The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program

The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program is a volunteer training program offered through the county offices of UGA Extension. Through this program individuals are trained and certified in home horticulture, gardening, and related areas. These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services, under the direction of the Extension Agent….
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Screens Block Unwanted Views

Homes in suburbia are getting closer together. Lot sizes are shrinking and houses are getting bigger. Space is limited and privacy is at a premium. Screens block views and can be created by the proper placement of any object or plant. Walls, trellises with vines, buildings, fences and hedges can…
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Hostas and Hellebores: Shade favorites

Shade tends to discourage homeowners from gardening but it really shouldn’t. There are many plants that thrive in shade. Two of the best are hostas and hellebores. Hostas (Hosta sp.) are noted for their unique foliage. Natives of Asia, they have been enjoyed by southern gardeners for generations. These foliage…
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Turf Fanatics

Turf fanatics are a strange breed. They care deeply for the appearance of a non-human life form that cannot love them in return. Dog and cat fanatics can at least receive affectionate licks and purrs. Turf fanatics will go to great lengths to assure their stand of turf is beautiful…
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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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Attracting Birds to Your Landscape

The brightly colored feathers of Goldfinches on my bird feeder thrills my family as we watch them out of our dining room window at each meal. Hummingbirds visiting the cleome and cosmos flowers fly up to the window to see what we are up to. Birds are like flying flowers….
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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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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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