Spring Events

Spring Native Plant Walk
Native PlantThursday, April 26, 2018
2:00 pm
Mineral Springs Park-Blue Ridge

If you plan to attend, please contact the Fannin County Extension office to reserve your space and to get directions at 706-632-3061. Comfortable walking shoes are needed. There is plenty of parking.

Master Gardeners Seed Exchange
A selection of vegetable and flower seeds is available for free from the Master Gardener Seed Exchange at the Fannin County Public Library.


Master Gardener Plant Sale – May 12
The Master Gardeners annual plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the United Community Bank Pavilion located at Highway 515 and West First Street. The plant sale will feature native and non-native plants, plants for sun and shade, and annuals and perennials. This is a chance to purchase quality plants at a reasonable price. Among the offerings are native azaleas, hydrangeas, fothergilla, buckeyes, Virginia sweetspire, daylilies, hostas, sedum, ferns, groundcovers, nursery-cultivated wildflowers and a variety of flowering perennials.

Eddie’s Corner: Termites?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

TermitesDid you know that spring is a very important time of year for homeowners and pest control professionals where termites are concerned? If winged reproductive termites are seen, that’s an indication there’s a colony close by. Swarming is a springtime phenomenon triggered by warm weather and moisture, often after an early morning shower. These normally wingless insects expand their territory when the male and female reproductive termites leave an established colony and take wobbly flight for a few hundred feet, drop to the ground and search for a new home. They’re looking for moist wood. They won’t attack a living tree unless it has rotting or dead parts. And unless they encounter some natural or chemical barrier, these insects will move in on all that lumber which is dead wood. However, just because you see large blackish insects inside your home, with or without wings, does not mean that you have termites. It is a good idea to identify them so you can choose the proper control measures. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Deer and Home Landscapes

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

DeerMany of us are getting the urge to get in the yard and plant. Now is a good time to plant, but there are a lot considerations when trying to decide what to plant. This article is devoted to choosing plants that deer may not go to as their first choice.

Deer like nutrition-rich plants, especially in spring and summer when does are pregnant or nursing, when young deer are growing and when bucks are growing antlers. Fertilized plants, such as those in home landscapes, provide protein, energy-rich carbohydrates, minerals and salts. Deer also get about one-third of their water from the moisture in irrigated plants and young, succulent vegetation on expanding leaves, buds and green stems. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Are Carpenter Bees Boring Into Your House?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Carpenter BeeWhere did this sawdust come from? Who has been drilling into my wood siding? The culprit is a large bee that resembles a bumblebee and is often flying around porches, decks, and eaves of homes as well as boring into wood. These insects are known as carpenter bees.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Raised Bed Gardens vs. In-Ground Gardens

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Raised garden bedPeople often ask if a raised bed is better than an in ground one. To help answer this question I talked to Robert Westerfield and David Berle at the Urban Ag Center in Griffin. They had some very good information about this subject. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Boxwood Concerns

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Boxwood BlightI have often heard the phrase the lull or the calm before the storm and I think that’s where we are right now. Even though it’s still cold, the days are getting longer and some of us are anxious to get outside and work in the yard but before you rush out to prune or plant, let’s take a look at boxwoods.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Food Safety Workshop March 27

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Food SafetyAbout 48 million people in the U.S. (1 in 6) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a significant public health burden that is largely preventable.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Weather Outlook

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Weather iconsAs we are entering late winter and approaching early spring, I’ve been getting questions about what the weather is going to be like this year. There’s a lot of local information on the georgiaweather.net website but even with that my crystal ball has not been working too well lately so I turned to our weather specialist Pam Knox for predictions. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Agricultural Awareness Week in Georgia is March 19 – 23

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

TractorSince the week of March 19 – 23 is Agricultural Awareness Week in Georgia, I want to point out just how much agriculture affects our county, state and country. Agriculture in Georgia is the largest industry in the state, with a farm gate value at over $13.75 billion. When many people think about agriculture, their thoughts tend to go to South Georgia where there are thousands of acres of peanuts, cotton, pecans, and vegetables, but the food and fiber industry in North Georgia contributes to the agricultural economic engine of Georgia as well.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Road Media Flowers–Cosmos

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

CosmosBefore the cold turned them brown, I was getting questions about the flowers planted in the road median between Blue Ridge and Ellijay. As it turns out the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is teaching all of us about an old floral favorite that needs to be brought back to the garden: cosmos. This year they were planted in medians and roadsides all across the state.  Continue reading