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Wheeler: Choose the right site for your veggie, flower garden

Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.

March 01, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Cantaloupe packers are under FDA’s microscope

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.

February 28, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Attack winter weeds before they seed

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.

February 22, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Healthy plants need soil pH, dirt and fertilizer

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.

February 15, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Georgia’s farm tax exemption is popular

The Georgia Ag Tax Exemption program, or GATE, has been well received by producers from across the state.

February 14, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Tips to pick healthy plants at garden center

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.

February 08, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Take steps now to head off blossom end rot

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.

February 01, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Agricultural census takes America’s farm pulse

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.

January 30, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Combat soil compaction with aeration

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.

January 25, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Grass and trees just don’t mix

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.

January 18, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: UGA workshop to help local farmers

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.

January 17, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: If you’re going to plant, do it now

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.

January 11, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Springtails are only a nuisance

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.

January 04, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Growing forest industry a sign good for global economy

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.

January 03, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Planting in the dead of winter is really OK

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.

December 28, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Melon crop for 2014 looks good

Tradition in the South is important, and of all the summertime traditions like beach vacations, family reunions and going to the farmers' market, finding the perfect watermelon is a real treat for most of us.

July 17, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


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