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Garden Site Selection

As the temperatures are warming up, I know that more and more people are thinking about planting outside. Because of that, I want to talk about site selection for plants, and some general planting guidelines. One of the most important things is when to plant. There are a couple of…
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Soil Test Report

In the past, I’ve talked about the importance of soil testing and how to take a soil test. If you have questions about how to take a soil test, I’ve posted videos on the Towns County Extension and Union County Extension Facebook pages in the past that you can go…
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Moss

Moss is often a challenge for people looking to grow a nice lawn in the mountains. I often get calls from people looking to get rid of the moss in their yard so that they can grow grass. There are a couple of things that you’ll need to check to…
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Buttercup (bittercup) Control

Buttercup is a longstanding problem for many pastures. Fields of yellow can be beautiful to look at when driving down the highway, but large populations of buttercup creates problems for livestock that are trying to forage. Let’s talk about these weeds and what can be done to control them in…
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Spring Peepers

As we move from winter into spring, the nighttime seems to come more alive. More and more animals will be roaming around, and insects start to show back up outside (if your house is like mine, all the ladybugs have just moved inside for the winter). One of the earliest…
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Chill Hours

This week I’m going to talk about chill hours and the affect that cold has on plants. The cold weather can feel very dreary and like there is no life with plants not growing, trees without leaves, and wildlife holing up for the winter. However, winter is a very important…
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Wells and Flooding

A lot of people around here use well water. Drinking water from a fresh mountain well can be very refreshing. While it may seem like well water is a pure source it’s important to know that there are some ways that it can be contaminated. One of those is by…
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Sourwood Trees

This week I’m going to talk about sourwood trees. It is a beautiful tree regardless of the season. They are also prized for the honey that bees make from their nectar. Sourwood trees are native from southern Pennsylvania to northwest Florida. However, they are most commonly found in southern Appalachian…
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Blueberry Pruning

Blueberries grow pretty well in Georgia. Rabbiteye blueberries are native to the southeast, so they’re well adapted to our climate. I have talked about blueberries in the past, but this time I want to talk more specifically about pruning blueberries. Blueberries don’t need to be pruned every year to be…
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Pesticide Safety

Pesticides can be can be a huge help in your garden and around the home if you choose to use them. They can help you manage pests in your garden, but what do you do with them when you’re not using them? When used and stored properly pesticides can be…
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