The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Fire Blight on Pears

Check out these pictures of Fire Blight infection on flowering pears (photos by Harris County, UGA). According to the UGA Publication on Fire Blight, “Fireblight is a destructive, highly infectious and widespread disease caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. Fireblight can be a problem in Georgia and is particularly prevalent in…
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Have You Always Dreamed of Being a Farmer?

Have you always dreamed of being a farmer? Are you great at growing plants? Are you good with animals such as chickens, rabbits or goats? Have you always wanted to work with honey bees? Do you feel passionately about ‘locally grown food’ or the ‘farm-to-table’ movement? Perhaps it is time for…
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Fruit trees- What are ‘chill hours’ anyway?

Buying the right fruit tree can be confusing. Labels talk about all of the great attributes of a fruit tree. Some Labels mention chill hours. What is a “chill hour’ anyway? Chill Hours is simply a measurement of the number of hours of winter temperature below 45 oF. According to…
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Home Gardenning Classes for 2015

  To Register Class Schedule   Registration is required by: Monday prior to event. Cost: $5 includes handouts – Bring your own lunch.   Payment due with registration or at the door (cash or check).   Make checks payable to:   Rockdale County Extension/4-H. Mail completed registration   form to: Steve Pettis,…
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2015 Fruit Plant Sale

2015 Rockdale Extension Plant Sale All orders must be pre-paid. No phone orders or credit cards. Orders taken thru March 11, 2015! Cash or check only – receipt available in the office on plant pickup day. Make checks payable to Rockdale County Extension/4H. Bring or mail form to: Rockdale County Extension…
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Blueberry: An easy to grow healthful fruit

Georgia’s blueberry industry is booming! Last year Georgia became the largest producer of blueberries in the country. Georgia has close to 20,000 acres of blueberries with more being planted every day. Homeowners are planting blueberries in increasing numbers, too. Home gardeners are enjoying fresh, juicy blueberries right from their own…
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