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England: Jewel black raspberry tolerates our climate

Question: I want to try growing raspberries. Can you recommend a variety that will grow well in the Gainesville area?

June 24, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Wash produce thoroughly

Questions are still coming in on the best way to handle fresh produce, because when it comes to produce, fresh does not always equal clean.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Attack of the brown patches!

Recently, I've received several phone calls that go something like this: "I have dead and dying spots in my fescue lawn. They are straw-colored and seem to be getting larger. What is it? And how can I stop it?"

June 24, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: Get some truly custom shoes with a click

Do you remember the old Chuck Taylor tennis shoes from Converse? Well, they're still popular today. (I've always thought they were kind of ugly, but obviously I'm in the minority). Converse is offering something new that is pretty cool. You can get your Chuck Taylors made to your specifications. Just go to their Web site and use their software to create your own unique pair. You can change the colors of all of the canvas panels, you can change the color of the rubber and you can add pin striping. You can even put your name on ...

June 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Rich: Answer to riddle is bitter but sweet

As life stretches on, it is always a blessing to share a history with those who know you well. It is a bond that cannot be fabricated, for it is created by the times and stories you mutually share over many years.

June 24, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Native plants can withstand drought

Over the last two years, the lack of rain and resulting water restrictions have forced many gardeners to look at alternatives to the more common landscape plants used today. In their search, more and more gardeners are discovering the benefits of native plants.

Interest in native plants is not new, but is growing rapidly. Beginning gardeners are often amazed at the beauty and variety of Georgia's native plants. If you would like to learn more about native, a new pocket guide just developed by the University of Georgia is just for you.

June 24, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Eat healthier with a MyPyramid menu plan

On March 11, the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released the new MyPyramid Menu Planner.

June 22, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Battle of chicken sandwiches rages

McDonald's asked for it the minute the new Southern Style Chicken Sandwich debuted. No, not the "Hey, is McDonald's knocking off Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwich?!" gasps. We're talking about this Lunch Guys' ultimate food fight to decide which chicken sandwich reigns supreme: the Chick-fil-A original or the McDonald's knockoff. So who wins?

June 22, 2008 | | Columnists


Rich: Daddy’s wisdom worth its weight

When it becomes your unfortunate lot to be orphaned in life, you recollect a great deal about your parents, reflecting back on many things including the wisdom they passed along.

June 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Blackwood: Elvis' rock 'n' roll cool rubbed off on Hugh Baby

Hugh Jarrett was quintessentially cool.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Myers: God created us to love forever, not to be perfect

"If God is all-knowing, then he knew we were going to sin. But he created us, anyway. Why would he do that?"

June 18, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Shake your coffee beans to get a more uniform grind

If you love coffee (which is also called "Christian liquor," according to my pastor), then you probably have a coffee grinder. The problem with the new small grinders is they have a tendency to not grind some of the coffee beans that well and at the same time turn some of the beans into powder. If you want a more consistent grind, consider shaking the grinder while it's doing its business.

June 18, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Looking for fragrance? It’s time for a tea olive.

Tea olives (Osmanthus species) are some of the most sweetly fragrant plants in Southern gardens. Their scent makes them ideal for planting near windows and outdoor living areas where the fall blooming flowers can be readily enjoyed.

June 17, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Plan a shady, moist spot for your caladium

Question: A good friend gave me a caladium. If I plant it outdoors, will it be difficult to take care of?

June 17, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Murray: Raise a glass to a wine pioneer

We in the wine world lost a giant of a man last month. Robert Mondavi, whose name became synonymous with California wines, died May 16 at his lovely home in Yountville, on the northern tier of the Napa Valley, at age 94.

June 15, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Be wary of giving pets as Easter gifts

I recommend people having pets.

March 29, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trees provide food chain for Georgia wildlife

The region that is North Georgia today was explored a long time ago. As early as the 1540s, Spanish explorers trekked through the Cartersville area looking for gold. None was found there, but we have a golden treasure that's well worth preserving: our native trees.

March 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


How to make a compost pile at home

Recycling in the garden (composting) and using mulch makes common sense for the landscapes.

March 27, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


A mortifying moment at the DMV

Several weeks ago, we were at dinner with some friends and the conversation turned to life's most embarrassing moments.

March 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Follow the ABCs in pet emergencies

You've frequently read my recommendations on keeping your pet healthy and saving yourself a ton of hassle. Most of these are applicable to the majority of pets and owners.

March 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Pray for wisdom of Solomon every day

Once, while we were on a trip to see Amy's folks in Texas, we stopped at a store to stretch our legs and take a bathroom break. When we walked inside, we saw a large display of polished rocks.

March 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cope with slippage by steering, accelerating gently

So far, March has shown above-average precipitation totals in North Georgia. Based on the historic record, we also have plenty of rain showers to look forward to in April.

March 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Put a spring in your step with healthy treats this season

Baseball, picnics and other springtime activities offer a chance to incorporate healthy snacks into your family's weekly routine.

March 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Ponder your pet’s contribution after its death

I wanted this to start out about Henriettta. I guess it still does, but you'll see how the world can change your plans.

March 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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