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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/23/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Q Some of my best childhood memories are of driving along dirt roads with my grandparents and picking wild muscadines along barbed-wire fencerows and then cooking jelly with my grandmother.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/16/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I am so tired of hearing "crape" when it is "crepe"!! Why do you insist upon perpetuating an incorrect spelling? No wonder so many people pronounce it as crap! It is from the French language, crepe meaning crinkled. Have you never noticed the fabric known as crepe which has little crinkles all over it? Have you never looked at the blossoms of crepe myrtles and seen the little crinkles and hence where they got their name? Maybe you should get a copy of the Southern Living magazine and read The Grumpy Gardener; at least he always uses the correct spelling!!!!

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/09/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q When is the best time to grow cucumbers and blueberries?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/02/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q Our Meyer lemon tree is very ill, and we are afraid we are going to lose it. After having more blooms than one could think possible as well as setting fruit, it is now dropping leaves like crazy. We researched it online and thought perhaps it was getting too much direct sun in the house and so have moved it to a bedroom with filtered light. This morning, I removed most of the fruit as that was one of the online recommendations. Watering has been consistent ever since we got it late last spring. It did have some scaly pest but we sprayed with diluted dishwashing soap and then when that didn't do it, we used neem oil. No evidence of any more pests. It has doubled from its original size.

Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

updated: 03/31/2016 4:28 p.m. Discuss

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/26/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q I had no idea how invasive the little wild violets are. I have always thought they were cute and pretty. I have had a huge pot of them and watered them all summer and kept it until the next year. But since I moved to the country, namely Mountain Home, I have been invaded by these little devils. They are everywhere -- my flower yard, my raised bed gardens. I have pulled enough of them to cover the whole county. I was doing a really good job of pulling the little clumps of them and getting rid of nearly all of them last spring when a dreaded thing happened -- a snake moved through. I left the rest to him. I am deathly afraid of any kind of snake. I didn't get all the violets pulled before they died down. I know I will have the same thing to do over again this spring. Do you have a solution to my problem? Since they have a bulb, how do they go from one part of the yard to the other side or get out of the pots?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/19/2016 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Q I'm trying to find a perennial that someone gave my mother years ago. Not sure of the spelling but I think it is Acimanese. Do you have any ideas or suggestions where I might find this tough little plant?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/12/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Q I feel sure that you have discussed this, but it would be helpful to everyone if you would go over the treatment for crape myrtles that are infected with the disease that is going around our area of the state. This is the one that is most obvious by the large amount of black sooty deposits under the tree or shrub itself and on its leaves. I am a volunteer who works with the Lakewood Improvement District in North Little Rock. We have eight or 10 large crape myrtles that are infected. Obviously, we would like to treat these plants. We hope that you can advise us.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/05/2016 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Q I have hydran-geas that are beautiful for a couple of months ... say, June and July ... and then the leaves get black spots all over them. Is there something I should do before the spring/summer actually begins to avoid the spots? I forgot to remove some of the flowers at the end of the summer. What shall I do now? I do not want to lose the flowers for this year's blooming.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/27/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show began Friday and continues today and Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Experts are on hand to answer your questions in person.

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