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A soil sample kit or a UGA Extension publication on your loved one’s favorite topic are both great last-minute gifts for the gardeners on your…

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ATHENS — A client came by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office last week with a great gift idea for her father. She said, “My dad loves to garden, but he has had a few bad years of luck with getting anything to grow.” She’s been telling her dad for years he needed to get his soil tested and, of course, he never got around to it. So she decided to sneak into his garden and collect a soil sample to have it tested for him.

Kenny A. Johnson became the first African-American Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor for Rockdale County when he was sworn into office on Jan. 8 by Probate Judge Clarence Cuthpert Jr.

Fire ant populations are high in the fall and ants haven’t yet burrowed deep into the soil for winter and University of Georgia entomologists say that now is the perfect time to treat for them.