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 and other research-based resources.  Here you will also find links to school gardener teacher training events and information on the 2016 Pollinator Spaces Project.

Visit often, you will learn something each time!


It is time to think about Fall garden planting.  What are your plans?

Recent Gardening Blog Posts

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…

Beat Weeds While Feeding the Bees – A Guest Post by Josh Fuder

The flowers of buckwheat attract all kinds of beneficial insects like pollinators, wasps, and ladybugs.

We cannot learn enough about the usefulness of cover crops in your community or school garden.  This week we are fortunate to have UGA Cherokee County Extension Agent Josh Fuder as a guest writer. He is teaching us about using Buckwheat as a summer cover crop.  Josh writes: Each year … Read more…

Enjoying Your Fresh Tomatoes Vingenzo’s Style

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As gardeners we know that fresh is best.  Not much beats a fresh tomato picked right from the garden.  Chef Michael Bologna would agree with us.  His restaurant, Vingenzo’s in Woodstock, Georgia, is based on freshness.  And, he loves a really ripe, fresh tomato. Located in downtown Woodstock Vingenzo’s has … Read more…

July Gardening Chores for Your Georgia Garden


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


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


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


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…

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