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Morales: This is the start of something big ... hopefully

Every spring, it becomes a mantra for me: This year will be the year.

March 27, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Columnists

Skaggs: Try a class to brush up on your gardening

With the recent onset of spring-like weather, gardening enthusiasts across North Georgia cannot wait to get started pruning, planting, fertilizing and simply soaking up some warm sunshine. The phones have been hopping at the Extension office - spring fever is officially here!

March 27, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Cannon: What is involved with making a raised-bed garden?

I, for one, am going to build my first raised bed this year and try my luck in growing some of my favorite vegetables.

March 27, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Wilburn: Leeks, scallions share family, taste

Spring is just around the corner, so let's focus on two often forgotten members of the onion family - leeks and green onions (scallions).

March 25, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: Table talk fills minds along with our bellies

It is a tradition on Sundays for my sister to load her table with food and fill her house with family and friends.

March 24, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: Teach kids early about value of duct tape

OK folks, it's time for a duct tape tip: If you have a young toddler, put a piece of duct tape over their shoe laces so they'll stay tied while the child is playing. You'll also be educating the child on the value of duct tape. You can't start too young.

March 22, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Sin separates like a locked door between you and God

Cole doesn't like open doors. Whenever he finds one at the house he rushes to close it, regardless of which side of it he's on. That led to a little trouble for him (and me) the other day.

March 22, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Skaggs: Be sure to thank Master Gardeners

Saturday is Master Gardener Day - so, if you know a Master Gardener around here, be sure to thank them.

March 20, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Wilburn: Control diabetes with right nutrition

Everyone who has diabetes needs to follow an eating plan approved by their physician. And most should follow a physical activity plan, too.

March 18, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: The search for a muse leads to seersucker

Many, who rely upon creative forces to etch out a living, depend on what is called a muse to inspire and fire up those creative juices.

March 17, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: This should help keep toes free of scuffs

Do you know someone who wears work boots? If so, you need to share this great product with them. It's called Boot Savers, and it fits over the toes of any pair of work boots. They protect the toes from getting scuffed and can also cover-up any existing scuffs. They come in three colors: black, brown and tan. You can find them at and they cost $10.

March 15, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Cannon: Ground covers fill in what grass won't

When growing grass is difficult, what is a good alternative that can add beauty and interest to my landscape?

March 13, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Skaggs: Don’t be a drip; just use it on your yard

On March 3, landscape professionals and home gardening enthusiasts received some much-welcome news from Carol Couch, director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

March 13, 2009 | | Columnists

Wilburn: Make smart choices even if you grab fast food

Busy schedules filled with work, school and activities can leave families with little time for sit-down meals. So, eating out - or, rather, on the run - can be an unavoidable part of family meal time.

March 11, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: Carrying life’s load a burden for some

There is a childhood friend whom is very dear to me, our lives having been tangled together in one way or another like kudzu clinging to a chain-linked fence.

March 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

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

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

November 30, 2015 | | 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

Michael Wheeler: 6 tips to keep your live Christmas tree going strong

One of the best childhood memories I can remember growing up was going with my dad to pick out a Christmas tree.

November 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Andrew Akers: A hellish, hilarious holiday journey for 2 comedy giants

While many people have traveled far and wide to reach their Thanksgiving destination, each and every one has experienced some kind of mishap along the ...

November 26, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists

Sandra Stringer: Turn kitchen into classroom filled with food, fun

When I was growing up I loved baking and decorating cookies with my mother. So, November and December are my favorite months of the year.

November 25, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Thanksgiving wreaks havoc on pets

Veterinary medicine is full of gallows humor. If you cannot use self-deprecation and sarcasm to deal with some situations, the job can kill your inner ...

November 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Earth Sense: Not all fires in the woods are bad

Fall colors are still plentiful.

November 22, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Friedman: Consider at least one new thing to grow or interact with outside

As the holiday season begins, many start to reflect on the year and what lies ahead.

November 20, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Wine Without Pretense: First 'boxed wine' skirted Prohibition

Most of us know Prohibition in this country was a dismal failure. Amending the U.S. Constitution to stamp out the production and consumption of ...

October 14, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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