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Skaggs: Meet 5 plants that will go for the gold

Throughout the winter Olympics in Vancouver, gold medals have been awarded for such events as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and bobsledding. While that's all well and good, I'll bet the Olympic committee hasn't presented a single award to an annual, perennial, tree or shrub!

February 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Heartburn signals a weak stomach

Many of us suffer from heartburn after eating a big meal. The official name for heartburn is esophageal reflux. Heartburn may mean we have eaten too much, but it can also signal that the sphincter that keeps food in our stomach is weak.

February 23, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Southern tales will warm up coldest Northern nights

During those gray, cloud-filled days, figuratively and literally, I wasn't exactly imprisoned but two years of consented captivity in the unfamiliar North was one of the greatest burdens my Southern soul has ever carried.

February 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Prevent pests with proper planning

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep food safety in mind when you travel

Who doesn't enjoy a great vacation? Unfortunately, millions might not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 percent to 50 percent of international travelers suffer from traveler's diarrhea, often during the first few days of a trip.

February 16, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Count your blessings by the memories

I visited a woman, old and gray, her journey of life nearing its winter's end. She settled into an armless rocker and moved gently, slowly back and fro, looking from her view on the porch past the towering magnolia trees that spread the full length of her yard.

February 15, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: Unlikely friends combine for love of language

Most people these days don't give much thought to one of the most fundamental language resources that we have used all of our lives: the dictionary.

With the Internet at our fingertips, searching for the proper words and their definitions has never been faster or easier. But when I was young, the dictionary was one of the staple books that every household had, along with the encyclopedia. I never had the appreciation for the centuries of effort it took lexicographers to compile all the words of the English language into an accessible tome that all of us use to ...

February 14, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Myers: Try less-abrasive cleansers inside

In our bathroom, we have what is known as a "garden tub." Strangely enough, it has nothing to do with gardening. I know this because Amy got very upset when I tried to plant flowers in it.

One day, Amy got an idea that she thought would be fun for the kids. She told me she wanted to put a blanket and some books in the garden tub. "Chloe and Cole can sit on the blanket in the tub and read their books. It'll be fun." I told her I didn't think it was such a good idea.

February 14, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Cannon: What types of flowering trees usher us into warmer weather?

A few trees come to mind this time of year, when we are yearning for some signs of warmer weather. With their fragrant blossoms, flowering trees bring the landscape to life and delight our senses with life and promise.

February 11, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree

Feb. 19 is Arbor Day in Georgia - so why not plant a tree to celebrate?

February 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Want to lose weight? Rethink what you drink

Americans are drinking more soft drinks than ever; per-capita soft drink consumption has increased almost 500 percent during the past 50 years.

February 09, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Not all Southern gentlemen can stomach dinner conversation

A few months ago when Poet, the freelance wanderer that he is, found himself passing through my neck of the South, he called up, then turned up at my front door, then plopped down in my guest room for a few days.

February 08, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Tips to take away family TV time

What can you do to decrease the hours that your family spends glued to the screen? Here are some simple solutions to get you started.

February 07, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Web site lets you in on 'boring' movie parts

Editor's note: This will be the final weekly installment of Tim Thompson's Tips, Tools and Tricks column. After five years of providing helpful hints and lots of ways to use duct tape, he is retiring his tip hat, reserving it for occasional special guest columns.

February 06, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Embrace the shade in your yard or garden

As someone who loves a healthy, green lawn, today's article was tough to write.

February 05, 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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