According to an article by Extension Horticulturalists Wayne J. McLaurin, Darbie Granburry and W.O. Chance from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service, April is the month for planting frost tender crops such as snap, pole and lima beans, cantaloupe, sweet corn cucumbers, egg plant, okra, field peas, peppers, squash tomatoes, tender herbs and watermelon. Tall growing crops such as okra, pole beans and corn should be planted on the north side of other vegetables to avoid shading , while corn should be planted in two or more rows for better pollination. Soil should be cultivated to control weeds and grass and to provide aeration. Mulch should be maintained between rows. It is also advised not to work in the garden when foliage is wet to avoid spreading disease from one plant to another.
The grass can be greener on your side of the fence if you heed these eight hints on making the most of mowing.
1. Choose the Correct Cutting Height: This depends on the type of grass, the amount of rainfall, prevailing temperature and the lawn’s overall condition.
2. Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short: Mowing too short can result in weak, thin grass that’s easily damaged by drought and pests. Leaving your grass a bit longer reduces heat buildup and preserves needed moisture. A good rule of thumb is the one-third rule—cut no more than a third of the grass height and never more than an inch at a time.
Vermiculture (worm cultivation) has emerged as one of the hottest trends in composting and garden maintenance. Gardeners have long been aware of the value of the common earthworm, aerating the soil as it tunnels and leaving behind rich castings. But many are harnessing the process by creating composting beds overseen (or “underseen!”) by the red wiggler worm.
Brighten up your winter week-end by visiting the Camellia Show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Day Hall on Saturday, February 16th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the show is free with your ABG entry. This beautiful display of blooms is sponsored by the North Georgia Camellia Society, a member of the American Camellia Society.
The Norcross Garden Club would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Come join us for one or both of our meetings to get some great new gardening tips for 2013! The Day meeting will be January 7 at 9:45 a.m. The day meeting will welcome the president of the Atlanta Rose Society. She will be speaking on the care of roses from planting, pruning, and growing.
Lyle Collins, owner of Southern Trillium LLC will present a program on “Hardscapes in the Garden: Not Really So Hard,” at the January meeting of the Mountain Shadow Garden Club. Lyle is a University of Georgia graduate, certified Erosion Control Specialist and licensed Pesticide applicator for the state of Georgia. He originally founded Southern Trillium with two other associates in 2004 and has been creating and installing custom landscape designs, hardscapes and water features since then. He is a regular contributor to Hometalk, a home networking blog. Lyle is also a photographer and has spoken at previous garden club meetings on the topic of photography in the garden.
In the summer, it seems we find we are either waving our hands to fan ourselves or swatting away annoying insects. In addition to the flies and mosquitoes, the early arrival of spring and summer this year gave all kinds of bees a head start and they are building some amazing and impressive nests. However, large nests mean a large numbers of bees, and their stings can not only be painful but also dangerous to children, pets and those who are allergic.
Registration is being accepted for Scarecrows in the Garden, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual October extravaganza featuring more than 100 wild and crazy characters lurking about the woodland. The life-size creations, from the witty and whimsical to the bold and bizarre, are designed by metro area residents, artists, designers, businesses, schools, and organizations. Participants compete for prizes in one of two design categories: professional and nonprofessional. The registration deadline is August 13, with drop-off in late September. Registration forms are available at atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
Learn how to make your home and landscape look better – especially key if you are doing neighborhood improvement or trying to sell a home — at a workshop offered by the DeKalb Extension Service on July 19th at 7 p.m. Gary Peiffer, Horticulture Manager DeKalb Extension, will speak on “Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal.”
The 2012 Garden of Eden Ball, the largest annual fund-raiser for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will honor those who have made the most recent additions of gardens and facilities at the Midtown attraction possible. Set for Saturday, September 29, the event celebrates the completion of the New Seasons Capital and Endowment Campaign, the most successful fund-raising endeavor in Garden history. The “Celebration of Seasons” will honor donors for making the Hardin Visitor Center, SAGE Parking Facility, Kendeda Canopy Walk, Edible Garden, and Cascades Garden a reality.