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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/21/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a Japanese tulip tree. It is several years old, and I have two bushes from the root and have cut all the other shoots off. Would it be better to cut the smaller shoot off and let the larger shoot grow stronger?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/14/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I moved to Van Buren 366 days ago. I started tilling my garden in January due to the unusually mild weather. I was able to start planting potatoes in March, and in the first week of April I planted 70 tomato plants, 56 pepper plants, 16 yellow squash plants, four zucchini plants, and the list goes on. Everything was looking great until yesterday. We were hit with a hailstorm the likes of which I have never experienced. My 40-by-75-foot garden looks like a Weed Eater came through and cut some in half and others ... the stem may be all that is left. Will the plants possibly survive? Can I do anything to try and save what is left? What are your recommendations? My thoughts were to wait a week to 10 days and see what the plants look like. If they don't make it, I will replace them.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/07/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Q We have had a Japanese maple for eight or nine years. It was a beautiful tree until August or September when a neighborhood vandal sprayed the front of both it and a crape myrtle with some kind of poison. The front leaves on both trees turned brown, and those on the crape myrtle dropped off. We did not know if either would put out leaves this spring but were hoping for the best. Unfortunately, the best didn't happen. Only leaves in the back came out on the maple; it is too early to know what the crape myrtle will be like after some pruning last month. Is there anything we can do for the maple besides dig it up and plant another? We invested in security cameras immediately after the incident and hope our property will be safer from now on.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/30/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q I am trying to find a rose bush that had been in my family for generations. Unfortunately I was the last one in the family that had one, and I had to move because of sickness in the family and could not take it with me. It was called the "Yellow Rose of Texas," and it was a climbing rose that spread quickly and had very thick and large thorns. Could you please tell me if there is anywhere that I could possibly be able to buy a start of this bush?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/23/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Q Some of my best childhood memories are of driving along dirt roads with my grandparents and picking wild muscadines along barbed-wire fencerows and then cooking jelly with my grandmother.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/16/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I am so tired of hearing "crape" when it is "crepe"!! Why do you insist upon perpetuating an incorrect spelling? No wonder so many people pronounce it as crap! It is from the French language, crepe meaning crinkled. Have you never noticed the fabric known as crepe which has little crinkles all over it? Have you never looked at the blossoms of crepe myrtles and seen the little crinkles and hence where they got their name? Maybe you should get a copy of the Southern Living magazine and read The Grumpy Gardener; at least he always uses the correct spelling!!!!

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/09/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q When is the best time to grow cucumbers and blueberries?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/02/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q Our Meyer lemon tree is very ill, and we are afraid we are going to lose it. After having more blooms than one could think possible as well as setting fruit, it is now dropping leaves like crazy. We researched it online and thought perhaps it was getting too much direct sun in the house and so have moved it to a bedroom with filtered light. This morning, I removed most of the fruit as that was one of the online recommendations. Watering has been consistent ever since we got it late last spring. It did have some scaly pest but we sprayed with diluted dishwashing soap and then when that didn't do it, we used neem oil. No evidence of any more pests. It has doubled from its original size.

Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

updated: 03/31/2016 4:28 p.m. Discuss

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/26/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q I had no idea how invasive the little wild violets are. I have always thought they were cute and pretty. I have had a huge pot of them and watered them all summer and kept it until the next year. But since I moved to the country, namely Mountain Home, I have been invaded by these little devils. They are everywhere -- my flower yard, my raised bed gardens. I have pulled enough of them to cover the whole county. I was doing a really good job of pulling the little clumps of them and getting rid of nearly all of them last spring when a dreaded thing happened -- a snake moved through. I left the rest to him. I am deathly afraid of any kind of snake. I didn't get all the violets pulled before they died down. I know I will have the same thing to do over again this spring. Do you have a solution to my problem? Since they have a bulb, how do they go from one part of the yard to the other side or get out of the pots?

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