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Skaggs: Plant in the right spot

Fall is here, and for the gardening enthusiast, now is the ideal time to make additions to your landscape - in particular, hardy perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees. While many of us are familiar with "spring fever," fall actually is the appropriate time to plant. Trees and shrubs planted now have the entire fall and winter to set down roots and get established before the heat of spring and summer arrives.

October 17, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Wilburn: Trim that grocery bill with these tips

It's not just shock at the price of gas making headlines; food costs at the grocery store are getting our attention as well.

October 15, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: With men, it’s about substance over style

Karen is always full of advice, even that which I don't desire or necessarily need. Like the other day.

"I have a good piece of advice for you," she began in one of our daily conversations that includes vital information like how many pieces of fried chicken Dixie Dew ate at Mama's or how her kids are not practicing piano. She called me up, I answered the phone and it all began with those words.

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: Lessons in learnin’ a thing or two

As though it was just yesterday, not the too-many-years-to-count that it really was, I can hear my daddy clearly. He'd pull back his shoulders, raise an eyebrow and point his finger at me - always with great meaning - and say, "Little girl, I'm about to learn you a thing or two."

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rosemond: Potty training should be kept simple

I've said many, many times that letting a child older than 30 months soil and wet herself several times a day is an insult to the child's intelligence.

October 13, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists

Thompson: Freezer holds answer for smelly trash

If you suffer from "bad-smelling-trash-can-itis," I have a solution for you. Instead of throwing your food scraps in your trash can, wrap them up and put them in your freezer. Just make sure to throw them away on your trash pick-up day.

A co-worker, Kevin Eicher, shared this one with me. Kevin was having trouble with pine straw building up on his roof, especially in the valleys of the roof. He didn't want to risk getting on a tall ladder to remove the pine straw so he came up with a pretty unique idea. He took an old fishing ...

October 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: In shade, moss is a winner over grass

Homeowners across North Georgia know that in order to maintain an attractive fescue lawn, over-seeding is required. Certainly, fescue lawns have taken a beating due to the drought of 2008. However, I am often asking how to rid a lawn of moss in order to plant grass.

Moss is simply a plant looking for a good home, and if the right conditions are provided, it can quickly take up residence and do quite well.

October 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Rosemond: A parent's role isn't to be a helicopter

A journalist recently asked me to name the No. 1 problem facing today's family. I think she expected me to address education, the economy or some other "hot" topic. To her surprise, I said, "A confusion of roles."

In today's parenting universe, married women with children think of themselves first and foremost as mothers, and married men with children think of themselves first and foremost as fathers. This is confusion. If you are married with children, you are first and foremost a wife or a husband. In your wedding vows, you did not say, "I take you to ...

October 10, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists

Murray: Next time you pour, think in the box

A wino friend dropped by recently and I thought he was going to have a stroke. He spotted - gasp! - a box of wine on my kitchen counter.

When, with sinful glee, I offered him a swig of the stuff from a cardboard box, he gagged and staggered off the porch and into the woods. I think a bear got him, which I think he would have preferred to being forced to drink wine from a box.

October 08, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Rich: Life's simple pleasures can sound so sweet

A while back, Mama, Louise, Rodney and I visited with some good friends of ours up in the mountains.

October 07, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: Check your eyes with this little test

Do you see the numbers 25 and 45 embedded in the pictures at left? If not, you might suffer from color blindness. (What other columnist will give you an eye test?)

October 05, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Wilburn: Register now for Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

I invite our readers to the third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon.

The luncheon will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 15 in the ballroom at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. The cost for the luncheon is $25 per person or two for $40. Scholarships are available; please register by Friday.

October 04, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Gardening with Wanda

What are native plants?

Native plants are generally plants that have inhabited a particular region for many years. They are found in a particular area without being transplanted here from another region in the world.

October 03, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Skaggs: Native blueberries taste good in any backyard

The beautiful rabbiteye blueberry is native to Georgia. Fishermen collected the best wild blueberries growing along our rivers, and later Tom Brightwell and other horticulturists created improved varieties of rabbiteye blueberries. Georgia is now the fifth-largest blueberry producing state.

Rabbiteye blueberries are generally the best type of blueberries for home gardeners in Georgia. Southern highbush blueberries are grown commercially in Georgia, but require high organic matter soil (at least 3 percent) and are very prone to attack by deer and birds because they ripen early in the season. For this reason, they are usually poor choices from home gardeners.

October 03, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Rosemond: Tough love gets results for child’s potty problem

As regular readers of this column know, my advice tends toward the "psychologically incorrect" end of the spectrum.

October 03, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists

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Matthew Sisk: Protect your pet from hazards surrounding the holiday season

If you're like me, you decorate for the holidays.

November 30, 2015 | | Columnists

Earth Sense: Garden provides students a learning experience

In this age of supermarkets, many young people don't see the connection between topsoil and food.

November 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Michael Wheeler: 6 tips to keep your live Christmas tree going strong

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

November 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Andrew Akers: A hellish, hilarious holiday journey for 2 comedy giants

While many people have traveled far and wide to reach their Thanksgiving destination, each and every one has experienced some kind of mishap along the ...

November 26, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists

Sandra Stringer: Turn kitchen into classroom filled with food, fun

When I was growing up I loved baking and decorating cookies with my mother. So, November and December are my favorite months of the year.

November 25, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Thanksgiving wreaks havoc on pets

Veterinary medicine is full of gallows humor. If you cannot use self-deprecation and sarcasm to deal with some situations, the job can kill your inner ...

November 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Earth Sense: Not all fires in the woods are bad

Fall colors are still plentiful.

November 22, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Friedman: Consider at least one new thing to grow or interact with outside

As the holiday season begins, many start to reflect on the year and what lies ahead.

November 20, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Wine Without Pretense: First 'boxed wine' skirted Prohibition

Most of us know Prohibition in this country was a dismal failure. Amending the U.S. Constitution to stamp out the production and consumption of ...

October 14, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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