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14 Aug
2019

Nature’s Copycat: Food Forests

Nature’s Copycat & Your Potential Buffet: All About Food Forests One of the most important and thought-provoking concepts in life is just how profoundly interdependent we all are on one another, particularly in the area of food production. We rely on one other for varying services and goods, with each individual offering their own indispensable..

02 Aug
2019

Bramberi Farms Part 2

In an earlier post, I described my enjoyable and enlightening visit with Ann Seigies at Bramberi Farm, her organic berry farm in Lumpkin County.  Ann and her husband, Joern, are producing plentiful and healthful crops without the use of dangerous pesticides or commercial fertilizers. One of the natural methods of insect control mentioned in that..

31 Jul
2019

What’s Blooming Now – July

There is something that really thrills me about going out to my garden and cutting flowers for my house. It is even more pleasurable to be able to give gifts of cut flowers to friends. So many bloomers this month, it is hard to decide which ones are the most beautiful! Here are some great..

24 Jul
2019

Eat my Garden!

Multi-colored heirloom tomatoes, plump, ripe berries, mint, squash, cucumbers, green beans…there’s just no substitute for fresh-from-the garden fruits and vegetables. Even if you don’t have the time, space or inclination to plant traditional rows of produce in your yard, you can harvest this kind of bounty right at home—in your flower beds! It’s called foodscaping...

17 Jul
2019

What’s Your Garden Inspiration?

Soil, sun and water can always be amended or adapted to create a nice garden. But there’s another element at the root of the most amazing gardens:  inspiration. It can be as simple as a color, a shape or a picture or as complicated as a memory, a smell or a dream. I really enjoy..

02 Jul
2019

What’s Blooming Now June

My garden in Dahlonega is full of wonderful flowers this time of the year. One of my goals in creating this garden was to always have something to cut and bring inside. Fortunately, the previous owner planted a huge variety of perennials and I was able to add some new items as openings appeared. It..

02 Jul
2019

Bramberi Berry Farm

On a recent bright spring day, I visited Bramberi Farm in Lumpkin County, Georgia.  My gracious tour guide was co-owner Ann Seigies.  Bramberi Farm is an organic berry farm owned, developed, and operated by Joern and Ann Seigies since 2014.  Both brought to the adventure extensive education and experience in sustainable agriculture and horticulture.  Ann..

25 Jun
2019

What’s Happening Camellia?

This is a picture of a Camellia with leaf gall. Camellia leaf gall is a fungal disease caused by excessive moisture and poor air circulation. If you have an existing Camellia that is already diseased it might be caused by all the recent rains. Poor pruning practices and/or not enough sunshine can exacerbate and make..

06 Jun
2019

Divide and Conquer

Dividing perennials is an essential part of the maintenance of a garden. Plants work as hard as they can to grow as large as they can, and in ornamental gardens we give them every advantage. This means that the roots in the center of a perennial can become so densely overgrown and tangled that they..

29 May
2019

Going Native

I asked a friend and fellow master gardener, Janet Martin to write about gardening with native plants. Janet is using native plants exclusively in her North Georgia home and she explains why she is only using natives. (The photos are taken from Janet’s garden.)   Shall I Plant Natives or Exotics? Whether you’re starting a..