Q: Do you have any advice on the best soil composition for a bonsai tree indoors? — Kristin Jones, email
A: Several "tree-like" indoor plants can be trained to have the classic bonsai look. Jade plant, ficus and Norfolk Island pine are prime candidates. As such, they don't need anything more complicated than commercial potting soil. But one factor to keep in mind is that your plants will be growing in the same container for several years. As time passes, the soil will become compacted and resistant to water passing freely through it. Make a note on your calendar to repot your indoor bonsai with new soil every couple of years.
Q: Every year I have a nest of yellow jackets in my yard. Last Sunday, I found the newest nest (i.e. I got stung three times). Is there anything I can do so that yellow jackets will not be attracted to my yard? — Michael Morrow, email
A: I myself "discovered" a nest last week but only suffered two stings. The entrance was in a shaded pine island I was walking across. Nothing can be done to repel yellow jackets. It's just a matter of being very observant in places where they might make a nest. I have information about their habits, plus several trap designs, at bit.ly/GAyellowjacket.