I see it year after year in the Extension Office: Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers that are being laid to waste by disease. Many times, the problem in question is part of fungal diseases that can occur. Other times the problem is what is called blossom end rot.
Once every five years, farmers get a chance to be counted through the national Census of Agriculture. As more and more people leave the farm and choose to do something different, the census proves to be an important tool to account for this ever-shrinking population.
Over time, the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density.
Here in Hall County people are generally very passionate about their lawns. Many want a nice turfed area, even under trees. But sometimes that reality is harder to come by even when everything has been planned out perfectly.
Many times in the office, I receive phone calls or walk-ins from people who want to do something productive with their property. Generally, these people have 10 to 20 acres of land and want to put some of it into production, say small fruits.
Throughout the year, I will have people call wanting planting advice. Typically they want to know what type of plant should be planted for their landscape. But I also get a lot of questions whether the time of year is right to plant.
From time to time we hear from a lot of people who have problems with a tiny, brown hopping insect around or in their homes. These tiny creatures are springtails.
I found an article discussing the global forest industry's recovery from the five-year economic recession that has plagued everyone. It was interesting to read and I thought to share it because this is something that I have discussed over Christmas with my brother-in-law. He works as a chemical engineer for a paper company and he was commenting that the industry, or at least his company, was doing well.
There is no reason to wait until spring to plant that special landscape tree. In Georgia, the dead of winter is not all that dead. During the winter, roots continue to grow as they really do not have a dormant period in Georgia.
Fraser firs top the list of favorite Christmas tree varieties, but almost all the Fraser firs sold in Georgia come from North Carolina.
For farmers, the decision to start exporting produce can be daunting or even confusing. The University of Georgia's 2013 Farm to Port Ag Forecast economic outlook series will feature local producers and businesspeople who will share how they broke into the export market and the benefits they've seen since making the leap. "As we continue to move toward a global economy, there are new opportunities overseas and across our borders that can provide a positive ...
Nothing says Christmas like poinsettias. Poinsettias are actually native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. The plant made its way to the United States when Joel Poinesett, the first United States ambassador, sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina. There, the climate was just warm enough to allow the plants to survive. Poinsettias naturally bloom in Mexico in the late fall through early winter, but in ...
It is during this time of year that everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season.
The state Department of Agriculture has begun taking applications for the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption.
Pruning woody plants is one of the most important things that you can do for maintaining your landscape trees and shrubs. Pruning involves a combination of art and science - art in making the pruning cuts properly, and science in knowing how and when to prune for the overall health of the plant.
Just the other day I was looking at a dogwood tree at the house and saw it was in pretty good shape overall. However, things can change and it is worth keeping an eye on the tree to see if it becomes infected.
Georgia's wildly fluctuating temperatures in this year's first four months played havoc on the state's signature onion crop.
Storm water is something we don't think too much about on a day-to-day basis.
Recycling is all the rage, from aluminum cans and newspapers to plastic bottles and bags. But did you know you can recycle in your lawn?
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