October 18, 2007

Garden Knowledge:

Planting in a Drought
If you missed the online seminar about how to plant lawns, containers and pansies even in drought, it is still available for your viewing pleasure. Theresa and I covered what should be basic knowledge and practice for every gardener - but sometimes you need a little push to actually do.

I featured my own pansy planting bed and showed a new tip on using newspaper for an under-mulch. My pansies are thriving...and I've watered them only once since I planted them! See how I did it

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Come Visit!

I'll host the radio broadcast from Champion Windows and Patio Rooms this Saturday. Last chance to bring us your weed, bugs and design questions!

On October 27, I'll be at Sun City Peachtree - between Fayetteville and Griffin - to answer garden questions for my friends on the Southside! Bring your hardest problems to see if you can stump me!

Win an Encore Azalea Yard Makeover!
I have another twenty-five Encore azaleas ($750 value) to give away to a lucky gardener. Register here to win.



See Fall Color up Close and Personal!
The Len Foote Hike Inn is one of my favorite places to visit. Near Amicalola Falls, it has gorgeous scenery on the hike in plus great food and comfortable accommodations when you get there. Register here to win a free night's stay for two, including dinner and breakfast, at the Inn.

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Drought Information:

County by County
Currently, 61 counties in north and central Georgia are under total outdoor watering bans. Much confusion exists as to the exemptions as well as concerns for violators. The link below has all 61 counties listed with telephone numbers you can call for more information.
Get updated drought info here

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Calendar:

As chrysanthemum and aster flowers fade, cut the plants back to six inches tall. ...more tips

Garden Events:

Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture on The Lawn and Garden Show on News/Talk 750 WSB Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world!

Reader Questions:

Q: This tree is just a teenager. Do you think this engineering will carry it to manhood? - Randy M.

Q: My grandmother's pool is an eyesore! How do I fill it in to make a vegetable garden? - Neca H.

Q: We just returned from a trip and found one of our pine trees dead. I heard a "tsk..tsk...tsk" sound inside the tree. - Pekka S.

Cool Plant:

Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum 'Herbstfreude' or 'Autumn Joy')
Perennial succulent hybrid of garden origin. Autumn Joy is probably the most popular and widely sold of all the showy sedums. Reaching a height of two feet, it blooms with tiny dark pink clusters of flowers in the early fall. Extremely drought tolerant and easy to grow. Attracts butterflies. Learn More

by Theresa Schrum



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