The Georgia Gardener Newsletter May 31, 2007
Garden Knowledge:
As far as I'm concerned, it's magic.
For years, I struggled with telling radio listeners how to telephone their local University of Georgia Extension office. With 159 counties in Georgia, each one having an Extension office and each one having a different phone number, it was very hard to keep them all straight.
Now they have one magic number: 1-800-ASKUGA-1
 
Garden Calendar:
The best time to water is between midnight and 10:00 a.m. This allows the leaves to dry before nightfall the next day and thus prevents disease.

Listen to The Lawn and Garden Show on News/Talk 750 WSB every Saturday morning from 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. and I'll answer your questions immediately!

Reader Questions:
Q: I would like to grow some herbs indoors. The only spots I have are a south eastern facing window that receives good morning sun only. Is this possible? - Samantha S.

Q: I have this plant that has been handed down from my aunt to me. In spring it grows rapidly, and can grow 10 or 15 feet tall. It has fleecy red flowers in late summer. - Nancy D.
Q: While checking for slugs I came across this very unusual leaf. I would really love to encourage this in a new plant.
- Joan L.  

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Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture on The Lawn and Garden Show on News-Talk 750 WSB on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world!
Design Tip: Plants for Bees
- by Theresa Schrum
 
Bees that pollinate our flowers and crops are in trouble. Without them, we won't have the abundance and selection of such foods as fruits, vegetables and nuts. To help wild populations of bees and other pollinators, we should all have at least one plant in our gardens to benefit them. Don't worry about being stung...
Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Orange Milkweed, aka Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Perennial native to most of the United States. This plant is hard to miss in bloom with its blaze orange flowers. Grows 18-30 inches tall in full sun and dry, well-drained soil. Attracts butterflies and is a host plant for the Monarch Butterfly. Very drought tolerant and easy to grow. Learn more...
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