General Garden Info

Found Seeds In My Purse – Can I Germinate Them?

Q: I found in my change purse some seeds that were given to me five years ago. They look like peas and are sooty black with a white eye. Is there any chance of germinating them? A: They might be...

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Fertilizer Similar To Milorganite?

Q: It looks like there’s a shortage of Milorganite. I use it almost exclusively in my landscape. Is there any other all-in-one fertilizer that comes close to it?  A: Milorganite fertilizer is made from composted sewage sludge in Milwaukee. In...

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How To Protect New Gardenias And Tea Olives During Winter?

Q: I have an area in the yard that I call my “healing area” where I keep plants I’ve purchased before I decide where I’ll plant them. I now have some little gardenias and tea olives that are not ready...

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Caring For Ghost Peppers Inside

Q: I love hot peppers and grow ghost peppers in two containers. What is the best way to care for them if I bring them inside for the winter?  A: Even though we think of peppers as being annual plants,...

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How To Dispose Of Bad Milorganite?

Q: I had a bag of Milorganite that I stored in a plastic bucket. Somehow the lid was shifted and now I have a smelly, sticky mess. Any ideas how to dispose of it? We live near a lake.  A:...

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Will A Hurricane Downpour After I Apply Pre-emergent Wash It Away?

Q: Will a hurricane downpour after I apply pre-emergent wash the chemical away?  A: Pre-emergent chemicals dissolve pretty quickly. This means that even if you have a big downpour after applying, the first half-inch of rain dissolves the chemical and...

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Can I Prune My Climbing Rose Now Or Should I Wait?

Q: I have an old climbing rose I forgot to prune after it bloomed in May. Can I still prune it this late in the year or should I wait until next year?  A: If it needs major surgery, it...

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Should I Put My Bromeliad In The Sun?

Q: My new bromeliad gets light directly through a window for an hour in the morning but the rest of the day there’s no direct light. The leaves are turning brown and it looks very unhappy with me.  A: Generally...

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Safe Herbicides To Use Near A Creek?

Q: I have a few acres that are in need of brush control. My issue is that I have a well close to the area and my land slopes down to a creek. Are there any herbicides that are safe...

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White Balls Killed My Potted Parsley Plants

Q: I had three potted parsley plants that suddenly wilted and died. There are white balls next to the stems. They pop when pressed and a sticky liquid comes out.  A: Since no yellow, red, or pink bug guts came...

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Where To Begin – Landscaping

Q: We’ve lived in our house for 11 years and done no landscaping. Now we have lots of low spots and weeds. I’d like to start doing some landscaping, but I’m not sure what to do first.  A: Landscaping a...

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Are Solar Pots Good Or Bad For Plants?

Q: Are solar pots good or bad for plants? Might they confuse a plant by shining light on the roots causing them to try to grow more? A: Solar pots are quite attractive with their soft nighttime glow. I think...

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Fungus Growing From Retaining Wall

Q: I have this fungus growing on this retaining wall. It has been there 10 years but this is the first time this has shown up. Do you know of anything I can use to kill it? I power washed...

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Beginning Landscaping for a New House

Q: We just bought a lovely house in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood. The house has a big back yard but we’ve run into a couple of landscape challenges. We don’t really know where to start. We’ve recently learned that people used...

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Options for Water-Holding Lawns

Q: Can you give me ways to decrease water holding in my back lawn? Water comes from a small hill on the side of my house. Might a rain garden help soak up some of the water? A: If your...

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Black Peas – Heirloom?

Q: I have recently been entrusted with a seed stock of black peas. It is said they were handed down thru 4 generations of Cherokee Indians here in middle Georgia. Could you verify what I have here? I’m wondering if...

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Mushroom at Base of Tree

Q: Is this mushroom something to be concerned about? Age of the tree is unknown. It was left when the land was cleared for the house in early 90’s and stands about 12 feet from the house foundation. A: The...

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Timing Of Aerate, Fertilize, And Apply Weed Control To My Lawn?

Q: Typically I aerate, fertilize, and apply a long-lasting weed control to my lawn. Do you think the effects of each activity would be less than optimal if they are done too close together?  A: I think this is fine...

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