The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Georgia Grown Program Highlights Local Products

What is Georgia Grown? Whether you are a consumer looking for locally grown, seasonal produce or a retailer looking to stock your produce department year-round, Georgia’s proud fruit and vegetable producers can help meet your needs! If you are looking for Georgia grown produce, click on the “CONSUMERS” and “RETAILERS”…
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Building Raised Beds; Recommendations by UGA

Interested in building raised beds for your vegetables this summer? Here are two links to two of UGA’s publications on raised beds followed by two links to UGA videos on raised bed gardening.   Raised Garden Bed Dimensions    http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C1027-4   Raised Bed Materials   http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C1027-5   UGA Videos on…
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Armadillo Problems – solutions from the expert

In a given year I get many calls about “Armadillo Problems”. According to our expert Michael T. Mengak, PhD, Certified Wildlife Biologist®, UGA , there are no repellents or poisons registered for armadillo. The only way to get rid of an armadillo is to trap it or kill it. “Armadillo are not…
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Be on the lookout for fungus affecting native azaleas in Georgia

Dr. Marin Brewer at the University of Georgia is studying a  fungus that affects Rhododendron canescens, which is commonly known as Piedmont Azalea, Pinxter Azalea, Wild Azalea, Sweet Mountain Azalea, or Wild Honeysuckle. The fungus, known as  Exobasidium, forms a flower shaped gall from the leaves of the azalea. The galls emerge in…
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March 21st Proclaimed as Master Gardener Day in Rockdale County

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners recently proclaimed March 21st as Master Gardener Day in Rockdale County.  Shown accepting the proclamation from Rockdale County Commission Chairman Richard Oden are officers and directors of the Rockdale County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Association.   L to R: Marjean Levy, Treasurer; Jessie Brown, Corresponding Secretary; Steve…
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How much soil do you need to refill your raised beds?

If you have  have raised beds eventually you will need to add more soil. Over time soil compacts, organic matter dissipates, and soil erodes. So, what was once a box full of soil can end up half empty. Bagged soil is sold by the square foot. How do you determine how…
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Shrubs looking bad after heavy spring pruning? Don’t worry they will come back!

Every few years professional landscapers on commercially maintained sites will find it necessary to ‘renovate’ hedged shrubs by pruning them back heavily and allowing new growth to rejuvenate the plant. In general this doesn’t make most plants too ugly although heavily pruned plants hardly look ever look great. Heavy pruning can make…
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Junior Master Gardeners

The Rockdale County UGA Extension, Rockdale County 4-H Club and the Rockdale County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are sponsoring a Junior Master Gardener summer camp for 2015. The camp is open to rising 4th graders to rising 6th graders. According to Heather McClure, Horticultural Program Assistant with Rockdale Cooperative Extension,…
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