Published on 06/13/01

Debugging House on 'Gardening in Georgia'

UGA CAES File Photo

Walter Reeves

Without even knowing it, you may be leading insect pests right into your house. On this week's "Gardening in Georgia," University of Georgia scientist Dan Suiter corrects host Walter Reeves' practice of placing mulch close to his home foundation.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television.

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

Chameleon Plant: Friend? Foe?

On this week's show, Reeves looks at the beautiful leaves and the invasive nature of the chameleon plant, Houttuynia cordata. He shows how quickly this plant can overwhelm a garden.

Reeves also explains the benefits of gardening with raised beds, showing how to build a raised bed using pressure-treated lumber and wood screws.

Guest Wayne McLaurin reveals the best varieties of Southern peas to plant in Georgia home gardens. And finally, guest Beverly Sparks describes the life cycle of the azalea lace bug, a major pest of one of the South's favorite landscape plants.

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