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

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…

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…

The Importance of Soil Temperatures in Your Garden

Seedlings small

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…

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…

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