Gardening Q & A With Ms. Grow-It-All®

Audrey Post, aka Ms. Grow-It-All®, is a certified Advanced Master Gardener volunteer with the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Leon County. Send your gardening questions to Questions@MsGrowItAll.com

Amaryllis Needs High Shade, Good Drainage

May 5, 2011

Q: We would like to grow amaryllis in outside beds, but all the articles I find concerning amaryllis seem to be for growing them in pots. What do you suggest? A: In colder climes, people grow amaryllis in pots and move them to protected areas or indoors for the winter. Because of our relatively mild […]

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Using Roundup On Patio Can Damage Nearby Trees

April 28, 2011

Q: Over the past few summers, I’ve used extended control Roundup in late spring to kill the weeds that come up between the pavers on my patio. Last fall, we planted a couple of small trees near the patio to provide shade, and my neighbor says they’ll die if I use the Roundup this year. […]

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Wire Underneath Raised Garden Bed Can Foil Moles

April 20, 2011

Q: I’m planning a raised vegetable garden bed in my backyard. I’ve never done this before so I’m not sure about the bottom of the bed. Do I put a bottom in the bed? If so, should I use wood, plastic or what? My concern is based on the fact that my yard has a […]

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Climbing Fig Can Be Invasive

April 13, 2011

Q: We have a large tree in our yard that I can’t identify. The “fruit” on it is odd, and when I cut it open, it smells like a gardenia. I’m sending a photo of it. Any ideas? A: Your “tree” is actually a vine that is extremely happy where it lives. Ficus pumila, also […]

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Shade Perennials

March 30, 2011

Q: What perennial flowers will grow in shade? We have a tree-shaded slope that we’d like to cover with flowers, but we don’t want to replant every year. A: While there aren’t as many flowering perennials for shady sites as there are for sunny sites, there are quite a few to choose from. One thing […]

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