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Earth Sense: Use compass in your house hunting

Plans made over the holidays often involve finding a new home. Real estate agents are surprised when I bring a compass along while house hunting.

December 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: How to pick the perfect houseplant

I remember as a child having houseplants my mother grew. It was interesting to see them grow and how my mom took care of them.

December 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Earth Sense: Better ways to dispose of leaves than burning

Today is the last day of fall. In many households, this means there is also a last batch of tree leaves and pine straw to remove from grass and various other areas.

December 19, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Not all rabid dogs resemble Cujo

I am a scientist, and this sometimes interferes in my personal life.

December 19, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Margaret Rasmussen named Master Gardener of the Year

Each year, the Hall County Master Gardeners select one of their own as the Master Gardener of the Year.

December 18, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sisk: Vaccines safe, effective for animals

Recently, I received an email with some questions about a specific disease and the vaccines intended to prevent the malady. Hopefully, all of you will get something out of the answers.

December 13, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: No one can know better than God

The ornament was beautiful.

December 13, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of landslides after heavy rains

Oso, Wash., is a quiet farm community of about 180 people, located 60 miles northeast of Seattle. Pretty green valleys alternate with mountain slopes that are covered with pine, fir and cedar trees.

December 12, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wheeler: Tend to your garden's winter chores this month

Even though winter weather is here, gardeners can still do some things in the yard. Even though they are not really big jobs, they are important to do to maintain a healthy garden and be ready for the upcoming growing season.

December 10, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Steer clear of pet store purchases

The language of the universe is written in numbers.

December 06, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect outdoor plumbing from cold nights

Early-morning frost is here. If you haven't done anything yet to protect your outdoor plumbing, it's probably time to do so.

December 06, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Tips on caring for poinsettias this holiday season and beyond

Despite their limited, two-month run on retailers' shelves each year, poinsettias are the best-selling potted plant in the United States. Growers sold more than 34.6 million plants in 2014 alone.

December 03, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Randall Murray: 5 perfect Christmas presents for wine lovers

Time is still on the clock - which has been ticking in retail stores since about Aug. 1 - to do some poking around for a nice bottle of wine or related goodies to give as a nice Christmas gift.

December 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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

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

November 29, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | 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


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Michael Wheeler: Maintaining soil pH levels is important

If you have ever come to my office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate ...

February 04, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: A camera and microscope capture crystallized wine

Ever hear of "wine diamonds?"

February 02, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering pets carries small risk, but it's better in the long run

In two days, Lemmy will return to my office for his appointment to be neutered.

January 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God sees whole picture, keeps us safe from harm

I was at home one afternoon, when Amy came in with Chloe and Cole.

January 31, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Diverse, native trees add value to your landscape

Trees in our landscapes provide numerous functions, including beauty to the yard, habitats for wildlife and sound buffers. Trees also provide privacy as well as ...

January 28, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Make a pizza from items in pantry, fridge

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods.

January 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has ...

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: It's time for your pup's 3-week check-up

Lemmy bounds into the waiting room, his owners trailing behind a taut leash. That's not the worst habit a puppy can have, but it ...

January 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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