Steve is a life-long gardener. He got his start digging narcissus bulbs and iris tubers with his grandmother on their middle Georgia farm. Steve was a FFA member in high school and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in pest management from the University of Georgia.
Steve has worked in the green industry as a greenhouse and ornamental plant nursery manager and an arborist. He has worked in academia as a research technician and an extension agent.
Steve has written gardening columns for numerous newspapers, appeared on television and radio and hosted his own radio show.
Now he is pleased to be serving the citizens of Rockdale County as their UGA County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources. Give him a call or write him an email if you have any questions related to agriculture or natural resources.
The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program is a volunteer training program offered through the county offices of UGA Extension. Through this program individuals are trained and certified in home horticulture, gardening, and related areas. These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services, under the direction of the Extension, to help others through horticultural projects that benefit the community. Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to their communities’ landscapes and gardens; making life better for citizens in Rockdale County.
Applications are sent out in November and applicants are chosen in December.
The class is taught at the UGA Extension offices in Rockdale and Henry counties beginning in January and going through the first of April one day a week from early morning to afternoon. Applicants are required to attend class and pass a mid-term and final exam. The cost for the class is determined each year.
Let’s begin with a soil test. So many times clients come in our office with questions about their lawn, garden, trees, etc. and we always suggest that we start with the base (soil test). Here is a link that will assist you gathering your sample. Soil testing in Georgia. It is not necessary to come by and pick up the bags first. You may bring your dry sample into our office in plastic bags, cups, or any kind of container. We will transfer it over to a UGA soil bag. Bring in 2 cups of dry soil. The cost per sample is $8.00 (cash or check) and the results are either mailed or emailed. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm and do not close for lunch. Sorry, we do not mail out soil bags but you can mail in your sample.
The Rockdale Gardener Blog
Please check in on our Rockdale Gardener Blog regularly to learn more about gardening and educational events at your Rockdale County Extension Office.
Click on the link and find out today’s weather and much more. Perhaps the forecast can help with your gardening chores and landscaping plans. The site also tells you the current soil temperature. Here is the link – Check it out –www.georgiaweather.net
The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture
Gardeners can find great information at the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture Web site.
Rockdale county Plant Sale
For more information please contact:
Steve D. Pettis, CEA ANR