General Garden Info

Agave – Growing Successfully in Atlanta

Not far from my home, an elementary school has built an impressive garden in the building’s courtyard. Throughout the school year, teachers take advantage of the flowers and vegetables growing there as they instruct about biology, history, math and English....

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Burford Holly – History

Burford holly, Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’, is a ubiquitous shrub in the Southeast. The red berries are striking in winter. It’s interesting to know that the Burford holly originated in Atlanta, at Westview Cemetery in the southwest quarter of the city....

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‘Chindo’ Viburnum – Cold Damage

From my friend Lyle Collins at Southern Trillium Landscape Design: A couple weeks ago, someone called your radio show asking about their ‘Chindo’ viburnums that he thought might be dead. We plant a lot of them for our clients and...

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Spring Bulbs – Fertilize in Late Winter

My rule of thumb for fertilizing any plant is to do it when it is actively growing. Spring-flowering bulbs, like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths fool us though. They seem to be “actively growing” in spring when flowers appear. But the...

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How to Grow Ferns from Spores

Have you ever wondered how to grow ferns from spores? This article has good DIY tips. How to Grow Ferns From...

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Leyland Cypress Diseases – Identification with Pictures

Sometimes I find a web page that does a lot of things well. In this case, I found a document put up by Colleen Warfield at NC State that nicely answers the question: “My Leyland cypress is sick. Can you...

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Hydroponic Gardening Handout

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Flower, Shrub, Tree, Plant – Identification Resources with Pictures

It’s frustrating to have a plant in your landscape that you simply can’t identify. Besides my Name That Plant webpage, there are several other good ways to figure out what a plant is. Try these web links for more help:...

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FALL AROMAS BRING A WHIFF OF HOME

Fall was a fragrant time around the chicken farm where I grew up. Our hens worked hard all summer producing eggs. We sold them to family groceries and restaurants on Atlanta’s southside. Our chicken houses were pleasantly scented with fresh...

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ROOTING PASSALONG PLANTS IN FALL

I don’t think I had ever heard the term “Passalong Plants” until I read the book by that name written by my friend Felder Rushing. I immediately understood the term though. Gardeners have amazing generosity when it comes to their...

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Georgia Cities and Their Flower Festivals

Many Georgia communities are proud of the flowers that easily grow in their area. As a result, they celebrate their “city flowers” at festivals throughout the year. Here is a list I recently compiled. If you know of another, please...

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Kudzu as a Farm Crop – USDA Farmers Bulletin No. 1923

I recently found a faded copy of Kudzu as a Farm Crop in my “way back” files. Asking around, the Gwinnett Extension office had a better copy. This brought back further memories of my grandfather, Walter Cowart, who was a...

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Dirt Can Make You Happy!

On my radio show, I exhort listeners to discover the happiness that gardening brings. Little did I know that certain bacteria in the soil are responsible! Following is a blog post by Naomi Sachs, of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network  ...

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UGA Plant Disease Publications

Following are useful plant disease publications from UGA: Azalea Diseases Camellia Diseases Cane Blight of Blackberry Centipedegrass Decline Christmas Tree Diseases Common Landscape Diseases in Georgia Common Tomato Diseases in Georgia Diagnostic Guide to Common Home Orchard Diseases Disease Control...

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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at...

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Espaliering

Espaliering is the art of training a plant to grow in a formal pattern, typically in a flat plane. Fans, double cordon, vertical cordon, palmetto, and Belgian Fence are common shapes but there is no reason to limit your imagination...

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Frost Tolerance – Vegetables and Flowers

When frost is forecast, whether in spring or fall, some vegetables and flowers are more or less likely to be damaged. Here is a list of plants and their tolerance of light frost: Vegetables Hardy Slightly Tolerant Tender Asparagus Beet...

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Protecting Plants from Snow and Ice

Every family has a medicine chest where emergency medical supplies are kept. If you have children, they demand special supplies. Adhesive bandages, kid-strength pain reliever and medicated ointment are all part of the preparations for those accidental events of childhood....

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