Ask Grumpy a Question

August 14, 2012 | By | Comments (18)

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  1. Steve Bender


    I would cover the tops of the pots with large gravel. For your flower beds, try rodent repellent. You can get this at garden and home centers.

    April 11, 2017 at 4:19 am
  2. Barbara Budemer

    I’ve got squirrels digging up my flowers beds n pots to the point that they’ve actually dig up my plants. What can I do for them to stop

    March 29, 2017 at 10:25 am
  3. Barbara Budemer

    Is there anything I can put in my soil to get rid of squirrels digging in my flowerbeds n pots. They’ve actually dug up some of my plants.

    March 29, 2017 at 10:21 am
  4. Steve Bender

    Assuming that your irises are growing in full sun, the most likely cause of the bending was a sudden cold snap.

    March 2, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Dear Grumpy,
    What causes Iris stems to bend over and under with the bloom nearly on the ground?
    (February 2017 near Madison, GA)
    Thank you.

    February 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm
  6. Steve Bender

    Georgia Gardener,

    These sound like mole tunnels. Moles do not eat plants. They eat worms, grubs, and insects. Your veggie plants are safe.

    January 28, 2017 at 8:31 am
  7. a Georgia gardener

    My vegetable garden is full of tunnels in the soil. I think it’s moles or voles maybe. I just noticed the tunnels this past fall. Will they ruin my plants this spring? How do I get rid of them??

    January 16, 2017 at 10:17 am
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  9. Ann Lay

    Thanks Steve for the information. I will try your recommendation.

    August 2, 2015 at 9:15 am
  10. Steve Bender


    Many different diseases could be responsible for the yellow spots on your cucumbers. This link might help you ID the right one:

    Whatever it else, try spraying your cukes and tomatoes with Natria Disease Control. You can get this at garden centers.

    July 29, 2015 at 2:17 pm
  11. Ann Lay

    I had beautiful tomatoes and plants until about 3 wks ago and now most of them have yellow leaves and the cucumbers are starting to get yellow spots on them too. I saw on utube that the yellow leaves could be lack of magnesium and to mix 2 teaspoons of Epson salt with a gallon of water and spray over the plant. I did nothing really happened. I then took the leaves to a nursery and they thought it was due to lack of iron and sold me some stuff to put on the end of my hose and spray all over the leaves. I did that two weeks ago and still they really look bad. This had been the best year ever with my garden.

    I put plastic snakes in the garden as I had many years ago to ward off the squirrels and for a while it worked great then they began attacking my tomatoes. I wondered if next year I could just put out the tomatoes and not put any cages around them so they wouldn’t have anything to jump onto and to an fro? I wish I could get rid of them all together but haven’t in 15 years!!!!

    July 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm
  12. Steve Bender


    You’re welcome! Glad it worked out!

    June 25, 2014 at 10:15 am
  13. Jan-marie Muschlitz

    In your April issue you included a sketch of a Boring Beetle Trap. My husband’s best friend made us a dozen of them(we live in a log home). One was hung in every corner on the outside and within hours these horrible critters were caught. He revised the design to use small pint size canning jars-attaching the lids w tacks to the bottom-allowing for easier disposal of the critters.
    This was a fabulous find for us-we have battled these bees for years!
    Thank you thank you!

    June 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm
  14. Steve Bender

    Nice garden!

    June 12, 2014 at 10:23 am
  15. Jean

    How often do you answer questions? Still waiting—- Jean

    June 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm
  16. Steve Bender

    Excellent idea!

    April 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm
  17. Elizabeth


    Best way to keep squirrels off a bird feeder? Grease up the pole with WD-40 (or a similar product). It’s cheap, effective and highly entertaining!

    April 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  18. Antigonum Cajan

    Tell us Grumpy gardener, is it fair some people think I am a grouch
    just for being a cultivated misanthropist?
    What about this garden?

    August 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

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