Gardening Question of the Day

Is it bad to have earthworms in my flowerpots?

They probably aren't eating your plants, but they may be clogging your drainage. Water the plants with lime to get rid of them.

Last 7 Days

Should tomatoes be suckered?

You can sucker tomatoes if you like, but you'll be cutting down your crop. Suckered plants yield bigger tomatoes but fewer of them. The more foliage your plants put out, the more tomatoes they can nourish.

What are "spitbugs" -- the kind that leave little clumps of white, bubbly "spit" on my plants?

They are more accurately called spittlebugs and are also sometimes known as froghoppers. These bugs and their offspring nymphs, which are found in the "spit," are sucking sap from your plants. You can control them by washing them off with a strong stream of water.

I've grown a small amount of grapes for the first time, and now I'm wondering how to store them properly.

They can be stored for up to six weeks in the cellar, but grapes can absorb the odors of other fruits and vegetables, so keep them separate. Use cardboard boxes or crates lined with clean, dry straw. Separate bunches with straw or sawdust. Check often for spoilage.

Are rose hips a source of vitamin C?

Yes, they are. You can use rose hips in jam, soup, syrup, and the popular rose hip tea. Some varieties contain more than 20 times the amount of vitamin C found in citrus fruits.

Where does Ugli fruit come from?

This is a trademark for the tangelo, a tropical fruit that is a hybrid between a grapefruit and a tangerine or mandarin orange. Tangelos originated in Jamaica.

What could be eating the leaves on my nasturtiums at night?

You would be surprised at the amount of activity in a garden at night. I'd say slugs or snails (possibly both) are having dinner at your expense. The most popular remedy is to put beer in shallow containers sunk into the ground so that the rims are even with the soil surface. The little devils will crawl in and die happy. Empty the containers every couple of days.

What's the difference between a currant and a raisin?

There are various types of currants. Some currants are actually small, seedless raisins (dried grapes). A currant also is one of the various shrubs belonging to the saxifrage family and the fruit of that shrub. Currants are cultivated in the cooler regions of Europe and North America and are used for making jams and jellies. Red and white currants are used to make wine, and black currants are used to make cassis, a liqueur. Zante currants are actually dried grapes (raisins); do not confuse them with currants. A raisin specifically is a dried large, dark grape.

Subscribe to Gardening Question of the Day