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UGA offers free gardening publications online By Amanda Swennes

If you’re looking for reliable, up-to-date, free information about how to landscape your lawn this spring, which ornamentals, vegetables, native species or herbs to plant or how to compost and mulch, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension likely has a publication that will answer your questions.

The CAES Publications Web site ( 001D www.caes.uga.edu/publications 01D4 ) offers more than 200 research-based publications on gardening and landscaping. Another 400 publications cover subjects ranging from how to raise horses, cattle, pigs and chickens to how to control carpenter ants and termites. Below is a list of some of the free online publications that can help you prepare your garden for spring and start planning ahead for summer.

Indoor and Container Gardening

  • Gardening in Containers: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C787/C787.htm 003A
  • Gardening in Containers Using Tropical Plants: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1338/B1338.htm 0031
  • New Trial Tropical Container Gardens: 0038 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1361/B1361.html 002F
  • Growing Indoor Plants with Success: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1318/B1318.htm 00A4

Spring Gardening -- Ornamentals

  • Soil Preparation and Planting Procedures for Ornamental Plants in the Landscape: 0032 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B932-w.htm 0037
  • Care of Ornamental Plants in the Landscape: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1065/B1065.htm 0047
  • Proper Planting Results in Healthy, Water-Efficient Plants: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C895/C895-3.htm 0039
  • Environmentally Friendly Landscape Practices: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C967/C967.htm 0029
  • Landscape Plants for Georgia: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B625/B625.htm 004C
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines: 003E http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B987/B987-contents.htm 0035
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part II: Ferns: 003A http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B987-2/B987-2.html 0021
  • Crape Myrtle Culture: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C944/C944.htm 002F
  • Rose Culture for Georgia Gardeners: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B671/B671.htm 002A
  • Selecting and Growing Azaleas: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B670/B670.htm 007A

Spring Gardening – Vegetables and Herbs

  • Georgia Home Grown Tomatoes: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1271/B1271.htm 002B
  • Growing Vegetables Organically: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1011/B1011.htm 001B
  • Home Gardening: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B577/B577.htm 002B
  • Vegetable Gardening in Georgia: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C963/C963.htm 0026
  • Herbs in Southern Gardens: 0031 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1170.htm 0052
  • Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticulture: 0036 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B931/B931.html 0049
  • Soil Testing for Home Lawns, Gardens and Wildlife Food Plots: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C896/C896.htm 0076

Composting and Mulching

  • Composting: Recycling Landscape Trimmings: 0036 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C981/C981.html 0024
  • Composting and Mulching: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C816/C816.htm 006E

Landscape Design

  • Choosing a Landscape Design Professional: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/FS101/FS101.htm 0033
  • Drawing a Landscape Plan: The Base Map: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/FS103/FS103.htm 0034
  • Drawing a Landscape Plan: Site Analysis: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/FS104/FS104.htm 002B
  • Working with a Garden Designer: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/FS102/FS102.htm 003C
  • Water Saving Tips when Planning a New Landscape: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C895/C895-2.htm 00A2

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Wildlife

  • Environmental Enhancement with Ornamental Plants: Attracting Birds: 0036 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C976/C976.html 004C
  • Environmental Enhancement with Ornamentals: Butterfly Gardening: 0036 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C975/C975.html 0041
  • Beyond Butterflies: Gardening for Native Pollinators: 0037 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1349/B1349.htm 0055
  • Planting Guide to Grasses and Legumes for Forage and Wildlife in Georgia: 0036 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C814/C814.html 0068


  • Pruning Ornamental Plants in the Landscape: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B961/B961.htm 0036
  • Basic Principles of Pruning Woody Plants: 0036 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B949/B949.html 0069


  • Trees for the Landscape: Selection and Culture: 0033 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubs/PDF/B875.pdf 0025
  • Fast-Growing Shade Trees: 0030 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/L350.htm 0066


  • Managing Imported Fire Ants in Urban Areas: 0038 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1191/B1191.html 003F
  • Rats and Mice: Get Them Out of Your House and Yard: 0036 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C970/C970.html 0030
  • Stinging and Biting Pests of People: 0035 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C782/C782.htm 002B
  • Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife: 0038 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1248/B1248.html 0053
  • Using Milorganite to Repel White-Tailed Deer from Flowering Perennials: 0039 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C889-1/C889-1.htm 0055
  • Using Milorganite to Temporarily Repel White-Tailed Deer from Food Plots: 0039 http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C889-2/C889-2.htm 3601

For more free resources on topics ranging from gardening to raising backyard chickens to managing a dairy herd to getting rid of head lice, visit the Publications Web site at www.caes.uga.edu/publications or contact your county UGA Extension agent by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.

(Amanda Swennes is a publications editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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