Gardening Q and A

Petunias – Planting With Caution

Q: I’m considering planting Mexican petunia by my mailbox. However, I am reading where it can be very invasive and do not want it to overrun the azalea and hostas I have there now. What are your thoughts? A: In...

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Tomatoes – Thin Stalks

Q: I grew both Big Boy and Better Boy plants in a small raised plot While I got some fruit, the plants were very tall and the stalks were thin and grew to heights in excess of eight feet. Was...

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Yellow Jackets – Waiting For The Winter

Q: I have a bad case of yellow jackets. They’ve built their hive among the roots of a nandina. Can I dig the plants in fall and destroy the hives? A: Yellow jacket nests don’t survive winter. When frost approaches,...

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Holly – Trouble Germinating

Q: Earlier this year, I collected berries from our Savannah holly. I let them dry and placed them in potting soil three weeks ago, but none has germinated thus far. What should I expect? A: My bet is that the...

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Zoysia – Transplanting Plugs

Q: I recently transplanted 400 zoysia plugs from one area of my lawn to an area where the zoysia had not yet spread. The plugs appear fine but there have been a lot of weeds filling in between the plugs....

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Wildflowers – Preparation For Planting

Q: I want to plant wildflowers over my septic field next spring. Is it OK to use Roundup now over the area? A: There’s no problem spraying weed killer now but I wouldn’t wait until next spring to plant wildflower...

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Nutsedge – Control With Water Weeder

Q: We have struggled all summer with nut grass in our garden. We have been advised the only way to get rid of it is to move away. Do you have any less drastic suggestions? A: Nutsedge is a terribly...

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Preserves – Finding Recipes

Q: You mentioned on radio that your mother made pear preserves. Could I get the recipe? My mother died when I was very young, and she made the best pear preserves. A: I well remember my mother’s steamy kitchen filled...

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Potatoes – Planting A Fall Crop?

Q: I’m looking at putting in a fall crop of potatoes and I can’t find white and red seed potatoes this time of year. Do you know anyone? A: I don’t think you’ll be successful planting potatoes in fall. The...

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Bottles – What Could They Be Doing In A Garden?

Q: While visiting our daughter in VA, I noticed a neighbor had planted glass wine bottles, butt end upward, around the edge of her vegetable garden plot. What might be the purpose? A: I think it was just for decoration....

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Angle Trumpet – Maintenance

Q: I have been cutting down my angel trumpet plant each fall but do I have to do this?. They come back in the spring but it takes all summer for them to bloom. A: You can cut them down...

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Trees – Replacing An Oak With A Maple

Q: Recently we lost a big oak tree as a result of root damage from when the builder constructed our home. We’d like to replace the tree with a maple and want to know what our chances are of having...

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Grapes – What Will Grow In Georgia

Q: I have a Riesling grape and was wondering what conditions are needed for growing one. A: Riesling grapes do not grow well here. Summer heat and various fungal diseases wipe out the vines before one gets a harvest. Recommended...

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Compost – Improvising Your Own

Q: I’ve got a clogged storm drain that the county will soon clean. Would that stuff be usable for compost? A: I think it would be perfect! Compost is simply plant material that has decomposed so your stuff is exactly...

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Trees – Proper Irrigation Saving A Marriage!

Q: My husband and I argue so much about this subject that we might be headed to divorce court! We have grown a pin oak for 20 years, although it still has a small canopy. Should I irrigate further out...

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WeedPharm – Handling, Application and Warning

Q: Is there a place in Georgia that sells WeedPharm or does it have to be ordered on line? A: WeedPharm (www.pharmsolutionsinc.com) contains 20% acetic acid and is sold as a herbicide. It is not vinegar, which is 5% acetic...

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Lantana – Varieties and Information

Q: Lantana appears to be the only plant in my yard the deer will not eat. Where can I learn more about lantana? A: Lantana is an excellent landscape plant…..and almost completely deer-proof! New varieties are introduced every year. Many...

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Buzzing – Mud Dauber Noise

Q: How does a mud dauber make the buzzing sound when nest building? The wings do not appear to move. A: Mud daubers do indeed make a buzzing sound when they are working. I’ve noticed it when visiting barns and...

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