Compared to the loss of life and property that occurred in Bartow County, the Gainesville area didn't get hit too hard during the Jan. 30 storm.
Now is one of the better times to plant new additions to our landscapes. Planting now gives trees and shrubs a better chance of getting established before the heat of summer hits like a ton of bricks.
Gardening lovers are anxiously awaiting spring this time of year. So how can you get a jump start on the growing season? Start your seeds indoors.
Quick question: What color do you generally associate with February? If you're still grumbling about the Christmas bills gobbling up your bank account it may well be "red." Or, if the weirdos from Publisher's Clearing House just pounded on your front door, the answer could be "green." Typically, with Valentine's Day plunked in the middle of the month, and with all the shopping hype rolling around in every store except the tire center, it's "pink." ...
In the research about global climatic change, one weather system is of particular interest: The ITCZ. Its name may look like the license plate of one of those new European nations, but it stands for Intertropical Convergence Zone.
I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was 10 years old, and I'd gone to the grocery store with my mother. Not wanting to trail along through the store, I sat on a bench just inside the store's entrance and waited for her to complete her shopping.
I see it year after year in the Extension Office: Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers that are being laid to waste by disease. Many times, the problem in question is part of fungal diseases that can occur. Other times the problem is what is called blossom end rot.
It was good to see the sun again after an entire week of rain during the middle of January. A low-pressure system had established itself over North Georgia, and the front that brought it refused to move out for several days.
Much of the magic behind great works of art comes from the mystery of what inspired the artist to create such a piece. When you walk through an art museum, you may wonder what is the story behind each painstakingly-painted image, what drove someone to spend so many hours laboring to produce something unique and enigmatic.
Though we have had relatively mild winters for a couple of years, cold damage to woody plants can sometimes be a problem here in Georgia.
Over time, the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density.
If you aren't doing well with 2013 fitness goals, don't worry. Just hit the "restart" button and get back on track. Sometimes it's easy to begin a physical activity program, but a challenge to maintain it. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers these ideas that may help you keep active when it seems like everything else competes for your attention and time: If it's hard to do a 30-to-60 minute workout all at once, ...
I've noticed lately that Chloe has a tendency to take some of her things, put them in a box, wrap them in a blanket, and either hide them under her pillow, or tuck them all around her underneath the bed sheets. I come into her room to kiss her goodnight, and I see all these mysterious lumps under the covers!
The World Wide Web is loaded with information tools, but for anyone interested in the natural environment, Google Earth has to rank among the best. A simple search makes it quick to find and download. After starting the program, try putting some place names or coordinates into the search box at left.
Here in Hall County people are generally very passionate about their lawns. Many want a nice turfed area, even under trees. But sometimes that reality is harder to come by even when everything has been planned out perfectly.
Back in 2011, I created a list of the top holiday-themed books I love. One book was "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol." The author, Tom Mula, has finally (and thankfully) released a new book this year which pays homage to another great literary classic while giving it an inventive spin.
Boats leak from the bottom. But a house can leak from the top or the bottom.
Plants and lawns cannot survive without water, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Hot dogs are often a staple food for camping and grilling in the backyard and at tailgates parties.
The other night I went into the kitchen and poured myself a glass of juice. Chloe came in and said she needed to take some medicine before she went to bed. So, I set the juice on the counter and reached for her medicine bottle.
North Georgia's summer climate is often called "hot and humid." But that's not really accurate. There are times when it's warm and humid, and other times when it's hot and dry.
Not too many animals in the world get quite the same emotional response as snakes when they are found in the woods or around the house. People have been repulsed by and attracted to snakes ever since the dawn of time.
Those who find the subject of wine fascinating are advised to grab a book I just finished. No, not my copy; buy one of your own. It truly is one of the best offerings on the subject I have encountered in 30-plus years.
Cole and I went shopping at Walmart. As we walked toward the door, I saw her. She was obviously in poor health.
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