Until you can plant, read

By: Sandy Hodson on January 30, 2009 - 7:24pm - Add new comment

   If this sounds a little grumpy it’s because this is the second time I’ve written the Garden Gnome today. The computer ate the first draft just as I was checking the spelling of a word for the last time.

   But as I think of this week’s classes the grumpiness fades. Our class of future Master Gardeners had entomology and pesticides with Dr. Paul Guillebeau, University of Georgia professor, on Tuesday, and urban trees with Hall County Extension Agent Charles Rice on Thursday. They were terrific.

By: Sandy Hodson on January 22, 2009 - 5:12pm - Add new comment

It's a good thing the Master Gardener class began in the winter. By this time in the year I'm usually re-reading old gardening magazines, drooling over the plant catalogs and ordering too much.

But after classes this week, I vow to start gardening smarter. The most important tools in the gardening war chest are pen and paper, so say the masters, Richmond County Extension Agent Sid Mullis and retired Agent Clyde Lester.

By: Sandy Hodson on January 15, 2009 - 6:31pm - Add new comment

Let’s talk roots, stems and leaves.

Class 3 for the future Master Gardeners concerned plant physiology, botany. Before clicking off, consider how it can help your plants.

Let’s start with roots, a major plant part. Most roots, even those of trees, are within the top 12 inches of the surface.

Roots not only need water but air, too. Their jobs include absorbing water and nutrients, anchoring the plant and storing food.

By: Sandy Hodson on January 9, 2009 - 12:51pm - Add new comment

I have begun an exciting new aspect to my life and if you wish, you can join me.

Classes began this week for the Master Gardener wannabes, me included. The Garden Gnome is my chance to share with others what the masters are teaching.

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