General Garden Info

Good Herbs To Plant

Q: What are good herbs I can plant?  A: Any time is a great time to plant herbs! Some are annuals, like basil and parsley, which are best planted each spring. Others, like rosemary, oregano and thyme, are perennials, which...

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Uses For Diatomaceous Earth

Q: I have some unused diatomaceous earth that I had for my pool but no longer need. Does it have any useful purpose for either the garden, lawn or flower bed? A: Diatomaceous earth used for a pool filter is...

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Annual Bluegrass Vs Rough Bluegrass

Q: What is the difference between annual bluegrass and rough bluegrass? A: Annual bluegrass, Poa annua, is a very common grassy weed in local lawns. It is a lighter green than fescue and really stands out against the brown of...

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Flower That Looks Like Moss On A Long Stem

Q: In floral arrangements I often see a cut flower that looks like a clump of moss on a long stem. Do you have any idea what it could be? A: Cool looking isn’t it!? I have no doubt you...

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Want Some Mahonia Bushes?

Q: I have thousands of naturally growing mahonia bushes in front of my house in the woods. If you’d like I will donate them to you to dig all you want.  A: Thank you, but I have plenty for now....

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Planting Peas And Beans – Where To Start

Q: I want a couple of pea and bean plants in my yard for a quick hobby garden. Can I sow a few seeds from dried grocery store beans? A: Possibly. Some beans and peas have been treated with heat...

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Small Broccoli Heads

Q: My broccoli grew tall but produced only small broccoli heads. It’s almost like it bolted although the weather has been nice and cool.  A: Storage temperatures before you purchase the plants can cause this. Just a few days of...

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Small Seedlings Around Lenten Roses

Q: I have dozens of small seedlings around my Lenten roses. What do I do now? A: Transplant the seedlings into a semi-shaded “nurse” bed, just a few inches apart. Fertilize in late May with a controlled release fertilizer (Osmocote,...

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Do Roots Grow After Pine Tree Is Cut Down?

Q: When a pine tree is cut down do the roots keep growing?  A: They do not. Without the sugar energy coming down from needles or leaves, tree roots don’t have any way to elongate. In addition, plant hormones that...

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Black Under Zoysia Grass

Q: My lawn guy said that my grass needs to be scalped to keep it “healthy”. Underneath the dead grass there’s a lot of black. My zoysia grass has been around for decades and it’s very, very thick.  A: The...

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Vines To Cover Up A Log Pile

Q: I have a pile of fresh logs in an inaccessible ravine on my property. However, it can be seen from the street. What vines do you recommend to cover this so it’s not an eyesore?  A: Four vines immediately...

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Is Golden Jackpot Barberry Invasive Here?

Q: Is the Golden Jackpot barberry invasive here? A: It is hard to know. Japanese barberry is very invasive in some parts of the country, like New England, but does not seem to be as vigorous in the Southeast. Yellow-leafed...

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Differences Between 34-10-10 And 3-4-3 Fertilizer

Q: What is the difference between Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (34-10-10) and Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (3-4-3)?  A: As you know, fertilizer products are made by mixing different chemicals together. These chemicals supply the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that plants...

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Sticky Stuff On Hemlock Trees

Q: I have a white, sticky substance on my hemlock trees up at Lake Burton. Any advice would be appreciated.  A: It’s very likely you are seeing hemlock adelgid insects. These sap sucking creatures have killed thousands of hemlocks in...

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“Piggies” Plants From My Childhood?

Q: As a kid, we would hunt what we called “piggies” in the woods. As I remember, the leaves were sort of heart-shaped and when we found them we would bend away the leaves so the little piggies could be...

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Opinion On Hydroponic Gardening?

Q: What is your opinion on hydroponic gardening? A: Hydroponic gardening is lots of fun as a hobby but it’s lots of work as a business. There are several methods of suspending plant roots in nutrient-filled water. You’ll be astonished...

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When To Plant Tomatoes And Peppers

Q: I know it’s customary to wait until mid-April to plant my tomatoes and peppers, but I’m getting antsy. Given the mild winter we’ve had, do you think it would be okay to go ahead or should I hold my...

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Chickweed In My Lawn

Q: My lawn was covered with chickweed last year and this spring! I put down a pre-emergent carefully last fall and watered it in. Why did it not work? A: Since chickweed is an annual plant that sprouts from seed...

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