Published on 10/02/08

Moving trees, cooking wood chips

A wheel barrow and shovel are useful garden tools, but not when you have to move 15 20-foot trees. That’s when you hire a tree spade operator to bring a specialized machine to do the work.

On “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” OCt. 15 and 18, show host Walter Reeves talks with Patrick Fischer as big machines with sharp blades trundle along behind them.

The show airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The dramatic foliage, red seed pods and tall pink stems of the one-of-a-kind castor bean plant make it stand out in a landscape. Reeves shows this remarkable plant and warns that the seeds are extremely poisonous.

When you have an unlimited supply of wood chips and an entire neighborhood that needs good soil, what do you do? Alphonsine Mfwamba, a native of Congo, allowed chips to be dumped on vacant land near her home. Reeves helps her add a magic ingredient to the chips that cooks them into good soil in short order.

“Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPB with support from McCorkle Nurseries and the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council.

Learn more about the show and download useful publications at the Web site

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