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.

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

Growing the Underappreciated Radish

If you haven’t grown radishes in your garden, you should.  They are the underappreciated cool-season vegetable and perfect for raised beds in the community or school garden.  What radishes have going for them: They mature quickly, sometimes as short as 28 days! They are nutritious – full of vitamin C, … Read more

Gardening in this Crazy Georgia Weather

The calendar says the beginning of March.  Usually this means Georgia is just coming out of cold temperatures but we are still cool.   We have had snow in years past the first of March.  Not this year; this year it seems we haven’t really had a winter.  Tree pollen counts … 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 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

Soil pH 101 for Georgia Gardeners

Next in our series of posts on soil health, we want to explore soil pH and its importance to garden food crops.  This involves remembering some of your high school chemistry so grab your cup of coffee to get the brain waves working. pH is the measure of hydrogen ion … Read more

Soil Facts for Every Georgia Gardener

Experienced gardeners realize that the success of their gardens starts with healthy soil.  But, what does healthy soil really look like?  Here is a snapshot: Healthy soil is full of organisms Soil is not inert; it is full of living organisms that are important in the soil ecosystem.  Viruses, bacteria, … Read more