The Georgia Gardener Newsletter June 15, 2006
Garden Knowledge:
Tomato Disease Guide

Tomatoes are a favorite summer vegetable but they are susceptible to several diseases and conditions. Can an amateur gardener diagnose tomato maladies? Sure! Auburn University has an excellent guide to tomato diseases as does the University of Texas.
Garden Calendar
Raise the height of your mower by one notch. It will help your lawn grass withstand dry weather. Remove the faded flowers from geraniums and marigolds to help them make more blooms.

Reader Questions
Q: What is this red bug ? There are a kazillion around my garden area? Are they harmful? Do they bite? - Marilyn G.


Q: These diseased areas appeared on most of our oak trees. I think some of the trees are also affected down the street. Do you have any idea what's the problem? - Scott J. Q: We have a creeping vine that produces a seed pod which looks like a tiny watermelon. It climbs up through existing bushes. Any advice on getting rid of it? - David B.


Q: A family member bought this plant at a yard sale but does not know what it is. It is a small tree - but the leaves look like hemp. Any ideas? - Cheryl R.
Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima) Perennial ornamental grass native to Texas and Mexico. This is one of the prettiest grasses I've ever seen. The incredibly soft, delicate texture makes it stand out in any garden. It's small enough to not overpower nearby plants as it's only 2 feet tall and wide. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Learn more...
Design Tip:
Xeriscaping -  Gardening for Drought
- by Theresa Schrum

With an unusually dry and warm spring, we are facing drought conditions, unless it starts raining soon. Simple changes to your landscape can help insure a beautiful garden that needs little supplemental water once established. No doubt if dry conditions persist, we will all face tighter watering restrictions. Learn more...


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