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  • by Sarah Ridgeway, Fulton County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer When I read a post on the social media site Nextdoor from Mike McCord asking anyone interested in participating in a Venetian Hills community garden to respond to his post, I immediately inboxed him of my interest. He called an introductory meeting on January 18, 2018.…

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  • Several emails have come to the help desk this week reporting “swarms of wasps” in clients’ yards, “flying quite low to the ground.” One Fulton County resident said, “they seem to be in constant motion, never landing or stopping. Their flight pattern gives the impression that they are actively searching for something.” Well, they were…

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  • Getting to know our neighbors is important—they give us a chance to connect with our community, encourage us to get outside, and offer help when we need it. Our “polli-neighbors” do the same things! The main job of pollinators is to move pollen between flowers, helping plants set seed and reproduce. Without pollinators in our…

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  • Written by Pam Rentz, Fulton County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer “Why is my plant dying?” is a question we get often in the Fulton County Extension office. The next phrase we typically hear is, “But I water it every day and it’s turning yellow!” While intentions may be good, overwatering can be as bad as…

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  • Written by Pam Rentz, Fulton County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer When a passerby stops and asks what that sign in your yard means, it’s an opening to have a conversation about any number of topics. Native plants, birds and butterflies and bees, wildlife, water, sustainable green landscape practices, invasive species and more are all topics…

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  • Written by Fulton County MGEV William L. Jeffries IV, PhD, MPH, MA As the sun peaked over the Central Florida horizon on a winter morning in the late 1980s, I awoke with cheerful anticipation of a day full of outdoor play. After my morning routine, I proceeded to go outside and round up my friends…

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  • 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 for the success of many…

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  • 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 his cornfield. A baseball fan,…

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  • 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 be nature’s edible rubies, those…

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  • 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 is considered to be the…

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