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Q. Summer is (mostly) over, and I’m ready to get back in the garden. What should I do?

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Q: There is a lot of noise being made in the media about how bad a year for ticks this is going to be. Is this just hype or something to be concerned about?

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Q. Help! Fire Ants are taking over my yard and have moved into my garden. What can I do?

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The August meeting of the Carroll County Young Farmers Chapter focused on Farm Business Management. Farm Business Management is a critical part of our operations which is often ignored. Admittedly, this is not pleasurable as plowing a field, checking on cows, or planning out the breeding pro…

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While aphids aren’t a direct threat to cotton plants, they can carry a persistent virus that is difficult to control and can cause significant losses in one of Georgia’s most important crops.

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Q. I want to increase the number of pollinators in my garden. What do you suggest?

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With high-margin vegetable crops such as Vidalia onions — where an increased yield on a smaller plot can mean much higher profits — determining whether fertilization rates affect quality and yield could make the case for investing in precision agriculture technology to produce a better-quali…

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Francis Fluharty, head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has been appointed to serve as a subject extern examiner for the University College of Dublin’s School of Agriculture and Food Science.

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By this time of year, sumac has spent months growing tall and spreading its seeds and underground rhizomes. It won’t be long before it becomes very recognizable along the roadsides. They tend to form colonies and turn bright orange and red in the fall. They can be beautiful plants to allow t…

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Q: I planted a moonflower vine for the first time ever and was so excited to see its beautiful, white blooms. When a neighbor saw it, she said it was morning glories and that I should get rid of it because it will take over my yard. Should I leave it or toss it?

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Summer in Georgia yields a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. In fact, Georgia is one of the top producers of cantaloupe in the U.S., and Georgia-grown watermelons and cantaloupes are the stars of summer grocery stores and farmers markets.

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Q: What do “partial shade” and “well-draining soil” mean on a plant tag? When purchasing a plant, I always check the light and water requirements for the plant, but I am never sure of what these two terms mean. I have one shady area in my garden and the rest is mostly full sun. In both areas…

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As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, I see a lot of insects. People leave jars of them on my desk, send me photos or call me out to their gardens to identify them and give control recommendations.

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Under the golden dome of the Georgia State Capitol, a new exhibit in the Georgia Capitol Museum shines a spotlight on agriculture in Georgia. The exhibit is designed to educate visitors on the importance of the state’s No. 1 industry.

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As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, I see a lot of insects. People leave jars of them on my desk, send me photos or call me out to their gardens to identify them and give control recommendations.

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Q. Is it advisable to divide plants during the hot weather of July and August; I have several beds that need immediate attention. Deb

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Q: My bearded iris leaves are turning brown. What should I do for them? What’s the best time of year to transplant them?

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Q: My bearded iris leaves are turning brown. What should I do for them? What’s the best time of year to transplant them?

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Q: I see a lot of media reports abut the importance of protecting pollinators, but I (and my children) were wondering: “Is it just bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds that pollinate?” — Kathy M.

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As we head into summer, we start to see problems with weeds, diseases and insects in the landscape and around vegetable gardens. Some of these pest problems can be solved without the use of chemicals, but if the pest population reaches damaging levels, using pesticides may be warranted. Reme…

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Standing in the Chattahoochee National Forest recording the song of the Brood X periodical cicadas on her smartphone, Julia Berliner realized in that moment that the last time the insects emerged from forest soil, her phone did not exist.

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Q. I received a flower arrangement that included some small and very curled and twisted branches. I called the florist and he told me it was from a Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick shrub. Can I grow this shrub here in west Georgia?

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This time of year is the best time for all who call themselves gardeners. March, April and May are the busy months getting plants in the ground. Then, June, July and August are the months to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

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Q. My family loves strawberries. We plant a garden every year, and this year I would like to put few strawberry plants in our garden. I need to know the best variety to plant for our area, and tips on growing strawberries. Thanks. D. Grant.

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Several people I know love to feed birds and put out bushes and trees to entice wild birds to stop in their yard for a little break. However, as a responsible gardener, one should research the plants being established in their gardens.

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In the southeast, a cloud of yellow pollen is an inevitability at the start of every year. Along with it comes an onslaught of allergies that have most people popping their Zyrtecs or Claritins several times a day, every day, for months on end. But are these two events connected?

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Q: We’ve been reading and seeing a lot about the upcoming cicada emergence later this spring. Is there any good information about what to expect?

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Q. What can you tell me about the cacti that I see growing in yards around Atlanta? I thought cacti were southwestern desert plants.

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Q: I planted jonquil bulbs that I dug from a friend’s yard. I transplanted them in our woods that are speckled with sunlight through deciduous trees. Every year all of them produce nice green stems, but not one has ever bloomed. Do you by chance know what could be going on?

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While searching the Internet for seed starting equipment, several articles and videos surfaced on a seed starting method called winter sowing. Curiosity getting the best of me, I forgot all about the seed starting equipment I was looking for and started reading the articles and watching vide…

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Now that spring is approaching, garden enthusiasts are excited to get their gardens in progress. There are a few tips and tricks to discuss.

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On a sunny tree trunk, that green growth is not moss, it is a composite called lichen (pronounced “liken”). No, it is not parasitic, and it is not hurting your tree.

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Q: Without frightening everyone to pieces, what kind of insect activity should we be on the lookout for in early spring?