Gardening Q and A

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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Chinkapin – Where To Get Them?

Q: Chinkapins used to grow wild in the Savannah area. Is there anyway to get them now? A: The chinkapin, Castania pumila, is a shrubby relative of the American chestnut. It has the same spiny burs and a nicely edible...

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Springtails – Hopping Black Pepper!

Q: We were outside after a rain in mid-December and found trillions of tiny insects that jump like a flea! They were about the size of a grain of finely ground black pepper. Do you know what they are? A:...

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Salvia – To Eat, Or Not To Eat.

Q: Are all varieties of salvia (sage) edible? I purchased May Night salvia and it smells elegant. A: There are hundreds of members of the salvia family but only a few are considered edible. Ornamental salvias, like ‘May Night’, tricolor...

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Daffodils – Affected By Warm Weather?

Q: With all the warm weather we’ve had lately, my daffodils have started coming up! Will they come up again this February? A: It’s completely normal for daffodils to put up foliage in winter. They won’t bloom until their regular...

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Fig Tree – Planting For Fruit!

Q: I want to plant a fig tree for the fruit. What variety do you recommend for this area? A: ‘Celeste’, ‘Brown Turkey’ and ‘LSU Purple’ grow very well here. Check with your local nursery for availability or visit the...

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Fertilizer – 15-0-15 Products

Q: I am looking for 15-0-15 fertilizer. We had a soil sample done and was told to add this but I am unable to find this anywhere. A: Look for Centipede/St Augustine fertilizer products. They are sometimes formulated as 15-0-15...

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