July 22, 2024
Experts share gardening tips at Hall County Master Gardeners Symposium | Lakeside News
Experts share gardening tips at Hall County Master Gardeners Symposium | Lakeside News

Joe Lamp’l speaks in the course of the Hall County Master Gardeners Slide Gardening Symposium.

It is not generally you can get encounter-to-confront with national and regional gardening gurus, so when the Hall County Learn Gardeners hosted its Fall Gardening Symposium in Oct, people from across the condition confirmed up.

Joe Lamp’l, the Joe in www.joegardener.com, headlined the symposium to discuss about “Digging Deeper: Ecological Gardening for Magnificence and Biodiversity.” As the creator, government producer and host of the Emmy Award-profitable PBS Series “Growing a Greener World,” he regularly shares his backyard garden understanding on NBC’s “Today Show” and ABC’s “Good Early morning, America.” His latest reserve, “The Vegetable Gardening E book,” printed by Cool Springs Press, is available on Amazon and by way of his web page, growingagreenerworld.com.

Bart Brechter, curator of the Houston Museum of Good Arts Gardens, spoke about camellias and azaleas. The museum’s 14-acre estate and historic gardens include 64 cultivars of camellias and 38 azalea kinds.

Corridor County’s Nathan Wilson, proprietor of Lanier Nursery and Gardens, shared his step-by-step system for “Maximizing Your Yard in A few Straightforward Techniques.” The nursery is located at 4195 Schubert Rd. in Flowery Department the site is www.laniernurserygardens.com.

Lamp’l’s presentation protected numerous subject areas, including how to discover “good” pests and “harmful” garden pests. Lots of perceived back garden pests look equivalent to effective insects. For example, he pointed out Woman Beetle larva as a helpful pest that will take in much more aphids than the grownup Lade Beetle, and it is look-alike Squash Vine Bore that targets squash at the foundation of the plant and can eradicate a squash plant before it begins developing.

“Less than 3 percent of insects are not useful to the yard, so it’s a very good idea to know the big difference,” he said.

He suggests analyzing your motion thresholds of how substantially injury you can tolerate, use handbook controls and natural and organic choices like insecticidal cleaning soap, horticultural oils or diatomaceous earth to stay away from killing the advantageous bugs for far more sustainable gardening.

Lamp’l promoted composting for ecological gardening, pointing out that all around 65 {ae4c731f0fa9ef51314dbd8cd1b5a49e21f1d642b228e620476f3e076dd7c050} of waste that ends up in landfills can be both recycled or composted.

Food stuff squander, other than meat merchandise, additionally domestic paper, cardboard and packaging can be composted to create soil that encourages expansion of good organisms, like earthworms.

Lamp’l’s “Online Gardening Academy” features 5 multi-session in-depth classes for gardeners of all experience levels. Find out more at OrganicGardeningAcademy.com.

A red camellia flower (Professor Sargent) with one leaf on green blanket background.

Camellia – Professor Sargent

Brechter, son of the late Ron Brechter who was a Hall County Learn Gardener for practically two many years, shared information about camellias and azaleas and their attractiveness in the landscape. The late tumble- to early spring- blooming camellias offer wintertime blossoms when virtually each and every other plant in the yard is dormant. Although they are not indigenous to North America, they have come to be synonymous with the South, with far more than 30,000 named cultivars.

Like camellias, azaleas choose marginally acidic soil, which is typical in north Ga. If azaleas want pruning, either for rejuvenation or to handle their dimension, do so in the spring instantly soon after the blooms have faded. Pruning for Encore azaleas, which can have a few bloom seasons, ought to also consider place in the spring.

Feed camellias and most azaleas in the spring. Encores, having said that, desire being fertilized in September. Use cotton-seed meal or an Espoma organic products formulated for acid-loving vegetation, available at box retailers and area nurseries.

For extra facts about gardening in North Georgia, go to hallmastergardeners.com. To accessibility plant details from the University of Ga extension and to download plant-specific publications, go to extension.uga.edu/publications.

Upcoming month: Understand how to increase your backyard from Nathan Wilson, proprietor of Lanier Nursery and Gardens and speaker at the Corridor County Learn Gardeners Tumble Symposium.

Images: by Pamela A. Keene