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Blackberries are a Southern favorite

Blackberries are one of the South's favorite fruits. At one time, there were almost unlimited wild blackberries and dewberries (the blackberry's trailing cousin) to be had growing along fence rows and in abandoned fields.

January 13, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Planting mistakes can ruin landscape plants

You invest a lot of money and high hopes in landscape plants. You certainly do not want them to fizzle when you get them in the ground.

January 06, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Planting trees in dead of winter is OK

If you just cannot wait to plant that special landscape tree, why wait? In Georgia, the dead of winter is not all that dead. During the winter, roots continue to grow as they really do not have a dormant period in Georgia.

December 30, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Test your soil now to prepare for spring gardening

So the garden has stopped producing, and everything has been bitten by a couple of hard frosts this fall. You might be thinking there is not much to do in the garden this time of year.

December 23, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Farm Bureau backs bill to prevent dust limits

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging congressional members to pass H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act. It faces a House vote this week.

December 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Maintaining your Christmas tree will keep it beautiful and safe

It is during this time of year that everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season work on their children and grandchildren. With all of this going on, it is easy to forget to keep an eye out for the condition of your Christmas tree.

December 16, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Keep poinsettias looking great through the holidays

A popular Christmas plant, poinsettias are actually native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land.

December 09, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Poultry, livestock support soybean industry

The Soybean Checkoff, which collects money and then invests it to advance soybean marketing and production technology, talks a lot about U.S. soybean farmers' No. 1 customers - poultry and livestock farmers.

December 08, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Control squirrels in your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 25, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Low US pork prices may boost Chinese exports

Pork imports by China, the United States' biggest consumer, may rise to a record this year as domestic supply fails to keep pace with demand and low U.S. prices spur state buying to help ease high inflation.

November 23, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Christmas trees need extra care

One of the best childhood memories I can remember growing up was going with my dad to pick out a Christmas tree.

November 18, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Time for planting of bulbs

October marks the opening of the planting season for "spring flowering" bulbs. The best time to plant is when soil temperatures fall below 60 degrees, usually October to early November.

November 11, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Food hubs could be part of Georgia's future

Agriculture is Georgia's largest economic sector, but 80 percent of the food purchased by Georgians comes from other states, according to a University of Georgia expert.

November 09, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Rodents, vehicles and costly headaches

What is 2 inches long and an inch high, and has the ability to stop a car in its tracks?

November 03, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: New stink bug may soon be in Georgia

More than 200 species of stink bugs call North America home. As many as 60 species live in Georgia. One more was recently discovered in southern South Carolina.

October 28, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Mother Nature’s gift of the fall season: leaves

Mother Nature is in a gift-giving mood this time of year.

November 07, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


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