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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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
Jun 7 - Nov 1 The Fairgrounds Farmers Market Griffin, GA - (6.0 miles) Support our Local Farmers and Artisans! Farmers Market Menu: Seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, raw goat's milk, home-made bread, confections, dry herbs, seasonings, boiled peanuts (regular, lemon pepper, and jalapeno), microgreens, iris plants, various varieties of trees and shrubs, hand-turned wooden bowls, goat's milk lotions, soaps, salves, and lip balm, handcrafted stained glass and wind-chimes, handsewn smock bibs, aprons, boho bags, blankets, and more. We are still accepting vendors. Call 770-467-4225 for more details.
Jul 11 Small Fruit Seminar for the Backyard Gardener Forsyth, GA - (27.0 miles) Discover how to get the best out of your blueberry and blackberry crop with UGA Extension Fruit Specialist Erick Smith. Topics to be covered include variety selection, establishment, pest management, pruning and fertilization. Registration is $10 and includes program materials and blueberry refreshments. Please RSVP by 7/9 by calling 478-994-7014
Jul 11 “Common Pests of Landscape Plants” Decatur, GA - (32.0 miles) Tired of those pests that eat up everything in your landscape? Come learn how to identify and control them.
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