Yellow jackets. They are a part of summer, but we don't have to like it. As much as we don't want to admit it, yellow jackets do serve a purpose. They are beneficial around gardens because they feed on caterpillars and other insects. With all of that said, a yellow jacket sting can turn into a life threatening situation if you are allergic to the venom. Being able identify yellow jackets is important because many ...
Every week at the extension office we are presented with diverse questions. Being able to help people solve problems is one of the best parts of the job.
There are a lot of things that let me know that summertime is back; barbecues, spending time at the pool with the kids and the smell of gardenias. But the one tell-tale is seeing stalks of corn emerge from everyone's vegetable garden.
A summer vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing in the mix of tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.
Mother Nature is always in control. Sometimes that is a bad thing, and other times it can be a great thing.
The economic uncertainty of today has spurned an increased interest in home gardening and canning or freezing food. There also has been interest from people in producing their own eggs and poultry.
We have been getting a few calls about azalea lace bugs feeding on azaleas and rhododendrons. Most of the calls or questions come through the office with the homeowner concerned about the "off color" of the plant's leaves. After a few questions, we all figure the "off color" has nothing to do with lack of fertilizer, but instead with this insect. Azalea lace bugs mainly can be found on the underside of the leaf, ...
The practices that can help us save energy in our homes - like sealing leaks, insulating and updating cooling systems and replacing light bulbs - are also being used to make Georgia's prolific poultry industry more efficient, one chicken house at a time.
Few animals can evoke such an emotional response as a snake found in the woods or around the house. People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time. Snakes are part of the landscape. Without them, even venomous snakes, we would have greater problems with an overpopulation of rodents and other pests. There are more than 50 kinds of snakes in Georgia, and only six are venomous. The most ...
Question: What can I do to prevent insect pests in my vegetable garden? Answer: Plant as early as suitable temperatures permit. Get plants established before pests arrive.Rotate crops to prevent buildup of pests in an area of the garden. Plant vegetables from different plant families or groups in successive years. For example, do not plant tomatoes year after year in the same spot in the garden. Rotate tomatoes with corn or beans. Plant vegetable varieties ...
There seems to always be something brewing with international trade. The United States and India have had a long-standing disagreement about India's policies on U.S. exports, especially agricultural products.
Home-grown vegetables are a staple for many Southerners during the summer. The one vegetable, well technically a fruit, everyone savors with anticipation is the tomato. The folks I know always say the first tomato of the season is the best. It is a fact that home-grown tomatoes are much better than anything you can buy from the grocery store. Nothing can beat it. Whether or not you are trying to grow tomatoes for the first ...
Occasionally turfgrasses begin to thin out and moss and algae begin to form. These primitive plants develop because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.
Hopefully more trade negotiations and explorations will open significant doors for Georgia agriculture and other industries. This could only mean good things for our area with poultry being a No. 1 export from the area to the rest of the country and world.
I know it is a bit early in the season to be talking about tomato fruit diseases, but blossom-end rot is a disease that can be prevented with a little TLC.
This spring has been wet and cool. It always amazes me how different one spring from the next can vary so much.
Growing up in Georgia, everyone loves muscadines and blackberries, but here lately blueberries have taken the front seat and have really become the bright shining star of Georgia's small fruit.
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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