Gardening Q and A

Tomato – Rescuing Very Old Seed

Q: In cleaning out my mothers property after her death, I found a container of seeds that were my father’s favorite tomato plant.  He died in 1996; the container is dated June of 1993.  It would be a nice connection to be...

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Home Orchard Spray – Substitute

Q: I would like to know why Scotts stopped making Ortho Home Orchard Spray. I’ve been using it for years but it is no longer available. I use the Home Orchard Spray on plum trees. A: Ashton Ritchie from The...

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Silverfish – Control

Q: How can I get rid of the silverfish inside my home? I see more upstairs than downstairs. Do they cause damage? A: Silverfish don’t survive very well without high humidity indoors. They do some damage to paper but they...

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Pyracantha – No Berries

Q: Why doesn’t my pyracantha have ONE berry on it this year, when it was loaded last year? It is about three years old. I’ve tried to make it circle around my light pole outside and so have trimmed it...

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Gardenia – Varieties

Q: I would appreciate it if you would advise me about varieties of gardenias. I have looked at nurseries but there seemed to be several varieties, such as everblooming and ‘August Beauty’.What would you suggest I purchase for different sizes,...

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Tree Leaves – Calculating the Number

Q: My house is surrounded by very large, beautiful trees. I feel like I have raked a million leaves – and they aren’t even all down yet! Is there a way to calculate the approximate number of leaves on a...

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Build a Really Raised Bed

Q: I am looking for the plans you had on your TV show for a elevated raised bed for those who have a problem bending over. I want to build one for a friend. A: I love the two I’ve...

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Hellebore (LentenRose) – Fertilizing

Q: My hellebores look fabulous in February and March. When should they be fertilized? A: As with most plants, fertilize when they are actively growing. I feed mine in November when I see the first new green leaves and again...

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Wilflower Tags – How Much Goes to Roadside Beautification

Q: I tried to buy a wildflower tag for my car but it costs a lot of money! That would be OK if most of the money went to roadside beautification but they told me only part of the money...

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Garden and Flower Seed – Sources

Q: I am looking for a reputable seed company to order seeds from for my home garden. I reside in zone 7 of Georgia. Can you email me a list of a few companies that you know of or have...

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Squirrel – Clipping Maple Twigs

Q: I have an old budding and flowering tree in south Georgia that is being severely “twigged back” by gray squirrels. On any given morning or evening there may be as many as 10 squirrels who are cutting the twigs...

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Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

Q: I found this stinkbug in my house in January, 2010. Is it the brown marmorated stinkbug that has been such a bother in the northeastern U.S.? We have been finding them since last summer. A: To my eyes, it...

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Cedar Waxwing – Privet Berries

Q: Cedar waxwings and other berry-loving birds love these plants I saw in an area near Kennesaw Mtn. I’d like to know the name of this berry-bearing plant. A: Great photo of a cedar waxwing! It is feasting on Chinese...

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Barley – Growing

Q: Can I grow barley here? A: My guess is that you’re trying to brew beer, right? Barley can grow in Georgia but it is raised more by hobbyists rather than farmers. The seeds are used for beer making, but...

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Herbs – Growing Organically

Q: I want to sell herbs at a community market and grow them pesticide-free. I’ll need to use insecticidal soap to control whiteflies. Is insecticidal soap a pesticide? A: You can market the herbs as “naturally grown” or maybe “organic”...

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Loropetalum – Canker on Limbs

Q: My loropetalum has several dying limbs. I had assumed that it had simply been stung by cold weather. However it appears I have some type of critter munching on its bark. Is there treatment or should I just start...

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Lespedeza – Control in Centipedegrass

Q: I have been trying to control an infestation of what I think is lespedeza in my centipede lawn for a good number of years. What are your suggestions? A: Congratulations! You identified the plant correctly, and that’s always the...

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Peony – Sarah Bernhardt

Q: I was given two small Sarah Bernhardt peonies. How do I care for them? A: Daryl Pulis, local perennial expert, says that newly planted peonies rarely flower immediately, alas, even when sold with buds. They usually need 3-5 years...

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