Gardening Q and A

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle – Identification

Q: These bugs are savagely attacking our turnips and other leafy vegetables. What are they and how do you get rid of them? A: They are grubs of the yellowmargined leaf beetle. The adult beetle has an edge of yellow...

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Sweet Potato – Curing After Harvest

Q: For Christmas, my eighty-year-old dad wants a bushel of sweet potatoes that have been laid out in the sun to dry after being dug up, like his family in Alabama did. According to him, sweet potatoes are now kiln...

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English Ivy – Rooting

Q:We have two large oak tree stumps in our front yard as a result of recent storms. We would like to plant ivy around them to cover. Can ivy be rooted from clippings? A: It’s a simple task to root...

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Earthworms – Eradicating

Q: I have a photography studio and have numerous earthworm mounds on a grassy spot where I photograph families or people on the grass. My studio is on a wooded lot and this is the only piece of grass I...

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Creasy Greens – Identification

Q: My grandmother mentioned eating creasy greens in spring. She said they were a favorite mountain tonic. What can you tell me about them? A: Creasy greens, also called winter cress, are in the mustard family. The botanical name is...

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Invasive Plants in Georgia – List

Q: Where can I find a list of invasive plants in our area? Every time I see a plant doing well in the wild areas near me I wonder if it would be a good one in my yard. A:...

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Leaf Spot – On Turnips and Mustard

Q: I have these spots on my mustard and turnip leaves . I ‘d appreciate if you could help me get rid of what is causing them so I could get some in the freezer. A: I think it’s cercospora...

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Alstromeria – Weed-like in Garden

Q: Please warn people about planting alstroemeria. It’s gone under a cemented stone wall, under paving stones, has engulfed ferns and is about to do in a hydrangea. For me, alstroemeria is a nightmare. A: I’ve enjoyed this long-lasting component...

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Earthworms – Thousands of Casting Mounds

Q: Last year I had a beautiful lawn but now I fear I’m losing it. There are thousands of small mounds of soil similar to ant hills but much smaller. This condition covers the entire lawn area. Can you tell...

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Shoe Tree – In Alabama

Q: This tree grows along US Hwy 72 in north Alabama, just a few miles from the Mississippi line. I pass it when I go to west Tennessee to visit my Mom. I’ve been watching it’s “fruit” increase over the...

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Hen and Chicks – Blooming

Q: I’ve talked with several gardeners and none have seen a Hens & Chicks bloom. This plant is over 10 years old. A: Hubba-hubba! You’ve done very well! Most succulents, particularly those kept as houseplants, bloom reluctantly. I think the...

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Leaves/Needles – Don’t Acidify Soil

Q: I’ve heard that pine needles and oak leaves cause soil to be acid. Is this true? A: This is a gardening myth that should be put to rest. While needles and leaves from all trees may be acidic initially,...

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Pecan – Shellers

Q: I have more than fifty pounds of good looking pecans I picked up under my trees. Where can I get them shelled by machine? A: There are several companies scattered across Georgia who will shell your pecans for a...

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Pecan Varieties – Identification

Q: I have several different types of pecan trees. Do you have a chart that shows the types of pecans and their names so I can easily identify my pecans? A: I don’t have a chart but what this site...

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Calla Lily – Planting Seed

Q: This lily has white and purplish flowers in the spring and is quite attractive. I would like to know if these are seed pods. If so, how I would go about planting them so I could have more plants...

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Blackberry – White Cells (Dry Cell Syndrome)

Q: I have three blackberry plants that have been growing for three years. This year my crop has been great, but I have a problem with the ripe fruit. I have looked online, and the closest photos I find say...

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Pine Beetles – Identification

Q: Can you identify what the goo is oozing from the trunk of a pine tree in my backyard? I would hate to have to remove the tree. A: The “goo” is hardened resin from the tree. It came out...

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Lavender – Dying in Pot

Q: We have been enjoying our potted lavender plant, but now it seems to be dying from the bottom up. We find no apparent cause! Can you please give us some suggestions after looking at the three attached pictures? A:...

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