Posts Tagged ‘compost’

Vegetables – Growing in Containers

Q: With so many people now moving into town homes, high rises, condos, etc., more of us need a LOT of info about growing vegetables in containers. Also, I really want my veggies to be grown as close to organically...

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Mountain Laurel – Fertilizing

Q: We have lived in Ellijay, on mountainous river property for approximately 12 years. The land is covered with mountain laurel and rhododendron. The mountain laurel looks scraggy, leggy and not well kept. I have lightly pruned, but admit I...

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Chickweed – Identification

Q: Recently, a pretty little groundcover has sprung up among my bulbs and I can’t identify it. It’s low-growing (about 3-4″ at its highest), with spade-shaped leaves about 1/2″ long and tiny white flowers about 1/8″ in diameter. It seems...

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Pet Droppings – Composting

Q: Is there anything I can do with dog poop? My Dad told me NOT to put it in my compost, but I have heard other opinions. A: Your Dad was right. Because dogs have lived with humans for thousands...

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Tree – Trunk Rot from Mulch

Q: My mother lives in Ohio. She calls this tree her “beaver tree” because there is something eating away at the base. Could you let us know what to do to save the tree? A: I worked for three years...

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Deer – Aiding Decomposition

Q: Sadly, the deer population in my neighborhood is short one member of it’s herd. I don’t know if a Dodge or a dog did the dirty deed, but the carcass is smelling up our neighborhood. We’ve put lime on...

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Compost Tumbler

Q: My daughter’s school wants to make a compost tumbler. Do you know where I could find a 55 gallon, screw-top, food-grade drum, like a pickle or olive barrel? A: Although they look simple to make and easy to operate,...

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Rain Barrel – Using a Pump

Q: How would I use a pump on my rain barrels to send water to a sprinkler? I have two barrels at the basement level but want to send it higher to the yard and shrubs in the front. A:...

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Mushrooms – Composting

Q: I know that mushrooms are a fungus. Is it a good idea to take mushrooms that grow in my yard and put them into the compost pile? It seems logical that the mushrooms would be good organic matter. A:...

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Planter – Filling

Q: I plan on building a large planter and growing roses. I have access to horse manure and also composted fish waste from a hatchery. Would it be a good idea to fill the planter with this stuff or mix...

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Fertilizer – Using Old Wet Stuff

Q: I found a plastic bucket in which some 10-10-10 fertilizer had spent the winter on my patio. When I opened it, I found that the granules were wet and partially dissolved, with a good bit of liquid in the...

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Cutting Grass – Wet

Q: I cut my lawn with a push mower equipped with a bagger. My wife insists that I should not cut the grass when it is wet after a rain. Is this correct or will the moisture add viability to...

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Compost- Plotting

Q: I’m planning my vegetable garden for next year and I heard that Cobb County gives away free compost. How much do I need for a fifteen by eight foot plot? A: Both DeKalb and Cobb counties offer free compost...

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Rye Grass- Planting

Q: Can I plant rye grass now? We are in the midst of re-landscaping our back yard and have a bunch of mud! Is it too late to plant or should I just spread a bunch of straw to help...

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Chicken Manure- Purchase

Q: I am looking for a place where I can get chicken manure by the truck load. A: Billy Skaggs, county Extension agent in Hall county, says there are farms there where someone could pick up either dairy manure or...

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Flower Beds- Maintenance

Q: I’d like to make the irrigated flower beds at the school where I work more low maintenance. The pine straw mulch is very thin so I will remove it and then install weed barrier fabric and new pine straw....

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Grass Clippings- Decompose

Q: I pick up my grass clippings and put them in the back of the yard. The pile is enormous. Is there anything I can do to get this mess to decompose to a useful substance? A: The best way...

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Beetle Grubs- Control

Q: I’m trying to control beetle grubs in my lawn and garden with milky spore bacteria. I have a compost heap. If I treat the heap with milky spore, will I be spreading the bacteria where I use compost? Or...

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