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A Study in Scarlet

Written by Anila Nair, Fulton County Master Gardener It’s that wonderful time of the year when Mother Nature is at her very best, her coffers full of nature’s bounty, ripe for the picking by man and beast alike. Among nature’s cornucopia, if there’s anything that stands out, it has to…
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A Case Against Peat

Written by Anila Nair, Fulton County Master Gardener No, not you Pete. You’re fine. I’m talking about the humongous, plastic- clad bundles available for purchase at the big box stores, touted as the next best thing since sliced bread, or whatever it’s equivalent is in the gardening world.  Peat moss…
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Acclimate House Plants to the Outdoors

If you’re like me, you have a room of your house bursting with plants. As the weather turns warmer as we start into summer, it can be nice to bring your houseplants outdoors for the season. Many houseplants originate in tropical climates and find the bright shade and high temperatures…
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Growing Ginger and Turmeric at Home

Turmeric and ginger are tropical spices that can be grown at home. Their aromatic flavor is often used in Asian and Indian cuisine, and they are also reported to have medicinal properties. Both plants are grown for their roots, which are dried up and ground into the spices you find…
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Some Small Steps to Greener Living

If you’re looking for ways to be more eco-friendly in 2021, look no further. These days, we are constantly bombarded with information about climate change. In the midst of all the doom and gloom, it can be easy to feel helpless, but there are still things we can do as…
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Pomegranates

Around this time of year, we start to see pomegranates appear on the produce shelves. But did you know that you can grow them at home?  The pomegranate is a large shrub that was domesticated in central Asia nearly 4,000 years ago. It features in many different cuisines and is…
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Renew Your Flower Beds

The fall is a wonderful time of year to work in the garden. With a little effort we can prepare our flowerbeds for a vibrant spring bloom. Now is also an excellent time to dig, relocate, or divide perennials.  Dividing perennials gives them more room to grow, allows you to…
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Pumpkins

October is my favorite month of the year, and one of my favorite things to do is decorate for fall, carve pumpkins, and hand out candy on Halloween. Pumpkins are part of the gourd or cucurbit family, which also includes cucumber, watermelon, squash, and cantaloupe. They are one of the…
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