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In the garden

posted: 12/20/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q I got two poinsettias the day after Thanksgiving, and I don't think they are going to make it until Christmas. The leaves are all curling and dropping. The only thing left on one is the red part. Help! Is there anything I can do to save them?


posted: 12/13/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q Could the hard freeze in early November have killed my huge Japanese maple? The leaves generally turn brilliant red but this year shriveled brown and still have not fallen. So worried.


posted: 12/06/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q My brother recently sold his house and wants to remove a rosebush from the backyard to transplant eventually in his new place. However, he is moving into a small space for several months before he finds a place of his own again, with a yard.


posted: 11/29/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q When I bought my house seven years ago, I had a tree that was only 4 feet tall. I watered it back to life, and it has grown quite large. It has beautiful blooms in the spring and seed pods in late summer/fall. Could you tell me what it is and how large it will become?


posted: 11/22/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q We have had our first fall freeze here in Fayetteville. My lovely wife wants to get the plants that were annuals out of the yard. As you know, they can make a yard look ugly. My question: Is it better to pull the root system out of the ground to remove it all or simply cut the plant at soil level and remove the tops? I have sunflowers, castor beans, coleus, pepper plants, zinnias and a few more.

In the garden

posted: 11/15/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q After I stopped trying to kill everything in our backyard a couple of years ago, all kinds of things have come up. The criteria are now: If it has a nice bloom, we'll find a place. One of these is blooming now with white blooms, probably from some seed I threw out years ago. The tall white one has several others with it and all have their own "room."


posted: 11/01/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Q My sister and I are new vegetable gardeners at Two Rivers Park. We were wondering if there is any specific cover crop you would recommend for our area. Our soil sample didn't show any major deficiencies.


posted: 10/25/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Q I live in Augusta. I dug some surprise lilies (some call them naked ladies) earlier this month that my late mother-in-law planted years ago. They had not been divided in many years, so I have a lot of bulbs. Should I plant them now or store in the garage until next spring? I plan to plant them close to a rock wall in full sun and can mulch them well. Right now they are loosely layered in boxes with newspaper between the layers.


posted: 10/11/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q I just inherited two small elephant ear plants in pots. Should they be planted in the ground? Any help will be appreciated.

In the garden

posted: 10/04/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Q My friend brought some four o'clocks seeds from his uncle's place in Houston last month, and I finally planted the seeds in an empty hanging basket I had outside a couple of weeks ago. The seedlings have come out and some of them are about 3 to 4 inches tall now. Is it safe to transplant them into my flower bed now, or what do you suggest I do? Please advise as soon as possible since I am eager to transplant them.


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