General Garden Info

Plant Names – Deciphering

I’ve been thinking recently about the mystification that plant “common names” can present to gardeners. Common names are just the familiar names we attach to plants: maypop, skunk cabbage, obedient plant and a host of others. They aid our pronunciation...

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Compost – Why We Do it

“My whole life has been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first...

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Wood Chips – Using

Wood chips are an inexpensive mulch and ground cover. Tree companies are often glad to dump their chip truck in a homeowner’s yard – the company doesn’t have to pay a disposal fee and the homeowner gets free mulch. Jim...

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Maintenance Matters

If you attended the “Maintenance Matters!” class at Evening at Emory, I promised you could download the whole thing and study it at your leisure. Here it is! Click here to download “Maintenance...

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Garden Phrases – Misunderstood

I was reading late at night recently when I came upon a phrase that chilled my soul: “Dress with dried blood to accelerate.” Did it concern the latest Hollywood terror flick? Was it directions for driving a getaway car? Are...

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Powdery Mildew – Control

Powdery mildew is a common disease of summer. It begins when we have cool nighttime temperatures coupled with warm, humid days. Symptoms continue even when days are warmer. Powdery mildew is a “parasitic” fungus. It rests on the leaf surface...

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Secrets for Beginner Gardeners

Warm weather the last couple of weekends really brought out the gardening masses! I visited three different garden centers one weekend and found all of them packed. I was in line behind a young couple one Saturday and overheard their...

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Drought – Watering Rules – Current June, 2012

Starting on June 1, 2010, the following watering rules became law: Persons may irrigate outdoors daily for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only from  4 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. The following...

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IPM – Discussed and Defined

I value the opinion of Dr. Paul Guillebeau, entomologist and pesticide specialist at the University of Georgia. He tries his best to see both sides of the pesticide question without preaching too loudly. Below are his thoughts on Integrated Pest...

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What to Expect After a Freeze

An extremely warm March in 2007 was followed by a two-day dip to 27 degrees on April 6 & 7.Chart of High and Low Temperatures Many plants had made substantial new growth before the cold snap. After the cold, many...

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Freeze Damage – Observations from Gardeners

Gardener notes on April 2007 freeze damageWhat Does Freeze Damage Look Like High and Low Temperatures for Mar. 8 – Apr 7 Daryl Pulis: 27 degrees Figs and Perennial Salvias black. Phlox, Sedum, Baptisia not happy, but not gone Baptisia...

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Graywater – Using

The use of graywater is a gray subject. Graywater is water from your bathtub, laundry or bathroom sink. Plants are not harmed by normal amounts of detergent in graywater if you apply it immediately. Storing graywater, though, is not a...

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Drought – Graywater Legal Issues

Gray Water – It’s a Gray Areaby Ben EmanuelThe FlagpoleAthens, GA originally published October 17, 2007http://flagpole.com/News/CityPages/GrayWater/2007-10-17 It’s in a time of severe drought that people start looking into fundamental ways to change water use habits, and Athens is no exception....

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Rain Barrels – Commercial Rain Harvesting Systems

The money- and water-saving potential for rainwater harvesting has caught the eye of companies in Atlanta. Water Reclamation Systems of Georgia will install an underground tank and pump to store and then distribute rainwater. Rainwater Collection Solutions installs a large...

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Rain Barrel – Homemade #1

Dru C. Contributes this: Because of the severe drought in Georgia, I have struggled with guilt all summer watching my hydrangeas, perennials, and potted plants wilt from thirst and I decided I HAD to do something about it NOW! I...

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Theresa Schrum’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Theresa Schrum’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I currently tell people that if they live inside the perimeter or in south metro Atlanta, they can consider themselves 8a and those north of line running across Cobb to Gwinnett Counties are in...

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Rain Barrel – Homemade #2

Bob R. got inventive! “When I moved into my home four years ago I had the roof drains piped to the downsloped edge of the woods. I have attached catch basins to two of them and connected them to each...

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Mary Kay Woodworth’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Mary Kay Woodworth’s Comments on Hardiness Zones For the cautious and new gardener, I stick with 7b, but also suggest to try what you will. At some point gardeners will have that “come to Jesus” moment and acknowledge that pushing...

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