January 10, 2008

Come see me!

I'll be at the Georgia Home Expo, Jan 12 &13 from 1:00 to 3:00 both days. Bring your hardest garden and pest control questions! Also, make plans to attend our live broadcast Feb 1 at The Southeastern Flower Show.

Garden Knowledge:

Wood Chip Myths
It amazes me that I still get questions about the "safety" of using wood chips. One person reported that her neighbor said a pile of chips from her willow tree would spontaneously burst into flames! Wood chips are not poisonous to trees and they don't rob nitrogen from the soil. Here's my explanation

My new book is here!

Georgia Gardeners' Q&A: 501 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions will make its debut at The Southeastern Flower Show ...but you can pre-order an autographed book NOW!


Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture on The Lawn and Garden Show on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world.

Design Tip:

Plant Names (Nomenclature)
To quote William Shakespeare "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." However, in the world of plants, there are common names and the more precise botanical names which seem to scare many a novice, experienced and even professional gardener. Learn More about plant names

Cool Plant

Arborvitae Fern (Selaginella braunii)
Evergreen perennial native to China. This fern-like plant with its finely dissected leaves makes a great low-growing plant for a shade garden or containers. The soft texture and bright green foliage are especially noticeable in the winter garden. Handles moist soil but is drought tolerant once established. Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

Reader Questions:

Q: Can you tell me what this bean and seed is from? The white edge to a seed makes it look like a cracker with filling in it. Lin F.

Q: Our landscaper planted sago palms around our pool. Now that we have had freezing weather, some are turning brown/yellow. Suzanne F.

Q: I was digging up a tree and these were nestled in the root system. Are they a type of fungus? Cliff J.  

Garden Calendar:

Prepare beds for bare-root roses that will soon arrive in nurseries. Dig an area four feet wide and twelve inches deep for each plant, adding plenty of soil conditioner to the soil.

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