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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/30/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Q I have three miniature gardenia bushes that are blooming for the second time. I have been around gardenias all my life and have never known gardenias to bloom twice. We have had these shrubs for about five years, and they have never done this before. Do you suppose the weird weather we have been having has caused this? Or is it that there are some varieties of miniature gardenias that bloom twice?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/23/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Q I live in Pine Bluff and have a beautiful, taller than 60-foot white oak (beautiful shape) in my front yard that provides substantial shade on the south side of the house. It has mushrooms growing in the soil against the base of the tree, and one or two actually on the base. I would appreciate your opinion as to whether it is too late to save this tree; do you think that the disease, if it is Armillaria fungi, has it already caused root rot and rot on the inside of the tree?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/16/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Q I planted a jalapeno pepper plant next to a tomato plant this year. The resulting fruit looks like an upside-down tomato. Did the two plants cross? I was not aware this was an issue, but I am new to gardening.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/09/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Several have written in about ants and hummingbird feeders. Here are a few suggestions they had:

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 08/02/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q I grew canta-loupes for the first time in my garden, and have been getting quite a few ripe fruits, but they aren't very sweet. Is there something I can do to the soil to make them sweeter, or did I pick the wrong variety?

IN THE GARDEN

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.

IN THE GARDEN

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.

IN THE GARDEN

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?

IN THE GARDEN

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?

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