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In The Garden

posted: 07/04/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q Every year, I plant red potatoes in my garden and every year but this year they were red skinned and white inside. This year, they're purple skinned and purple inside. Can you tell me what caused this?


posted: 06/27/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

We live in Hot Springs Village, and year after year the plants in the photo I have enclosed are always a pleasure to see in early summer in the same area. Not sure what they are but they have a beautiful orange flower and we look forward to them every year. Is it a weed or a wildflower?


posted: 06/20/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I feed the birds year round, have seven hummingbird feeders out and love watching them. I see pictures of hummers lined up around the feeder, but these guys fight and only one at a time will feed. Is there a secret to getting more than one hummer on the feeder at a time?

In the garden

posted: 06/13/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

I have a small, 2-by-5-foot flower bed in front of my home. During the winter, the soil stays soft as it is protected by the eave on the house. The roaming cats have used this as a litter box. ... How can I keep the cats out of there?


posted: 06/06/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Q I noticed that the leaves of two young trees, chinkapin oak and pecan, have been quickly devoured. I looked during the daylight hours and could see no pests. My husband had the idea to look at night. We discovered they were covered in what I have always known as brown hard-shell bugs, the type that swarm around lights. The beetles were chewing leaves and stems.


posted: 05/30/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently heard that having cedar trees around can cause your peach trees to not produce fruit. Is this true and how much distance should be between the trees?


posted: 05/23/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q I was picking up sticks under our river birch and saw these whitish, transparent, flying insects crawling all over the ground and clustered on a pot. We had new bark mulch installed last weekend but don't know if there is any connection. Do you know what type of insect this is and how to get rid of them?


posted: 05/16/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q Two of my six baby rhubarb plants (planted last year) have sprouted flower-like shoots. Is this normal? What is the purpose? My only experience with rhubarb has been with mature plants that can be harvested.


posted: 05/02/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q Last year I tried to plant tomatoes in large pots in my sunny backyard in Maumelle. I got a lot of blooms, but the blooms just fell off and the plants didn't produce much fruit. I want to try again. What did I do wrong? What type of tomatoes are best grown in pots? We like them for sandwiches and salads and to just slice and eat.


posted: 04/18/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I have read in some of your columns about your dislike of all the blooming pear trees around Arkansas. I think they are beautiful. Why do you not like them?

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