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'Leaves of three' point to poison on 'Gardening'

University of Georgia

Host Walter Reeves shows how to tell poison ivy from Virginia creeper and other vines in your landscape on "Gardening in Georgia" July 9 on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

"Gardening in Georgia" is produced by GPB and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It airs each Saturday at 12:30 and 7 p.m.

On this week's show, Reeves brings up the old adage, "leaves of three, leave it be," when it comes to landscape vines. He shows how to identify Eastern poison ivy by counting the number of leaflets on each leaf. This little trick can save you a lot of trouble.

Reeves also visits with Theresa Schrum, who tells how the Georgia Native Plant Society can help rescue native plants. For example, she tells how the group worked with a developer to get permission to save woodland plants.

It's a long time until Halloween, but pumpkins need all that time to grow. Reeves tells how to grow pumpkins and gets some help showing different varieties that grow well in Georgia.

Finally, Reeves explains that lichens don't kill the plants they're growing on. He looks at several forms of lichens and shows that they're just living on the bark.

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

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