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? Philip Hensley, 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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Upcoming Events
Feb 29 Fruit Garden Maintenance Fayetteville, GA - (18.0 miles) Come join us for this outdoor, hands-on lesson regarding maintaining fruit plants. Jennifer Stewart, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer, will be demonstrating how to properly prune muscadines, trellis blackberries, and plant strawberries. FREE.
Mar 3 Feral Swine Workshop & Trapping Demonstration Griffin, GA Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the state. The economic impact of damage caused by feral swine in Georgia is estimated at $150 million. A group of agricultural and natural resource organizations are partnering together to bring Georgia’s top experts on feral swine together in a series of educational workshops for farmers and landowners. Topics will include disease issues, swine biology, economics, water quality issues, effective control techniques, transport issues, and regulations to be followed by a question and answer panel of experts. Each workshop will also include a feral swine trapping demonstration. There is no cost to attend the workshops, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. More details and registration information is available at
Mar 3 Soil Testing for Urban Gardeners Fayetteville, GA - (18.0 miles) Come learn the importance of soil testing and making proper amendments to ensure your plants grow to their full potential. Jay Lessl, Program Coordinator for the Agricultural and Environmental Services Lab, will provide an update on the types of soil tests available for urban gardeners, protocols, and how to properly read your soil reports. A healthy soil is the first step in ensuring healthy plants. FREE.
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