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Proper planning prevents weeding

Many people don't like to use synthetic herbicides in the landscape. But weeds can be a big problem with many gardening practices. With organic gardening, prevention is one of the most essential ways to keep weeds out.

July 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Save valuable time by cooking at home

Many of us have busy schedules, and eating out is often our solution to meal time when we're on the go. But does it really save us time and money?

July 20, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: To have loved but never lost? That’s my hero

Out of curiosity, folks will sometimes ask who is an inspiration or hero to me. Since I rarely think in those terms, I have to stop and think about that answer.

July 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cannon: What's wrong with my garden?

It is a busy time at the extension office this month. Puzzled gardeners have called and some have brought in their sickly plants, just as a concerned parent will take their child to the doctor hoping for a remedy.

July 15, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Be aware of 3 bright, shiny leaves

Many years ago, while serving as camp chaperone, I had some unfortunate boys in my cabin who got into some poison ivy. They were covered from head to toe. Best I can determine, they must have stripped down to the boxer shorts and rolled in it!

July 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep summer corn’s flavor all year

Tonight I will be cooking and serving cream-style corn I bought from our local farmers market. I also can have this corn months from now thanks to safe food preservation methods.

July 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Hairspray holds more than styles

In looking back at photos, I am left to wonder if I have ever had a truly good hair day. I'm amazed because when I see the snapshots, I think, "Now, I'm sure that when I left home that day, I felt pretty good about my hair. How could it look like that?"

July 12, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


A few words of blessing should lead to many more

One morning on the way to church, a cute and wonderful thing happened. Chloe was sitting in her car seat, Amy and I were talking, Cole was snoozing (I'm telling you, that boy just can't stay awake in the van. If he just looks at the van, his eyes start to glaze over).

July 11, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Don't let bunny's cute, floppy ears fool you

At the Extension office, we receive many calls from agitated gardeners on how to control pests in the landscape.

July 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Wine club members in Georgia mainly out of luck

Time to clean out the old mail bag. I welcome questions from readers; drop me a note c/o The Times, or e-mail me (the address is at the end of this column). I do respond to each one when I receive it, but hoard them for a column just like this one.

Question: I know Georgia changed its laws regarding buying wine from out of state, but I've been told by an online wine club I belong to that they still are not able to sell wine directly to Georgia residents. What's the story here?

July 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


You’re only as good as your word

There is a saying among the people of the rural South used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a hand shake.

July 06, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: 'Lemon Cake' blends realism, imagination

An unusual "superpower" is as the center of Aimee Bender's "Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," in which 9-year-old Rose discovers she can "taste" the true emotions of people through the food that they cook.

July 03, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Wilburn: Monitor your child's cell phone use

Less than 20 years ago, cell phones were considered luxury items used only in emergencies. Today, 4.1 billion people worldwide own cell phones.

July 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: What are the principles of square-foot gardening?

I am planning to build another raised bed vegetable garden and have decided to try a new gardening concept called "square foot gardening." What are the principals of square foot gardening?

July 01, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Summer's heat can beat up your ornamentals

Is it just me, or does this summer seem hotter than usual? Maybe I just cannot take the heat as well as I used to. With temperatures bumping the 100 degree mark in recent weeks, it's been tough on those of us who like working in our landscapes and gardens.

July 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Bird’s nest fungus is common and harmless, not a disease

Question: What are these strange things growing on top of the soil of one of the houseplants I set outside for the summer? They look ...

August 17, 2017 | Arty Schronce Arty.Schronce@agr.georgia.gov | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: To remove nuisance critters, start with what attracts them

This is a topic that is full of opinion. What is a cute and cuddly critter to one person is a pest to another, or ...

August 11, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Carin Booth: Does home food preserving save on food cost?

With rising food prices, consumers are trying to find ways to save the family food dollar. It is reminiscent of the 1970s energy crisis that ...

August 09, 2017 | Carin Booth | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Join the next class of Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener Extension volunteers help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening, horticulture and best practices to the public. Master ...

August 04, 2017 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


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