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Skaggs: Fall season is a busy time for gardeners

Fall is an exciting time for gardening. It may be our last chance to have fun in the garden until next spring. Fortunately, we can garden essentially year-round in Georgia, and fall is the ideal time for many activities.

October 28, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Be a healthy role model

You are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life.

October 27, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Everyone should try wearing a 'chat-maker'

When a friend and I were planning a winter time trip to London, we were discussing, as women tend to, what clothes we were packing.

October 25, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Wicked Appetite’ is a devilish treat

Since I began working at the bookstore, I have had a particular author recommended to me over and over again.

October 24, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Dealing with deer in the landscape

Throughout the year, the Extension office receives many complaints from gardeners of unwanted critters visiting their landscapes - namely deer. As we move into fall and winter, deer browsing becomes even more commonplace. Pansies, azaleas, camellias, and many other plants are the targets of deer feeding.

October 21, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Select the right pumpkin for cooking

The most popular use of pumpkins is for decoration as jack-o'-lanterns. When selecting a pumpkin for cooking, the best selection is a "pie pumpkin" or "sweet pumpkin." These are smaller than the large jack-o'-lantern pumpkins and the flesh is sweeter and less watery. However, you can substitute the jack-o'-lantern variety with fairly good results.

October 19, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


A long line of know-it-alls

I come from a long line of know-it-alls. Honestly, on both sides of my family, we can pretty much tell you anything you need to know for we know it all. Or so we believe.

October 18, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


God wants acknowledgement of sins, not good deeds

One-upmanship. A strange word, which describes a strange behavior. One who practices one-upmanship is trying to get more or do better than someone with whom they're competing.

October 17, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Got shade? Try growing some moss

I'm often asked how to control moss in the lawn. Being a 'turf guy,' I can appreciate the fact that most of us (men that is) really want a good-looking lawn. However, sometimes it's just not possible - as is the case in dense shade.

October 14, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


It’s easy to make healthier muffins

Muffins are a quick and easy breakfast food that can be adapted to be more healthy. Research has shown that most people either don't notice much difference or they accept the difference when the following recipe changes are made.

October 12, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


A rather memorable Southern character

When news came that one of the most memorable Southern characters had passed from this world, I found myself musing back on the color, interest and myriad conflict he brought to the world around him.

October 11, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Colorful kale adds color, texture to fall gardens

The anticipation of fall and the colorful beauty that the season brings gets most of us out taking mountain drives and purchasing pumpkins and colorful chrysanthemums to decorate our homes. There is another wonderful plant that can be purchased now that delivers big, fat texture and bold hues to our fall and winter landscapes.

October 08, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Bison country reveals a new red table wine

We're baaack! Yes, five and a half weeks, 7,970 miles and 19 states later, the bride and I have re-established our roots in Hall County. It was a great trip and nobody got hurt.

October 05, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Believing my own eyes and ears is getting ever harder

It's getting to the point that I don't believe my own eyes or trust what my ears hear. Sometimes it feels like I'm starring in the old movie, "Gas Light," where the world is conspiring to make me think I'm crazy.

October 04, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family ties: Coping with children’s temper tantrums

Your 3-year-old has a meltdown in the grocery store. You feel like everyone is watching and waiting to see your next move. Some folks are just dying to tell you what you ought to do. You feel like every eye is on you (you're probably right). So, what do you do about your wailing and thrashing child as the entire world looks on?

October 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Sandra Stringer: Safety tips to follow for a picnic

If you're making plans for cookouts and family reunions, remember to make food safety a priority.

April 27, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Young couple’s hope heals in time of struggle

It was Nov. 6, 2004, and a beautiful sunny day in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs were away at Kentucky and my wife's cousin was ...

April 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: A common but itchy situation for pets

I say "Lemmy." He says "No! Memmy!"

April 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tailoring a flowering garden to its gardener

Most plant lovers want to have flowers blooming in their garden all season long, but the problem arises in what to grow.

April 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Reading, traveling can take you to new places near and far

I have a plaque on my nightstand that says, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

April 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Annual checkup reveals exposure to Lyme disease

It's been a year since I saw Lemmy last. And now it's time for his routine yearly checkup.

April 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Try adding fruit trees to your edible garden

As a new resident to Gainesville and moderately experienced edible and organic gardener, I developed a fenced-in, organic raised-bed vegetable and herb garden last spring.

April 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog's empathy for his little brother leads to diarrhea

He looks disheveled. Not Lemmy, he looks fine.

April 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Basic tools of the trade to become a wine connoisseur

OK, so I've finally convinced you not to cower and snivel when somebody asks, "Hey, you got any wine here?" "Here," of course, being ...

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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