The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

How to Prune Hydrangeas

Here is a great article on caring for hydrangeas from the UGA URBAN AG CENTER. The information on pruning is particularly useful this time of year. Hydrangea: A Southern Tradition from the article: How to Prune Hydrangeas: How and when to prune hydrangeas is an issue for many gardeners, even…
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Helping Pollinators – Attracting Butterflies to Your Landscape

Pollinating insects are critical to the environment and agriculture. These insects transfer pollen from plant to plant making possible the fruits, vegetables and nuts that we depend on for our survival. The best known pollinator besides the honey bee is the butterfly. There are many species of butterflies and one…
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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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Why are my cool season vegetables not growing?

There are several reasons why your cool season veggies have not grown sufficiently this fall. Timing – Hopefully you planted it at the correct time. If you plant late then they will be behind. Planting Dates for Various Vegetables  Asparagus (Roots) November                    Garlic 8/15 — 12/15 Beans (Bush) 7/01 —…
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Tour de Farm 2015

If you like to bike and like organic veggies, this is the event for you! This bike tour of farms in Rockdale, Newton, Henry and Dekalb Counties is a two day event. The tour will also visit Arabia Mountain park on the border of Rockdale and Dekalb. Tour de Farm…
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Beneficial Insects, Spiders and Mites

The most numerous form of life on earth is the insect and they take care of some of the most basic chores of the natural world. Our beneficial six-legged friends perform processes such as organic matter decomposition, soil aeration, and pollination. They also help to control harmful insects that damage…
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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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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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Certificate Class for Teachers on School Gardens

I am happy to announce that registration for this summer’s School Garden Teacher Training Summer 2015 has opened.   Here is the link to register http://www.ugaurbanag.com/schoolgarden It contains details about the training and a link for registration.   For Further information contact Becky Griffin Urban Program Associate Center for Urban Ag and UGA…
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North Georgia Gardening Classes Summer 2015

Athens- Clarke County Athens-Clarke County – Let Your Home Gardening Knowledge Grow!  gardening workshop series. The classes are all on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606). They are free and open to the public. We just ask that people RSVP so…
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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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