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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 09/23/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have Super-tunias in concrete pots with a drip line. They get watered every day for about 10 minutes. They are in full sun all day. They have become very leggy and thin, with very few leaves. What am I doing wrong? Also, I had Wave petunias in another concrete pot that were stunning, and almost overnight they turned brown and died. They got heavy afternoon sun, and the sprinkler watered them daily. Again, what am I doing wrong?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 09/16/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q I have five blue-berry plants that have 4- to 5-foot canes. When do I prune them?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 09/09/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q We live in Cabot and planted two sugar maple trees several years ago. They have done fine until now. Last week the leaves of one of them suddenly turned brown, and the tree died. This week the other one did the same thing. There was no warning of any kind. They did not seem to be in any distress before they died. They are planted in full sun, and we water them regularly. Any idea what could have caused this?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 09/02/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q I have raised, and overwintered, elephant ear bulbs for quite a few years. I used to store them in the crawl space under the house with no problems. Last two or three years, upon inspection in late winter, many show signs of rot, like a rotten potato. I can trim them up, back to solid bulb, and get a side bud to sprout a small plant and bulb for next year, but it's hard to get/keep big bulbs for the large ears. Is there a powder, or something, to dust bulbs in fall to reduce rotting over winter?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/26/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q My dogwood leaves look bad with spots all over them. What should I spray with to stop this disease?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/19/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q Could you please tell us where we could find French sorrel? We use it in scrambled eggs, omelets and soup. I would also like to purchase watercress for a dish of steak, french fries and watercress -- the combination is delicious and very healthy.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/12/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q I bet many people are wonder-ing this ... how much longer before these pests are gone for the season? And another point of interest is the low number of hummers, bees, butterflies this year even with all their favorites planted.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/05/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q Rabbits are destroying some recently planted hostas. What would help prevent this? My daughter-in-law has tried sprinkling pepper around ground ... not working ... moth balls?

In the garden

posted: 07/29/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q Can you identify this tree for me? Thanks so much. I think birds planted it in my backyard!

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 07/08/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I bought some red, yellow and orange bell peppers, but everything so far has turned out green. Do I need to leave them on longer before picking them or what?

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