The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Ambrosia Beetles Kill Japanese Maples

If you own a Japanese maple, flowering cherry tree, redbud or any smooth barked tree, be vigilant! An insect pest is out there stalking your prized landscape tree. It is very tiny but it can bring even large trees down. This insect is an exotic invasive known as the Granulate/Asian ambrosia…
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Edible Containers

Here is a list Edible plants suited for container gardens Summer Edible Containers Vegetables – patio tomatoes (many varieties available but you want the most compact), peppers (use sweet so no kids accidentally eats a hot one), sweet potato, Herbs – basil, chives, dill, mint, parsley, sweet marjoram, thyme Fall/Winter/early…
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The Garden Club of Georgia Historic Garden Grants

There is a grant opportunity that could be used to renew historic gardens at homes and civic spaces. According to the Garden Club of Georgia website, “The Garden Club of Georgia is sponsoring a grant to: Promote awareness of Georgia’s historic landscapes and gardens Encourage preservation of threatened historic landscapes and gardens…
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Butterfly Houses and The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail

Butterflies are awesome…who doesn’t like butterflies? They are super important ecologically as pollinators and are beautiful at that! If you have or manage a butterfly garden, perhaps you should join the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. According to the website, “The butterfly trail in Plains, GA began due to Mrs. Carter’s…
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Jumping Oak Gall…Crazy Insect!

I just learned about the Jumping Oak Gall. It is infests the leaves of white oaks. Apparently these leaf infesting wasps are little more common this year than normal. Here is more detailed information from the Missouri Botanical Garden  . The wasp lays eggs in the leaf and small bb-sized leaf galls…
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Leyland Cypress Gets Really BIG!!!

In this article from the UK, homeowners had to take action after their neighbor’s Leyland Cypresses overgrew their property! I’m afraid this will happen in the US eventually. Leylands Get Really Big! Plant Them Far Enough Apart. Leyland cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii) is one of the most commonly used landscape trees…
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Want to count fireflies?

Clemson University is enlisting the public in its effort to count fireflies. Some scientists think the iconic insect may be declining in numbers. Using a mobile app you can upload your findings directly and contribute to the science!
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