Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, A Community Passion
Each season brings forth its own beauty, but for Hamilton Gardens, located in Hiawassee, Georgia, it is in summer when the miraculous takes place.
Creating a garden and even a small farm is now more accessible than ever, even in the mountains. Homegrown herbs, mouthwatering vegetables, and sensational flowers bring to life the gardening experience for home owners. So get growing and explore how local gardens and farms in the mountains are making an impact.
Living and vacationing in the Appalachian Mountains is a unique experience. There is an abundance of history, culture, adventure, places to see, and many things to do.
Gardening cultivates a spirit of perseverance and diligence, but the foundation of a healthy garden is in the soil. So when getting ready to plant a garden, the place to start is to get the soil tested.
After you receive the results back from your soil test, you will know the soil’s pH and its mineral makeup. Now you know which amendments to add to balance out the soil. One of the keys to a healthy garden is plenty of compost, which is rich in nutrients.
For those who live in the Appalachian Mountains, the close proximity to wildlife allows nature lovers to observe animals as they go about their daily routines. But for gardeners, there are two animals that are dreaded. If you wake up one morning to see a section of your garden patch devoured the culprit is most likely deer or rabbit. Both leave a trail of evidence that can be discouraging to gardeners who, after eyeing their precious tomatoes for a whole month, discover them gone.
Herbs are versatile plants. They are tasty, medicinally useful, and pleasing to smell. When it comes to cooking with herbs, however, the first decision is whether to use fresh or dried. According to UrbanCultivator.net, the recommendation is that if a dish needs to simmer longer than 45 minutes, dried herbs should be used. Dried herbs are more condensed and poignant so the amount used should be cut in half.
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Living and vacationing in the Appalachian Mountains is a unique experience. There is much history, culture, adventure, places to see, and many things to do.
Jenna breathed deeply, her nostrils filling with the sweet spring scents entering the open car windows. But her mood remained sour. “Still no service,” she said, gripping the steering wheel tighter and nodding to her phone.
Her aunt Margaret, a petite woman who wore her reddish-gold hair in a short bob, curved her lips up. “Try to relax, dear.”