Master Gardener: Self-Quarantined? Guess what’s not cancelled

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By Marci Moore, Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer

Wondering what you can do while being self-quarantined?  How about getting the plants in your yard ready for the spring/summer season, and have you ever considered a vegetable garden?  You have the time now, and it would be a great family project.

Now is the time to prune old stems from last year’s perennials. Cut off the old stems on plants; do not pull them off as you may destroy new growth that is hidden just below the dirt or mulch line.  Be careful about trimming plants that bloom on “old” wood like hydrangeas. You don’t want to trim off the newly formed buds. For questions about specific plants, email the master gardener help desk with your question at [email protected].

Those beloved ground covers, and other spreading perennials that need their space, can be divided. Especially when they have spread through the warmer winter months and are now covering walkways or other plants like hostas.  Simply pull up small sections at a time, wet the tiny roots/dirt balls attached on the underside, dampen their new location and let them acclimate to their new home now before the Georgia heat hits.

What about that veggie garden? Maybe you want to ensure that your family has fresh vegetables in the coming months since they are packed with vitamins and minerals, or maybe you just enjoy playing in the dirt. No yard is too small.

If you live in a townhome or apartment, then you might consider a container garden. They are fertilized and watered regularly like traditional gardens and give lots back for the love you show them.  We can even help if you need compost to make that soil lush and ready for your seeds or starter plants. The Coweta Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) are selling compost that is delivered straight to your door!

Another way you can support the Coweta MGEV program and become a permanent part of the James E. McGuffey Nature Center project is by ordering a brick and creating a lasting family legacy.  The MGEV program is offering engraved bricks for $50. Bricks are gray and include three lines of your message and are placed in the Nature Center along the Honor and Memory Garden.

Engrave a brick to honor friends, family members, departed love ones or commemorate a graduation or anniversary.  Your donations fund the purchase of native trees, shrubs, plants and other educational enhancements to the Nature Center.  Deadline for orders is  May 21, 2020, so don’t delay.

We were disappointed to have to cancel this year’s spring plant because of the pandemic but are looking forward to what promises to be our largest fall plant sale in history. We appreciate everyone’s support. Check our Facebook page and Coweta Extension website ugaextension.org/coweta for regular updates on our programs . Stay safe and play in the dirt!

For more information on purchasing compost, legacy bricks pruning or starting a vegetable garden, visit www.ugaextension.org/coweta or call 770-254-2620 and leave a message.

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