Monthly Archives: March 2018

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

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: 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 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

Eddie’s Corner: Controlling Springtails

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

SpringtailsOver the past few weeks, many people have either called or come by the office with a question about tiny, purplish-brown, hopping insects around or in their homes. These tiny creatures are springtails.

Springtails are one of those insects that you may wonder why are they here on Earth. But in reality, they serve a useful purpose by eating decaying plant material. They mostly live in the soil, leaf mold, organic mulches or decaying logs. They are soft bodied so they are attracted to moist areas to keep from drying out.  Continue reading