Food Gardening

Fruit Trees – Sources

My friend Bill Ford, co-owner of Johnson Nursery in Ellijay, has toddled off into retirement! Now where will I send folks who want to buy the best selections of fruit and nut tree varieties? With Bill’s...

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UGA Vegetable Gardening Publications

With food prices high, folks have been thinking about growing some of their own food. Food gardening is not hard and it doesn’t have to take much room in your landscape. You can even do...

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Ray Givan’s Fig Page – Green and Yellow Fig Varieties

Several years ago I met fig expert Ray Givan and featured him on the “The Georgia Gardener” TV show. At that time he had a small website describing the figs he had grown. It was...

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Ray’s Givan’s Fig Page – Dark Fig Varieties

Several years ago I met fig expert Ray Givan and featured him on the “The Georgia Gardener” TV show. At that time he had a small website describing the figs he had grown. It was...

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Garden Success with Sweet Repeat (Nantahala) Raspberry

I love getting garden success stories! Ernie F. Has a good one: I would like to share with you the success I’ve had in only one season with the Sweet Repeat raspberry, a new introduction...

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Watermelon – Choosing a Ripe One

It’s terribly disappointing to cut into a watermelon and find that it is still mostly pink inside and has little sweetness to the meat.  But what do you look for when choosing one at the...

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Blackberry – Cane Gall

Q: My wife noticed this on a blackberry. It looks like a fruit is growing from the cane. A: It’s a blackberry knot gall, caused when a tiny wasp inserts eggs on the blackberry cane....

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Pear – Grafting Using Super Glue

Mike A writes: I met you recently and told you about my experiment of trying to graft Bartlett onto Keiffer pear trees with Super Glue. You asked me to let you know how it worked....

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Muscadine and Scuppernong – Pruning

A properly trained vine has a trunk, two arms and fruiting spurs. The first two years of training are devoted to developing the permanent trunk and fruiting arms. In the spring following planting, each plant...

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Container Gardening – Vegetables

Though the trend now is to rent rather than own a home, the urge to grow your own food is still strong. Rather than dig a permanent garden plot, you can get great yields from...

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School Garden – Resources

If you’re a teacher or parent involved in setting up a school garden, you know there’s lots more to it than digging the dirt and planting some seeds. Do you have a good garden spot?...

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Vegetables – Cold Damage

Vegetable crops differ in their hardiness to cold temperatures, depending upon their genetics and origin. Warm season crops, such as tomatoes, snap beans, and the cucurbits originated in tropical areas and can be severely injured...

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UGA Fruit and Nut Publications

Following are good UGA fruit and nut publications: Citrus Fruit for Southern and Coastal Georgia Experiments and Observations on Growing Mayhaws as a Crop in South Georgia and North Florida Home Garden Apples Home Garden...

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Tomato – “Horns” and “Nose”

Over the years I have received several pictures of oddly-shaped tomatoes. They had “horns” and I couldn’t figure out why. Now Dr. Joe Kemble at Auburn University has finally laid it out for me: It...

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June Garden Tips

Like fresh tomatoes but have little space? ‘Patio’ tomatoes grow in a 24-inch pot but give mouth-watering fruit! A half whiskey barrel makes an excellent container for a cherry tomato and three basil plants. Adorn...

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Squash/Pumpkin/Cucumber/Watermelon Cross-Pollination – Explanation

I frequently receive from gardeners pictures of crazy-looking squash, cucumbers and gourds. Typically the plants  sprouted in a compost pile, from discarded fruit of the past year. The gardeners suspect cross-pollination is to blame for...

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Rain Barrel – Using Water in a Vegetable Garden

Few things are cleaner than rain water, right? Well, in its pure state, rain water is clean. But coming off your roof into your rain barrel, it collects several pollutants that could be harmful. Water...

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Fruit – Pruning

Winter and early spring are the best time to prune fruiting plants, whether trees, vines or bushes. The purpose of pruning is to train a plant to its strongest form and to get the correct...

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