Peanut Brittle with Pastry Chef Gracie Atsma

Peanut Brittle with Pastry Chef Gracie Atsma

This week we are excited to have award winning pastry chef Gracie Atsma joining us to discuss one of my favorite topics – peanuts!  It is peanut harvesting time all across Georgia. Many school and community gardeners are also pulling up peanuts.  What to do with the harvest?  Chef Atsma … Read more…

Water Conservation and Drought Awareness: Information about the Georgia EPD Drought Level 1 Response

Drought Stressed Viburnum plicatum

On September 9, 2016, a drought level 1 response was issued by GEPD for 53 counties in northwest and central Georgia. Georgia’s drought management plan, as outlined by the Georgia Water Stewardship Act of 2010, establishes a three-tiered approach to water resource conservation and monitoring.  The first tier of the system is called “Drought Level 1” and initiates a … Read more…

Level 1 Drought Declared in Georgia

Level 1 Drought Declared in Georgia

Level 1 Drought Declared on September 9th On September 9th the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 1 drought for 53 Georgia counties.  This includes the Northwest part of Georgia which is experiencing severe and extreme drought conditions. A Level 1 Drought Response declaration means you will be hearing … Read more…

Pesticide Waste Collection (Clean Day) Event

GA Department of Agriculture 2016 Pesticide Waste Collection Event

The Georgia Dept. of Agriculture will host a Pesticide Waste Collection (Clean Day) event on September 30, 2106 at the Cordele State Farmers Market in Crisp County from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The Georgia Department of Agriculture is excited to have the funding to support this excellent program as a benefit to all Georgia citizens and the … Read more…

The Importance of Soil Temperatures in Your Garden

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It is the time of year when Georgia gardeners think about their Fall, cool-season gardens.   Leafy greens like spinach, leaf lettuce, and kale are all popular cool-season crops.  They don’t require the time necessary to make a “head”, you can eat the thinnings, and the varieties available are endless. … Read more…

Planning Your Georgia Fall Garden

Broccoli in the Garden

Although we are in the middle of a hot summer it is time to think about your fall garden.   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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August Gardening Chores for Your Georgia Garden

Blue Heron Community Garden

It is hot but there is work to be done in the garden!  According to UGA’s Vegetable Planting Calendar  : Plant the following no later than the dates given: —August 18: Snap beans and Irish potatoes (seed can be sprouted two to three weeks before planting). —August 31: Cucumbers and squash; … Read more…