Earth Day 2017

Happy Earth Day week.  How will you celebrate?  Here, we are celebrating the bees – honey bees and native bees. The decline in managed honey bee colonies in the United States is well documented.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports a decline from 6 million colonies in the … Read more

Vegetable Varieties to Try in Your Community or School Garden

One major step towards success in a community or school garden is to start with varieties that are proven in Georgia.  As you may have experienced, some varieties of vegetables that work well in a large farm setting don’t always do well in a school or community garden setting.  Happily we have plant recommendations from UGA’s Research and Education Garden specifically for smaller, intensive gardens.

Blueberry Pollination in Your Community or School Garden

With the recent cold damage to the commercial blueberry crop in South Georgia, the blueberries in our community, school, or home gardens are all the more precious this year.   As a result, it seems like gardeners are paying more attention to their blueberry flowers.  I have gotten several emails … Read more

Georgia Ag Awareness Week

This is Georgia Ag Awareness Week, a week that has been set aside to celebrate Georgia’s agricultural industry.  There are events planned across the state to connect farmers with schools, to support local food banks, and to celebrate eating local. As community and school gardeners we are all well aware … Read more

Plant Cool-Season Vegetables Now – a Guest Post by Paul Pugliese

Since we have had ample rainfall and moderate temperatures in Georgia, it is the perfect time to think about cool-season food gardening.  We are fortunate enough to have Paul Pugliese of UGA Extension give us some tips!  Paul writes…. Late January and early February are great times to plant cool-season … Read more

Soil Testing for Georgians – a guest post by Jason Lessl

To round out our series on soil health we are fortunate enough to have information from Dr. Jason Lessl on soil testing.  Jason writes… Basic Soil Testing One of the most fundamental, but often overlooked aspects to any successful vegetable garden, flower bed, landscape, or lawn is good, fertile soil. … Read more

Soil Microbes in Your Georgia Garden Soil

In the middle of soil health month this Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) video is worth a watch.  Dr. Kris Nochols explains the importance of a healthy balance of soil microorganisms.  The photos of the microbes are fantastic.  You will never refer to your “soil”  as “dirt” again.  Enjoy! Happy … Read more