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The Tecomaria capensis 'Orange' is only one of dozens of varieties of plants available at the UGA Trial Gardens online plant sale. CAES News
Virtual Plant Sale
The Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia will hold its annual plant sale in a virtual format this year. The sale will be open for online orders from 1 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, through 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, and plant pickup will be on Saturday, May 16, and Monday, May 18.
Small tomatoes growing on vine CAES News
Vegetable Planning
Determining how much of each vegetable you should plant in a garden can sometimes be confusing. Much of that decision should be based on the size of your family and what you like to eat. Available garden space can also influence how much you choose to grow.
UGArden Farm Manager JoHannah Biang practices safety guidelines imposed due to the COVID-19 crisis while harvesting greens for distribution to food insecure families in the Athens, Georgia, area. CAES News
Feeding Souls
At UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student community farm, plots of lettuce, kale, beets, carrots and greens planted during the winter wait to be harvested. Despite the absence of dozens of student workers due to the campus closure prompted by the COVID-19 crisis, a handful of staff at the garden are keeping fresh produce flowing out into the community to benefit food-insecure families.
Squash plants grow in the UGA Research and Education Garden. CAES News
Vegetable Gardening
While adults and children spend more time at home as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, planting a garden or container garden is a great activity to plan together. It’s outside, active, educational and edible. With some grocery stores taking longer than usual to stock some items, vegetable gardening is a great way to keep your refrigerator stocked.
In the spring, crape myrtles add color with flowers. In the fall, they add color with brightly colored leaves. CAES News
Crape Myrtles
Crape myrtles are one of my favorite landscape additions because they produce blooms that provide summer color, handle drought when established and, overall, have few issues with disease and insects.
A native bee at the UGA Research and Education Garden on the Griffin Campus. CAES News
Pollinator Activities
Across the state, flowers are blooming and the pollinators are out. A pollinator garden can be a great place for your family to explore, especially during stressful times.
Georgia's Southern Piedmont grape farmers are finding success with hybrid varieties popularized in Texas wine country, like these Lenoir grapes grown in Haralson County. CAES News
Grape Workshops
UGA Extension is holding a series of workshops specifically for Georgia grape growers. The classes, set for March 3 in Carrollton, Georgia; March 5 in Dahlonega, Georgia; and March 17 in Ellijay, Georgia, will cover disease and insect control and other critical components of an integrated pest management program for vineyards.
Student work harvesting herbs at UGArden. CAES News
Beyond Hemp
Although you may not have the kind of backyard garden that University of Georgia horticulture Professor Jim Affolter has, you might find many natural and traditional remedies hiding in plain sight in your ornamental garden.
Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension consumer horticulturist, demonstrates a pruning technique during a class held on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
Pruning Class
A course set for Feb. 28 on the University of Georgia Griffin campus will focus on pruning trees and ornamentals and caring for landscape equipment.
San Jose scale is a sucking insect pest which damages fruit, like this peach, and can eventually kill a tree by injecting toxins. CAES News
San Jose Scale
San Jose Scale is predicted to be particularly bad this year for peach growers, as this pest is active in temperatures over 51 degrees Fahrenheit, “so we’ve already had a lot of days for this pest population to grow,” said University of Georgia Peach Entomologist Brett Blaauw.