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Frosts call attention to chores on 'Gardening'
Those cool evenings, morning frosts of fall call Georgians' attention to many garden and landscape chores. Host Walter Reeves shares a few of these on "Gardening in Georgia" Oct. 19 on Georgia Public Television.

"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.

On this week's show, Reeves visits Biltmore Estates and helps Parker Andes dig elephant ear corms while the work of pulling up faded annuals and preparing beds for fall goes on all around them.

UGA horticulturist Wayne McLaurin shows Reeves how to examine compost to make sure everything has been digested. He describes a homemade screen he uses to sift out the finished compost from larger particles that need to stay longer in his pile.

Finally, Reeves looks at dahlias and explains that their tubers won't usually survive winter outdoors. He shows how to dig the roots with a garden fork and dust any wounds with sulfur. He packs the roots in a plastic tub filled with perlite and keeps them in a cool spot until planting time next spring.

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

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