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What can you tell us about the lenten rose?

Very few flowers bloom in the winter months around Gainesville, but there is one exception to the rule. The Helleborus x hybridus - known by a more common name of lenten rose - is an excellent drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plant that requires little maintenance. Every year, the lenten rose graces the shady beds of southern gardens.

February 13, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Weather, gender, bees affect holly’s berries

At the extension office, we receive many questions pertaining to the growth and care of holly shrubs.

February 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Milk makes body better in any flavor

Should I let my child drink chocolate milk? Is this really part of a healthy diet? Many parents ask these questions.

February 11, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Cooter’s story can inspire dreams

Brandon, the smart young man who has worked for me for years, isn't impressed by much at all. He's remarkably level-headed so fame or celebrity bounces off him like one of Penelope Ann's biscuits bounces off the floor.

February 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: To be first, line up last

Chloe is going through this stage where she wants to be first. When I take her and Cole to school, she wants to go inside before he does. When we're about to eat supper, she wants her plate before anyone else gets theirs. When she and Cole are taking medicine, she insists I give Cole his after she gets hers.

February 08, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Simple ideas lessen the hard work

If you've never heard of the Bigslider, let me tell you about it. This cool product helps you move large objects and can replace your wheelbarrow. It's basically a 2-foot by 5-foot piece of high-density Polyethylene and has a handle on one end. You can put a heavy load on the Bigslider like a large TV, a water heater or a big flower pot. Then you can easily slide the heavy load. The Bigslider can slide over carpet, concrete, asphalt and grass. The thing I really like about this product is that instead of picking up a heavy ...

February 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: A little work can be fruitful

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 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Lambrusco wine comes in quality varieties

I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.

February 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Sharing the gift of life’s wisdom

Readers have often reassured me that among their favorite columns are the ones in which I share the wisdom passed down to me by my parents. But just this morning I got to thinking: I have some wisdom, too, that I can share.

February 03, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Wordlock a nice idea with limited use

OK, I'm really torn about sharing this next gadget with you. It's called the Wordlock and it's basically a combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers.

February 01, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep kids in mind when dating again

After a separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one, it takes time to cope with feelings and move on to another relationship.

February 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: Steps to keep plants warm, healthy in winter

Wintertime can be tough on your plants, inside and out. What can one do to prevent injury to more fragile plants during the winter months?

January 29, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Now is the time to take on plant pruning

Now is a prime time to prune plants, but only if you have a reason.

January 29, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: What’s your portion distortion?

You've probably noticed that food portions in restaurants have grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. This can lead to weight gain.

January 28, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Buying the cow gets you milk for free

To Rodney, my ever dutiful brother-in-law, I suggested that we get a community cow. What with dairy prices going so high and all.

January 27, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Do good fences make good neighbor dogs?

I'm a philosopher. So are you. Our philosophies may differ, but they are there, nonetheless.

September 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: No mystique or magic accompanies equinox

The fall equinox is occurring Monday at 10:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

September 21, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Fall full of gardening activities for plants, trees and lawns

Fall is my favorite time to work in the garden. The days are cooler, making it the perfect time to plan and implement some projects to ensure a beautiful landscape for the following year.

September 19, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Being frugal with food

Need to trim some expenses from your food budget? Luckily, several simple ways can help you get more for your dollar.

September 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Better to pick mutt than purebred

"What is your favorite breed?"

September 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Brokering an exchange with Satan or Christ

Chloe and Cole keep raiding the coin jar - my coin jar.

September 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Stone Mountain a pluton, not an old, extinct volcano

Just 15 miles northeast of Atlanta, a round granite formation stands 800 feet tall. Stone Mountain generates a lot of questions, but also misconceptions.

September 13, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


1, 2, 3s of overseeding lawn for year-round green

For most of us, the fall is the time of year for college football (GO DAWGS!), cool, crisp air in the mountains and raking leaves that seem to get everywhere. It is also a time of year when many people consider overseeding their warm season lawns to produce a green carpet of grass all year long.

September 12, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Finger-licking foods accompany football season

Is everyone as giddy as I am about the start of football season?

September 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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