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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 12/03/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I have potted palms in metal urns on my north-facing, well-covered front porch in Dumas that I'd like to overwinter without moving them. The porch is 10 feet deep, open on the ends and is as wide as the house. Do you think they would make it through winter? How do I care for them?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 11/26/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q How do we get rid of the huge mushrooms in our yard? I am growing mostly zoysia grass, and it gets plenty of sunlight, even though it is under a popcorn tree.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 11/19/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Q I was reading in your book In The Garden that plants can be stored in crawl spaces during the winter to protect them from low temperatures. I have a really pretty bougainvillea in a hanging pot in my backyard but am not sure how to preserve it through the winter. I do not have a garage and really do not have a good place indoors for it. Is this a plant that could survive in a crawl space during the winter?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 11/12/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q This plant came up voluntarily and is 7 feet tall. Do you know what it is? Do I want it?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 11/05/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a lovely yellow dwarf snapdragon that I planted in the spring. I have dug it up and put it in a pot of potting soil. Will it live inside this winter in sunlight?

In the Garden

posted: 10/29/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q We have a small raised bed where we grow onions, green beans and a few tomato plants each summer. When we pulled out the border of marigolds recently we discovered a fire ants nest. What is safe to use against fire ants in an area where you grow edible plants?

In the Garden

posted: 10/22/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I had an unu-sual vine come up in my yard as a volunteer. I can't tell if it is a melon or a pumpkin. Any ideas?

In the Garden

posted: 10/15/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently bought tulip bulbs I intend to plant in November. Do they need to be refrigerated now before planting time?

In the Garden

posted: 10/08/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Q Have you any news on Monarchs passing through? I have only seen one this year. I have butterfly weed and other flowering plants they like. Last year we had Monarch caterpillars and were thrilled to watch them through their entire cycle. But we have seen nothing so far this year. I live in Sherwood.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 10/01/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Q Can you tell me what kind of vine this is? Poison ivy, box elder or other? Lots in my flower bed.

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