Gardening Q and A

Wildlife Sanctuary Certification

Q: We saw a TV show about wildlife sanctuaries. We have three acres of land with ponds, birdhouses, all sorts of flowers, vegetables, and a virtual forest in front of the house. How can we be certified as a wildlife...

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Black-eyed Susan Vine – Annual

Q: Recently I bought a black-eyed Susan vine, Thunbergia alata. Is it an annual or a perennial? A: This beautiful cascading vine, covered in yellow flowers, is perennial in south Florida but it is not cold-hardy and so is grown...

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Cicada Sounds

Q:   What insect makes a loud, high-pitched, screeching sound? The body is 1.75  inches long; wings are 2.5 inches wide. It looks like a giant fly. A: I’m sure you’re hearing and seeing a cicada. There are several species...

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Hydrangea Transplant

Q:  I have a hydrangea plant that has been in one location for probably 10 years.  It has really outgrown the area and needs to be moved.  Is now the time to do that?  If not when? . A: The...

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Spaghetti Squash – Harvesting

Q: We planted spaghetti squash in the spring.  We have eaten one and have five left on the vine.  Can we just leave them on the vine until we want to eat them? A: Spaghetti squash is edible no matter...

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Jade Plant – Rooting

Q: A huge branch broke off my neighbor’s jade plant. The base is three inches in diameter and I have it in water. Will it root? A: I doubt it will produce roots. There are too many leaves needing moisture...

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Capers – Growing

Q: Can you grow capers in Georgia? A: I enjoy capers on my pasta but I’ve had no experience growing them. I consulted a friend who has lived and traveled in Italy. She says capers are the pickled buds of...

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Bees Balm – Transplant

Q: My patch of bees balm has been especially beautiful this summer. However, it has taken over a large portion of my perennial bed. When and how I should transplant? A: Now that blooms have faded in August, cut the...

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Cottonseed Meal – Available At Feed Stores

Q: Will cottonseed meal from a feed store work the same as the cottonseed meal I purchased from a garden center? It is much cheaper at the feed store. A: They are exactly the same thing. Products sold for fertilizer...

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White Clover – Weed Control

Q: Our problem (or my husband’s problem) is the white clover in our two-acre fescue lawn. This is the first time in years that we haven’t fertilized our yard. This year clover is completely outta control. A: My guess is...

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Vegetable Planting – Calendar

Q: Where can I get a vegetable planting calender? My husband and I are trying to start a small locally grown market garden and we need to plant fall crops. A: I’ve collected several links to publications from the University...

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Irish Potato Plants – When To Harvest

Q:  We are growing Irish potatoes in tires. What does it mean when the vine is blooming in June? A: Flowers on a potato plant mean the tubers are almost ready to harvest. The leaves and stems will start yellowing...

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Extra Vegetables – Donation

Q: Where can I donate surplus fresh vegetables from my garden? A: Fred Conrad at the Atlanta Community Food Bank coordinates the Plant A Row For The Hungry campaign. He says their website, www.acfb.org,  has a list of central sites...

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Fireflies – Recent Activity

Q: Over the last weeks the fireflies have been amazing!  They seem to be flying higher than normal and are flashing rapidly. Any reason for this? A: This is a great year for fireflies due to the abundant rain last...

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Raspberries – Cutting Canes

Q: My Dorman Red raspberries produced a great harvest this year. Should I cut the old canes down to the ground after all of the berries are picked? A: Raspberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow in Georgia....

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Plant Color – Fertilizer On Petunias

Q: I have four petunia hanging baskets. The foliage has turned light green the last few days. I water daily but how do I keep the deep green foliage? A: If you’re using water-soluble houseplant fertilizer on the petunias, apply...

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Plant Irrigation – Bermudagrass

Q: I’m starting bermuda from seed. Is it true that you shouldn’t water in the evening when you’re starting your seed? When I water in the mornings, the ground dries by noon. A: Watering in the evening may keep the...

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Windmill Palm – Transplanting

Q: I have a twelve-foot tall windmill palm and I want to keep it that height. What are your suggestions? A: Unfortunately, you can’t limit the height of a palm. These trees extend from a growth point at the top,...

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