them

Q: In a recent column you mentioned using metal label holders to identify plants in a garden. Where do you get these? A: Local nurseries have them, typically made from copper or zinc. Two online suppliers include www.metalgardenmarkers.com and...

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Treated Wood – Lining Raised Beds?

Q: My wife and I just built two raised beds with landscaping timber. We know that these are treated. What can we line the inside of the beds with to make sure that the veggies taste right and don’t hurt...

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Bermuda – Aeration and Lime

Q: I have an acre of bermuda sod. I usually aerate every year. My pH is 5.5 so I need to apply lime. Can I aerate and lime at the same time? A: I guess lime would go a bit...

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Medinilla magnificia – Leaves Starting To Curl

Q: I was given a medinilla plant for Mothers Day. It has done well and has sprouted new leaves. But recently I have noticed the leaves are curling up on the edges. What is wrong? A: Medinilla magnifica is a...

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Fruit – Following A Spray Schedule

Q: I have apple, peach and plum trees that will not produce mature fruit. There is plenty of fruit initially but it rots and falls off before it matures. A: Insects and diseases love fruits as much as we do!...

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Bird Seed – Red Pepper To Deter Squirrels!

Q: I heard that putting red pepper in bird feeders will keep squirrels away but not bother birds. Is this true? A: You heard correctly! Researchers at Cornell University mixed cayenne pepper with sunflower seed and found it significantly reduced...

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