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Summer bargains, good deeds on 'Gardening' July 13

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On the July 13 show, Reeves shows how to prune an azalea's top growth to make a compact plant that, properly planted, can be a low-cost bonus in your landscape.

"Gardening in Georgia" is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. It airs twice each Saturday, at noon and 7 p.m.

Reeves demonstrates, too, how to make a tuteur out of an tomato cage and long privet limbs. Small vines like clematis are well suited for a small, upright structure like this. It's an example of how a bad plant like privet can do a good deed in your garden.

Griffin vegetable patch

The show then shifts to the Research and Education Garden vegetable patch on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. Master Gardener Jerry Robinson and horticulturist Tony Johnson constantly evaluate plant varieties, mulching practices, bed design and other management methods in this garden.

Finally, Reeves introduces some members of the Quercus family, commonly known as the oaks. Quercus is their genus name. Family members are distinguished by their species name. He also shows how three members of the Cornus (dogwood) family differ from each other.

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

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