The drought of the past two years has made it increasingly difficult for gardening enthusiasts and landscapers alike. However, dry weather does bring about one nice benefit - fewer Japanese beetles and lawn diseases.
I never see figs without thinking of my grandmother and mother-in-law; they both loved them. In doing my research for information on figs, I found out that figs are one of mankind's oldest fruits. Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower inverted into itself. They are the only fruit to ripen on the tree. Originally native from Turkey to northern India, the fig fruit spread to many of the Mediterranean countries. The ...
To New York City, once I went to do a photo shoot for the cover of a book. It was less than a week after the 9/11 attacks, the original shoot date having been scheduled for Sept. 12, then postponed for reasons now too well known to all mankind. The photographers' studio was in a wood-floored, brick-walled loft located only a few blocks east of the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center. Outside, the ...
Here's an interesting tip that you've probably never heard before. You can cook regular popcorn in the microwave without having to buy the more expensive microwave popcorn. Simply put a small amount of popcorn in a paper lunch sack, fold the top down twice and then put two staples in the top to hold it in place. (No, the two staples will not cause the microwave to explode. The mass of the two staples is ...
Working for free may not appeal to most people, but for those who truly love gardening, a little digging in the dirt without pay is not a problem.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the incidence of diabetes increased 15 percent, or by 3 million people, since 2005. Currently, 24 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 57 million have abnormally high blood sugar levels that indicate that they have prediabetes.
Being a child of the '70s, television has a powerful influence on me. It can even test the core of my Southern woman being, as it did recently.
If you do a lot of cooking in the kitchen, you need this: A pair of welder's gloves. I'm serious. Don't waste your time with the low-quality pot holders and oven mitts. Welder's gloves are designed for extreme heat and are seriously durable. You can find them at any of the home improvement stores and they're cheap.
She's now grown out of it, but Chloe used to carry a pink, fluffy blanket around with her. As she walked through the house, she'd have a thumb stuck in her mouth and that blanket bunched in her arms.
Question: Since fall is right around the corner, when is the best time to prune woody ornamentals and fruiting plants?
Plant species brought into an area where they did not ecologically develop or where they are not considered native, are often termed exotic.
Do you, a family member or friend have diabetes? Mark your calendar and register soon for the upcoming Diabetes 101 seminar that will be held on Sept. 13 at the Georgia Mountains Center in downtown Gainesville. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with exhibits and continental breakfast. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The registration cost is $15, and $20 after Sept. 5. This includes breakfast, lunch, exhibits and classes. This ...
An e-mail arrived one day from a dear, old friend who was once my boss when he was managing editor of a daily newspaper where I worked during college and which was later my first full-time job.
I need to start off by giving kudos to reader Daniel Franklin. He solved an age-old dilemma that home repair people have had for years. He discovered the secret of how you can get multiple uses from one can of spray insulating foam. (OK, for those of you who don't know what spray foam is, it's basically an aerosol can that sprays out a foam that expands and hardens. It's great for filling cracks and ...
Marriage isn't designed to make you happy; it is designed to make you married. When caught up in the emotions of love, this statement might not make much sense to you. It really doesn't make much sense if you have been watching any of the "reality" TV shows; these programs, although they say they are about love, are really about avoiding rejection. The illusion about living happily ever after is a comforting thought for people ...
It's a tough time of year for fruits and vegetables.
A few days ago, Amy brought home two copies of the same children's magazine for Chloe and Cole.
Gregor Mendel was a rebel, but not like James Dean or the Sex Pistols.
When Germany's Elbe River flooded in May this year, Hamburg and other communities along the waterway felt reminded of the catastrophic storm flood of February 1962. I remember TV images of people clinging to rooftops that were the only portions of houses still above the water.
During the past few years, many folks have gone to living off the grid.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
I have two white stars on my right forearm - not tattoos, scars.
Human beings are creatures of habit, and most for me are unhealthy.
Back in the 1950s, most hospitals were eerie places: Tiled walls, dimly lit hallways, gruff personnel. It would be tough to find such an old-style, stark facility in this country today.
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
This, of course, is a great week for shopping and enjoying time with friends and family. It's also a great time to gather recipes and photos for a family cookbook.
One day while we were at one of Cole's soccer games, a bee stung Chloe on her cheek.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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