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Gardening with Wanda

Planting bulbs is one of my favorite activities in the fall. The anticipation of them coming up in early spring signals warm weather is on its way, and soon my garden will be full of color. What are some of the most commonly planted bulbs, and how and when do they need to be planted?

October 17, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant in the right spot

Fall is here, and for the gardening enthusiast, now is the ideal time to make additions to your landscape - in particular, hardy perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees. While many of us are familiar with "spring fever," fall actually is the appropriate time to plant. Trees and shrubs planted now have the entire fall and winter to set down roots and get established before the heat of spring and summer arrives.

October 17, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Trim that grocery bill with these tips

It's not just shock at the price of gas making headlines; food costs at the grocery store are getting our attention as well.

October 15, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: With men, it’s about substance over style

Karen is always full of advice, even that which I don't desire or necessarily need. Like the other day.

"I have a good piece of advice for you," she began in one of our daily conversations that includes vital information like how many pieces of fried chicken Dixie Dew ate at Mama's or how her kids are not practicing piano. She called me up, I answered the phone and it all began with those words.

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Lessons in learnin’ a thing or two

As though it was just yesterday, not the too-many-years-to-count that it really was, I can hear my daddy clearly. He'd pull back his shoulders, raise an eyebrow and point his finger at me - always with great meaning - and say, "Little girl, I'm about to learn you a thing or two."

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Potty training should be kept simple

I've said many, many times that letting a child older than 30 months soil and wet herself several times a day is an insult to the child's intelligence.

October 13, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Freezer holds answer for smelly trash

If you suffer from "bad-smelling-trash-can-itis," I have a solution for you. Instead of throwing your food scraps in your trash can, wrap them up and put them in your freezer. Just make sure to throw them away on your trash pick-up day.

A co-worker, Kevin Eicher, shared this one with me. Kevin was having trouble with pine straw building up on his roof, especially in the valleys of the roof. He didn't want to risk getting on a tall ladder to remove the pine straw so he came up with a pretty unique idea. He took an old fishing ...

October 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: In shade, moss is a winner over grass

Homeowners across North Georgia know that in order to maintain an attractive fescue lawn, over-seeding is required. Certainly, fescue lawns have taken a beating due to the drought of 2008. However, I am often asking how to rid a lawn of moss in order to plant grass.

Moss is simply a plant looking for a good home, and if the right conditions are provided, it can quickly take up residence and do quite well.

October 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: A parent's role isn't to be a helicopter

A journalist recently asked me to name the No. 1 problem facing today's family. I think she expected me to address education, the economy or some other "hot" topic. To her surprise, I said, "A confusion of roles."

In today's parenting universe, married women with children think of themselves first and foremost as mothers, and married men with children think of themselves first and foremost as fathers. This is confusion. If you are married with children, you are first and foremost a wife or a husband. In your wedding vows, you did not say, "I take you to ...

October 10, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Murray: Next time you pour, think in the box

A wino friend dropped by recently and I thought he was going to have a stroke. He spotted - gasp! - a box of wine on my kitchen counter.

When, with sinful glee, I offered him a swig of the stuff from a cardboard box, he gagged and staggered off the porch and into the woods. I think a bear got him, which I think he would have preferred to being forced to drink wine from a box.

October 08, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Life's simple pleasures can sound so sweet

A while back, Mama, Louise, Rodney and I visited with some good friends of ours up in the mountains.

October 07, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Check your eyes with this little test

Do you see the numbers 25 and 45 embedded in the pictures at left? If not, you might suffer from color blindness. (What other columnist will give you an eye test?)

October 05, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Register now for Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

I invite our readers to the third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon.

The luncheon will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 15 in the ballroom at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. The cost for the luncheon is $25 per person or two for $40. Scholarships are available; please register by Friday.

October 04, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

What are native plants?

Native plants are generally plants that have inhabited a particular region for many years. They are found in a particular area without being transplanted here from another region in the world.

October 03, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Native blueberries taste good in any backyard

The beautiful rabbiteye blueberry is native to Georgia. Fishermen collected the best wild blueberries growing along our rivers, and later Tom Brightwell and other horticulturists created improved varieties of rabbiteye blueberries. Georgia is now the fifth-largest blueberry producing state.

Rabbiteye blueberries are generally the best type of blueberries for home gardeners in Georgia. Southern highbush blueberries are grown commercially in Georgia, but require high organic matter soil (at least 3 percent) and are very prone to attack by deer and birds because they ripen early in the season. For this reason, they are usually poor choices from home gardeners.

October 03, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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This past ice storm proved to be very interesting for a lot of people.

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