Georgia ports are busy. There is no doubt it is a big part of the economic engine in the Southeast.
The past couple of weeks I think my office has shipped close to 100 soil samples to the test lab in Athens. This is always a sign that spring is on the horizon as people begin to prepare and plan what they want to grow this year.
Growing up in the Gainesville City School System, I did not participate in Georgia 4-H, but over the years of being a county agent I have seen the impact 4-H has on students.
Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.
A week ago, I was attending the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Council monthly meeting. We were all updated on the great things that are happening in Hall County. Expansions, new jobs and optimism are setting Hall County on a course of economic growth that tops most areas in the nation.
It's Valentine's Day and what a great way to end the week.
I see it year after year in the extension office. Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers being laid to waste by disease.
Developing the latest farm bill has become a marathon of sorts with farmers wondering if it would ever come to fruition.
Throughout the year, people will call wanting planting advice.
The deep freeze we all experienced resulted in more than just frozen pipes.
If you call the office to talk over a problem that is in your landscape, one of the first things I am going to bring up is soil testing. For the $8 it costs for the test, you get a wealth of information that tells you pretty much all you need to know about the "chemical" side of the problem.
It is during this time of year when everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season influencing their children and grandchildren. With all of this happening, it is easy to forget to keep an eye out on the condition of your Christmas tree.
During the past few years, many folks have gone to living off the grid.
This is especially true for producers in South Georgia. We still have some cotton grown in North Georgia in counties such as Oconee, Bartow, Gordon and Floyd.
It seems the leaves are never going to fall this year, so many of us are still using our lawn mowers and leaf blowers. However, soon enough all of this will come to an end as winter sets in. Then, we can put our mowers and leaf blowers away until the spring.
I remember as a boy playing with all of the other neighborhood kids during the summer.
If you are like most of us, then this is the time of year we all have something growing in the yard other than what you want to be growing.
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