Monthly Archives: May 2017

Master Gardener Training Being Offered

When:  August 10 – October 12, 2017


Contact:  706-635-4426 by phone, or

Gilmer County Cooperative Extension Office, Progress Road, Ellijay

Fannin County Cooperative Extension Office, 205 Church Street, Blue Ridge


Cost:  $195, includes comprehensive Master Gardener Handbook


Application can be downloaded from Extension Office website



Here in Gilmer and Fannin counties we offer a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training about once every five years.  There will not be another one involving Fannin for a few more years.  The program will feature 10 six-hour sessions and we are accepting applications now for the training being held this fall.  The sessions will be on Thursday’s each week from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm with the first one being Thursday, August 10th, and the final exam being Thursday, October 12th.  The instructors for the classroom sessions will be Cooperative Extension County Agents, specialists from the University of Georgia, and veteran Master Gardener Extension Volunteers.


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EDDIE’S CORNER: Take the Fire out of Fire Ants

By: Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent


Have you noticed any dirt mounds popping up in your yard, flower bed, or pasture? With the unusually warm winter and spring it seems that these mounds are appearing sooner than in previous years. Unfortunately these mounds are home to the red imported fire ant. If you have them, now is the time to work on controlling these pesky varmints.

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EDDIE’S CORNER: UGA Tracking Emergence of Periodical Cicada

By:  Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent


clip_image002What has large, red eyes, translucent wings and an undulating, 7-kilohertz chirp that sounds like the background music to a horror movie?  We can find the answer over the next few weeks with the emergence of the latest brood of 17-year periodical cicadas.  The harmless insects will start emerging from their underground burrows soon, and then spend several weeks making a racket, mating, laying eggs and dying.  They won’t be seen again until 2034.

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