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Expert advice, free UGA resources help gardens grow By Amanda Swennes
As you plant fall vegetables, bring plants inside on cold nights and dream of what your landscape will look like next spring, take a moment to check out some of these free resources written by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts.

000E Home Gardening 016A explains everything you need to know about growing a successful home vegetable or herb garden, including location and planning, soil preparation, choosing what to plant and how to tend to it, fertilizer, weed control, mulching and composting, watering, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and freezing, canning and preserving.

The 0019 Vegetable Garden Calendar 00A0 is a handy reference for knowing when to plant vegetables to keep your garden producing year-round. You can also learn how to keep your garden healthy with 002C Disease Control in the Home Vegetable Garden 0104 .

With scorching days and balmy nights, winter might seem like it will never arrive. Plan ahead for those cold nights with advice from “Winter Protection of Ornamental Plants” and learn how the pros make those pansy beds look perky all winter in 0051 Success with Pansies in the Winter Landscape: A Guide for Landscape Professionals 000F .

0023 Flowering Bulbs for Georgia Gardens 0129 describes the wide variety of bulbs that grow well in Georgia as potted plants, in shrub borders, as naturalistic plantings and in mass displays.

Even when there’s frost on the ground you can still have a lush, green garden by creating an indoor oasis. Experts share their advice in 0022 Growing Indoor Plants with Success 0005 , 0017 Gardening in Containers 0008 and 0019 Propagating House Plants 012D .

And when those first days of spring finally start to beckon you into the garden again, make sure you’re ready to create a beautiful landscape by doing some basic preparations first.

These resources will help you lay a good foundation for your vegetable and flower gardens: 0028 Basic Principles of Pruning Woody Plants 0005 , 004F Soil Preparation and Planting Procedures for Ornamental Plants in the Landscape 0005 , 003C Soil Testing for Home Lawns, Gardens and Wildlife Food Plots 0005 and 0051 Make Every Drop Count: Proper Planting Results in Healthy, Water-Efficient Plants 3642 .

UGA Extension offers more than 600 free, research-based publications to help you learn about everything from planting the perfect vegetable garden to raising a backyard chicken flock, and from identifying stinging and biting pests to determining if your agribusiness is feasible.

For more information, go to www.caes.uga.edu/publications.

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

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