Published on 10/10/07

Worms wanted for free labor on next 'Gardening'

University of Georgia

Why work so hard in your garden when earthworms will do your chores for free? As your soil slowly loses organic matter, how can you reinvigorate it without digging up your shrubs and perennials? Find out on "Gardening in Georgia" Oct. 25 and 27.

Show host Walter Reeves says if you feed earthworms the right food, they'll be glad to add organic matter while you rest.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Southerners have loved hydrangeas for decades. Now gardeners are venturing beyond the tried and true mophead hydrangeas to other varieties with different flower colors, leaf shapes and bloom times. Mike Sikes shows some new hydrangeas from the University of Georgia Center for Applied Nursery Research.

Do you enjoy planning your garden at the computer? Reeves shows some of his favorite sites to research plant problems, insects and new varieties.

You may not know its name, but you'll immediately recognize the prolific grassy weed known as stilt grass. It invades shady areas. Reeves shows how easily you can pull it out by the handful, but this does little to control it. The answer to stilt grass problems: nonselective herbicide.

"Gardening in Georgia" is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each show is geared to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.

The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. For more on "Gardening in Georgia," visit

Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.