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Happy Summer!!

School's out, but all of your garden partners will be right here all summer! So reach out if you need help with your gardens or if you want to plan ahead! Dawg Day of Service is planned for August 24th and thus begins the season of garden volunteers. Get your garden workdays on the calendar for fall by filling out this volunteer request! Need a Master Gardener to consult on your garden needs let us know here!

Speaking of planning ahead, 
Plant orders for the fall are due June 14!
UGArden has to get them started in order to get them to you on----
August 29th  at the Green School Kick Off event at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (4 to 6 PM)!

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing stacy.smith@accgov.com.

Congratulations to our 2018-19 School Garden Champions
  • Outstanding Elementary School Teacher: Leslie Johnson, Whit Davis Elementary
  • Outstanding Middle School Teacher: Jennifer Thomas, Clarke Middle School
  • Outstanding Middle School Teacher- Science: Ashley Na, Clarke Middle School
  • Outstanding Middle School Teacher- Ag Science: Barb Saunders, BHL
  • Outstanding Administrator – Middle: Tad MacMillan, Clarke Middle School
  • Outstanding Administrator- Elementary: Ellen Sabatini, Barrow Elementary
  • Outstanding Elementary School Student: Jacob Lightsey, Barnett Shoals Elementary
  • Outstanding Middle School Student: Adarian Tamarius Pope, Clarke Middle School
  • Outstanding Garden Champion - Volunteer: Tim Hulsey
  • Outstanding Garden Champions - School: Naomi Craver & Karen smith
  • Outstanding Garden Partner Organization: Grow It Know It
  • Outstanding Garden Volunteer: Jake Blaydes, Lunchbox Garden Project
  • Outstanding Volunteer Group: Classic City Lions club, BHL
  • Outstanding School: Clarke Middle School
  • Outstanding Parent Volunteers: Emily Tatum, Nunally Benzing, Julie Darnell, Chase Street Elementary
The Athens School Garden Network includes the Athens Community Career Academy, the Clarke County School District, Athens Land Trust, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, and Grow It Know It in partnership with Clarke County School District, UGA Public Service and Outreach, and UGA Extension
PLANT!

Seeds: Arugula, Beans, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Kale and Greens, Okra, Field Peas, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon; Starts: Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Peppers, Pumpkin, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon
 
May Tasks from the ACC Extension Office: 
  • Make third plantings of vegetables mentioned (snap beans, corn, squash, lima beans).
  • Control grass and weeds; they compete for moisture and fertilizer.
  • Locate mulching materials for such crops as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, Irish potatoes, okra and lima beans.
  • Pole beans cling to the trellis or sticks more readily if attached by the time they start running.
  • Try a few tomato plants on stakes or trellises this year. Now is the time to start removing suckers and tying the plants up.
  • Watch out for the “10 most wanted culprits”: Mexican bean beetle, Colorado potato beetle, bean leaf beetle, Harlequin cabbage bug, blister beetle, cabbage worm, tomato hornworm, tomato fruit worm(and corn earworm), cucumber beetle and squashbug.
  • Keep a log book of problems and failures that occur so you can avoid or prevent them in the next planting season. Note successful techniques and varieties for consideration next season.
EVENTS!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter.
Roll Out the Barrels, May 23, The Foundry
Water Wise Gardening, June 12, ACC Library
Fall Plant and Seed Orders DUE, June 14

Registration is now open for the seventh Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit will to be held June 7-8 at Helms College in Macon. The Summit features dynamic, hands-on education sessions, workshops, and field trips highlighting gardening, cooking with kids, local procurement, curriculum integration, and more! Content is applicable for staff working with early care through 12 grade. For more information and to register, visit https://georgiaorganics.org/summit/  or the Facebook event page.

The 15th annual Teacher Conservation Workshop is scheduled for the week of June 17-21. This interdisciplinary workshop focuses on the environmental, economical, and social benefits of Georgia’s forestry and wildlife communities and includes Project WET, WILD and Learning Tree certification. 
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