Rachael Reksten has four young kids younger than 6. I admire, respect and pity her all at the same time. She told me that the hardest thing she used to have to deal with was getting her kids dressed in the morning.
I usually enjoy debunking questionable tips. However, this time I'm somewhat hesitant. Odds are that I'm going to tick off at least a few of you out there. What tip am I talking about? The Debbie Meyers Green Bags. For those of you not familiar with them, they're the green plastic bags that you store fruits and vegetables in and they supposedly stay fresher longer. You've probably seen the bags advertised on late-night TV. The bags are supposed to be specially made so that they absorb ethylene gas, which contributes to spoilage. I tested the bags ...
The last few weeks at the Extension office have been filled with talk of yellow jackets - and not those who frequent Bobby Dodd Stadium in the fall. As a loyal member of the Bulldog Nation, I occasionally have a little fun with folks who ask me how to control yellow jackets. When asked, I'm always tempted to reference coach Mark Richt and the beloved Georgia Bulldogs. However, yellow jackets are no laughing matter.
Gardens overflowing with shiny, red tomatoes and bright green peppers ... orchards filled with sweet, juicy peaches ... farmers' markets piled high with fresh produce ... they are all so easy to preserve.
Editor's note: This is Russ England's final column for The Times. After five years of gardening advice, he's decided to spend a little more time planting instead. Extension agent Wanda Cannon's gardening Q&A column will begin Aug. 1
It's midsummer in Georgia, but it could be spring all over again for vegetables. We generally plant summer vegetable crops in April and wind them up about this time of year, but we can grow two summer crops in Georgia.
Several years ago, an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently and, again as then, I found myself fascinated by how it summed up the man who died and what that summation says about our society.
I was in a grocery store the other day and noticed that they were selling "Jar Opening Rubber Grippers." The grippers were actually just round pieces of rubberized shelf liner. So, save yourself some money, buy the shelf liner and make as many grippers as you want. By the way, you can also cut out small pieces of the liner and sew them to the bottom of your slippers for better traction. There are almost as many uses for rubberized shelf liner as there are for duct tape!