Aerification: Restoring Turfgrass Carbohydrate Reserves

Dr. Clint Waltz, Extension Turfgrass Specialist with the University of Georgia, reports that hot temperatures and low rainfall in the fall of 2016 likely sent warm-season turfgrasses into winter dormancy with depleted carbohydrate reserves. During “normal” circumstances warm-season turfgrasses accumulate and store carbohydrates from late summer through early fall.  Last … Read more…

Georgia Gardeners, What are You Reading?

Gardeners like to read.  We like to read about what to plant, what NOT to plant, what others grow…..  This week I thought it might be fun to look at some literature that isn’t so instructional so I am highlighting a couple of books I have enjoyed. How Carrots Won … Read more…

Plant Cool-Season Vegetables Now – a Guest Post by Paul Pugliese

Since we have had ample rainfall and moderate temperatures in Georgia, it is the perfect time to think about cool-season food gardening.  We are fortunate enough to have Paul Pugliese of UGA Extension give us some tips!  Paul writes…. Late January and early February are great times to plant cool-season … Read more…

Soil Testing for Georgians – a guest post by Jason Lessl

To round out our series on soil health we are fortunate enough to have information from Dr. Jason Lessl on soil testing.  Jason writes… Basic Soil Testing One of the most fundamental, but often overlooked aspects to any successful vegetable garden, flower bed, landscape, or lawn is good, fertile soil. … Read more…

Soil Microbes in Your Georgia Garden Soil

In the middle of soil health month this Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) video is worth a watch.  Dr. Kris Nochols explains the importance of a healthy balance of soil microorganisms.  The photos of the microbes are fantastic.  You will never refer to your “soil”  as “dirt” again.  Enjoy! Happy … Read more…

Soil pH 101 for Georgia Gardeners

Next in our series of posts on soil health, we want to explore soil pH and its importance to garden food crops.  This involves remembering some of your high school chemistry so grab your cup of coffee to get the brain waves working. pH is the measure of hydrogen ion … Read more…

Soil Facts for Every Georgia Gardener

Experienced gardeners realize that the success of their gardens starts with healthy soil.  But, what does healthy soil really look like?  Here is a snapshot: Healthy soil is full of organisms Soil is not inert; it is full of living organisms that are important in the soil ecosystem.  Viruses, bacteria, … Read more…