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Spring gardening 2018

Published on 03/05/2018

Spring is here and so, too, the time to get out and plant your favorite fruit and vegetables. Gardening can be fun for people of all ages. Whether you're just learning how to put your plants in the ground, or you're an expert who loves the challenge of making things grow, every one can use professional advice. This is our annual collection of spring gardening articles from University of Georgia experts. It will provide timely advice on multiple topics, like bell peppers, protecting your crop against rabbits and protecting your lawn from burweed. These articles are written for Georgians with scientific advice from researchers within the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Happy gardening!

Rock Eagle Garden Rock Eagle garden mixes heirloom and modern varieties to make pioneer garden practices work. Published March 08, 2018Author:

The heritage garden at Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Scott Site is more than a teaching tool, it’s a living museum.

Medicinal Herbs Roses, hibiscus and holy basil are good starting plants for those interested in medicinal herbs. Published March 08, 2018Author:

Many gardeners keep an herb garden to stock their kitchens with parsley, thyme and cilantro. That same herb garden can turn out tasty, healthful teas.

Poblano Pepper Compared to bell peppers, poblano peppers have a greater yield per acre and more disease resistance. Published March 06, 2018Author:

Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez, University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist, encourages Georgia vegetable producers to consider planting poblano peppers.

Rabbit control Very few home-garden crops are immune to rabbit damage. Published March 05, 2018Author:

Rabbits are often welcomed additions to lawns because many homeowners find them adorable. They love to see rabbits at the edges of their lawns early in the morning or in the evening. However, if the population is left unchecked, rabbits can cost homeowners hundreds, even thousands, of dollars a year in damages.

Bell Peppers UGA Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong advises gardeners who don't use fumigated plastic mulch to plant bell peppers in early to mid-April in south and central Georgia. Published March 05, 2018Author:

While commercial bell pepper producers grow this popular vegetable on fumigated plastic mulch beginning in early March, home gardeners in south and central Georgia should plant them in early to mid-April, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong.

Native Azaleas When planting azaleas, select a spot that gets both sun and shade. Published March 05, 2018Author:

Georgians are accustomed to evergreen azaleas, but native azaleas are currently growing in popularity. Unlike evergreen azaleas, native azaleas lose their leaves in the fall, grow tall and airy rather than low and dense, and bloom in the spring and summer.

Pesticide Use UGA Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program promotes the safe and responsible use of pesticides. Published March 05, 2018Author:

Pesticides, which include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and more, can contain organic or conventional ingredients. People use them in homes and workplaces, on farms and in gardens, and in other places where they want to control pests like weeds, insects, fungi, rodents and plant viruses.

Composting UGA Master Composter Extension Volunteer offers tips on caring for a compost bin. Published March 05, 2018Author:

Use a compost bin to turn fruit and vegetable scraps and lawn debris into rich compost to feed vegetable gardens and landscape plants.

UGArden's Herb Garden UGArden's medicinal herb garden is a refuge for healing and education. Published March 02, 2018Author:

The UGArden medicinal herb garden is just a few rows of a field at the edge of the University of Georgia’s student-run farm, UGArden. But it’s become a refuge for students who want to learn about the benefits of medicinal plants and escape from stress.

Pest Control Training UGA Urban Pest Management Program's webinar series provides continuing education to pest control professionals. Published March 02, 2018Author:

The University of Georgia Griffin Campus is hosting two intensive commercial Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training programs this spring, including a 1.5-day workshop on termite control and a 10-week Urban Pest Management Program course that will run from April to June.


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