The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

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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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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Buying Honey- Who Knew it Could be so Complicated?

Here in Rockdale County, beekeeping and honey production is an important part of our agricultural economy. According to a survey of the East Metro Beekeepers Club conducted at the request of Rockdale Cooperative Extension, there are 223 bee hives in our county. We are proud of our local beekeepers. I…
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