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England: Looking for fruit? Your plant may be a hybrid or need pollination

Question: Can you tell me why my flowering quince never produces fruit, even though it has lots of blooms each year?

April 01, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan your plant buying to keep nice color around

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a glorious flash, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year. It seems to happen almost every year.

April 01, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Protect your water by using plastic bottles for intended purposes only

Recently I had someone e-mail my office with the following concern: "I've heard that it could cause cancer if you froze water repeatedly in a water bottle."

March 30, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: So big, it’s shameful — or puts others to shame

The line of Big Mouth Burgers at Chili's has long been on the Lunch Guys "Best Burgers" short list. The name captures the spirit of these magnificent monstrosities.

March 30, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Easter memories are to be cherished

Two rather disturbing things happened during our family Easter last year, both of which I hope can be corrected this year.

March 29, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


England: Pretty pink grass can do well in drought conditions

March 28, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Enjoy fall’s squash treasure: Pumpkins

I love pumpkins! To me, they symbolize fall and the coming of cool weather.

March 28, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: In these dry times, mulch is a plant’s best friend

With many Georgia homeowners wondering if their lawns and landscapes will survive the ongoing drought, folks are looking for a "miracle fix" for their water woes.

March 28, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: Sometimes, a little boost is all we need

The other day, Chloe was trying to get into a chair so she could sit in it "like a big girl." Unfortunately for her, she wasn't as big a girl as she thought she was.

March 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Rich: Fortunes aren’t always made from money, fame and prestige

If you met my cousin, Melissa, you'd like her immediately.

March 28, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Stop squirrel party with a strobe light

I admire people who come up with ingenious ways to solve problems. Helen Stell of Lula has provided the first two tips. They are definitely ingenious ...

March 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Craving some pumpkin carving? Have I got a tip for you ...

Well, it's time for my SUPERSIZED Halloween tips column. This is my biggest column of the year and I've got a lot of great Halloween tips. Most of them are on how to have a great jack-o-lantern. However, I've also added some on Halloween in general. Look for me when you're out trick-or-treating. This year I'm going as a "duct tape mummy." (What can I say, I love duct tape almost as much as I love Halloween). Have fun and be careful out there!

March 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Lunch guys: Sandwich at Sonic is truly a mouthful

Everyone seems to think making a cheesesteak is as easy as making a ham sandwich. That's why we Lunch Guys have seen franchises from Quiznos to Dominos try their hand at "cheesesteak" lunches - and flounder where Philadelphians flourish.

March 28, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan ahead for landscape additions

Considering the water situation, fall landscape planting is not high on many homeowners' list of things to do.

March 28, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: Preschool might be beneficial distraction

Question: Our family just moved to a new city and my 2 1/2-year-old son won't do anything during the day but follow me around. If I give him something to play with while I unpack boxes, he ignores what I've given him and starts messing with things he knows he's not supposed to touch, like my computer. If I move from one room to another, he moves with me, asking me question after question or getting into everything. Should I try some form of punishment or just cater to his clinginess for the time being?

March 28, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


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Combat compact soil that’s robbing plants of nutrients

Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.

January 30, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: 10 necessary tools to keep in kitchen

You might not know this, but in addition to being a foodie, I am also a wedding planner.

January 28, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Christians are symbols of God’s accomplishments

When I went off to seminary in Texas, I left many of my personal belongings at my parents' house.

January 25, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Plan ahead for your pets after your depart from this world

Thanks to my grandmother, I am now at peace with Kenny Rogers.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Carburetors fading as fuel injection offers cleaner air

The carburetor is a time-honored device that may yet see its 150th birthday. But it's disappearing almost completely from the automotive scene.

January 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Timing is essential when pruning trees and flowers

Winter is a great time to get outside to prune plants while they are in their dormant state.

January 23, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Small steps to stay on track for losing weight, becoming healthy

It's much too early to give up on your health and fitness goals.

January 21, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: Studies prove vaccines effective for cervical cancer, HPV

What if I told you that you could receive three shots and prevent three different kinds of cancers in women, at least two in men, and decrease the number of visits for women to their OB/GYN's office? Well, one vaccine has the power to do just that.

January 19, 2015 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Knowing the true meaning of failure

Words can hurt. Believe me, I know. If you've ever written a column and gotten some less-than-loving feedback, you understand.

January 18, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Europe’s winter weather patterns stormier than ours

The past two weeks have shown how different the weather can be in Europe, compared to the U.S.

January 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Learning soil’s pH levels can lead to better gardens

If you have ever come into my office to ask a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I request is a soil sample.

January 16, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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