Buy plants, cook stumps

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaHost Walter Reeves shows how to buy the perfect plant at yournursery on “Gardening in Georgia” July 16 on Georgia PublicBroadcasting.”Gardening in Georgia” is produced by GPB and the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Itairs each Saturday at 12:30 and 7 p.m.On this week’s show, Reeves visits with nursery owner StuartCofer to learn some tricks on selecting plants. Cofer shows howto examine plants in a nursery before buying them. The roots, hesays, are the keys to a healthy plant.Reeves shows a way to “cook” a stump, too, rather than digging orgrinding it down. His recipe involves drilling several deep holesinto the stump and then packing them with rich, woods dirt. Thenhe sprinkles some 10-10-10 on top, wets the mound and covers itwith clear plastic and a bit of pine straw. In a few months, thestump will be gone.Finally, Reeves looks closely at planthoppers, small insectsknown for their jumping ability. Planthoppers do little damage toplants. If you find them distracting from the beauty of yourplants, though, a blast from a water hose or a water pistol willremove them.last_img