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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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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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