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Signs of summer on ‘Gardening in Georgia'
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April’s cold weather taught many Georgia gardeners the wisdom of waiting. It’s seldom safe to plant annuals and vegetables in Georgia before mid-April. On "Gardening In Georgia" episodes airing the week of May 5, University of Georgia Extension horticulturist Bob Westerfield will show host Walter Reeves how to determine the right time to plant.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Georgia gardening guru and retired UGA Extension agent Walter Reeves hosts the show. Each episode features valuable gardening information specific to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.

Also on this episode, viewers will learn about ferns. When trees gradually shade your landscape, ferns become an indispensable ally. Dozens of ferns grow well in Georgia. Reeves will highlight some of his favorites, including autumn fern, Japanese painted fern, log fern and lady fern.

Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn. David Chambers of Callaway Gardens will give tips on the best corn varieties and planting techniques. And if you like fresh peaches with your sweet corn, it’s time to tend the trees.

The secret to growing good peaches is the right balance of tree leaves to fruit. Peach trees should be thinned in May. Knowing how to space the fruit is also essential. Reeves will tell why tightening your belt is equally important.

"Gardening in Georgia" is a coproduction of GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. More on "Gardening in Georgia" can be found at www.gardeningingeorgia.com.

(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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