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A look at the history behind 2 autumn decor staples — pumpkins and mums

This time of year, I would venture to say that most everyone has purchased a decorative pot of mums and a colorful pumpkin to adorn their front doorway stoops or other visible places.

October 19, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories

Cannon: Local source of life learning

Improving our community through partnership and education - that is what Hall County Cooperative Extension does.

October 05, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Checking out the science behind the beautiful foliage of fall

Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall? It is a simple answer that might amaze you.

September 21, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Your September gardening checklist

Autumn is on its way in, and the transition from warmer to cooler weather is almost here. What type of activities is important to the gardener at this time of year?

September 07, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: For a perfect landscape, put right plants in the right place

Have you ever found a wonderful plant and decided to buy it without first looking at the tag to see what kind of conditions it needs and, more importantly, how large will it grow? It helps to know these things before you purchase ornamental plants and trees.

August 24, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Plan now for fall gardens

I know it is just August, but now is a great time to be planning, selecting and getting prepared for the best time of the year to plant.

August 10, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Secrets of a master

As August approaches, our local Extension office will be gearing up to send out applications to all interested persons in our area who want to become master gardeners in 2013.

July 27, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Gardening in July is not without problems

July gardening can have its challenges with hot, dry days and sometimes humid conditions. A committed gardener has to use their time wisely during the cooler mornings and late afternoons.

July 13, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Whole system growing good for garden and the earth

We hear a lot these days about sustainable gardening and the use certain techniques to promote a healthy environment. A sustainable garden works in harmony with nature. It is also called a "whole system growing method."

June 29, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: The 2012 Georgia Gold Medal plants

The 2012 Georgia Gold Medal plants have been named for this year, and the winners are earning their gold in color, fragrance, texture and native adaptability.

June 15, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Common problems with tomatoes

There is almost an endless list as to what can cause tomatoes not to produce well. From environmental changes in temperatures, humidity and water to the many fungal issues, both bacterial and viral that can cause problems.

May 31, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Are fungus and mold attacking?

Due to our early spring weather, signs of insect and fungal diseases are showing up on the calendar a little sooner than the previous year.

May 18, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: Bring the birds and butterflies to your yard

Hummingbird havens and butterfly magnets are good words to describe a backyard designed around attracting these wonderful creatures.

May 04, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: The art of compost and mulch

Recycling in our gardens (composting) and the use of mulching makes common sense in our landscapes.

April 20, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cannon: A great shrub for spring and summer

Are you wondering what that beautiful shrub is with flat, snow-white flowers? Usually around mid-April into May and right after the dogwoods bloom, Hall County becomes blanketed with this shrub in many areas. It is called the Summer Snowflake Virburnum.

April 05, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

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