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Creating a Pollinator Meadow

This year, the Great Georgia Pollinator Census will be held on August 20th and 21st. For more information about our local pollinators and instructions on how to participate, visit: https://ggapc.org/ Bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and other insects all play a vital role in our environment: pollinators. Pollinator insects are responsible…
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If you plant it, will Monarchs come?

written by Pam Rentz, Fulton County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer “If you build it, he will come.” It worked in the film classic Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner played Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who heard a voice whisper those words to him one evening while he was walking through…
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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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