Gardening Q and A

Tomato – Supporting Vine from Horizontal Pipe

Q: I have a tomato growing technique that is truly amazing. It’s the same way commercial tomatoes are grown in greenhouses but I bury my vines. They have re-rooted up to 6 feet away from where I originally planted them,...

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Wild Ginger – Found in Woods

Q: What is the name of this plant I found in the woods near a creek? The leaves smell pleasantly like ginger when crushed. A: I call the plant heartleaf, Hexastylis arifolia. It’s also known as wild ginger. It is common...

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Black Widow Spider – Identification

Q: I found this spider under a rock at my house. I think it’s a black widow but it hasn’t got the well known hour glass design on its belly. I just put the rock back in place and let...

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Grape – Herbicide Injury

Q: Can you tell me what is going on with my grape leaves? A:University of Georgia plant pathologist Elizabeth Little says “This looks like 2,4-D type damage, possibly drift from nearby lawns, pastures, hay, or corn fields. Grapes are very...

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Zoysia – How Low to Mow

Q: You have said to cut zoysia grass 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ high. My husband and I measured our mower and we were cutting our’s about 2 1/4″ high. Walking on our grass was like walking on pillows. We lowered...

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Apple – Burr Knot

Q: This apple tree has yellowing leaves thru-out it so if it’s borers I’m probably too late. Any suggestions? A: UGA Extension pathologist Elizabeth Little says it’s burr knot, a disease I’ve never seen. (Thank you!) It can weaken trees...

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Kudzu Bug – Control Organically

Q: I just discovered a really bad infestation of kudzu bugs on the beans in our garden. I looked into using spinosad and unfortunately we cannot use it because of our honeybees. From what I have read, it is highly...

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Pecan – Pollination

Q: A friend of mine in Savannah gave me several male and female pecan trees. Will they thrive here? How do I identify a male from a female tree? A: Pecans don’t have male and female trees. However, many pecan...

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Diatomaceous Earth – For Insect Control

Q: I heard you talking on the radio about finding diatomaceous earth to use for bugs in gardens. I bought the stuff from a pool supply store, where it is cheap! A: Unfortunately, diatomaceous earth (D.E.) for pools is not...

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Good Careers in Agriculture!

Q: Our 19-year-old son has expressed an interest in double majoring in history and agriculture. What are some examples of jobs/career paths that we can visualize, besides farming? A: The University of Georgia’s Faith Peppers says there are nearly twice...

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Gypsum – Used to Prevent Blossom End Rot

Q: We grow tomatoes in a little raised bed and have always used garden lime in the past. I keep hearing about using gypsum (calcium sulfate) for calcium, but I worry that it will increase soil acidity. A: Gypsum is...

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Rosinweed – Identification

Q: My brother and sister-in-law found several of these where they walk for exercise near Jesup, GA and wanted to transplant a couple. They thought it was some kind of fern and but they dug it up it had a...

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Bare Area – Covering With Fabric and Stone

Q: We want to cover the ground in our island with something that weeds won’t grow up into and through. We have considered gravel on top of landscape fabric. A friend did something similar with rubber mulch but the grass...

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Sansivieria Cylindrica – Rhizome

Q: What the heck is this growing out of my sansevieria. I know it isn’t a bloom or a leaf, but I am very perplexed. A: It’s a rhizome: a thick root that grows away from the original clump. Eventually...

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White Deposits on Hydrangea Leaves

Q: I went out to water my hydrangeas today and noticed white spots all around the edges of the leaves. This was not there yesterday so it happened sometime during the night. The leaves don’t seem damaged and the plants...

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Oystershell Scale – Identification and Control

Q: I have noticed many insect eggs located on the bark of my Japanese zelkova trees.. I have also noticed these to a lesser degree on various types of maple trees. You can notice small a hole where an insect...

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Flowering Pear – Improved Varieties

Q: I want to plant some flowering pears in my yard to provide cover from houses across the street. What do you recommend? A: I’d look for ‘Chanticleer’ or ‘Aristocrat’ flowering pear. ‘Bradford’ pear is commonly sold but it has...

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Basic Slag – Sources

Q: My relatives in Alabama swear by something called “basic swag” for their gardens. They say it’s a nutrient that comes in powdered form and you broadcast it over your green vegetables. Can you help me find some? A: I...

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