Community and School Gardening in Georgia

Helping Community and School Gardeners Succeed!

This gardening blog is put together by Becky Griffin, Extension Community and School Garden Coordinator. It is designed to help community and school gardeners succeed by connecting them to UGA Extension resources.

Visit often, you will learn something each time!


Recent Gardening Blog Posts

Celebrate National Pizza Month With Pizza Herbs

Celebrate National Pizza Month With Pizza Herbs

October is National Pizza Month and gardeners can celebrate using pizza herbs from the garden.  October is the time to harvest those delicious herbs before first frost.  If you haven’t added herbs to your community or school garden, you should.  They are easy to grow and wonderful to use. Growing Pizza Herbs The pizza herbs … Read more…

Using Cover Crops in Your Georgia Community Garden

Using Cover Crops in Your Georgia Community Garden

We usually think of cover crops as tools that farmers use to build soil between seasons of cash crops. According to Using Cover Crops in the Home Garden using cover crops can be beneficial to any gardener.  These plants can build the soil, control soil erosion, and limit the spread of certain diseases and insects. … Read more…

Grow Georgia Sweet Onions!

Photo by Willie Chance

Onions are a wonder in the Georgia garden.  They are cool-season crops that require very little work.  Ever wanted to try growing them?  Now is your chance as Willie Chance gives us valuable instruction.  Willie says….

The Cherokee rose is the state flower and the brown thrasher is the state bird. What is the state vegetable? The Vidalia onion!

Actually, most gardeners cannot grow onions and officially call them ‘Vidalia onions’. Production of certified Vidalia onions is limited by a marketing order to a specific area in south-central Georgia. However, gardeners can grow sweet onions by following certain practices.

Onions have two major flavors. Sugars make them sweet but pungent chemicals make the onions ‘hot’. A sweet onion has enough sugar to make it sweet but more importantly – it has a low level of the pungent compounds. The most important factor in making onions ‘sweet’ is having low levels of these pungent compounds. Levels of these compounds in the onion are controlled by proper variety selection, fertilization, watering, and time of planting.

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Using Peat Pellets for Seed Starting

The peat pellets are easy to handle.

There are many ways to start seeds for transplants.  Using peat pellets is a popular way and has some advantages.  The peat has a naturally occurring antimicrobial property that helps control fungal diseases.  The peat pellets are also easy to handle which helps with transplanting.

The peat pellets are easy to handle.
The peat pellets are easy to handle.

To get the pellets ready for planting you need to add water.  Warm water is best.  Package directions will tell you how much water to add.  You want the pellets fully expanded, but you do not want them any wetter.  You don’t want water sitting in the bottom of the tray.  Too little water is better than too much.

You can see the pellets hold alot of water.
You can see the pellets expand considerably.

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September is Hunger Action Month

The Blue Heron Community Garden shares food regularly.

September is Hunger Action Month.  A 2014 Hunger in America study showed that 1 in 7.5 people in metro Atlanta and northern Georgia relies on food pantries and meal service programs.  This includes over 164,000 children and 64,000 seniors.

As gardeners we may be in a unique position to donate fresh food to a local food pantry.  Most food pantries are stocked with canned and dry goods.  Fresh food for their clients could be life changing.

Is your community or school garden donating to a food pantry?  Some gardens have specific areas dedicated to donation.  The entire group is responsible for working those areas and someone is assigned to harvest and deliver the produce.

Some gardens were formed with the purpose of growing food for others.

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Lettuce is Luscious in a Georgia Community or School Garden


Lettuce is a great cool-season crop to grow in Georgia, especially leaf lettuce.  Growing leaf lettuce means you don’t have to wait for the lettuce to make a head.  You can begin harvesting as soon as the leaves are large enough to eat.  With names like Firecracker, Tango, and Drunken Woman the expectations for flavor are high!

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Time for Fall Gardening in Georgia

Broccoli in the Garden

If you are a beginning vegetable gardener or you have had trouble growing Fall crops, help is here.  We have put together a list of “tried and true” cultivars of cool-season vegetables.  These recommendations come from UGA’s Vegetable Planting Chart.  The transplants or seeds should be easy to find at your local feed-and-seed store or easy to order from seed catalogs.

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