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Skaggs: Farmers Market prepares for busy season

Recently, the Hall County Farmers Market held its annual membership meeting to make plans for the coming year and to set the opening day. Opening day is Tuesday, May 11, and the first Saturday of the year will be May 15.

March 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Don't let spring fever tempt you to plant

Spring fever has hit at the Extension office.

March 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Consider landscaping with herbs this spring

The magical properties of herbs are entwined in the lore of many cultures. People have used them since early times for healing, fragrances and distinctive flavors. However you use them, herbs can be exciting in any landscape, too, from formal herb gardens to informal mixes in beds of annuals, perennials or shrubs.

March 04, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Testing gives farmers useful information

Sharing today an article by Sharon Dowdy of the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences on the college's variety testing program:

March 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Meet 5 plants that will go for the gold

Throughout the winter Olympics in Vancouver, gold medals have been awarded for such events as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and bobsledding. While that's all well and good, I'll bet the Olympic committee hasn't presented a single award to an annual, perennial, tree or shrub!

February 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Prevent pests with proper planning

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Extension Web site connects you with valuable information

In today's challenging economic environment, news of budgetary concerns in state and local governments is commonplace.

February 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree

Feb. 19 is Arbor Day in Georgia - so why not plant a tree to celebrate?

February 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Embrace the shade in your yard or garden

As someone who loves a healthy, green lawn, today's article was tough to write.

February 05, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Home and garden events showcase products, services

With the current economic challenges facing businesses of all kinds, those in the home building and remodeling and landscape and nursery industries are hoping that some upcoming events will help them to better reach their potential customers.

February 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Winter blooms add color, variety

Winter is a strange time to think of flowers in the landscape, yet it can be a surprising awakening of the garden. Some trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials bloom between fall and spring.

January 28, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Cold weather is no excuse to slack off on chores

fWhile we've had some cold, wet weather in the last few weeks, why not catch a few dry days and get ahead on some of your gardening chores?

January 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Food safety among topics at Ag breakfast

Food safety is a matter of national security, and it's as personal as the food your family eats. Foodborne illness can make people sick, damage the economy and cause Americans to question our system of food protection.

January 21, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: TLC helps strawberries survive until spring

Strawberries are a favorite fruit of many. There's nothing better than fresh-picked strawberries in the spring. And recently, I have received numerous calls and e-mails regarding the planting and care of strawberries.

January 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Freezing temps can be tough on plants

Earlier this week, people across Georgia were greeted with bitter cold temperatures in the teens as they headed back to work and school after the New Year's holiday. And while such frigid weather is difficult for us, it is equally tough on many of our landscape plants - including even the toughest trees and shrubs.

January 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

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