Summer is here! Gardeners and farmers are growing, harvesting and selling their bounties around town. Also, we are busy answering calls from vegetable and fruit growers, small and large, with questions concerning their summer gardens.
You know it's early July when you hear the crickets at dusk, see the fireflies blinking in the darkness or eat your first homegrown tomato sandwich of the year. These are some of the wonderful sounds, sights and tastes of living in the South that are soothing to our senses after a warm summer day.
I have just received an interesting outlook from the Climate Extension Specialist at UGA, Mark Boudreau, concerning our current drought conditions here in North Georgia.
Having a beautiful garden (flowering or vegetable) can be challenging when weather conditions are unstable. The change from early spring rains, along with cool nights to our hot, dry days with no rain have created fungus and insect problems on many of our ornamental plants and fruits and veggies. Identifying and troubleshooting with plant problems is the first step. Many fungus problems can be ...
Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been announced for 2011. What is a Georgia Gold Medal Plant? Since 1994, plants have been selected by the Georgia Plant Selection Committee, comprised of faculty from the University of Georgia and Green Industry Professionals that include nurserymen, flower growers and landscape professionals across the state. The plants are broken down into specific categories by best annual, perennial, shrub, tree, ground cover and native plant. This information is then made ...
The invasion of oak leaf loopers and kudzu bugs are a rampant problem this spring. The office has been flooded with calls about these creatures and how to get rid of them.
You may have plans to start your own veggie garden. Or maybe plant some fruiting trees and bushes. Whatever the case, it is time to make sure you plant in the right areas, the soil is the correct pH and everything is in order to obtain the maximum satisfaction of your endeavors.
Are the deer nibbling in your yard? Here are some helpful tips: If you live in Hall County, many homeowners are struggling with the deer populations that love to nibble on their ornamental shrubs and flowering plants. Many of our native areas have been replaced with areas of residential homes, and as our population grows, so does our need for housing. It is difficult to control deer in residential communities. From a gardener's point of ...
Question: Who are the Hall County Master Gardeners? Answer: I have to brag a little about this group of hardworking, service-oriented people in the county called the Hall County Master Gardeners. One might ask who are these people and what do they do? These gardening gurus have been involved with establishing community gardens at parks, schools, libraries and many other nonprofit organizations in our area. They provide garden consulting for individuals, volunteer in the local ...
Question: I have poor soil in my planting area. I would like to plant a vegetable garden in late April and I would like to know what I need to do to amend it?
Question: What are some good trees that will provide a border or buffer along my property lines?
Question: When do you cut back ornamental grasses such as pampas, zebra and fountain grass?
Let's answer some questions that I have received over the past few weeks. Question: I am in need of an arborist in the Hall County area and wondered if I could get some recommendations. Answer: The Hall County Extension office can provide a list of certified arborists that will come out to your property and make an assessment. Remember when talking with them to get quotes and a good understanding on their costs and services. ...
While much of our state sits in a deep freeze and I am sitting in a nice warm room, I started to think about snow cover and 15 degrees temperatures Wednesday night and I asked myself, "How do plants in this climate survive these conditions and make it until spring?"
Now that the holidays are almost over, it is a good time to read some gardening books to help you with those spring garden dreams. If you are like me, I am always looking at different spots in my yard and leafing through garden magazines for new plants and garden ideas to plan for in the warmer months ahead.
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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