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Spring Pruning

The spring floral show has been spectacular this year. The early forsythia blooms just when it seems spring will never come, followed by the timelessly elegant Japanese magnolias, and at the height of a southern spring dogwoods and azaleas bloom in abundance. I love the spring bloomers, and I hate…
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Grow a Great Garden this Spring

Gardening has a long standing as America’s most popular hobby, but even this common pastime saw a surge in popularity last year. As many of us were stuck at home looking for something, anything, to do, a lot of folks tried veggie gardening for the first time. Gardening can be…
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Growing Skills

One of the most mind-blowing moments as a graduate student in the horticulture department was the day my class started learning about photosynthesis. At the time, I was doing a research project with elementary school students, who coincidentally, were also learning about photosynthesis in their class. Granted, my class was…
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Doing it wrong, at least the first time

One evening last week I wandered aimlessly pre-bedtime through my Pinterest home feed: recipes from the Great British Baking Show, green kitchens, herbaceous perennial garden design, Harry Potter memes. I stopped mid-scroll and snorted in appreciation at a quote, “the master has failed more times than the beginner has even…
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New Year, New Opportunities

Master Gardeners are coming to Barrow County! But, what are they and why should you become one? Learning. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers receive extensive horticulture training: botany, plant physiology, soils, ornamentals, turf, vegetables, pruning, insect and disease management, and more. Some start with years of garden experience, others are garden…
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Seed Catalogs and Native Plants

It’s that time of year again; January is the month for seed catalogs galore. Seed catalogs are the embodiment of possibility, a chance for gardeners to envision the ever-elusive perfect garden. It is one of my favorite times in the garden year, usually. This year, most of us could use…
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Blackberries and Raspberries

Some of the best memories of my early childhood were walking up the sandy dirt road my family lived during the height of blackberry season, alternating between picking and eating, returning home with purple-stained fingers. Wild blackberries grew alongside the ditch in abundance, and there were few neighbors to share…
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Georgia Peaches…or not

“But Georgia is the peach state!” This is the frustrated and confused response that I often receive when explaining peaches are one of the most difficult backyard fruits to grow in Georgia. Every year folks who were hoping for sweet and juicy peaches from backyard trees call me to get…
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Better Blueberries

Blueberries rank at the top of the list for backyard Georgia fruit. Native, they have few pest and disease issues, thrive in acidic soil, something gardeners have to adjust for almost every other crops, and best of all, they are delicious and healthy.  As with planting literally everything that I…
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