The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

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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Check out our Facebook Page!

Check out the Rockdale County Extension Facebook page! UGA Extension Rockdale County ABOUT Our mission is to extend lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, you http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/rockdale/4H/index.html PHOTOS UPCOMING EVENTS Rockdale County Farmers Market Opening Day Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:00am LIKED…
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Honey Bees Not Doing Well in Latest Survey of Beekeepers

According to the USDA 42.1% of honey bee colonies died since April 2014. Dr. Keith Delaplane an entomologist and the bee expert with UGA  says it is a combination of mites, nutrition and pesticides. Are you interested in trying your hand at honey bees? Then learn from the experts by…
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Construction Damaged Trees Fight to Survive

Question from client: “I had my septic system redone and half the roots of my magnolia tree have been destroyed…will the tree die?” Answer from me: “If half the roots have been cut then half of the tree will die. Trees maintain a roughly 1:1 root-to-shoot ratio. Damage will likely…
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Nursery Plant Shortage 2015?

I was alerted to a possible a sod shortage months ago at one of my agent trainings. The turf specialist said prices would be high in 2015 if you could find any sod. I am finding that to be true. Since then, I have heard through landscape and nursery contacts…
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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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Georgia Grown Program Highlights Local Products

What is Georgia Grown? Whether you are a consumer looking for locally grown, seasonal produce or a retailer looking to stock your produce department year-round, Georgia’s proud fruit and vegetable producers can help meet your needs! If you are looking for Georgia grown produce, click on the “CONSUMERS” and “RETAILERS”…
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