Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Brian Maddy, County Extension Agent
Gardening Solutions: Heading Problems Off at the Pass
Many gardens are up, growing and looking great. This is the time to head early problems off at the pass. If you haven’t soil tested recently and fertilized according to the test recommendations blossom end rot may be in your tomato’s future. Adding calcium to the soil so it is readily available for tomato roots to take up may help.
If you are using liquid fertilizer on your tomatoes, Bob Westerfield, UGA vegetable garden specialist, recommends halving the recommendations on the container. Too much nitrogen will cause vegetative growth and siphon the available calcium from the fruit to the leaves causing blossom end rot.
It may also be a good idea to treat your tomatoes with a fungicide to ward off disease such as early blight. Pinch off any leaves that start to turn yellow and mulch around the base to prevent soil splashing disease onto the leaves.
Overwatering is a major cause of root disease. Water only once per week and deeply. A gallon or so per plant should be sufficient. If you are watering with a hand wand, time how long it takes to fill up a gallon bucket and use that time to determine how much you water. Water at the base of the plant. This prevents leaf disease.
If you are using overhead watering, water in the early morning so the plants can dry off and reduce evaporation. Most plants need only one inch of water per week. Using a pie pan, time your irrigation system to deliver one inch. You can set a timer for ½ inch twice per week. More water than necessary encourages root rots.
Check the leaves of your squash plants for egg masses. They are usually on the underside of the leaves. The best control is to squish them. This reduces the stink bug and squash bug populations.
The best time to control weeds is when they’re small, less than an inch in height. Mulching will help prevent weed growth and help build organic matter in the soil. If tilling to reduce weeds, only till less than two inches deep. Deeper tilling brings up more weed seed.
If insects are a problem, spray after 7 PM to prevent harming our pollinators. Early in the morning if you notice your tomato branches swaying and there is no discernable wind, suspect tomato horn worms. Look for a well camouflaged green worm on the underside of the stem munching and crunching.
The best prescription for your garden problems is your shadow. Keeping an eye out can head problems off at the pass.
What’s going on in Extension?
* 4-H Camp sign up: Call the office: 706.883.1675
* Summer 4-H program sign up is now. Call Melanie Dabb at 706.883.1675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
* May 16th: Troup County Cattleman’s, Steve Morgan will speak on controlling weeds in pasture. Dinner is at 7 PM, cost $6.00, call ahead and the program begins at 7:30 PM at the Ag Center.
* May 21st: Beekeepers Meeting, 7 PM at the Ag Center
If you have any questions or concerns, stop by or call the office.
Brian Maddy is the ANR Agent for Troup County Extension. The Troup County Extension office is located at 144 Sam Walker Drive, LaGrange, GA. 30240 (706) 883-1675. Monday - Friday/8:00 AM – 12 noon and from 1:00 PM -
• The Troup County Cattleman’s Association meets on the 3rd Tues of each month except for July at 7 PM at the Ag Center on 21 Vulcan Materials Road. Dinner is served at 7 PM.
• The Troup County Association of Beekeepers meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 PM at the Ag Center on 21 Vulcan Materials Road.
• The Troup County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Ag Center on 21 Vulcan Materials Road.
- Soil Samples- $9.00
- Organic Matter Test - $13.00
- Boron Test - $15.00
- Soluble Salts Test - $15.00
- Nitrate Test - $15.00
- Water Samples- $23.00
- Lead Test (Pb) (sensitive to 2 ppb) - $43.00
- GA Extended Water Test (required for water treatment design)- $63 (W1-Basic, W-3 Anions, W11-Soluble Salts, & W18-Alkalinity) Need 1 pint
- Real Estate Test (required for new homes with existing well) - $88.00 (Lead, Nitrate ,Nitrite, Total Coliform /E.Coli) Need 1 quart
- pH only Test - $7.00
- Cyanide Test - $53.00
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Market on Main, LaGrange - Market on Main is a joint venture with the Downtown Development Commission and the Troup County Extension Service. It’s comprised of two local markets that came together to form one larger market and is currently located in the Carmike Cinema Parking lot just south of the theater. The market opens at 8:00 PM and closes at 10:00 AM. Fresh vegetables, homemade items such as cakes, canned goods, jellies, bread, soap and plants can be purchased. We do not sell flea market items. Contact Barbie Watts of the Downtown Development Commission at email@example.com or 706.881.2772 for further information.
Harvest Sale - The Annual Ruban Harvest Street Sale began in 1956 by local county organizers. The main purpose of the harvest sale is to attract customers to buy merchandise from local merchants. The items must be grown or processed or made by the sellers. Usually, merchandise is available on the date that it normally could not be found any other time of the year. Items such as fresh vegetables, fruits, pumpkins, jams and jellies, baked goods, apple cider, sorghum syrup, honey, canned products, live chickens and crafts of all kinds are on hand for sale. In the beginning several ladies frequently attended the sale dressed in quaint costumes in style from their parents and grandparents era. This was often interesting to younger children to see the fads and fashions of yesteryear. Since, the costumes have all vanished with the changing of time, but the harvest sale is continuing to remain a viable and most enjoyable event of the extension service. The Annual Ruban Harvest Street Sale is now called the October Harvest Fest held every year in October from 8:00am until 12:00 noon.
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