June 26, 2008

Reader Questions:

brown rotQ: What is the problem with my peaches? Is it brown rot? - C.M.


sweetgumQ: I've noticed an odd thing happening to the sweetgum trees outside my office. Birds are eating the leaves. I've even seen a hawk do it! - William H.


oak dropping Q: I have seen hundreds of these "droppings" on my driveway. I know oaks produce acorns and pine nuts come from a cone so what in the devil are these things? - Joel H.

Garden Knowledge:

rotBlossom End Rot
You wait patiently for a tomato to turn red on your vine...but when you go to pick it, the bottom of the fruit is black and rotten. What's up with that?! Blossom end rot is common in dry summers and in container-grown tomatoes. Click here to find out why

Garden Calendar:

Plant annuals, fertilize houseplants, raise your mower, more...

Cool Plant

Black and Blue Salvia
(Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue')
Tender perennial native to South America. Another drought performer, this plant soaks up the heat and the sun. Dark blue flowers with almost black calyces cover the plant from early summer to fall. It performs best in well-drained soil and full sun. Attracts hummingbirds. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Design Tip

Give Up The Grass
A manicured lawn, once an American status symbol, is going the way of the Hummer. As the price of oil skyrockets, it now costs you a lot more to have and maintain that expanse of lawn. While you search for ways to reduce your gas bill, give some thought to reducing your lawn. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Be sure to listen to Garden Basics on The Lawn and Garden Show on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. We'll open the phone lines for first time homeowners to ask their most puzzling questions.


My new book is here! Georgia Gardeners' Q&A: 501 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions You can order an autographed book and I'll inscribe it any way you wish.


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