October 16, 2008

Garden Knowledge

One of my favorite fall memories is hiding in the top of a big apple tree on my family's farm and eating all I could pick. Up there I could spy on my brothers and avoid my father's list of chores! Apples are not terribly hard to grow in Georgia. Dwarf and semi-dwarf varieties make them very adaptable to urban landscapes. Click here for information and sources

Design Tip

mulchUsing Mulch in the Garden
Once again, we're having drier than usual weather which is taking a toll on our landscape plants. Since outdoor watering is restricted, the best way to help your plants make it through the drought is to blanket the soil with mulch. However, not all mulches are the same. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Come Visit

I have several appearances scheduled soon, including remote broadcasts at The Home Show at the Georgia International Convention Center this Saturday and at the Toco Hill Pike Nursery on November 1.

Click here for a full schedule

Garden Calendar:

pansies Fertilize pansies, clean up apples, plant bulbs more
Fall is the best time to plant Encore Azaleas in your garden. Encore Azaleas bloom in Spring, Summer, and Fall - with 23 varieties that provide year-round color to any landscape. For additional information visit us online at encoreazalea.com

Pike Nurseries

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.

Reader Questions:

spathQ: All of a sudden houseplants have taken on a nasty rotten egg smell. We re-potted but the new soil is again giving off a bad smell. Any ideas? Janet M.

berryQ: At Ft. Mountain State Park I saw the most beautiful clusters on a vine in a tree near the picnic tables: like tiny blueberries. What could it be? Grace S.

camellia seedQ:This year there is a large crop of fruit on my camellias. My mother told me it was a waste of time to plant them. Clay L.

Garden Events:

Oct 18 -  Native People of the Chattahoochee
Oct 18 - Build a Rain Barrel
Oct. 19 - Repotting Orchids 

Miss the Fall Webinar?

If you missed our third free online webinar "Trees, Shrubs and Perennials: Right Plants in the Right Place", you can still watch it.
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Cool Plant

Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia spp.)
angel's trumpetTender perennial native to South America. This poisonous relative of the tomato is stunning in late summer and fall with its huge downward-facing fragrant flowers that come in a variety of colors. Although this plant grows to shrub size, it dies back to the ground each winter. Easily propagated. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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