July Gardening Chores for Your Georgia Garden

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UGA’s Vegetable Garden Calendar gives us an idea of what we should be doing in our gardens in July. July’s Garden Chores Start planning the fall garden. Keep grass from going to seed. Fallow soil to conserve moisture for germination of fall crops and to help reduce the nematode population … Read more…

Avoid Heat Stress in the Georgia Community Garden

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Summer heat can be dangerous, especially with the heat and humidity we are experiencing this summer.   We went to a professional to get tips on how to stay safe in a hot, humid Georgia garden. Millard Griffin is a Certified Safety Professional with Environmental Resources Management (ERM).  He has … Read more…

A Country of Gardening Immigrants

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Happy 4th of July week!   I hope your celebration was a good one full of fresh Georgia tomatoes, onions, watermelons…. As we think about the birthday of our country and how Americans celebrate there is always some type of food involved.  And, depending on your cultural background it could … Read more…

They’re Back – Handling Japanese Beetles in Your Garden

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They are indeed back.  You have probably already seen Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica) in your landscape.   They enjoy munching the leaves of roses, maple trees, cherry trees, peaches and grapes.  They actually are a pest to over 300 plant species.  A single beetle doesn’t do much damage.  Unfortunately once a … Read more…

National Pollinator Week 2016

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It is National Pollinator Week 2016.  Events are going on all across the nation to draw attention to pollinators and pollinator health.  What are you doing to celebrate? We have been excited to see all of the pollinator gardens across Georgia that are being created as part of the Pollinator … Read more…

Corn Controversy in the Community Garden

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To plant corn in your community garden plot or to NOT plant corn in your community garden plot? Fresh corn is one of the joys of summertime.  The serious corn connoisseur will have you boil the water first and then pick the ears to make sure corn flavor is at … Read more…

June Chores for Your Georgia Garden

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It is June, the official start of summer and a very busy time in the vegetable garden.  We have complied a list of chores to add to your list to keep your garden in peak condition.  According to UGA’s Vegetable Garden Calendar: Harvest vegetables such as beans, peas, squash, cucumbers … Read more…

A Unique Library for Seeds in Cherokee County Georgia

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At Hickory Flat library in Cherokee County, Georgia they lend more than books.  They have a seed lending library!  Here is how it works:  Someone who is interested fills out a “Membership Form”.  They can then choose a package or two of seeds.  The selection is large.  These are seeds that Cherokee County Master Gardeners have harvested from their gardens and numerous community projects.  Seed companies have also donated seeds.  Instructions for planting and plant information is on each carefully prepared seed package.

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Mosquitoes in Your Georgia Garden

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Are you especially concerned about mosquitoes this summer as you work in your garden?  Do you wonder how to care for your bird baths so that your birds are happy but you are not creating a breeding pond for mosquitoes?  We had the opportunity to talk with University of Georgia’s mosquito specialist, Elmer Gray, and asked him for some research-based mosquito information.

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Heads-Up Green Industry!

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Without a doubt, surviving the past decade has been a challenging stretch of road for the Green Industry.  In retrospect, the burst of the housing bubble, the drought, $4 per gallon gasoline, and the recession were just a few of the the factors that shut down over half of Georgia’s ornamental growers and scattered the labor force in all directions looking for work.  However, with great challenges comes great opportunity and the winds appear to be changing.  The demand for ornamentals and turf is rising, and the green industry is ramping up this spring. The professional organizations have regrouped and are poised and ready to launch the industry into a new era with some exceptional events in partnership with the University of Georgia.

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