General Garden Info

Drought – A Brief History in Georgia

Each year that Georgia suffers through a dry summer, we proclaim that it is an unusual occurrence…a “Drought of the Century”! Would you believe that we’ve had five “Droughts of the Century” since 1924? Master Gardener Maria Helena Dolan collected...

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Mulch Myths

One day he’ll finally crack. My across-the-street neighbor, Carl, has a roof covered with pine needles. I need pine needles right now to mulch my newly-planted shrubs, trees and pansies. My hope is that Carl will make the decision to...

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Rat – Chewing Tree Bark

Paul H. solved his own tree mystery. I’ll allow his words to tell the tale: “In August I sent you an e-mail concerning a problem I was experiencing with my Yoshino cherry trees. As I explained, the bark was being...

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Extension Offices – Odd Questions

University of Georgia Extension offices are sometimes the place of last resort for people with odd questions. Extension agents and their assistants sometimes, however, get questions just a bit beyond the pale. Aaron Lancaster, Extension agent in Bibb county, posed...

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Best Management Practices to Protect Water

Georgia will have to make some hard choices about water management in the next several years. We have plenty of water – it’s just the location and distribution that gives fits to water planners and water system operators in the...

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Mysterious Clay Particles Conclusion

I LOVE IT when science and personal observation prevail! Initially I theorized that cicada killer wasps were dropping the mysterious dirt balls. They certainly excavate holes in the ground in July! But when I presented the situation to University of...

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Mysterious Clay Particles – Reader Theories

Reader theories on the origin of clay particles from the sky. Scroll to the bottom to find an answer.—————– Dirt rain. Gotta be. Amelia P.————– * red dust from comet/meteor tail, red due to charged particles of iron oxide -occurring...

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Mysterious Clay Particles

This garden mystery started innocently enough. In July, I got an email from M. D. in Hall county: “We are totally stumped by something that’s happening at our house and hope you can help us understand what’s going on. “We...

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Drought – Summary of Current Information

Currently there is no central website to address water restrictions and drought-coping information for Georgia. This is my attempt to rectify that. Current Georgia Watering Restrictions Georgia Drought Map Watering Trees Watering Shrubs Watering Flowers Watering Lawns Planting During a...

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Horse Manure – In Dekalb County

Free Horse Manure! Little Creek Farm is a horse park off of Lawrenceville Highway which is owned by DeKalb county government as part of their GreenSpace initiative. With horses comes plenty of manure! The conservancy group is trying mightily to...

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Gardening – Yields Unexpected Results

My friend Vickey C. once gave me a few plants of Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) for my shady back yard. I planted it and didn’t notice it again until months later – when I found it had already engulfed six...

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John Travolta – Gardener??

“Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah….Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive….” The disco beat propelled John Travolta (as Tony Manero) across the dance floor. Fingers popping, head snapping, his fluid moves propelled the disco craze of the Seventies. As you watched, Did you realize...

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Plant Societies – Locating

Lois M., who describes herself as “a seventy year old gardener who has been enjoying tomatoes, squash, beans and peppers from my garden since early June” directed a string of questions to me recently. “In your calendar, you said to...

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Storing Pesticides and Tools

Walter’s Garden Joke of the Day: How are my garden tools and my dirty clothes alike? Answer: They both have compost clinging to them and both never seem to make it to their proper storage site. Last year I replaced...

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Starting Plants from Seed

Starting seed indoors is a great way to save money when you need lots of plants for your landscape. With a sunny window, a sunroom or an artificial light set-up you can raise hundreds of dollars worth of plants for...

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Pressure-treated Wood – Safety

Pressure-treated lumber (sold prior to 2004) has come under fire as dangerous to those who use it in the landscape. There are extremely intense arguments on both sides of the question. I can not judge which side is correct but...

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Pike’s Pick (Cool Plant)

Each weekend, longtime Pike Nursery garden expert Mickey Gazaway describes a particularly noteworthy plant which Pike Nursery has chosen to stock and to offer at a 20% discount. Click here for the current Pike’s Pick. In addition, we feature a...

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Lime – Different kinds

Quicklime (calcium oxide) is a white solid having a crystalline structure. Quicklime is highly reactive with water, generating considerable heat in the hydration process. It can be bought at masonry supply stores. CAUTION: HIGHLY CAUSTIC Hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) is...

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