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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/25/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q We want to plant some tomatoes in large pots. Fire ants are in some of the pots as the soil was left in them since last growing season. If we put fire ant killer in the pots, does the poison go into the tomatoes?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/18/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Q For the third year in a row (we've lived here 30 years) as soon as it warms up a little we have a screened-in porch full (hundreds) of bugs. I thought they were ladybugs and so I would vacuum them up and put them outside. A friend said they were beetles and not ladybugs. They look like ladybugs to me, what are they? They get in the house too.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/11/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q I would like your advice on plant choices for two spots in my yard. The first one, on the northwest corner of our lot, is in full sun and so quite hot in summer, although it does get a little shade in late afternoon from a maple tree nearby. I put in some Pfitzer junipers there to add more evergreen to the yard.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/04/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I live in Northwest Arkansas, and we got really cold last weekend. I had a few perennials that had emerged, and I did not cover them, and some of the leaves look a little sad. Do you think I need to replant?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/25/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Q Is it too early to put a three-in-one insect, disease and pest control product on my Knockout roses? They have the beginnings of some new growth at this time.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/18/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q [Last] summer some of my azaleas showed white specks on black branches. Now it has spread to other bushes, and they don't look too good. One of the small ones lost a lot of leaves, and the mulch underneath it turned black. Summer 2015 I sprayed with a fungus and insect killer, but it didn't help. I try not to use too many pesticides because I don't want to harm the birds that eat insects. Should I remove the bushes?

In the Garden

posted: 02/11/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q My daugh-ter-in-law, who is a Master Gardener in El Paso, Texas, told me about key gardening. I was wondering if I could adapt the idea in my raised kitchen garden. I have four 5-gallon buckets. I plan to drill holes in a spiral manner top to bottom, place them in the ground 10 inches deep, add new materials for compost, and this summer use the buckets for dispersing the water with nutrients from the compost.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/04/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q What are the differ-ences between long-day onions and short-day onions? Which type grows best in our area, and how soon can I plant some?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/21/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Q Can you tell me a product-ive way to keep my house cats from wreaking havoc on my house plants? Every day when I come home from work, it seems there is potting soil on the floor and half of the plant is uprooted. They aren't eating the plants, but I think they may be trying to use the pots as litter boxes. I really want some houseplants.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/14/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently trans-planted a deciduous holly from my pasture to my yard. The plant is loaded with berries, but I have been told that a male must be nearby in order to expect berries again. Is this true, and if so, where do I find a male plant to ensure berry production?

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