Gardening Q and A

Cultivating soybeans – Growth for soy milk

Q: Where can I buy soybeans to cultivate? I’d like to make my own soy milk. A: In my opinion, the economics are against you but the adventure will be very educational! Assuming optimum conditions, your garden yield should be...

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Quinault strawberry plants – Not for Georgia

Q: Early last summer I planted three Quinault strawberry plants. I got lush plants but minuscule berries. What do I need to do to get decent fruit? A: The ‘Quinault’ strawberry doesn’t grow very well in Georgia. It is an...

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Polyester Row Covers – When to cover plants

Q: On a recent radio show, you mentioned using polyester row cover to overcome squash vine borer. I purchased some but when do I cover the plants? A: The lightweight cover prevents squash vine borer moths from laying eggs on...

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Roundup Tips – Bermudagrass

Q: As a northern transplant, I didn’t know about the sheer destructive nature of bermuda grass in my flower bed. I tried spraying Roundup but it’s nearly impossible not to get it on the growth of my daylilies. Any tips?...

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Heirloom alongside hybrids – Not a problem

Q: Is it okay to grow heirloom vegetables alongside hybrids? I want to try corn, beans and squash. A: Cross-pollination among corn varieties can affect flavor but planting heirloom beans and squash near each other is no problem. The only...

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Air Layering – Camellia

Q: Is it possible to air layer a large camellia branch so I get a bigger plant when it is rooted? A: No. Air-layering requires a certain ratio between the size of the treated limb and the number of leaves...

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Compost Bugs – If you build it, they will come

Q: I have three big compost piles but the only thing I see in there are pill bugs. Where do I get insects for my piles? A: My rule for getting bugs into compost is “Build It and They Will...

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Wisteria – Removal From Pergola

Q: Our pergola is covered with wisteria and has gotten so rotten we are cutting it down. How do we kill the large wisteria vine? A: The big wisteria will be a problem for years. Roots near and far from...

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Potting Soil – Longevity

Q: I have some unopened two-year old bags of potting soil under my deck. Do you think the products are still good? A: If the material is still dry inside the bags I think it would be fine to use...

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Celery Root in Georgia

Q: I am from Germany and use celery root in my soups but those roots are hard to find and are expensive. Can I grow celery root in my own garden? A: I think our summer heat will be your...

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Squash – Pickleworm

Q: Last year my yellow squash grew fine but they had little green worms inside when you cut the squash open. A: My guess is that you had pickleworms in the squash. They are the larvae of a brownish-yellow moth....

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Haricot Vert – Growing

Q: I want to grow the green beans they call “haricot vert” at the grocery store. Any varieties you suggest? A: Haricot vert (French for “green bean”) is just a skinny version of our typical green snap bean. Varieties like...

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Removing Pinebeetles – No Diesel Fuel

Q: I was told by a tree removal company owner that diesel fuel poured around the base of a pine tree will be absorbed by the tree and kill the beetles. I am skeptical. Is this true? A: You’re right...

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Zoysia – Not shade tolerant

Q: I am considering establishing a grass other than fescue, which has been a constant disappointment. I talked to the salesmen at a local nursery and they assure me that zoysia requires only two hours of sunlight. A: I hate...

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Plasticulture – In your garden

Q: I have seen many watermelon and strawberry fields that are covered by black plastic film. Where might I be able to get that type of film? A: This technique is called plasticulture. It’s a great way to enhance vegetable...

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Apple/Peach Tree Planting

Q: Would it be OK to plant apple and peach trees near each other? I worry the cross pollination would produce a weird fruit. A: You won’t get an appeach! An apple is in the genus Malus, while a peach...

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Lawn ID for Zoysiagrass

Q: Could you tell me what kind of grass I have in my lawn? It is the first grass around to go dormant and it is the last one to come out in the spring. It feels thick and prickly....

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Bermuda Lawns – Scalping

Q: I know you don’t recommend burning bermuda lawns but what do you think about scalping? I’ve already seen neighbors cutting theirs very short. A: Scalping is far safer than burning. I recommend doing it when you see the barest...

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