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Thompson: New tape won’t leave you stuck

Painter's masking tape sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. When it doesn't, it really ticks me off. Well, now there's a new advancement in painters tape. It's called Frog Tape. What makes this tape so special? It contains a super-absorbent polymer that swells when paint touches it. This swelling actually helps block the paint from seeping beneath the tape. Pretty cool. It's now available at most home improvement stores.

February 15, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


What can you tell us about the lenten rose?

Very few flowers bloom in the winter months around Gainesville, but there is one exception to the rule. The Helleborus x hybridus - known by a more common name of lenten rose - is an excellent drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plant that requires little maintenance. Every year, the lenten rose graces the shady beds of southern gardens.

February 13, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Weather, gender, bees affect holly’s berries

At the extension office, we receive many questions pertaining to the growth and care of holly shrubs.

February 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Milk makes body better in any flavor

Should I let my child drink chocolate milk? Is this really part of a healthy diet? Many parents ask these questions.

February 11, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Cooter’s story can inspire dreams

Brandon, the smart young man who has worked for me for years, isn't impressed by much at all. He's remarkably level-headed so fame or celebrity bounces off him like one of Penelope Ann's biscuits bounces off the floor.

February 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: To be first, line up last

Chloe is going through this stage where she wants to be first. When I take her and Cole to school, she wants to go inside before he does. When we're about to eat supper, she wants her plate before anyone else gets theirs. When she and Cole are taking medicine, she insists I give Cole his after she gets hers.

February 08, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Simple ideas lessen the hard work

If you've never heard of the Bigslider, let me tell you about it. This cool product helps you move large objects and can replace your wheelbarrow. It's basically a 2-foot by 5-foot piece of high-density Polyethylene and has a handle on one end. You can put a heavy load on the Bigslider like a large TV, a water heater or a big flower pot. Then you can easily slide the heavy load. The Bigslider can slide over carpet, concrete, asphalt and grass. The thing I really like about this product is that instead of picking up a heavy ...

February 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: A little work can be fruitful

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Lambrusco wine comes in quality varieties

I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.

February 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Sharing the gift of life’s wisdom

Readers have often reassured me that among their favorite columns are the ones in which I share the wisdom passed down to me by my parents. But just this morning I got to thinking: I have some wisdom, too, that I can share.

February 03, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Wordlock a nice idea with limited use

OK, I'm really torn about sharing this next gadget with you. It's called the Wordlock and it's basically a combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers.

February 01, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep kids in mind when dating again

After a separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one, it takes time to cope with feelings and move on to another relationship.

February 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: Steps to keep plants warm, healthy in winter

Wintertime can be tough on your plants, inside and out. What can one do to prevent injury to more fragile plants during the winter months?

January 29, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Now is the time to take on plant pruning

Now is a prime time to prune plants, but only if you have a reason.

January 29, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: What’s your portion distortion?

You've probably noticed that food portions in restaurants have grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. This can lead to weight gain.

January 28, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Wine Without Pretense: Celebrate with red, white and blue wines

Saturday is Independence Day. Happy Birthday, America! And what better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than to embrace the red, white and blue and all the goodness and greatness it represents.

July 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Understanding the science of seizures

Dogs and cats have brains, and those brains work much the same way human brains do.

June 28, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Nutrients absent in red clay topsoil in North Georgia

In terms of its natural setting, North Georgia can count many blessings.

June 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Beating back the squash vine borer

A vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing among the tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.

June 25, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Classic Grant, Saint thrill audience

Widely considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, I finally decided to sit down and watch "North by Northwest" and was treated to a fantastic spy thriller.

June 24, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Family fun, fitness on 4th of July

So what are your plans for the Fourth of July? Having a cookout? Attending a fireworks display? Getting up at the crack of dawn to go run?

June 24, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No small thing to receive forgiveness

I love putting puzzles together. As a child, I'd usually receive a puzzle every Christmas. Even as an adult, my mom still makes sure I get one each year.

June 21, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Catch-22 of health insurance for pets

I loved Wolverine before it was cool.

June 21, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Hurricane season underway

Summer begins today, and hurricane season is already in progress. Georgia is affected by hurricanes, but they play out differently in our northern part of the state than they do in the coastal plain.

June 20, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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