Gardening Q and A

Rain Barrel – Using a Pump

Q: How would I use a pump on my rain barrels to send water to a sprinkler? I have two barrels at the basement level but want to send it higher to the yard and shrubs in the front. A:...

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Houseplant – Rotten Egg Smell

Q: All of a sudden in the last month our indoor houseplants have taken on a nasty rotten egg type smell. Three weeks ago after we realized it was coming from the plants we repotted them with new dirt, new...

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Smilax herbacea (Carrion Flower) – Identification

Q: In early October at Ft. Mountain State Park I saw the most beautiful berry clusters on a vine in a tree near the picnic tables. The clusters look like tiny blueberries. The vines had what looked like small grape...

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Poisonous Plants – Books

Q: Is there a publication that lists all of the poisonous plants in Georgia? My neighbor has poison ivy that I haven’t gotten into yet but we want to make sure we recognize everything. A: I found several books online...

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Crapemyrtle – Transplanting Root Sprouts

Q: I have new crepe myrtles that have sprouted up a few feet from the main tree. How do I transplant them to other areas of my yard? A: I think you’ll find that the new sprouts are attached to...

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Gummosis – On Peach, Cherry, Plum

Q: What is happening to my plum tree? It finished bearing plums in July and now the trunk is a sea of sap! Should I do anything? A: I think it’s gummosis, a condition that’s very difficult to control on...

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Peppervine – Identification

Q: What is this vine that has overtaken a huge Japanese magnolia in our yard?   A: Peppervine, Ampelopsis arborea. It is kin to porcelain berry and possum grape see  Peppervine Possum grape Porcelain...

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Cherry – Weeping Too Much

Q: Last October, I planted a 5′ weeping cherry tree. My hope was that it would grow 12-15′ (as the tag suggested it would do). I planted it in a big hole with good soil and a little lime added....

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Tomato – Disease Identification

Q: I have grown tomatoes for a few years and have had my share of disease problems. Is there a central place where I can see pictures of all of the maladies a tomato plant might have? A: Actually, there...

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Chinese Yellow Banana – Identification

Q: I live in Griffin and we bought a house with this huge plant at my front door. I was wandering if you had an idea what it might be. A: It took a trip to Tampa, Florida to get...

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New House – Pine Straw

Q: We recently bought a newly constructed house. Why is there a row of pine straw between the house and where they stopped laying sod going down both sides of the house? A: It may have something to do with...

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Crabgrass – Pre-emergent

Q: We own a home on St. Simons Island. A lawn service there takes care of our St. Augustinegrass lawn. Last summer we noticed that our lawn was full of crabgrass. When I questioned them about using a pre-emergent I...

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Ponderosa Pine Seedling – Planting

Q: I’ve been given an eight-inch long ponderosa pine seedling. Can I plant it now or do I put it in a cool location in my garage till spring? A: Plant it outdoors immediately…but don’t expect it to live long...

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Peppers – Growing Hybrids

Q: Last fall I picked a couple of long ‘Key Largo’ peppers. My grandson and I did an experiment. We removed some pepper seeds and planted them in peat pellets. We also planted some tomato seeds. All ten of the...

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Bamboo Canes – Rooting

Q: I should know the answer to this, but it is evading me at this moment! If I whack down a tall stalks of that horrible invasive bamboo to build a pole bean teepee…..will they take root? If so, how...

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Leyland Cypress – Substitutes

Q: We love the look of Italian cypress but not Leyland cypress. Is there a substitute that will grow here? We want something tall and cylindrical, not bushy. A: Italian cypress is an extremely columnar tree. It can grow 30...

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Tomato Seed – Saving

Q: On your radio show you mentioned fermenting tomato seed in order to save them for next year. Can you provide details? A: Tomato seeds are each surrounded by a jelly capsule which inhibits germination. Fermenting the seeds makes them...

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Potting Soil – Sterilize

Q: I re-use the potting soil in my containers. Last year, I had some type of crown rot in my impatiens. Can I sterilize it somehow? A: It’s important to restore the soil’s drainage capacity as well as its sterility...

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