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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


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


Rich: Mama’s gift gets her the last word

For a couple of years, I had been trying to get Mama to write my column one week.

May 17, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: These simple steps can bring back bliss

Marital satisfaction tends to decrease during the early years of marriage, and for some it reaches a low point during the middle years. This change in satisfaction is most often related to increased stresses, such as increasing work demands, parenting adolescents, caring for aging parents and planning for retirement.

May 15, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Eyes of the Father: Christians are symbols of God’s accomplishments

When I went off to seminary in Texas, I left many of my personal belongings at my parents' house.

January 25, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Plan ahead for your pets after your depart from this world

Thanks to my grandmother, I am now at peace with Kenny Rogers.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Carburetors fading as fuel injection offers cleaner air

The carburetor is a time-honored device that may yet see its 150th birthday. But it's disappearing almost completely from the automotive scene.

January 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Timing is essential when pruning trees and flowers

Winter is a great time to get outside to prune plants while they are in their dormant state.

January 23, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Small steps to stay on track for losing weight, becoming healthy

It's much too early to give up on your health and fitness goals.

January 21, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: Studies prove vaccines effective for cervical cancer, HPV

What if I told you that you could receive three shots and prevent three different kinds of cancers in women, at least two in men, and decrease the number of visits for women to their OB/GYN's office? Well, one vaccine has the power to do just that.

January 19, 2015 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Knowing the true meaning of failure

Words can hurt. Believe me, I know. If you've ever written a column and gotten some less-than-loving feedback, you understand.

January 18, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Europe’s winter weather patterns stormier than ours

The past two weeks have shown how different the weather can be in Europe, compared to the U.S.

January 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Learning soil’s pH levels can lead to better gardens

If you have ever come into my office to ask a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I request is a soil sample.

January 16, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Pleasure of strolling through local grocery stores

It's the middle of January. How are your New Year's resolutions going?

January 14, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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