Perhaps the best way to mimic nature in managed landscapes is to turn leaves into compost. When applied back to the soil, compost provides many of the benefits that are enjoyed by plants in natural environments.
After fielding a number of calls and examining plant samples brought in to the Bartow County Extension Office, I have decided vegetable gardeners are probably better off not using hay or manure in their gardens.
Adding mulch around vegetable plants like peppers, tomatoes, squash and eggplant can mean extra veggies at harvest time. Mulching prevents the loss of moisture from the soil, suppresses weed growth, cools the soil and keeps vegetables off the ground.
If your wish list this season includes a chipper or shredder to remove limbs and leaves from your landscape, follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension before making a hasty purchase.
Cover crops may be your secret weapon to a better harvest next spring.
Any gardener who was disappointed in their corn, tomato or squash harvests this summer might want to start planning for next summer’s crop now by thinking about planting cover crops.
Are you a new homeowner, or are you just looking for more confidence when you tackle projects around your home’s landscape? If you answered yes, chances are you’ve got some questions. Houston County Master Gardeners have designed a program that will provide you with answers.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents, like myself, are getting several phone calls about the leaves on homegrown tomato plants curling and rolling inward. Curling or rolling of tomato leaves can be caused by various factors including environmental stresses, a virus or herbicide damage.