UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Whether you'd like to increase your crop yield, grow a healthier vegetable garden, or test the quality of your drinking water your County Extension Office can help. Soil testing and water testing kits can be obtained from our office and sent labs in Athens. Results are emailed back to the homeowner or farmer in 7-10 business days. Got questions about your results? Wade Hutcheson, Spalding County ANR Agent, will be happy to help. 

Extension Publications
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
  • Vegetable Garden Calendar (C 943) The recommendations in this circular are based on long-term average dates of the last killing frost in the spring and first killing frost in the fall. Every year does not conform to the "average," so you should use your own judgment about advancing or delaying the time for each job, depending on weather conditions.
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County agents are the face of all the programming and services we offer. From giving expert advice to leading meetings and classes, these public service faculty members assess needs and tailor information to their local communities.

Upcoming Events
Apr 25 “Herbalicious -Herb Garden” Decatur, GA - (32.0 miles) Herbs are valued for their aesthetics, fragrance, medicinal, and culinary properties. From this class, you will get practical tips for selecting, growing, harvesting, using and sharing herbs.
Apr 27 Athens Area Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale Athens, GA - (66.0 miles) The annual spring plant sale by the AAMGA features plants from members' gardens. Offerings will include herbs, vegetable plants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, ground covers, seedlings, and bulbs. Proceeds support Plant a Row for the Hungry gardens and scholarships for UGA horticulture students. The sale will be held rain or shine, payments must be cash or check (no credit cards). Parking is available in the Longhorn Steakhouse parking lot next door to the Extension office.
Apr 30 Composting Fayetteville, GA - (19.0 miles) Composting is a great way to recycle food and yard waste and reuse it in your gardens. Come join Karen McKernan, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer as she shares about different ways to compost and what is needed to get started. FREE
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