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posted: 07/26/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q What's your opinion on ostrich fern as a garden plant in central Arkansas? Some people tell me that it is too warm and humid in the summer for it to be easily grown here.


posted: 07/19/2014 1:59 a.m. Comment 1

Q I have a crape myrtle that is about 15 feet tall and very healthy looking. It has not bloomed in the past two years and does not show any buds as if it was going to bloom this year. Is there something I can do to hurry it along? It only bloomed two years from date of planting.


posted: 07/12/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I sal-vaged several asparagus crowns while tearing down raised beds at my 90-year-old aunt's yard. They have thick, healthy roots, and I am keeping them moist. But where and when should I plant them? Where can I store them until we have a spot to plant them?


posted: 07/05/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Q Our little tree is an orphan (no one knows where it came from). It is about 5 years old and now about 10 feet tall with branches extended up. A prominent feature is the distinctively green limbs, not the trunk. The tree is in bloom again with the flying leaf pods, as I call them.

In the garden

posted: 06/28/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q I have some growths above ground in my potato patch. They are growing on the potato plant, and they resemble tomatoes. What are they?

BREAKING GROUND: Still time left for planting

posted: 05/31/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss


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posted: 05/24/2014 2:14 a.m. Comment 1

Q It seems we have these horrible thorny vines that grow at the base of my shrubs that get out of control if not constantly pulled up. They quickly grow upward into the bush and are very invasive. How do I treat these vines without damaging or killing the shrub? Most of them come up under my azaleas but in other areas as well.

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posted: 05/17/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Q When clearing out an overgrown area, I found a neglected tree peony. It has two stems, one of which has a flower bud and a few leaves. The other stem is bare but pliable. It is still in heavy shade. What needs to be done to rehabilitate this unexpected treasure?

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posted: 05/10/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a snowball bush that is about 5 ½ feet tall and needs to be moved. It has leafed out and will be blooming soon. Would it be OK to cut the bush back and transplant it after it blooms? A Moving a plant when it is in full growth is a bit stressful on the plant, but it can be done. Try to get it in the ground as quickly as possible after you dig it up, and water lightly daily to keep the roots moist while it

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posted: 05/03/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I would like to grow asparagus. Have I waited too late to plant?


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