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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 2014

I get real pleasure from travelling with folks who like to see the world. Going to Callaway Gardens was a real trip when I was a kid! Now I get to see the corners of the globe with gardeners (and spouses!) on trips I plan and host each year. We’re...

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UGA Vegetable Gardening Publications

With food prices high, folks have been thinking about growing some of their own food. Food gardening is not hard and it doesn’t have to take much room in your landscape. You can even do it in containers! These gardening publications are available on the Internet or ask for a...

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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom unless it is severely pruned. Crapemyrtles do not HAVE TO...

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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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    Allium sativum taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Garlic is a hardy perennial bulb that is grown as an overwintering annual. The bulb actually consists of a cluster of small bulblets called...

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    Rosmarinus officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Rosemary is a small, woody shrub, marginally hardy north of zone 7. Even so, gardeners grow it as a perennial, dutifully lifting and potting...

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    Origanum heracleoticum (True Greek Oregano) taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Oregano is an easily grown semi-hardy perennial that will reach 18 inches in height. Cooks flavor Mexican and Mediterranean dishes with...

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  • Dill

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    Foeniculum vulgare Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Fennel is a European herb known for its aromatic seeds and tender, fragrant leaves. This herb has a wonderful anise-like...

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  • Hyssop

    Hyssopus officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing A native of southern Europe and Asia, hyssop has been used for centuries as a flavoring in soups, stews, or teas and may be...

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    Lavandula spp. taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Perennial. English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the best known but least adapted to growing in the Southeast. Look for hybrids such as ‘Dutch’, ‘Provence’...

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  • Lemon Balm

    Melissa officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Perennial. Thomas Jefferson grew Lemon Balm in his garden at Monticello. This upright plant (24 inches) has hairy, square, branched stems. The dark green...

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    “Here’s how I look at it: “For pollarding, you cut above the last pollarded cut; i.e. cut the newer wood and avoid cutting into the older wood…leaving some existing lateral branching. By cutting into the older wood you would increase...

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    Beta vulgaris Garden beets are closely related to sugar beets and to Swiss chard. All are the same species and are members of the goosefoot family. Beets originated in the maritime regions of Europe, and gardeners hybridized them in Germany...

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  • Crapemyrtle Cultivars

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  • Shallot

    Allium cepa var. aggregatum Shallots are related to onions, but have a milder, more delicate flavor. In some parts of the country people call any green onion a shallot. The difference is that onion bulbs develop only 1 sprout per...

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    A poorly-pruned crapemyrtle is one where the top has been thoughtlessly hacked back to a...

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  • Boxwood – Warts on Stem

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    In the nursery trade there are basically two species of Boxwood available, English Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) and Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla). English Boxwood is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and western Asia and sometimes is referred to as Common...

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Bermuda – Weed Control

    BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

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  • Lawn – Timing Pre-emergent Herbicide

    One of the sourest phrases that can be directed at a child or adult is “I told you so!” Whether you touch a hot match, leave tools out in the rain or lift cinder blocks all afternoon, someone is usually...

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

    One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

    READ MORE

  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

    OK. I admit it. I have given up. I came to the conclusion that grass just would not grow in the corner of my lawn near the ornamental cherry trees. The shade there is so dense that my grass, no...

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  • Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing This traditional perennial herb grows as a ground cover up to 12 inches high and spreading many times as wide if it is not...

READ MORE

Garlic

Allium sativum taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Garlic is a hardy perennial bulb that is grown as an overwintering annual. The bulb actually consists of a cluster of small bulblets called...

READ MORE

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Rosemary is a small, woody shrub, marginally hardy north of zone 7. Even so, gardeners grow it as a perennial, dutifully lifting and potting...

READ MORE

Oregano, Greek

Origanum heracleoticum (True Greek Oregano) taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Oregano is an easily grown semi-hardy perennial that will reach 18 inches in height. Cooks flavor Mexican and Mediterranean dishes with...

READ MORE

Dill

Anethum graveolens taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Dill is a common herb that has a place in every garden because of its many culinary uses. Just a few plants provide enough...

READ MORE

Fennel, Finocchio

Foeniculum vulgare Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Fennel is a European herb known for its aromatic seeds and tender, fragrant leaves. This herb has a wonderful anise-like...

READ MORE

Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing A native of southern Europe and Asia, hyssop has been used for centuries as a flavoring in soups, stews, or teas and may be...

READ MORE

Lavender

Lavandula spp. taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Perennial. English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the best known but least adapted to growing in the Southeast. Look for hybrids such as ‘Dutch’, ‘Provence’...

READ MORE

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Perennial. Thomas Jefferson grew Lemon Balm in his garden at Monticello. This upright plant (24 inches) has hairy, square, branched stems. The dark green...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle Pruning – Art Morris’ Comments

I think we all agree that the preferable treatment for a crape is to plant in the right place and let it go. Pollarding is intended to remove only the annual sprouts from a pollard head, and is done correctly...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle Pruning – Shannon Pable’s Comments

“Here’s how I look at it: “For pollarding, you cut above the last pollarded cut; i.e. cut the newer wood and avoid cutting into the older wood…leaving some existing lateral branching. By cutting into the older wood you would increase...

READ MORE

Beet

Beta vulgaris Garden beets are closely related to sugar beets and to Swiss chard. All are the same species and are members of the goosefoot family. Beets originated in the maritime regions of Europe, and gardeners hybridized them in Germany...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle Cultivars

Crape myrtles are one of the most beautiful and carefree flowering plants of the Southern landscape. There are many different cultivars, with different flower colors and growing heights. This publication from the University of Georgia gives information on crape myrtle...

READ MORE

Shallot

Allium cepa var. aggregatum Shallots are related to onions, but have a milder, more delicate flavor. In some parts of the country people call any green onion a shallot. The difference is that onion bulbs develop only 1 sprout per...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Pruned Poorly – Pictures

A poorly-pruned crapemyrtle is one where the top has been thoughtlessly hacked back to a...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Pruned Correctly – Pictures

In my view, a well-pruned crapemyrtle has architectural form and a graceful...

READ MORE

Boxwood – Warts on Stem

Not long ago I discussed the symptoms of boxwood leaf miners. If your boxwood leaves do not have the characteristic reddish-yellow mottling caused by the miner, what else could cause a thinning, unhealthy shrub? Taft Eaker runs the homeowner landscape...

READ MORE

Boxwood – Varieties

In the nursery trade there are basically two species of Boxwood available, English Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) and Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla). English Boxwood is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and western Asia and sometimes is referred to as Common...

READ MORE

Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

READ MORE

Diagnosing Holes in the Yard

Sometimes many heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem. Wade Hutcheson, my Extension colleague in Spalding county, gets plenty of calls from the citizens of his area asking his help in identifying various holes in...

READ MORE

Brown Patch – Diagnosing

You have brown patches of dead grass in your lawn. Is it the common lawn disease ‘brown patch’ or is it something else? The answer is important: if it is brown patch you probably need to spray with a fungicide....

READ MORE

Bermuda – Weed Control

BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

READ MORE

Lawn – Timing Pre-emergent Herbicide

One of the sourest phrases that can be directed at a child or adult is “I told you so!” Whether you touch a hot match, leave tools out in the rain or lift cinder blocks all afternoon, someone is usually...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

READ MORE

Lawn – Growing in Shade

OK. I admit it. I have given up. I came to the conclusion that grass just would not grow in the corner of my lawn near the ornamental cherry trees. The shade there is so dense that my grass, no...

READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

Brown patch is most prevalent on bermudagrass which has been heavily fertilized when night temperatures are above 68 degrees and day temperature are above 80 degrees. Dead patches of grass may start small but can grow and join together to...

READ MORE

Lawn – Leveling

A new home in my neighborhood had bermudagrass sod planted in March. By May, one area was a perfect checkerboard of straight lines, composed of weedy plants, surrounding the individual squares of sod. Evidently the sod installers were in such...

READ MORE

St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

READ MORE