Finalists will bring their products to Atlanta for the final round of judging, which will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Awareness Week celebration March 19-23.

Butts County School Nutrition Director Nicole James, who is the 2018 president of the Georgia School Nutrition Association, led its Georgia Legislative Action Conference this year.

At a recent Beginning Grape Growers Conference organized by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, more than 70 new and would-be grape growers learned wine industry basics and the best ways to bring their dream jobs to fruition.

They can be grilled and sautéed whole with the stems serving as convenient handles for eating as hors d’oeuvres or as a side dish with eggs, steak, pork chops or a tomato sandwich.

You can still plant zinnias or sow them for summer and fall blooms. Georgia garden centers may offer plants or have larger pots of zinnias to fill places in your landscape that need immediate color.

Depending on the size of your hosta and the size of your container, hostas can be grown as a single subject in a pot or part of a combination container with perhaps an upright plant and a trailing plant.

Horticulturists at your nursery or garden center or members of a local native plant society can provide more information about what plants work best with each other as well as suggesting more possible options and the specific growing requirements of each plant.

At one time, an almost unlimited number of wild blackberries and dewberries — the blackberry’s trailing cousin — grew along fencerows and in abandoned fields. Many of these sites have been destroyed or now have “No trespassing” signs posted on them, but each spring I still see couples on roadsides picking berries.

Question: I am looking for a fairly small flowering tree. I like crape myrtles, but there are a lot of those already in my area. I want something different. Do you have some suggestions?

If I told you to let deadnettle liven up your mixed containers, you might think of it as an oxymoron, or perhaps that I was just a moron, as “dead” and “nettle” sound none too lovely in the landscape. As they say in France, “au contraire”: deadnettle is the common name for a terrific perennial or annual that goes by the scientific name of lamium.

The calendar has rolled over, so what better time than the present to start setting some new nutrition goals for 2017?

Question: I didn’t grow up with collards. I have tasted them at restaurants (and like them) but to be perfectly honest, I don’t really know what they are. Are they a Southern version of kale?

Using leaves from landscape plants to mold chocolate leaves for your holiday desserts may awe guests, but University of Georgia food safety specialists say it isn’t worth the health risks.

Question: I encountered radishes that were almost too hot to eat. Is there any way to take away the heat and use them so they don’t go to waste?

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