How-To Archive

Spring Vegetable Gardening Handout

Spring Vegetable Gardening Handout Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener Horse manure Permatill Soil Perfector Soil3 Really Raised Bed Treated Wood Potatoes in Perlite Self-Watering Planter Self-watering Bucket Garden Earthbox GrowBox TeraHydroBox Wall-O-Water Tower Garden Verti Gro GardenSoxx Straw bale gardening...

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Music Helps Plants Grow – False Science

One of the myths of gardening is that “music makes plants grow better”. This analysis of the original experiment by a reputable scientist puts the “music-plant collection” to bed: Case Study: The Sound of Music and Plants  Published 30...

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Science Project – Quick and Easy

I’m helping a friend’s daughter with her science project and am relearning the long-forgotten differences between dependent variable, independent variable and control group. If your child announces “My science project is due in two weeks! What can I do that’s...

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Camellia (and other shrubs) – Propagating Step by Step

This is my step-by-step process of propagating camellia cuttings. The same method works for roses, gardenia, azalea and other woody broadleafed...

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Sprouts – Growing at Home Safely

With recent scares about the safety of alfalfa sprouts, some are wondering if it’s safer to grow them at home. This can easily be done….but remember that the process starts with certified disease-free seed. These tips will help you grow...

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Rain Barrel – Using Water in a Vegetable Garden

Few things are cleaner than rain water, right? Well, in its pure state, rain water is clean. But coming off your roof into your rain barrel, it collects several pollutants that could be harmful. Water in your rain barrel might...

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New Zealand – 2011

I had a great time with a group of 44 folks, including gardeners, spouses and friends, on a trip to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in January 2011. We visited public and private gardens, had wine tastings, stayed in fabulous hotels...

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New Zealand – Plants

We had a great time in New Zealand in January, 2011. Our group left Atlanta two days before the huge snow/ice storm hit and closed the city for four days! Each day we’d have breakfast in 75 degree weather and...

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New Zealand 2011 – Odd Things

While on my trip to New Zealand in January 2011 I kept my eyes peeled for interesting things. I like finding signs that mean something odd, or views that are intriguing. Here are some of my...

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Costa Rica Trip – 2012

I had a great time with a group of 38 folks, including gardeners, spouses and friends, on a trip to Costa Rica in January 2012. We visited gardens, rode zip lines, stayed in fabulous hotels and saw innumerable bromeliads and...

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Subscribing to Walter’s Newsletter

“The Georgia Gardener” emailed newsletter is sent out every two weeks, usually on Thursday mornings. (Sorry, we can not mail it.) It is distributed by NewsTalk 750 – WSB, which maintains the subscriber list. They have a stringent corporate privacy...

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Finding Walter’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) Articles Online

Q: How can I find your gardening questions and answers articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution? A: At one time, the AJC posted my articles behind the “paywall” part of their website. You had to have an inexpensive digital subscription to the...

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Protecting Plants from a Spring Cold Snap

Georgia is famous for spells of warm weather in early spring that are followed by a couple of days below freezing. The average last freeze is March 27 but a frost can occur as late as April 23. (Brrrr!!) See...

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How to Mass Propagate Shrubs from Cuttings

June is the perfect time to propagate shrubs. Whether it’s your great-grandmother’s rose or just a favorite hydrangea, we all have situations where we want to make clones of a single plant. A garden friend sent me pictures of his...

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How to Deal With Flooding

The university Extension offices in several states have collected great advice on preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of flooding. I hope you never need this information, but…….. University of Georgia Flood Information Caring for Flooded Lawns – UGA...

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I’m Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover

When I mentioned to a schoolteacher friend that I had sung “I’m Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover” (sung to the tune of “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover”) on my radio show, she exclaimed, “You have too much...

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How to Choose a Landscape Designer

Did you build your own home? For the majority of homeowners in the area, the answer is “No! I didn’t have the skills to take on such a big project!” But when it comes to landscape design, homeowners are not...

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How To Amend Your Soil

Good soil is the basis of every landscape success. Most of us are not blessed with good soil – we have lots of clay, which holds WAY too much water. Here is what I do to build the soil in...

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