How-To Archive

Rose – Black Spot Control

I have never found a rose that was one hundred percent resistant to black spot, the most common rose disease. The tell-tale yellow leaves adorn roses throughout Atlanta to one extent or another. The best way to avoid black spot...

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“English Ivy Kills Trees” Sign – Who Places Them?

OK – my curiosity is killing me! Who puts up these signs at random spots around Atlanta? I’ve asked a number of arborists: No knowledge. I’ve posted it on Facebook; 21,000 people saw the post: lots of comments, but no...

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English Ivy – Control Tips

It’s a vine lots of gardeners want to control in their landscape. English ivy can smother woodland plants, can provide a hiding place for critters and can be detrimental to tree health. Here are quick tips on how to control...

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Is It Warm Enough to Plant Vegetable Seed?

Warm afternoons in early spring  mightily tempt the gardener to get out and plant something. But though the air is warm, the soil is still cold…and seeds planted in cold soil typically rot before germinating. I found a great resource...

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Upside Down Daffodils

I love to experiment with my plants! When I was asked last fall if planting daffodils upside down would retard blooming, I could envision exactly how to test the hypothesis. I planted two beds of daffodils and divided each bed...

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Honeybee Swarm – Capturing

The first warm days of March trigger honeybees to look around and decide whether to stay in their hive or to follow a new queen into the wild blue yonder. Although the swarm of bees following the queen may number...

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Microgreens – Growing

What a great indoor spring project: grow microgreens as we wait for spring to arrive. These are seeds of different types of plants that we sprout indoors to add to salads, sandwiches, and what we cook to give us fresh-picked...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2014

I get real pleasure from travelling with folks who like to see the world. Going to Callaway Gardens was a real trip when I was a kid! Now I get to see the corners of the globe with gardeners (and...

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Finding Podcasts of Walter’s Radio Show

In early 2014 “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” changed from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 am  to  6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. To offset this loss of air-time, the station began recording and posting podcasts of the show,...

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Spring Fertilizer and Pre-emergent Application – This Year It’s Different

The cold weather of January 2014 may have made significant damage on bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass lawns. Though these grasses usually tolerate winter cold in the metro Atlanta area, all can suffer if temperatures drop low enough for long...

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Redneck Valentine’s Day Poem

If you forgot the holiday, there’s still hope! Give your beloved this poem….better yet, read it out loud! Redneck Ode on Valentines Day An excerpt: Me ‘n’ you’s like a Moon Pie With a RC cold drank, We go together...

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Winter 2014 – Recovery and Prognosis

With multiple bouts of sub-10 degree cold, the winter of 2014 will teach us all some lessons about how hardy our plants REALLY are. I’m wondering how my St. Augustine lawn will fare. How about my daphne and Carolina jessamine...

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South Africa Trip 2014 – Places and Things

I love keeping my eyes out for new things and odd signs in other countries. Check these out! Return to South Africa Trip –...

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South Africa Trip 2014 – Plants

It was fascinating to see how many South African plants are also grown in the South: hydrangea, agapanthus, crapemyrtle, sweetgum and oaks, to name a few. Many of our familiar garden plants are native to Africa: gladiolus, gardenia, Gerber daisy,...

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South Africa Trip 2014 – Animals

South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, so the further South you go, the colder it gets. That explains the penguins near the Cape of Good Hope! The Pilanesberg Game Reserve covers 215 square miles and contains 7000 South African...

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South Africa Trip – 2014

I recently returned from another great trip to South Africa. We visited gardens in Johannesburg, wineries in Stellenbosch and the vibrant city of Capetown plus a couple of nights at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, to see African animals in the...

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Careers in Horticulture

Want to know more about the science of producing nutritious food for the body? Love the art of creating beautiful landscapes to sooth the soul? Feel like the great outdoors is the only office for you? Horticulture has a career...

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Where to Get Horticulture Training

Several Georgia institutions of higher learning offer courses in horticulture. For more information, visit: University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science – Department of Horticulture Chattahoochee Technical College Gwinnett Tech Lanier Tech Southern Crescent Technical...

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