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Berry College to host seed swap

Berry College to host seed swap

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College will host the second annual Floyd County Seed Swap this weekend.

Farmers, gardeners and community members alike are invited to attend the event, which will be Saturday, Feb. 28. A seed saving seminar will start at 10 a.m., and the actual swap will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Berry will give out a limited amount of heirloom seeds. Those who do not have seeds or plants to share are still welcome to stop by and pick up gardening tips.

The seed swap is free and open to the public.

Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Oak Hill gardens get restoration grant

Oak Hill gardens get restoration grant

ROME, Ga. -- The hillside gardens at Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum are about to receive a facelift.

The Athens-based Garden Club of Georgia recently gave the gardens a $3,000 renewal grant.

Garden Club of Georgia provides funds for historic landscape and garden renewal, according to Oak Hill director Tim Brown.

Oak Hill's gardens were planted between 1927 and 1933, and were designed by Philadelphia landscape artist Robert Cridland. Cridland also helped to landscape much of the Berry College campus, as well as the gardens at the House O'Dreams on Lavender Mountain.

"Berry has a treasure trove of documents and letters between [Berry College founder Martha] Berry and Mr. Cridland, along with blueprints of the original gardens," Brown said in a statement.

Summer in Georgia & peaches for weeks: What to do with those sweet GA peaches

Summer in Georgia & peaches for weeks: What to do with those sweet GA peaches

Atlanta, GA --  The blog Running With Tweezers has a great article including a variety of great recipes for this year's peaches.  If you have had one of this year's peaches you know they are just delicious!!!  Whether you want to make ice cream, a cake or a cobbler, @RunningWithTweezers.com has the perfect recipe for you.

Around here, we’re really fortunate to have summers full of local peaches. Growing up, they were one of my dad’s favorite foods and they made appearances at our house fairly regularly. Sliced on pound cake or angel food cake, on top of cottage cheese the old school way. In the colder months, he’d even eat canned peaches straight up with a spoon. While I’m not a proponent of the tinned variety, I’m a huge fan of the fresh ones grown here in the South.

Berry farmer's market returns this weekend

Berry farmer's market returns this weekend

ROME, Ga. -- Shop for fresh, locally-grown vegetables at the Berry College farmer's market this weekend.

The market will be at Clara Bowl on the Berry campus from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

It will feature several products from Berry's student enterprises, including vegetables, cheese, beef and more. All of the wares are grown and crafted by students.

Additionally, faculty, staff and students will sell hand-made jewelry, toys and other merchandise, while community vendors will sell home-canned vegetables, honey, baked goods and more.

Entertainment is a big part of the market. Children can participate in face painting, a petting zoo and inflatables while their parents shop.

The market will also feature an Angus burger lunch from noon until 2 p.m. The lunch costs $5 per person.

Berry College is located at 2277 Martha Berry Highway in Rome.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WOODSTOCK, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Woodstock Market and Show will feature an outdoor market and antique show on Saturday, May 7. The show will include antiques, vintage things, arts and crafts, furniture, produce and vendor items. The show was created to have the feel of an “Old World Outdoor Street Market”. The market is located at 9464 Main Street in Woodstock.

This weekend, North Cobb will present their 2nd Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival. This festival is held by The Rotary Club of North Cobb and the City of Acworth; it’s a non-sanctioned BBQ competition open to anyone who loves to cook. The event will be held on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth. This year, the festival will host free concerts.