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UGArden, UGA Cooperative Extension, and Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful are getting together to help provide vegetable starts, seeds, and garden assistance.  This is NOT your official order, but will help UGArden with ordering and planning plantings.  Please also assist our program by answering some questions about your garden use and needs.  Thank you!  
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KACCB will partner with CCSD to send sends to every K-3 classroom this March. Not a K-12 teacher and want a shipment of seeds? Contact

See all menus and events for this month online.

What to plant this month, Start indoors: Kale and other greens

December tasks from the ACC Extension Office,Why not get started early for next year?:
  • Spread manure, rotted sawdust, and leaves over the garden and plow them under; you’ll be surprised at the difference this organic matter will make in the fertility, physical structure and water-holding capacity of the soil.
  • Take a soil sample to allow plenty of time to get the report back. Lime applied now will be of more benefit next year than if it is applied in the spring before planting.
  • Start planning next year’s garden now! Order flower and vegetable seeds in December or January, while the supply is plentiful.
  • Review the results of last year’s garden and order the more successful varieties.
  • You may have seeds left over from last year. Check their viability by placing some in damp paper towels and observing the germination percentage.
  • Draw a map of the garden area and decide how much row spacing is needed for each vegetable.  

Soils are a fun garden lesson when not much is going on in the garden. Link it to lessons on human impact on the planet, erosion, rocks and geology, decomposition, pH, and more!

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia has developed a wonderful set of lesson plans on soils as a part of their Garden Earth Naturalist program.
Welcome to the Soil Department! PowerPoint
Basic Soil Chemistry: pH

Making Soil - How Does Soil Form?

My Soil's Better Than Your Soil
Comparing the Organic Content from Soil Samples

Walking on Ecosystems: Microhabitats Under Foot! Water Infiltration - Getting Water Where It’s Needed!

Find Gardening in Georgia here to see local planting dates and garden information for our area!

Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website
Eating from the garden this month: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Other Greens, Lettuce, Pecans, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Winter Squash, Turnips

Bird seed cookies

Source: The Cornell Lab

These feeders are festive and easy to make.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups bird seed (any type)
  • cookie cutters
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • string
  • skewer
  • non-stick cooking spray

Spray your cookie cutters with non-stick spray to make the cookies easier to pop out.

Empty 1 package of unflavored gelatin into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Let this sit for 1 minute. Add 1/3 cup of boiling water to the gelatin, stirring for a few minutes or until the gelatin is dissolved. This is the binder that keeps seeds together.

Next add 2 cups of bird seed to the gelatin and mix thoroughly.

On a tray or sheet of wax paper, lay out your desired cookie cutters. Fill the cookie cutters with the mixture and press into shape firmly. Make a small hole in each cookie with the skewer for the string.

Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the seed mixture to set. After setting warm to room temperature before removing the cakes from the pan. Carefully pop the cookies out of their molds and thread a string through the hole. Hang the ornaments from a tree, pole, or hook outside your windows and watch the birds devour them!

Need materials to cook with in your classroom? Borrow the mobile cooking cart from the Office of Service Learning and/or contact a local chef to come cook with your class! Contact to learn more!


Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter, November Issue.
1/14 Advanced Training in Environmental Education Registration Deadline (Class I January 24-26)
1/21 MLK Day of Service, Multiple Sites
1/24 ATEEG Core Course I, Charlie Elliott
1/24 Connect to Protect Leadership Program: Plants & Pollinators Specialization, Bot Garden
1/25 SCiREN GA Networking Event, Bot Garden
1/17 Green Life Expo & Awards Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest: “Leap into Sustainability” 
1/31 Award Deadlines for KACCB, Water Conservation, Stormwater, and Recycling 
2/5 Native Plant Symposium, Bot Garden
2/21 Georgia Arbor Day
2/29 Green Life Expo & Awards, Bot Garden
3/6-8 EEA Annual Conference, Villas by the Sea
1/18/2020 School Garden Plant Orders DUE
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