Knowing that the food you eat is safe is many times taken for granted by most Americans. The only time we really think about food safety is when something happens to the food supply that makes people sick.
This time of year, the Extension office receives many calls about home lawn care and weed control. Maintaining a lawn takes a lot of work and effort but it can be very rewarding in the long run.
If you have ever come into the office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I talk about is bringing in a soil sample to the office.
The Georgia Ag Tax Exemption program, or GATE, has been well received by producers from across the state.
Now is one of the better times to plant new additions to our landscapes. Planting now gives trees and shrubs a better chance of getting established before the heat of summer hits like a ton of bricks.
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.
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.
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