Gardening Q and A

Kale – Planting From Seed

Q: I want to plant Tuscan kale. I found some seed in Oregon but don’t know if it would do well here. A: The narrow, bumpy leaves of Tuscan kale make it a distinctive garden edible. Kale is thought to...

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Hugelkultur – For Squash, Tomatoes, Melons and More!

Q: I am a beginner at gardening and I want to start growing my own veggies this spring. I want to start a hugelkultur bed. Any tips? A: Hugelkultur is the process of piling limbs and woody material in a...

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Bermudagrass Lawn – Lawn Care In Atlanta

Q: I’m from Canada and have recently moved to Atlanta. How do I tell if I have bermuda or fescue grass? We’re desperate to have a nice lawn in a very nice neighbourhood. We’re not in Toronto anymore! A: Welcome...

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Leaf Mold – What Is It?

Q: What is leaf mold? It is one of the items suggested for bonsai soil. A: Leaf mold is just composted leaves. This is in contrast to “compost” which has had green things added to the mix to speed up...

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Fescue – Will Birds Eat All Your Seed?

Q: If I put out my fescue grass seed in February, is there a chance birds will eat it before it has a chance to germinate? A: University of Georgia turf expert Clint Waltz says the likelihood of all the...

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Tomatoes – Drip Irrigation Method

Q: I’ve decided to use drip irrigation for my tomatoes this spring. Any advice on how many gallons per hour, how often, where to locate the drip hose , etc? A: Water specifications depend a lot on your personal observation....

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Squash – Planting Butternut Seeds

Q: I bought a butternut squash at the grocery and would like to save the seeds to plant later. What do I do with them once they are dried out? A: The fruit you harvest from the saved seeds will...

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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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