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July 11, 2002

Tuteur Made from Privet

All vines need a structure on which to climb.
The size of that structure will depend upon the potential size of the
vine. While larger ones look best on an arbor, small vines like
clematis are better suited for a small upright structure. Walter shows
how to make a tuteur out of an inexpensive tomato cage and several long
privet limbs. Here's one example of how a bad plant can perform a good
deed in your garden!

Summertime Vegetable Garden Update

Walter visits the Research and Education
Garden on UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Griffin Campus to check on the progress of our vegetable patch. Master
Gardener Jerry Robinson and Garden Horticulturist Tony Johnson are
already harvesting several vegetables. They constantly evaluate and
assess plant varieties, mulching practices, bed design, and other plant
management methods in this vegetable garden.

Introducing the Oak Family

Families have a common surname that
distinguishes them from other families (for example, Reeves). Members
of a single family have different first names that distinguish them
from other members of the clan. Well, Walter introduces several members
of the Quercus family, commonly known as the Oak family. Quercus is the
genus name of the oaks. Individual members of the family are
distinguished from each other by their species name. For more on oak
identification click here.

He also introduces three members of the Cornus (dogwood) family and shows how they differ from each other.

Garden Center Bargains

Azaleas and rhododendrons often go on sale
after they bloom at a nursery. Even though the plants may be thin and
scraggly, they can often be rescued. Walter shows how to prune the top
growth of an azalea to make a compact plant which, if planted properly,
can be a very inexpensive addition to your landscape.