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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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Michael Wheeler: How to prevent tomato problems

Even though fresh ripe tomatoes are just now coming in, our office has been getting questions about problems with tomatoes.

June 30, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Medical emergency worries veterinarian

It's a whirlwind.

June 26, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Worms are gone, but enlarged spleen causes concern

The whipworms are gone. Well, the adult whipworms are gone.

June 19, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia ...

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Keep azaleas in tiptop condition by keeping pests away

When azaleas have blossomed into a big green bush but have lost their spring brilliance, it is easy to forget they are there.

June 16, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Behavioral change in dog caused by whipworms

It happens. Despite millions of dollars in research, and detailed testing beforehand, sometimes it happens. Sometimes a side effect occurs when we use a drug ...

June 12, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Senior dog suffers from old-age ailments

Lemmy comes in for his first "senior" visit, with no problems to report.

June 05, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Sip some rosy wines during the summertime

Summer is a mere 20 days away. Time to start thinking about hot-weather quaffing.

May 31, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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