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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.


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?


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.


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?


posted: 01/07/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I have been given a plumbago that has gotten quite large. I have cut off rubber tree plants and rooted the cut-off portion, and it has sprouted from the cut-off stalk ... would the plumbago do the same?


posted: 12/31/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q My triple-bloom amaryllis fell over during the night. The flower stalk broke, but there is another one sprouting I think. Is the bulb still OK? If so, what is needed and how can I prevent this from happening again?


posted: 12/24/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I probably have tea scale on some of my holly bushes. When would be a good time to treat them? Also, they need trimming. When is a good time for that?

In the garden

posted: 12/17/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q My dau-ghter has a cut Christmas tree in a pot on her sheltered front porch in Colorado Springs, Colo. How should it be cared for to make it through until New Year's, please? Is there a water potion she can mix up to keep it moist and fed? I used to mix up something that we watered our cut indoor trees with but I can't find the recipe.


posted: 12/10/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q Fourteen years ago we planted Leyland cypress across our back lawn. They grew like wildfire to at least 30 feet tall, but the power company has made several destructive cuts on them and now they need to be replaced. So we are working with Bemis Tree about replacing them. We are in a dilemma. We have planted a "Mary Nell" holly in the corner where we had had a 40-foot spruce until it was destroyed, and we love the dark green of the holly. Now we are trying to decide whether to replace the Leyland with the holly or "Emerald Green" arborvitae. Do you have any suggestions?






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