Do you want to grow vegetables but have limited space? Does your soil consist of hard clay or drains poorly? Consider using raised beds that are elevated planting areas on top of the native soil. They require minimal space, are easy to construct and maintain and have many benefits. Vegetables grown in raised beds tend to have higher yields, are easier to provide care, and use less space than traditional in ground gardens.

One of the most popular summer-flowering woody plants are the crape myrtles. They bloom profusely throughout the summer months and have minimal maintenance requirements once established.

Several landscape plants tolerate wet sites

By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Many homeowners frequently encounter areas in their landscapes that have poor drainage and are continuously wet. The excessive rain over the past year has increased the severity of this problem. Many of the most popular landscape plants decline and perish if the soil stays too wet. Most plants are unable to tolerate soil that has poor drainage because it reduces air infiltration. Since the roots require oxygen to function, the plants suffocate. Some plants can survive under these conditions, but they are stunted and susceptible to pests. Additionally, poorly drained soils can increase the likelihood of fungal root rot disease. Some plants are more adapted to wet conditions than others. Consider using them in these areas where other plant material is difficult to grow.

Tim Daly

Even though we are in the winter months, spring is around the corner. Soon, homeowners will be purchasing plants for their landscapes. Buying healthy plants from the start will improve their chances of successfully becoming established.

In our landscapes, many of the plants are not native to the United States. They were brought here from other parts of the world for a variety of reasons. Although most are not troublesome, some of these plants have the potential to overtake native ecosystems.