As we enter the summer months of June and July, I have had the usual increase in vegetable
and fruit problems, as well as ornamental's. Our warm humid climate provides the ideal situation
for many diseases to occur. That being said, the most common problem I have seen so far this
year has been herbicide damage on vegetables. Herbicide coming through fresh manure or
drifted near the garden can cause major problems, especially on sensitive plants like tomatoes. I
have probably had fifteen samples in the last month that were related to herbicide damage. On
another note, the light winter and mild spring seems to have everything ahead of schedule. I
have already had my first picking on my blueberries that don't normally become ripe until the
first week of July. Figs, blackberries and raspberries are also ready to harvest several weeks
ahead of normal. While this should not be detrimental to the plants, it can cause a lack of flavor
in the fruit at times. It is just something we have to live with.
I am pleased to announce that by the time you read this newsletter, Sheri Dorn should be on
board or close to on board as the new state Master Gardener Coordinator. I feel confident that
she will lead the program in the right direction and also clear up some of the loose ends that
have existed. Sheri will be located at the Griffin campus and we will post her number as soon as
we have it. We also have approval for a vegetable and fruit specialist position. Both of these will
be vital to our department and support of those programs. The vegetable position will most likely
be housed in Tifton and will handle primarily commercial crops. The fruit position is still being
tweaked but will probably include peaches, blueberries and possibly some other commodities. It
has not been decided yet where that position will be housed.
As always if we can help you in any way, please contact us in the Horticulture Department. I am
working on several new vegetable fact sheets that should be out soon.
Horticulture Extension Coordinator
THE NEW RESOURCES FOR AGENTS
Publications – the following pubs are either brand new or recently
1018 - Home Garden Lettuce.
1014 - Home Garden Sweet Potatoes
867-11 - Controlling Florida Betony in the Landscape
893 - Mouse Ear of Pecan
945 - Home Garden Figs
1271 - Georgia Home Grown Tomatoes
Power Points – the following Power Points are either brand new or
No new or revised power points are available.
JUNE GARDEN TIPS
Continue to harvest squash, green beans and cucumbers at an early stage to keep them
tender and producing.
Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants should be ready to harvest soon.
If you planted too many vegetables share the crop with family, friends, and your local
Check magnolias and hollies and other evergreen trees for damaging insects. You might
turn to organic or chemical sprays to control Scale, Spider mite, Lace bug, Leaf miner,
Spittlebug and Leaf hopper.
Mulch newly planted trees to conserve moisture and water them well once a week.
Remove week, broken or spindly shoots, and dead or dying stems from roses.
Side dress sweet corn when it is knee high.
Be on the lookout now for common garden problems such as Early Blight, Spotted-Wilt
virus as well as Squash Vine Borer.
Smooth Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ (Hydrangea arborescence
‘Annabelle’) is a deciduous, low maintenance shrub that
grows from 3 to 5 feet tall with a spread from 4 to 6 feet. Its
flowers are white to creamy white, and very decorative. It
usually blooms in Georgia from mid-June to late September. The flowers look similar to those of
Snowball Viburnum. Smooth Hydrangea grows well in partial shade, in a well-drained soil.
‘Annabelle’ is one of the hardiest cultivars and can be grown in zones from 3 to 9. This cultivar
has no serious disease or insect problems. In fact, it shows very good resistance to bud blight,
bacterial wilt, and leaf spot. Native Americans and early settlers used Smooth Hydrangea for its
medicinal properties to treat kidney and bladder stone
Smooth Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ Photos by Malgorzata Florkowska
BRINGING BUTTERFILIES TO YOUR SUMMER GARDEN
Photos by Malgorzata Florkowska
Butterflies are a welcome addition to any garden. They are not only colorful and pretty, but
they are also important pollinators. Tiger Swallowtails, Giant Sulfurs, Painted Ladies, Skippers,
Monarchs, Blues, Gulf Fritillary, and California Sisters are a few of the species that may visit your
garden if they find plants they like. Below is a list of annuals and perennials that can be planted
to help attract butterflies.
Alyssum, Lantana, Impatiens, Zinnias, Vinca, Verbena, Mexican Sunflower, Salvia,
Chrysanthemums, Beebalms, Pansies, Cuphea, Pentas, Scarlet Sage, China Pinks.
Black Eye Susan, Blue Sage, Mexican Heather, Milkweed,
Lavender, Coneflower, Swamp Hibiscus, Butterfly Bush, Hostas,
Tickseed, Autumn Joy Sedum, Cannas, Abelias, Azaleas.
Photo by Malgorzata Florkowska
MASTER GARDEN UPDATE
LAWRENCEVILLE: Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Meeting Monday, June 18, 2012 at 7 PM
will proudly feature Staci Catron, Director of Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History
Center and the Margaret Mitchell House.
ATHENS: State Botanical Garden of Georgia lecture The World is My Garden: The Gardens of
New Zealand Tuesday, June 19, 2012 7:00 p.m. Callaway Building $10 includes a $2 voucher to
ATHENS: 2012 Sunflower Music Series at the State Botanical Garden schedule begins June 12 –
Randall Bramblett, Whisper Kiss opening; July 10 – Romper Stompers, Danielle Howle opening;
August 28 – Grogus; September 25 – Arvin Scott Quartet. SMS Concerts are on Flower Garden
Lawn (Conservatory in inclement weather). For information call 706/542-1244. $10 members;
$15 non-members; $5 children ages 6
PERRY: Junior Master Gardener Leadership Training July 18, 2012 9-4 PM Houston County
Extension Office, Perry Multi-Purpose Room
ASHS annual meeting will be held 31 July - 3 Aug. 2012, in Miami, Florida
Newsletter Assistance: Malgorzata Florkowska, Department of Horticulture
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