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England: Orchids don’t require much maintenance

Question: I recently purchased an orchid on impulse, but I know nothing about houseplants. Can you give me some advice on how to take care of it (the label says Phalaenopsis) and perhaps get it to bloom again next year?

March 18, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Pesticides aren’t the only line of defense

The recent warm days have resulted in an outbreak of "spring fever" - the undeniable urge to prune, plant, weed and fertilize.

March 18, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Look to grapes to find key to wine’s differences

"Now, just what is 'merlot' anyway?"

March 16, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Lunch guys: Fried ‘steak’ from Sonic blends best of worlds

Sonic has one of the wildest menus in the lunch universe, yet this drive-in chain is still able to top itself with special "limited-time-only" specials.

March 16, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Saying good-bye to a great character

After early church and Sunday school, Mama and I had hurried to the grocery store. An older friend was ailing badly with the flu, so I told Mama I'd make him some quick homemade chicken soup and she could make the cornbread muffins. Then, I'd run it over to him.

March 15, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Hone relationship skills before dating

David Elkind, professor of child study at Tufts University and author of "The Hurried Child," lists several reasons why early dating is a problem for young people. He says youth younger than age 14 do not have the social and interpersonal skills that are required in dating situations.

March 13, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Love from a father knows no bounds

On February 10, 2006, Joshua Coleman Myers entered the world.

March 12, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Safety knife sheds light on cutting

I have discovered the best utility knife in the world - at least in my humble opinion. It's the Rapid Edge with the Saf-T-Vue light.

March 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: ‘Grow’ a good kid through gardening

Spring is fast approaching, and for many, spring means planting a vegetable garden.

March 11, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Get in shape before spring is sprung

Two simple facts we know of affect weight loss: take in less calories when eating and burn more calories with physical activity.

March 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: At least sandwich has pretty good ham

"Black Forest Ham" is what Subway is pushing now, so of course it's what we Lunch Guys are eating. In the franchise that Jared built, this ham is a lean option with the promise of you ending up an "after" picture in Subway's next weight-loss ad. But is this Black Forest Ham sub all promise and no punch?

March 09, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: You have to plan to waste some time

Editor's note: Ronda Rich's mother, Bonelle Satterfield, died Sunday. This column was written in advance.

March 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Built-in lights make these gloves genius

I've never done a tip on a pair of gloves, but these gloves are special. They're made by Mechanix, a company that is well respected for making the best work gloves in the world. They're so good that most NASCAR crew members use them. The pair of gloves that I'm going to tell you about today are special because they have built-in LED lights on them. The LED lights put out a bright 10,000 lumens and allow you to see into dark places like the recesses of your car engine. Every mechanic and weekend warrior ...

March 06, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Quality of water affected by runoff

With the ongoing coverage of our lingering drought, much of the "water talk" has focused on water quantity. And while quantity is important, we must not forget water quality.

March 04, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Hardy yellow flowers of winter aconite works well in sun

Question: What is winter aconite?Answer: Winter aconite (Eranthis species) is a tiny ephemeral that bears yellow flowers on 2- to 3-inch stems. Sometimes called wolf's bane, it blooms in late winter about the same time as the very earliest daffodils in zone seven.

March 04, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


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Cooking with Crevolyn: Using slow cooker is good for all seasons

Anyone who knows me knows I love my slow cooker. It is, without a doubt, my favorite cooking appliance.

April 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Resist urge to buy animal for Easter

I do not like Peeps.

April 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check house foundation to prevent dangerous slides

The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., raises the question whether something like this could happen here. It's not likely, because we don't have the deep soil that led to the Western disaster.

April 19, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants selected

The 2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and are rated as the No. 1 superior ornamental plant for residential landscape use in Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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