Friday, February 20, 2015

Pond Management Workshop in Whitfield County

Pond Management Workshop offered through Whitfield County Extension will explain pond biology and proper management techniques.

Tuesday, March 3, 1-4 p.m.

Cohutta Fish Hatchery
5350 Red Clay Road
Cohutta, GA 30710

Topics will include:
Water quality
Weed ID and control
Liming and fertilization
Population assessment and management
Hatchery tour

Who should attend?:
The program is for pond owners, managers, and others interested in pond management and fishing.
Includes CEU's for Commercial Pesticide Applicators (Category 26 - Aquatic Pest Control).  

Cost:  $5

Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 23

To register: call 706-278-8207
or mail your contact information and a check made out to Whitfield County Extension to

Brenda Jackson
PO Box 1385
Dalton, GA 30722

Monday, February 16, 2015

Farming in Cobb County?

"The U.S. Agricultural Census of 1850 reports that in Cobb County the county's largest crops were cotton, wheat, corn, oats, rice, and sweet potatoes." (from Mable Property Rural Preservation Plan)
The Mable House planning document linked above also tells that, after the Civil War, chickens became a larger part of agricultural activity in the county, and, after WWI, cotton ranked higher in productivity. By 1935, Cobb County's farms were producing "cotton, corn, hay, truck garden crops, and sweet potatoes." After WWII, agriculture in Cobb County was still an important economic activity, but the amount of land in agricultural production has been in decline, generally, since then.

Today, as area residents consider beginning new agricultural businesses, UGA's consumer horticulturalist Bob Westerfield has some words of advice, offered through an interview published on Georgia FACES: 
“Think small to begin with, unless you have a lot of help and equipment,” he said. “I recommend a quarter- or half-an-acre plot.”

Monday, February 2, 2015

Upcoming Events

The Art of Pruning: Tools, Timing, and Technique
Tuesday, February 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Presented by Master Gardener Pam Bohlander, as part of the ongoing Gardeners Night Out presentation series of the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, at West Cobb Regional Library, 1750 Dennis Kemp Lane NW, Kennesaw, 30152. Free and open to the public.

Thyme to Read Book Club
Friday, February 13, 10:15 -11:30 a.m. Book club sponsored by Cobb County Master Gardeners will meet at the Training Room of the Cobb County Water lab, 662 South Cobb Drive (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.). This month’s book is Brother Gardeners, by Andrea Wulf. Schedule and information can be found at Free and open to the public.

Friday, February 13, noon-1:00 p.m. Renae Lemon, Cobb Extension, will share information about some of her favorite among those beautiful and varied bloomers, the dahlias, as part of the ongoing Lunch & Learn series of the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, at the Training Room of the Cobb County Water lab, 662 South Cobb Drive (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.). Free and open to the public.

Starting Seeds for Transplants for the Vegetable Garden
Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Learn what you need to know to start your own garden transplants from seeds. Presented by Amy Whitney at UGA Extension/Cobb County, second floor classroom, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060. For additional information and to preregister, call 770-528-4070.

Annual 4-H Plant Sale
Annual fundraiser and source of great new plants, including fruit, shrubs, and perennials, for your yard is ongoing through March 11. For the list of available plants, see our home website or contact our office, at 770-528-4070.