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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/20/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q Due to my holly bushes being full of bees, I didn't get my liriope under the bushes trimmed early and then forgot about them. Is it too late to trim it now?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/13/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q Emer-gency! I no longer have a fascination for or the physical ability to do weeding. Can Roundup be used on daffodils and irises? Though I spray in November with Roundup before the daffodils are up, now vetch and rye/winter grasses are taking over.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/06/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q My 3-year-old gardenia bush has turned black. Most of the leaves are black with a velvety feel. The black can be scraped off, and the leaf looks normal underneath. Is this winter damage or blight? Is there anything I should do about it?

In the Garden

posted: 04/29/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a 7-year-old asparagus bed that I did not harvest until the third year. Since then I have enjoyed lots of yummy asparagus. Last year's harvest was a bit disappointing, and so far this year it has been downright pitiful: not one fat spear, just some skinny spears and lots of skinny spears ferning out way too soon (too short to be doing this). I noticed last year that some areas had skinny spears and not the nice fat ones from previous years. Now it seems to be the entire bed. Could the last two mild winters have anything to do with this? I have spent a lot of time congratulating myself on this asparagus bed and perhaps not enough time doing ... what?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/22/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a patch of the old orange day lilies. I have heard them called ditch lilies. I also have a strip of ground down my driveway that stays wet to damp due to my neighbor's watering there almost every day. My drive is about 2 feet below their yard. Would these day lilies be good plant in this strip? The strip is about 25 feet long, and these day lilies spread at a very rapid rate. I have had good luck transplanting them. If they are not a good option, do you have a suggestion?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/15/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q Are the Sun-patiens doing well in the sun?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/01/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q I bought my daughter a fairy garden kit for her birthday. It came with dirt and a mixed packet of seeds. We enjoyed planting and were excited when, just days after, they began to sprout. But then days later, the dirt began to grow a white fuzz, and it spread. I think it was mold. We had it in her room in front of her picture window, which faces west. According to instructions, we watered it every day. There are no drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Can you advise? Would we have better luck drilling holes in the bottom? Keeping it outside? I was hoping to leave it in her room so she felt more ownership over it but am open to your advice.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/25/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q We want to plant some tomatoes in large pots. Fire ants are in some of the pots as the soil was left in them since last growing season. If we put fire ant killer in the pots, does the poison go into the tomatoes?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/18/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Q For the third year in a row (we've lived here 30 years) as soon as it warms up a little we have a screened-in porch full (hundreds) of bugs. I thought they were ladybugs and so I would vacuum them up and put them outside. A friend said they were beetles and not ladybugs. They look like ladybugs to me, what are they? They get in the house too.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/11/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q I would like your advice on plant choices for two spots in my yard. The first one, on the northwest corner of our lot, is in full sun and so quite hot in summer, although it does get a little shade in late afternoon from a maple tree nearby. I put in some Pfitzer junipers there to add more evergreen to the yard.

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