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July 30, 2008

Edible Plants in Small Places

Gardening in Georgia

When food prices are high it makes lots of sense to grow your own food.
But if you're turned off by the thoughts of parallel rows and wooden
beds, Walter's guest, Amanda Campbell at the Atlanta Botanical Garden,
shows him how she designed a very productive garden in a small space.

"Heeling-in" Plants

Walter takes pride in being called a "tree hugger". In fact, you can see
him hugging a favorite pine tree goodbye today. This pine is growing
right in front of his door and it has to be removed. But cutting down
the tree will crush all of his azaleas, ferns and hosta planted beneath!
Walter shows how to "heel in" plants temporarily so work in your
landscape can proceed.

Flatid Plant Hopper

No doubt you’ve seen the white waxy stuff clinging to the stems of
hosta, coneflower and azaleas in summer. You might brush it with your
fingers... only to be surprised by insects hopping away from the stem in
all directions. These are planthoppers... and while they don’t do lots of
damage, they can transmit diseases. Control? It's as easy as washing
them off the plant.

Devil's Trumpets

What if you had in your yard a plant variously known as devil's trumpet,
locoweed, zombie cucumber or mad hatter? Walter's friend Madelyn Robins
has such a plant in her yard and she’s curious about where it came from
and how to control it.

Unless pre-empted by other programming