Published on 08/26/01

Building a Garden Statue on 'Gardening'

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Walter Reeves

On "Gardening in Georgia" this week, host Walter Reeves shows how to build a garden statue using clay pots. You've seen them in informal gardens. But how do you build one yourself?

Reeves uses small pots for the arms and legs and big pots for the body and head. A masonry bit drills the holes in the bigger pots, through which cord is threaded to attach the arms and legs to the body. At the end of the segment, Reeves and his pot baby share a soft drink.

"Gardening in Georgia" will air Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. and will be rebroadcast Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon on Georgia Public Television.

English Garden Troughs

On this week's show, co-host Tara Dillard visits with Mary Braswell, owner of "English Garden Troughs." Planting a cast stone garden trough in the European manner is something new to Mary.

European garden troughs are planted around the outside and on the inside. Great attention must be given to textures, colors and forms.

Plantings outside the trough must not entirely obscure the trough. Rocks are poured in the base of the trough, then soil and finally the plants are added.

The trough was pulled into position next to an existing, mature yucca, and a lamb's ear was planted at the opposite corner. A very European outcome!

Mushrooms in the Yard

Mushrooms are the fruiting part of an underground fungus. Reeves shows a line of mushrooms which sprouted where a tree root died and is being decomposed by fungi.

There's no way to eliminate the underground fungus, so there's no way to prevent mushrooms in your yard. There is, however, a way to deal with them after they pop up: Reeves tees up a mushroom and uses a metal water wand practice his golf swing.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. It's rebroadcast every Saturday at noon or 12:30 p.m. on GPTV. The show's Web site provides further information.

The show is produced especially for Georgia gardeners. It's produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.

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