Short Notes

The Standard Journal - - Farm & Garden -

Late summer is the best time to buy chrysan­the­mums. For a longer bloom­ing pe­riod, UGA ex­perts say choose plants that are just bud­ding in­stead of those in full bloom.

Oc­to­ber is a great time to trans­plant shrubs, say Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion ex­perts. Pre­pare the hole in ad­vance so the trans­plant won’t dry out while it waits to be re­planted.

Pump­kins are grown mostly in north­ern re­gions of the state. Ge­or­gia is among the top 10 pump­kin-grow­ing states. Orange Bull­dog, a new UGA-bred va­ri­ety, con­sis­tently pro­duces yields of 13,000 to 20,000 pound per acre in north and South Ge­or­gia.

Greens — col­lards, kale, mus­tard and turnips — are avail­able al­most year-round with the high­est vol­ume har­vested from late De­cem­ber through March. On New Year’s Day, greens are served with black-eyed peas and hog jowls, a South­ern tra­di­tion for good luck.

Crops like gar­den peas, col­lards, turnip greens, cab­bage and onions can all be grown in the fall and win­ter. Fall gar­den­ing has ad­van­tages like less in­sect pres­sure and cooler days tend­ing the gar­den.

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