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Are the deer abundant in your home yard?

If the answer is yes, a good way to prevent them from browsing in your landscape is to plant ornamental plants that deer do not like to eat.

June 03, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Some tomatoes grown to resist disease

The tomato is the most commonly-grown vegetable in America's backyard gardens. Unfortunately, producing big, red, juicy tomatoes requires considerable effort in preventing and controlling diseases.

June 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: These white wines will cool you off

Around this time of year in northeast Georgia, I am reminded of one of the tunes from "Porgy and Bess."

June 01, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: The meaning of words can get all mashed up

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called "soggum syrup."

May 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Take your concerns, no matter how small, to God

We all have problems of some sort, don't we? Granted, some of our problems are not as big as those others face. It would be very easy for us to look at our problems then look at those of others, and feel guilty for being concerned about our "small" problems in light of theirs, right?

May 30, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Decide now whether your grass will go thirsty

Most Georgia lawns have had plenty of rain in the past few months, but the hot, potentially dry months of summer are ahead. Without adequate moisture, plants cannot function normally and can become predisposed to other stresses in the environment, such as winter injury or diseases.

May 27, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Gardeners are separated by more than a manicure

A few years ago, I was in New York City to do a photo session for a book cover and found myself at the behest of a stylist and a hairdresser who also doubled as a make-up artist.

May 24, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Metaphors in ‘Beatrice’ try a bit too hard

You may have heard the expression "there are only 1,001 stories in the world to tell." So how does one take a topic that seems to have been covered on every front and make it unexpected and original?

May 23, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


A little planning will keep the bugs away

There is one big drawback to growing plants in our climate - pests enjoy the same conditions our plants do.

May 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening With Wanda: Georgia Gold Medal Winners

What are Georgia Gold Medal Winners?

May 20, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Rich: Nothing good can come from talking bad about an ex

In a small town in Arkansas, I was leaving a social gathering of divorced women who had found solidarity in their situations. Many are women who, later in life, have found themselves divorced from influential men. And, as far as I could decipher, none of the divorces were of their choosing.

May 17, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Perseverance will help along your Christian journey

If I was in an accident and lost the ability to walk and had to learn it all over again, I honestly don't know if I could do it.

May 16, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Foliage can brighten up any landscape

The dazzling array of foliage plants available for your summer landscape can leave you wondering where you will find room for flowers.

May 13, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Laughs can soothe the sting of death

Too often in recent times, death has visited itself upon my family, its intrusion bitterly unwelcome.

May 10, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Much mirth may be found in ‘Mischief’

I have always had a great respect for teachers. The reason I love reading and writing today was because I had good teachers when I was growing up - educators who exposed me to many different kinds of books and taught me the beauty of language and imagination.

May 09, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | 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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