Gardening Q and A

Slugs – Dealing With Molluscs

Q: I had a problem last year with slugs munching on my strawberries. What is a safe way to eliminate them? A: Several effective slug control products contain iron phosphate, a type of fertilizer. Slugs and snails perish from iron...

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Onions – Planting A Sweet Vidalia

Q: Someone gave me two bundles of Vidalia onion plants, little bulbs with green stems. What should I do with them now? A: Plant the seedlings in a sunny bed now, twelve inches apart. Feed regularly with fertilizer having a...

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Ponytail Plant – When Can You Separate Offsets?

Q: My mother has a ponytail plant on her back porch in Cairo. It has “babies” growing on the base. How can she start them to be separate plants? A: Ponytail palm, Beaucarnea recurvata, is not a true palm but...

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Loropetalum Shrubs – When To Plant?

Q: We want to do away with old shrubs in front of our house and replace them with several loropetalum shrubs. When should we plant them? A: Now is a fine time to plant but your first step is to...

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Trees – Why Are They Grafted?

Q: Why are many trees I buy grafted and why do they seem to fail at the graft (break off, split open, etc). A: Trees are commonly grafted because it takes longer (i.e. costs more) to grow them from cuttings....

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Yoshino cryptomeria – Turning Brown

Q:My son’s Yoshino cryptomerias were planted in the fall in full sun. I also have some in my yard, planted a year ago. Mine are green but his are getting a bronze color. A: It’s common for ‘Yoshino’ cryptomeria to...

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Onions – Softball Sized and Bigger?

Q: A guy on your radio show asked about growing softball-size onions. We planted Vidalia onions several years ago and they were a lot bigger than softballs! A: I have no doubt your onions were big, but you likely started...

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Buzzards – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know!

Q: When an animal dies, Buford the Buzzard comes calling. Exactly what species are around here? Where do they hang out and wait for the dinner bell? A: According to The Turkey Vulture Society (yes, there is one! vulturesociety.homestead.com), buzzards...

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Sunlight – Calculating Daily Exposure

Q: I have heard that there is a sunlight calculator on the market that measures the amount of sunlight that a specific garden spot gets. Have you heard of this? A: Getting a handle on how much sunlight an area...

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Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: We have some huge oakleaf hydrangea that need to be cut back. When is the best time to do it? A: Oakleaf hydrangea doesn’t usually require pruning but if it’s too big for a spot you can perform selective...

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Coffee – Growing In Atlanta?

Q: I heard you talking about coffee beans on the radio but I didn’t hear if we can grow them in Georgia. A: There are dozens of species of coffee plants, several of which yield beans from which coffee can...

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Ryegrass – Germination In Febuary

Q: If I overseed with rye grass the first of February, will it germinate? A: It all depends on soil temperature. Ryegrass needs a minimum soil temperature of 45 degrees to germinate. Soil temperatures in February average around 40 degrees....

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Apricots – Planting In Georgia

Q: Is there any chance that apricots will grow in Sharpsburg, Georgia ? I don’t want to waste my money buying a tree that wont bear fruit. A: Growing apricots in this area begins a quick trip to heartbreak hotel....

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Gardening Coach – Options and Help

Q: I would like to hire a gardening coach. I moved into this home last summer and inherited a beautiful landscape, but I worry that I’m going to ruin it. I have thrown myself into a world that I have...

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Maintenance – African Violets

Q: I have several African violets and they all had wonderful blooms in our sun room. But all have stopped blooming and have a hard core center leaf section. A: It’s common for the lower leaves on an African violet...

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Mulch – What Thickness?

Q: I have a thick covering of pine straw and leaves on my yard in areas where I don’t mow. Does this prevent the roots of the trees from getting moisture? A: Thick mulch can be a two-edged sword. It...

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Saving Plants – Georgia Native Plant Society

Q: Isn’t there a group that digs up plants from places that are going to be developed, to save those plants that would be destroyed? A: My good friends at the Georgia Native Plant Society, www.gnps.org, would love to have...

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Potting Soil/Mix – Whats The Difference?

Q: What is the difference in potting soil and potting mix? Which should be used on indoor plants and which in outdoor pots and which in the garden? A: Potting mix is a blend of peat moss, pine bark fines,...

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