Gardening Q and A

Hydrangea – Treating A Gift Plant

Q: I received a beautiful White Robe hydrangea as a gift. I would like to plant it where it will be happy. A: Hydrangea expert Gene Griffith (www.hydrangea.com) says the company that introduced ‘White Robe’ is known for florist hydrangeas,...

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Sod – Proper Watering

Q: Three weeks ago I had bermuda sod installed. The landscaper set up the irrigation timers so each zone came on twice a day for five minutes. I noticed a brown patch in one corner of the yard after four...

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Grasshopper – Big And Black

Q: A huge black grasshopper settled for a rest on my Japanese maple. Any idea what it is? A: It’s a lubber grasshopper. Their “skin” varies in color as they grow from nymph to adulthood. Black ones are not unusual....

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Rat Snakes – Caught In Netting

Q: We have a garden that is surrounded by deer netting. Black rat snakes keep getting stuck in the netting and strangling themselves to death. Is there anything I can do to prevent it? A: This is not uncommon. The...

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Apple – GMO Modification?

Q: I ate a Honeycrisp apple that was not organic so I’m assuming it’s probably GMO. Seeds inside had tiny sprouts so I planted to see what would happen. Will these produce fruit that is GMO? A: I know of...

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Hens n Chicks – Hens Are Dying?

Q: I received a plant from my grandmother called “Hens n Chicks”. Some of the hens seem to be dying and the chicks are still going strong. What should I do? A: Hens and Chicks, Sempervivum tectorum, is native to...

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Planting – When To Plant What

Q: When is the correct time to plant turnip, mustard, beet and radish seeds? A: You can start thinking about it around Aug. 15, completing the effort by mid-September. Wait for a day when rain is in the forecast so...

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Greenhouse – Pollination Without Bees?

Q: I’m thinking about attaching a greenhouse to my home. I’d like to grow some citrus (lemon, orange, kumquat). But how do they get pollinated if no bees can get to them? A: Good news! They don’t require insects for...

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Sweet Potatoes – Proper Fertilization

Q: I’m growing Beauregard sweet potatoes. One source says they are light feeders but another says they are heavy feeders. How should they be fertilized? A: UGA gardening expert Bob Westerfield says he would class sweet potatoes in the medium...

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Plant – Interesting, Pretty and Attractive

Q: I need something to plant in a space that’s quite long; part is shady and some is in full sun. I’d love the plant to have year round interest and maybe attract wildlife. What do you think about Oregon...

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Fulton County – Vegatable Growing

Q: What are the rules on urban farms or gardens in Fulton County? How much of our property can we dedicate to growing vegetables? A: Becky Griffin, UGA urban agriculture specialist, says that in June the Atlanta City Council passed...

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Snakes – Finding Eggs

Q: We were spreading a pile of mulch and came across eggs that are as big as chicken eggs, but more slender. Our neighbor’s lawn man killed a timber rattlesnake in their yard a couple of weeks ago. Hope these...

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Topsoil – Finding Good Product

Q: Do you know of any business that sells quality topsoil by the bag rather than the woodchip-filled debris presently available? A: Like you, I’ve been disappointed by the “dollar-a-bag” topsoil products I find at big-box stores. You can make...

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Tomatoes – Ripen All Togther

Q: I grow Roma tomatoes every year. How can I get them to ripen all together? I make my own marinara sauce, but it’s difficult to do when I can’t get all the tomatoes to ripen together. A: As you...

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Copperheads – In Your Yard

Q: We have found baby copperheads in our yard. I am very afraid of snakes and worried about my two small children playing there. I’m afraid that we have a nest of them. A: Copperheads bear live young so they...

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Blueberry – Cross Pollination?

Q: I’ve been researching Powderblue blueberry bushes. I need four plants to get a good harvest for my family. Do I need to also purchase a different variety for cross pollination? A: ‘Powderblue’ is an excellent choice. You’ll get better...

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English Ivy – Not Dying

Q: Many of my pines were covered in English ivy. On several trees I’ve clipped the vines on the trunk but the leaves still seem to be thriving. A: It can take several weeks for English ivy vines to die....

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Mulch – Invaded By Ants

Q: We have a mulch pile that is invaded with ants and they swarm out when stirred up. Any suggestions for control? A: Turning the pile over a couple of times usually does the trick. If you work quickly they...

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