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Coping With Leaf Galls on 'Gardening'


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Walter Reeves

Azaleas are landscape favorites in Georgia. But sometimes some of their leaves become grossly swollen. On this week's "Gardening in Georgia" on Georgia Public Television, host Walter Reeves examines those grotesque 000A leaf galls 2B58 and explains how to get rid of them and keep them from spreading.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 11 a.m. on GPTV. It's designed specifically for Georgia gardeners.

Now in its third season, the show is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show's Web site.

Galls, Mulch, Wild Indigo

This week, Reeves also looks at galls caused by wasps, flies, midges and aphids. He shows apple gall on oak leaves, nipple gall on hackberry, horn gall on witchhazel and warty gall on cherry. And he tells what to do about them.

Summer is sure to be hot and likely to be dry. Reeves shows how to use newspaper and straw to mulch under tomatoes. He also compares different kinds of tillers and tells which is best for certain garden jobs.

Finally, guest Jim Midcap of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences talks about wild indigo (Baptisia spp.). This Georgia Gold Medal winner has a rich heritage and does well as a perennial in Southern landscapes.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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