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Holiday Plant Care

As we enter into the holiday season, many people enjoy decorating their homes to help them get into the holiday spirit. While some folks just have the knack for picking out the perfect gift, others may be looking for some ideas on how to communicate their well wishes. Personally, I…
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Asian longhorned tick confirmed in Pickens County

Last month, a dangerous and invasive pest, the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), was positively identified in North Georgia. First discovered on a sheep in New Jersey in 2017, the Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 17 states in only four years. Now that it is in Georgia, UGA Extension…
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North Georgia Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale

Each year the North Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers coordinate a Plant Sale, of which all profits are used to provide college scholarships for Fannin and Copper Basin High School students pursuing higher education in an agriculture-related field. After much work and collaborative planning, the North Georgia Master Gardeners and…
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To burn or not to burn

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Smokey Bear may disagree with me, but I’d like to argue that fire is one of the most effective tools we have in preventing and managing the intensity and spread of unwanted wildfires. But, I realize that the idea of fighting fire with fire may sound counterintuitive, so let me…
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Use Manure Safely in Vegetable Garden

With the warm weather spell we’ve recently had, I’ve been getting quite a few calls from clients looking to gear up for their vegetable gardens for spring. Of those calls, a large number of folks asked me about using animal manure in their vegetable gardens. Animal manures can be a…
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