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The Greener View: Potted Plant Insects

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: It is almost that time of year again when we need to move our houseplants indoors. Last year we also moved in annoying small, black gnats. At first, we noticed them in the room with the plants. Over the winter, they moved into the bathroom. Every morning there would be one or two more. We killed them each day, but there were always more. It ...Read more

On Gardening: Border and basket columns give magical garden color, floating on air

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Basket or border columns may not be something you have heard of or have tried, and you may be asking what a basket column is. My best description is a large wire basket with a coconut coir liner that gives the appearance of floating on air by virtue of being mounted on a 4-by-4-foot post or metal column.

I first saw something similar more than ...Read more

The Greener View: Koi Fish

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: Several years ago, I bought some inexpensive Japanese koi and they eventually had babies in the pond. There are quite a few. Will they become very valuable as they get larger?

A: There are several things that go into the pricing of koi. In judging how valuable any animal is, there must be some rules. For example, you can go to the pound to ...Read more

On Gardening: Joe Pye Weeds creating Yellowstone type moments

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In Yellowstone, as you drive from one scenic point to another you'll notice cars pulled to the side of the road. This is a clear signal that something of extraordinary interest has been spotted. Bison, elk, moose, wolves and of course bears are at the top of the list.

The past few weeks, particularly in Georgia, we've been experiencing this ...Read more

The Greener View: Phlox Plants

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: In the springtime along the road near my house, there were some phlox plants blooming. I kept track of them, and now I see they have long seedpods. I collected a few pods' worth of seeds, but I am not sure what to do with them. Do I plant them now or wait until spring?

A: The best thing to do when planting wildflower seeds is the same thing ...Read more


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