Q: We have a large pumpkin patch, and most of the leaves have turned white. It appears to be powdery mildew. Is this a problem, or can we let it go? We don't want to spray the plants if we don't have to because we may make pies out of the pumpkins.
A: Powdery mildew is common with many vine crops, but it can also affect beans, peas, ...Read more
Recently, there has been a lot of news about the Zika virus. Florida is the first state in the U.S. to see cases of the virus, but the two mosquito species that spread it are common in the Southern, southwestern, Midwestern and eastern regions of the country.
Mosquito-borne diseases have been a problem in the U.S. since the beginning. Malaria ...Read more
Q: Just when I thought I was going to get fresh tomatoes from my garden, they stopped turning red. They are mostly green, but a few have a hint of pink. They have been like this for more than a week. I am watering them the same as always, and they don't have too many leaf spots or yellow leaves. What can I do to get them to mature?
A: Tomato ...Read more
Question: I planted a Maple tree a few years ago. It's about 15 feet high now. Recently, I noticed that there are many roots near or above ground level. Is it because it's not getting enough water? We have bad soil, very clay like. Can I change the watering technique to help it grow more roots deeper in the soil? Will the tree be more likely to ...Read more
Q: Last week, you said to fertilize flowers that aren't blooming. My rose bushes are supposed to bloom all summer, but they have stopped. Can I fertilize them or is it just too hot?
A: Roses come in several groups and some only bloom once in a summer, including may old-time roses and many climbing roses. Most new varieties will bloom several ...Read more
Q: Unlike other parts of the country, we have had plenty of rain all spring and summer. We did have a 15-day hot and dry spell at the end of June. That is when I noticed all of the trees in my yard started dropping leaves. Some were yellow and some were green. Do I need to fertilize them? How do I do that?
A: You don't need to fertilize the ...Read more
Q: I have various kinds of roses in a small flower bed. An unusual thing has happened to one of the rose bushes. This spring it started growing very small leaves -- really small, and there are dozens in just a couple of inches of new branch growth. Can you tell me if this is a disease?
A: Unfortunately, it is a problem. Your rose bush has rose ...Read more
Q: Brown spots are appearing on the leaves of my tomato plant. The tomatoes are still small and green. Last year these same spots appeared, and the leaves died, and the tomatoes stopped growing. What can I do to keep the plants alive this summer?
A: This is the time of year that tomatoes often become infected with different kinds of leaf spot, ...Read more
Nothing More, Nothing Less [Kindle Edition]Ashley Dukart
When Brandon finds that his mother committed suicide, he blames himself for her decision. His guilt drives his young life into a downward spiral of drugs, drug-dealing, and violent repercussions when his “business partners” don’t get what they want. Haunted by the...
Q: I was gathering some flowers for a vase, and I wanted some greenery, so I cut off some spirea branches. I laid them all out on the counter to make the arrangement when I noticed millions - I really mean millions -- of green insects crawling all over the spirea stems and the counter. I destroyed them all, and when I looked outside I saw that ...Read more
Q: I've had many rose bushes for years. They look great during the year, but every summer I begin to see black spots developing on all of them. By mid- to late summer most of the leaves have fallen off, and the plants really look sad. Do you know what's happening?
A: Your bushes have black-spot fungus, a fungus that causes black spots to grow ...Read more
Q: We live in the south and have a zoysia grass lawn. It feels spongy when we walk on it. We have been told that thatch is growing. It costs a lot to dethatch a lawn. Is it very harmful to the lawn? Is there a less expensive way to get rid of it?
A: Thatch is made up of above-ground roots and stems of a grass plant. It is not the tan-colored ...Read more
Q: My azaleas suddenly started losing their leaves. I saw some small, green things that look like caterpillars on the branches, but after spraying them with Bacillus thuringiensis, they are still alive and well. The azaleas are large and thickly clustered, so I can't reach back into the branches where they are. What can I do?
A: It sounds like ...Read more
Q: I always chased fireflies as a kid. Nowadays I don't see them. Is there a way to increase the firefly population, similar to how people are trying to increase the butterfly population?
A: The firefly is a beneficial predatory insect. It is also known as the lightning bug. It is neither a fly nor a bug: It is a beetle. They are among the most...Read more