Gardening Q and A

Squash – Protection

Q: Squash borers decimated my squash plants this year. Can I plant more this year or should I consider it a bust? Kimberly Hardy, e-mail A: Summer squash only take 50 – 60 days from planting to harvest so you...

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Asparagus – Transplanting

Q: My daughter is moving away. Is it feasible to transplant her asparagus plants to my garden now? A: Before you go to lots of trouble, try to determine what variety they are. If they are ‘Mary Washington’ or ‘Martha...

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Corn – Ants

Q: I have some ants that are congregating at the top of my corn tassels. I’ve seen that mineral oil may rid me of them; your thoughts? A: Ants congregate on corn to eat honeydew from aphids and sometimes to...

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Crepe Myrtle – Dwarf

Q: You mentioned on radio a crepe myrtle that would stay short instead of growing into a tree. I’m looking for something that I can keep around four feet tall. A: ‘Chicasaw’ , ‘Pokomoke’ and the Petite series are all...

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Cedar Tree – Berries

Q: What are the blue/gray berries on cedar trees now? A: They are the seed cones, which most folks call cedar berries. Each one contains a couple of hard seeds. Birds love the seeds of redcedar and scatter them far...

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Honey – For Allergies

Q: I’m having terrible allergies this year and I’m being forced to stay indoors. I’ve been told to find locally grown raw honey to eat daily. Where could I get some? A: Although this is widespread homespun advice, the allergy...

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Yucca Plants – Seeding

Q: I have several yucca plants that have finished blooming and have left behind stalks of seed pods. How do I plant the seed? A: Frankly, it might be easier to look under your existing plants and dig out small...

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Peppers – Storing

Q: I harvest hot peppers and air dry them throughout the growing season. In the fall I grind them and store them in jars. Recently I noticed small worms in one jar and moth-like insects in an other. What can...

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Centipede Grass – Fertilizing After Sodding

Q: I sodded my yard with centipede grass on June 15th. When should I apply fertilizer? A: Your centipedegrass can be fertilized when it is firmly rooted to the underlying soil. In practical terms this is usually when you’ve had...

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Mimosa Sprouts

Q: I grew up in New Orleans and we had mimosa trees. I have several random sprouts in my yard but I don’t think they will grow into a real tree anytime soon. A: Mimosas easily grow here but despite...

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Okra Pods – Ants

Q: Last year my okra pods were covered in fire ants. How do I keep them off without using strong chemicals? A: Fire ants are indeed the likely culprits. They feed on developing pods and make a nuisance of themselves...

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Zucchini Plant – Blooms

Q: I know that the first blooms on a zucchini plant are the male flowers. If I cut those off will the female flowers that come later still produce zucchini fruit? I love fried squash blossoms! A: You can fry...

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Daylilies – Accomodating Plants

Q: I have a bed of English ivy and daylilies. We have pulled up the ivy and want to replace it with a less invasive plant that will still accommodate the daylilies. It’s in full sun on a slight slope....

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Garden Soil – Herbicide Contamination

Q: For several years I developed terraced vegetable beds on a slope and they produced prolifically with no significant problems. Last winter, I added another bed and filled it with “garden soil” from a local landscaping supply company. This summer...

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Landscape – Plastic Covering the Soil

Q: My new house has landscape areas covered with black plastic that is beginning to show through. Should I have the plastic removed and just use pine straw? A: By all means remove the plastic. Solid plastic sheet prevents water...

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Bermuda – Mixing with Zoysia

Q: I have a spot where bermuda doesn’t grow so I want to put Emerald zoysia there. How it will look having two different grasses growing next to each other? A: Both of these grasses are fine-bladed and look very...

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Four O’Clock Seed – Durability

Q: I have seeds for four o’clock flowers that I helped my grandmother harvest 40 years ago. They are still in the little change purse she put them in. Is there any hope of them sprouting now? A: The skin...

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Maple Tree – Girdling Root

Q: I took your advice and examined the base of my declining maple tree and found a big root pressing against the base. Should I remove the root or let it be? A: Much depends on how big the root...

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