If the past few days of warm weather have given you a fever to plant shrubs, trees and flowers in the yard, you're not alone. The promise of spring is in the air, and it is hard to sit still as the days become longer and the temperatures rise. I love days like these and really enjoy getting out and experiencing a new start as plants wake from their winter dormancy.
"Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it." - Napoleon Bonaparte Good advice. Next time you go out to conquer Europe, make sure you take along a case or two of that wondrous elixir Champagne. You will need it. Champagne, or sparkling wine (I'll explain the difference in a moment), is one of the most misunderstood citizens of the wine world. It exists in a forest of myths. Let me try to ...
Retiring to the coast, or living and working there, is a dream that many people have. If your dream is to sit on the deck and watch the evening sun settling over the ocean, though, you need to move to the West Coast. At a Georgia beach, watching the sun over the water requires getting up at sunrise.\
One weekend day, we drove down to my parents' house in my hometown. While we were there, Cole and I took a walk through the neighborhood.
Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make. The ideal place for a vegetable garden is a level well-drained site, with full sun all day. There should be good air circulation and the soil should be loose, fertile and easy to work. Too good to be true? Few gardeners are lucky enough to have such a perfect spot. If you're like most and have less than an ideal ...
March is National Nutrition Month. So, make it a priority to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet in March.
In the follow-up to her novel "Friendship Bread," Darien Gee invites readers back to Avalon, Ill., in "The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society."
If you're serious about conserving resources, one of the best things you can do is adding insulation to your home. It reduces the power bill on days when the air conditioning is running, as well as the heat bill, regardless whether the house is heated by natural gas or electricity or both.
When selecting plants for your landscape, the use of color relationships is an important principle to creating an attractive and functional work of art.
This time of year, the Extension office receives many calls about home lawn care and weed control. Maintaining a lawn takes a lot of work and effort but it can be very rewarding in the long run.
When Ferdinand Magellan's ships emerged from the wild waters of Cape Horn in 1520, the newly discovered ocean seemed so peaceful that he named it Pacific Ocean. In modern times, we know that the Pacific is far from being a quiet place. Under its waters, the solid layer that separates us from the molten interior is so thin that if the globe were the size of a basketball, its hard crust would be no thicker than a sheet of paper.
Loving fathers make time for their childrenThe other day Cole asked me, "Daddy, will you play with me?"
If you have ever come into the office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I talk about is bringing in a soil sample to the office.
Small changes can make a big difference when you're working toward healthier choices. Instead of falling back into old, unhealthy eating habits and consuming high fat, high sugar comfort foods, let's find some satisfying alternatives that may have less impact on your waistline. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers these ideas: Does February make you more of a chocoholic? Instead of eating that chocolate, enjoy a nice warm cup of sugar-free hot chocolate laced ...
Editor's note: This will be the last column by Jim Hlavacek. Headaches are one of the most common reasons people see their primary care physician, and they account for 20 percent of outpatient visits to neurologists. According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic or recurring headaches. These headaches are generally grouped into two different categories: primary and secondary. Primary headaches are the most common type and have a ...
I rarely re-read books once I'm finished with them. But every now and then, I come across a published work that not only do I want to revisit, but I feel as if I have to in order to pick up on things I am positive I missed the first read through. One of those books is Volume One of the graphic novel series, "Cursed Pirate Girl." It is written and illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, ...
California Highway 58, east of Bakersfield, presents some truly astounding sights. It's still a rare occurrence here in Georgia to see more than one wind turbine. At Tehachapi Pass on Cal. 58, there are 5,000 of them.
If you have a creative side and have some room to plant flowers, cutting gardens can be a fun and rewarding way to surround one's self with beautiful flowers indoors as well as outdoors for parties.
Spirits were high but clouds hung low during graduation ceremonies on the Brenau campus a week ago. Commenting on the light rain that was falling, Brenau President Ed Schrader said, jokingly, "according to the weather radar on my computer, these rain clouds don't exist."
The front door of our church doesn't have a doorknob. Instead, it has a handle with a small thumb latch above it. To open the door, you have to depress the thumb latch until it clicks and pull. That's all. Easy, right?
Storm water is something we don't think too much about on a day-to-day basis.
Recycling is all the rage, from aluminum cans and newspapers to plastic bottles and bags. But did you know you can recycle in your lawn?
The 2013 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and as in years past, the winners are rated as No. 1 superior ornamental plants for use in the residential landscape.
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