Gardening Q and A

Kiwi Fruit – Determining Sex of Vine

Q: I’ve had a kiwi vine growing great for six years, but no kiwis! I’ve learned I need a male and female vine. How do I know what sex I have ? A: If your fuzzy kiwi vines flower, it’s...

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Hummingbird – Nest

Q: I found this birds nest on the ground in my backyard in Newnan. Is it a hummingbird’s nest? Seems pretty big to be for a tiny little hummer? A: Jim Rodgers at Nearly Native Nursery says you indeed have...

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Hydrangea – Insecticide Burn on Leaves

Q: Several weeks ago I purchased four hydrangeas. I sprayed three of them with Sevin to keep insects away. The fourth one was not sprayed and seems healthy. A: Carbaryl (Sevin) doesn’t usually cause chemical burns on leaves but that...

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Tomato – Late Blight Identification

Q: My Rutgers tomatoes are showing brown spots starting at the stem end, rapidly coalescing and moving downward towards the blossom end of the tomato. They are all green tomatoes which are not starting to ripen yet. Is this late...

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Kudzu Bug (Stinkbug) – Damage to Eyes

Q: A kudzu bug flew in my eye and you could not believe the pain it caused! What do they contain that would cause that reaction? A: Yow, I can imagine the burning pain! Since it is a member of...

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Brown-Eyed Susan – Fasciated Bloom

Q: I’m a professional photographer (www.sarahesther.com) and on a recent job in a garden I found these odd shaped flowers. What is going on here? A: Welcome to the world of fasciation! This odd phenomenon has been observed for hundreds...

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Dried Pepper – Pests

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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Garden Soil – Sources

Q: Where can I purchase vegetable garden soil in bulk? A: I’ve purchased soil from Patten Seed and from Atlanta Landscape Materials. The composts from Farmer D and Foothills Compost make excellent beds when mixed with regi=ular garden soil. All...

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Zoysia Sod – Watering Schedule

Q: We had zoysia sod installed recently. Can you recommend a watering schedule for our irrigation system this summer? A: The correct answer is to water when the grass needs it. This may not be a predictable schedule. In other...

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Wild Strawberry – Edible or Not

Q: Are wild strawberries edible? A: If you’re referring to the lawn weed we commonly call wild strawberry, Potentilla indica, the fruits are edible but they have no taste I can discern. Another name for this plant is Indian mock...

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Pruning Tomato Limbs on the Ground

Q: Does it hurt to cut off lower limbs of tomato plants that are on the ground? A: It’s no problem at all and you may avoid disease problems by doing so. Early blight is a common tomato disease that...

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Plant Names – Crapemyrtle

Q: I noticed in a recent column that you spelled the name of a particular Southern plant “crapemyrtle”, not “crepe myrtle” or “crape myrtle”. I thought the name was two words. A: Every garden writer tries to be consistent in...

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Peonies – Transplanting

Q: My peonies have outgrown the place where I planted them. I would love to transplant them now but everything I have read says to wait until Oct. A: If the clump is so big that it needs dividing, I’d...

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Oak Tree – Bark Shedding

Q: In the last few weeks, we have noticed that oak trees are shedding their bark profusely. The bark is simply falling off the trees in bits and pieces. What is happening to our wonderful trees? A: There are two...

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Soil Testing – When to retest

Q: I had my soil tested last fall and the report said that my soil was deficient in phosphorus and potassium. I used 10-10-10 for the first fertilization. When should I retest? A: It takes a while for nutrients to...

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Bamboo Removal

Q: We would like to get rid of bamboo in our yard. The previous owners planted the bamboo as a privacy screen. Can we dig it out? A: You can control it by digging but it will be a miserable...

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New Garden – Planting in Georgia

Q: We have moved back to Georgia and are planting a new garden. I need help with the layout for a 30 foot x 50 foot garden. A: Planting a new garden is an enjoyable adventure but it’s easy to...

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Branch Spreaders on a Mountain Ash

Q: What is your opinion about using branch spreaders to increase the crotch angle between the trunk and branches that are growing more upright than horizontal on a mountain ash tree? Is it a good idea or just a waste...

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