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National Garden Week: Why Isn’t My Annual Blooming? by RGC blogger Lisa Ethridge

National Garden Week: Why Isn’t My Annual Blooming? by RGC blogger Lisa Ethridge

In the spring, Roswell gardeners flocked to nurseries and big box stores to purchase colorful annual plants for containers and beds. If the honeymoon is over and your annual plants are dormant and stressed, they can be revitalized. With the right care and maintenance, annuals will brighten the landscape from spring through fall.

Annual plants need water to thrive and bloom. Drought conditions prevail in Georgia during the summer months. Most annuals require at least 1-1½” of water per week. Containers require daily or twice-daily watering during the summer and into October, Georgia’s driest month. Smaller pots require more hydration because they dry out quickly.

“Deadhead” or prune to encourage new blooms and growth. An annual completes its entire life cycle in a

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Garden Week in Georgia: Explore Gardens Around the World by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

Garden Week in Georgia: Explore Gardens Around the World by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

We are topping off Garden Week in Georgia with virtual garden tours here and around the world. Join us as we appreciate this amazing planet and the work of gardeners everywhere.

  • Get lost in beauty at the Gardens Illustrated website, starting at the Inspiring Gardens tab. You can spend hours looking at and reading about rural, urban, and international gardens. More hours are needed to read about the gardeners and to explore garden design.
    • Read about the RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show May 19 – 23.
      • You can sign up for Gardens Illustrated’s RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show emails and receive a free digital copy Pots of Style Special Edition—I signed up because I’m going to take part in the Virtual Chelsea Flower Show.
      • I downloaded Pots of Style, took a peek, and couldn’t stop skimming it to finish this post. The people at Gardens Illustrated aren’t exaggerating when they say it is gorgeous.
    • Jump off the Garden’s Illustrated site to explore the Gardens of the Globe—this clickable map …
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Garden Week in Georgia: Inspired by Earth Day? Now’s the Time to Start a Compost Bin by RGC Bloggers Lisa Ethridge & Suzy Crowe

Garden Week in Georgia: Inspired by Earth Day? Now’s the Time to Start a Compost Bin by RGC Bloggers Lisa Ethridge & Suzy Crowe

Many of us’ve thought about composting waste, but never made the time for it. While we’re staying at home, it’s the perfect time to start a compost bin and develop the habit of composting. This DIY project can improve air quality, enrich the soil, and alleviate landfill woes. Kitchen and backyard composting is not only FREE and incredibly beneficial, it requires little effort—a definite win, win, win for gardeners.

According to the UGA Extension, “Composting is the natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic material into a soil amendment known as compost.” Compost is a magical soil enhancer. It helps retain moisture, eliminates the need to use commercial fertilizer, and encourages vigorous plant growth. A good garden can be made great by improving the soil with home-made humus.

Statistics show that compostable waste, which creates greenhouse gases as it decomposes, makes up almost 25% of the world’s garbage. The simple act of composting reduces the amount of garbage in landfills and

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Garden Week in Georgia: Arbor Day–Don’t Miss Your Chance to Celebrate Trees by RGC Blogger Lisa Ethridge

Garden Week in Georgia: Arbor Day–Don’t Miss Your Chance to Celebrate Trees by RGC Blogger Lisa Ethridge

There are so many ways that trees positively affect us, our communities, and our world. Check out the details on the Arbor Day Foundation Website: https://www.arborday.org/trees/treefacts/

  • Trees help clean our air
  • Trees contribute to our health
  • Trees provide us with oxygen
  • Trees provide much-needed cooling
  • Trees help reduce the effects of climate change
  • Trees help us save energy
  • Trees benefit wildlife
  • Trees help reduce crime
  • Trees are a good investment of our public dollars
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Garden Week in Georgia: RGC Members’ Reflections on Gardening by RGC Blogger Lisa Ethridge

Garden Week in Georgia: RGC Members’ Reflections on Gardening by RGC Blogger Lisa Ethridge

Recently, RGC members were asked to share their top reasons for joining a garden club; their favorite gardening memories; and why they love to garden. After reading some of their reflections, we hope you will consider sharing your gardening reflections and joining us in one of our favorite pursuits.

Linda B’s top 10 reasons to join a garden club, specifically Roswell Garden Club are:

– Socialize with like-minded people
– Learn about new techniques, products, plant varieties
– Listen to relevant speakers at monthly meetings
– Volunteer to beautify the community
– Help raise funds for worthwhile causes
– Take field trips to interesting locations
– Be part of community service projects
– Participate in plant exchanges
– Contribute to an award-winning organization
– Be part of an active, vibrant, caring group

Linda Lee P relates:

I was retired and had the time to join a club, to get out there. RGC had a meeting. I went. I was a first timer with another friend I’d recently met in church. We sat together. I fell in love with the president, the group, the mission. I joined. Twelve years ago…

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Garden Week in Georgia: Earth Day 2020 – 50 Years of Celebrating & Saving our Earth by RGC Bloggers Suzy Crowe & Lisa Ethridge

Garden Week in Georgia: Earth Day 2020 – 50 Years of Celebrating & Saving our Earth by RGC Bloggers Suzy Crowe & Lisa Ethridge

Explore Earth Day 2020’s theme—Climate Action—by taking part in Earth Day Live. EarthDay.org is the place to be, not only to read about challenges we face but also to be inspired to make changes large and small to preserve our precious Earth. So what can you do online for Earth Day?

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