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Thompson: Good luck peeling that backward banana

I love debunking old tips. For example, there have been e-mails going around for years stating that the best way to peel a banana is from the bottom. The tip states that by doing this you don't get any of the strings. Baloney. You get just as many strings as if you'd peeled it normally. Word of caution: most of the chain mail e-mail tips I've gotten over the years have been bogus.

April 12, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Respect the bees in your garden

As someone who is highly allergic to bee stings, I'm always concerned when I see any kind of bee-like insect buzzing around my yard.

April 10, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Keep things simple for garden success

What can I do to prepare my garden for beautiful, successful plants?

April 10, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Follow guidelines to keep meat safe

Choosing wholesome meat and getting those products home safely will start you on the path to preventing foodborne illness.

April 08, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Easter dawns chances for memories

One of the things that always excites me about Easter is that it kicks off the spring and summer season; so Sundays, until Labor Day weekend, will be the stuff of which memories are made. Especially for kids.

April 07, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Timer will quiet your digital video recorder

The digital video recorder, also known as a DVR, is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It allows you to record multiple TV shows at the same time and even allows you to pause and replay live TV. TiVo came out with the first DVR in 1999. Today you can get the DVR functionality from your cable company or satellite service. A dilemma that a lot of people have is that they have a DVR in their bedroom but it will wake them up at night when the device's harddrive either turns on or shuts down. If ...

April 05, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Money talks demand listening, compromise

Many families are challenged when it comes to agreeing about money.

April 05, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Myers: Mix and match doesn't work with God

Chloe and Cole are special. Obviously I think they are, or I wouldn't bore you with stories about them week after week. But they're special for another reason: they're hybrids. Half of one thing, half of another, all of neither.

April 05, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Murray: Rieslings are good for sippin', too

I'm a riesling fan! The white wine grape known alternatively as Johannisberg riesling and white riesling is adored by most hard-core winos - even those who wax rhapsodic over nothing but big, strong, hearty red wines.

March 31, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Nostalgia, loyalty meet over a plate of chicken

Louise and Selena, being the genuine Southerners they are, both had a hankering for fried chicken. And I, of course, knew just where to find the perfect recipe.

March 31, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: A little flour will pick up your spilled oil

What do you do if you spill a bottle of cooking oil on the floor? First you pour some flour over the spill and let it sit for a couple of minutes. The flour will absorb most of the oil, and you can simply sweep it up with a dust pan and broom. Finally, use window cleaner and paper towels to remove the remaining oil.

March 29, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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


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Robin Friedman: One Master Gardener is the cream of the crop this year

This week's column is dedicated to one of Hall County Master Gardeners, and we are quite proud of his significant conservation efforts.

February 11, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Missionaries serve world; I serve them homemade meals

When I was a little girl, the highlight of my week was going to big church.

February 09, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


How to hunt for ghosts in the Gainesville library

As the famous theme song goes: "I ain't afraid a no ghost."

February 08, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering a young pet is the responsible thing to do

Lemmy arrives early in the morning, just after the office has opened.

February 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wind produces wildly high tides in Chile

Even though the name sounds like chilly weather, the west coast of Chile was anything but cold last week. While the U.S. Southeast was ...

February 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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


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


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