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England: Maintain spiraea by cutting back after flowers disappear

Question: I have a small goldmound spiraea that is blooming now. It is not supposed to get much larger, but I want it to remain vigorous. How and when should I prune it?

Answer: There are some 80 species of the genus Spiraea that are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Most of the varieties commonly grown for landscaping have been developed from plants not native to the United States.

June 02, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Hanging baskets can brighten a space

Just a few years ago, most hanging baskets contained only one type of plant. But in recent years, mixed baskets have become popular.

This "instant garden" look appeals to beginning and longtime gardeners alike.

June 02, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Maintain spiraea by cutting back after flowers disappear

Question: I have a small goldmound spiraea that is blooming now. It is not supposed to get much larger, but I want it to remain vigorous. How and when should I prune it?

Answer: There are some 80 species of the genus Spiraea that are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Most of the varieties commonly grown for landscaping have been developed from plants not native to the United States.

June 02, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep things spicy with these tips on how to store herbs

Experimenting with new spices and herbs can be an exciting culinary adventure.

June 01, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Sparkle leaves a warmth in heart

A friend e-mailed to remind me of something I had long forgotten.

May 31, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: This column could make you happier

I enjoy writing this column and I hope you enjoy reading it. I recently had someone say to me that they liked my column but not all of the tips applied to them. I tried to explain to the person that, in fact, all of the tips applied to them. I told them that even if one of my tips didn't help them directly, they should think of everybody they know to see if the tip would benefit someone else. You see, the reason I love tips so much is that even if I don't benefit from a ...

May 29, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Beware, beetles are on their way

It's that time again - time for that most dreaded of garden pests - the Japanese beetle.

May 27, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Start a food business with help from this workshop

Have you been thinking about bottling and selling your secret barbecue sauce?

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Is Hut’s stab at pasta al dente?

Pasta delivered? Now that's an idea so crazy, it just might work. At least that's what we Lunch Guys thought when we heard about Pizza Hut's newest offering: Tuscani Pasta, available in Creamy Chicken Alfredo and Meaty Marinara.

May 25, 2008 | | Columnists


Rich: Mama’s stories end too soon

My worse fears are about to be realized: Mama has announced her intentions to write a book.

May 24, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: The stain of sin isn't nearly as sweet

When I was a kid, I had the M&M's people figured out. Their slogan was, "The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand." Well, of course it melted in your mouth. If you held an M&M for too long, the candy coating would start to melt in your hand, coloring it. In a rush to minimize the mess, you would pop the candy into your mouth long before it ever got to the chocolate.

May 21, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Gloves can save you from infection

Important safety tip: If you're going to be working with raw meat, make sure that any cut on your hand is covered. Also, make sure that you wear rubber gloves. This applies even if you just have a paper cut. If you're not careful, the bacteria from the meat can get into your cut and can cause a really nasty infection. I was going to include some pictures of people with these infections. However, my wife saw them and said they were too gross!

May 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Sprays aren’t only option to kill pests

Warm weather is a welcome sight for gardeners. But the problems it brings with insects and disease are not. Fortunately, there are several things we can do to help prevent and control them.

May 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Catchfly plants may trap insects, but they don’t use them

Question: I recently saw a reference to a plant with the common name "catchfly." Is this the same as a Venus flytrap?

May 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Murray: Introduce new tastes with a wine party

Looking for a way to entertain friends and give them good information at the same time?

May 18, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Tricks can improve pets mental health

One of my favorite quotes is from the 1990s. "Snoop Doggy Dogg. Need to get a jobby job."

November 23, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Getting in the ‘Holiday’ mood

The holiday season is nearly here, and it is time to break out some Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.

November 20, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Around the Home: Serving up a safe turkey for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving dinner countdown clock has reached less than 10 days.

November 19, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Tackle health issue at first sign

I don't play college football. I am the size of a smaller linebacker, but have the speed of an elderly penguin. So I am one of the many fans who puts my heart into it then complains when what I'd hoped for doesn't happen.

November 16, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Temperature inversions create bubbles that affect sound, smoke

Atmospheric conditions often influence the course of history.

November 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Camellias flowering with fall and winter blooms

No other flowering Southern plant ushers in cooler weather better than the lovely American camellia.

November 14, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Slow cooking some sweet potatoes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we all know the celebration is not complete until the sweet potatoes are on the table.

November 12, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Dog breath changes may be worrisome

When I meet a person and somehow learn they don't like puppy breath, I have an innate level of distrust for them.

November 09, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Shining light into darkness

I'm a superhero.

November 09, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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