The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Why are my cool season vegetables not growing?

There are several reasons why your cool season veggies have not grown sufficiently this fall. Timing – Hopefully you planted it at the correct time. If you plant late then they will be behind. Planting Dates for Various Vegetables  Asparagus (Roots) November                    Garlic 8/15 — 12/15 Beans (Bush) 7/01 —…
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Snakes are Looking for Warm Places to Spend the Winter!

 The first step is to properly identify the snake. If you can get a picture of the snake you can email it to me at and I can try to identify it for you. The most common snakes we see are non-poisonous rat snakes and northern banded water snakes which are commonly…
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It Has Been a Rainy Year According to

According to, which takes information from UGA’s weather monitoring stations across the state, we are having a rainy year but not unusually so. We have had 47.89 inches of rain and 130 rainy days this year to date. We would have to get some heavy rain before the New Year…
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Tour de Farm 2015

If you like to bike and like organic veggies, this is the event for you! This bike tour of farms in Rockdale, Newton, Henry and Dekalb Counties is a two day event. The tour will also visit Arabia Mountain park on the border of Rockdale and Dekalb. Tour de Farm…
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Scout Trees for Trunk Rotting Fungi Now

Trees planted decades ago in older neighborhoods are in decline in cities all across Georgia. Urban trees tend to have shortened lives, some living no more than fifty to eighty years. Urban forests in many metro areas have begun to mature and decline in overall health. Declining trees are very…
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Fall is the Time for Fungi

The sun sets early in the woods this time of year. Where it is daylight until 6 p.m. out in the open, the light starts to fade in the woods at 5 p.m. under the canopy of a forest. This is the best time of day to see mushrooms. Take…
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Beneficial Insects, Spiders and Mites

The most numerous form of life on earth is the insect and they take care of some of the most basic chores of the natural world. Our beneficial six-legged friends perform processes such as organic matter decomposition, soil aeration, and pollination. They also help to control harmful insects that damage…
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