Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Pepper – Purple

Q: I recently purchased an attractive plant from a hardware store. The clerk knew nothing more than that it was a pepper. It has dark green leaves, purple flowers and purple fruit. I’ve tried to research it on the Internet...

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Rose – Seed

Q: I just picked the rose hips off of my climbing ‘Fourth of July’ rose. Are the hips actually the seeds of the plant? If so what do I do with them? When and how should they be planted? A:...

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Crapemyrtle – Moving

Q: I have four big crapemyrtles, about ten foot tall. Due to construction activity, they need to be moved. When should I transplant them and should they be pruned before or after the move? All four of them are going...

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Kiwi – Growing

Q: I have had a kiwi vine for five years. Last summer, it had its first bloom. Is there anything I can do to make it bloom and bear fruit? A: Growing a kiwi is surely a task for a...

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Trees – Fertilizing

Q: When is the best time to fertilize huge white oaks, red oaks, and hickory trees. We read an article that said fall was best time. With the drought going on we aren’t sure if we should or not. What...

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Grapefruit – Growing

Q: Early this summer I planted some grapefruit seed in a pot. Much to my surprise, one of them sprouted! Now what should I do with it for the winter? A: A little bit of Florida right here in Atlanta!...

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Blueberry – No Fruit

Q: I bought four varieties of blueberry last year. They all had fruit then but they had none this year. What could have been the problem? A: If you had a late freeze this spring, the cold weather could have...

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Gladiolus – Moving

Q: First, is it too late to move my gladiolii? I have some that got moved around by nature and I want them elsewhere. Should I transplant or lift the bulbs and wait until spring to replant? Second, my grandmother...

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Tulip – Reblooming

Q: I am a novice gardener and am quite pleased with the tulips I planted last fall, which bloomed beautifully three weeks ago. However, your April Garden Calendar advised digging up and discarding the bulbs after blooming. Do tulips not...

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Crabgrass – Control after Sprouting

Q: I have had an eruption of crabgrass in my lawn this spring. I fertilize regularly and I put down a pre-emergent early this year. Can you suggest any products and treatments to eradicate this stuff? A: I’m doubtful that...

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Bird – Banging into Window

Q: We have a cardinal that has been flying against our picture window for a week. He’s banging his head and making it bloody. What can be done to stop this? A: Ah, that sweet springtime surge of hormones! Makes...

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Snake – Identification

Q: I saw a two and one-half foot long snake going across my yard. Thank goodness the dogs didn’t see it! It was black and had yellow rings around its body. Its head had little “squares” of yellow almost like...

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Sapsucker – I.D and Control

Q: There are lots of small holes in my Bradford pear, making several rings around the trunk. Is this a borer or a bird? A: You are seeing the damage caused by a yellow-bellied sapsucker. This bird is a member...

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Cabbage – Savoy type

Q: On the TV show “Jeopardy” earlier this winter, one of the questions was something to the effect of: “You have to wash off the grit from the curly- as well as the smooth-leaved variety of this savoy vegetable.” The...

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Amaryllis – Outdoor Care

Q: For the second year in a row, our amaryllis bulbs did not come up until late spring and did not bloom. What are we doing wrong? We plant in very early spring. We take them up each year and...

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Amaryllis – Forcing for Christmas

Q: I have an amaryllis that bloomed this past spring and the leaves look very healthy now. How can I make it bloom this Christmas? A: All you have to do is fool the bulb into thinking it’s spring in...

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Soil – Bed Preparation

Q: I recently purchased a house and all of the soil around it seems to be hard, red clay. I want to have flowers this spring but I know I’ll have to make the soil better somehow. What do you...

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Soil – Rebuilding

Q: About three years ago we tilled up our hard clay front yard and added close to a half-ton of compost and soil amendments. The soil looked really good when we finished. This year, when I dug around some shrubs,...

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