The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

It is Time to Plant the Fall Vegetable Garden!

Summer vegetable gardens are starting to play out. Tomatoes are just about finished fruiting, corn is dried up and the cucumbers and squash are distant memories. But that’s ok…it is time to plant the fall garden. I generally do not till my garden between spring and fall. Unless I get…
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Attracting Birds to Your Landscape

The brightly colored feathers of Goldfinches on my bird feeder thrills my family as we watch them out of our dining room window at each meal. Hummingbirds visiting the cleome and cosmos flowers fly up to the window to see what we are up to. Birds are like flying flowers….
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Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia, is an evergreen shrub native to the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. It gets about 10 feet tall in landscape situations but can become a small tree in the protected deep hollows of the Appalachians. I have seen it growing as far south as Upson…
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Buying Honey- Who Knew it Could be so Complicated?

Here in Rockdale County, beekeeping and honey production is an important part of our agricultural economy. According to a survey of the East Metro Beekeepers Club conducted at the request of Rockdale Cooperative Extension, there are 223 bee hives in our county. We are proud of our local beekeepers. I…
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Livestock Events in Conyers, July-December

JULY 6-12                GQHA Big A Circuit , Georgia International Horse Park, This almost week long show has classes in Halter, Hunter U/Saddle, Equitation, Pleasure Driving, Showmanship, Horsemanship, Reining, Western Pleasure, Walk-trot, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and many others. For more information, please visit  25                   GQHA Novice Show Series, All-Novice…
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Ambrosia Beetles Kill Japanese Maples

If you own a Japanese maple, flowering cherry tree, redbud or any smooth barked tree, be vigilant! An insect pest is out there stalking your prized landscape tree. It is very tiny but it can bring even large trees down. This insect is an exotic invasive known as the Granulate/Asian ambrosia…
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Edible Containers

Here is a list Edible plants suited for container gardens Summer Edible Containers Vegetables – patio tomatoes (many varieties available but you want the most compact), peppers (use sweet so no kids accidentally eats a hot one), sweet potato, Herbs – basil, chives, dill, mint, parsley, sweet marjoram, thyme Fall/Winter/early…
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The Garden Club of Georgia Historic Garden Grants

There is a grant opportunity that could be used to renew historic gardens at homes and civic spaces. According to the Garden Club of Georgia website, “The Garden Club of Georgia is sponsoring a grant to: Promote awareness of Georgia’s historic landscapes and gardens Encourage preservation of threatened historic landscapes and gardens…
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Butterfly Houses and The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail

Butterflies are awesome…who doesn’t like butterflies? They are super important ecologically as pollinators and are beautiful at that! If you have or manage a butterfly garden, perhaps you should join the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. According to the website, “The butterfly trail in Plains, GA began due to Mrs. Carter’s…
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