Gardening Tips Available at Fulton County Extension Offices | Print |

Spring is the optimum time for planting a variety of shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials and seeds but, before tilling the earth, it is important to consider your specific plant needs and your area's climate. Fulton County Cooperative Extension Agents are available to provide guidance to assist residents with growing successful gardens and beautifying their yards.



The University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UGA CAES) provide helpful tips on line to help you get started.

“Spring is one of our favorite seasons simply because we get to help budding gardeners achieve their dreams of producing a successful garden,” states Menia, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Whether it’s a flower garden or vegetable garden, our extension agents are able to provide expert guidance to county residents.”

According to UGA, garden location is very important. When possible, locate the garden in full sunlight, near the house, in good soil and near a water supply.

Sunlight

Most vegetables need full sunlight for growth and development. Plant leaf crops such as broccoli, collards and spinach in areas likely to be in partial shade. Don’t plant any vegetable in complete shade. Large hedges, hedgerows and trees not only create too much shade, but they also compete with the garden for moisture and nutrients.

Trees and large shrubs shade the garden and compete for moisture and nutrients.

Nearness to the House

Locate the garden near your house so you can observe it regularly. Being close to your garden will help you notice insect, disease and weed problems and let you take necessary control measures before they can cause serious damage. A convenient location will also allow you to spend short periods of spare time tending to garden chores or harvesting the fruit.

Soil

When looking for a garden site, keep in mind that the exact soil type is less important than factors such as high fertility, good internal drainage, ease of tilling, good moisture-holding capacity and deep topsoil.

Water

You will get only moderate results if you try to grow a garden without watering it as needed. Mulches and organic matter will improve the soil’s moisture-holding capacity and reduce evaporation loss; however, they will not guarantee an ample supply of moisture at all times. If possible, locate the garden near a good water supply so it can be watered as often as needed.

Soil testing is an important practice for the home gardener. Soil test results indicate the amounts of residual fertilizers in your soil and the amounts of fertilizers you should add to obtain good plant growth. A soil test also determines the pH of your soil, which is the basis for liming recommendations.

Residents can have their soil tested for $8 per sample at one of three Fulton County Extension Offices:

Central Office (Downtown) - Central Atlanta Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303 - (404) 332-2400

North Fulton Office – North Fulton Government Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 202, Atlanta, G A30350-4845 - (404) 613-7670

South Fulton Office - 1757 Washington Road, East Point, GA 30344 - (404) 762-4077

Camp Fulton Truitt 4-H Center - 4300 Herschel Road, College Park, GA 30337 – (404) 762-4085

Contact one of the offices listed above for assistance with planting your garden.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension hosts monthly classes on topics such as nutrition, financial management and gardening. Classes are held in various locations throughout the county.   Call (404) 332-2400 for more information.