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Raised beds can help when you have poor soil

Question: I have poor soil in my planting area. I would like to plant a vegetable garden in late April and I would like to know what I need to do to amend it?

March 10, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Around the Home: Seminar helps those starting a new food business in Georgia

How long have you wanted to market your family heirloom recipe for barbecue sauce or peach relish, but didn't know what was required by the USDA/FDA, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, or the health inspectors, etc., to get started? Now you can attend a seminar like this one.

March 09, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Family Ties: Set ground rules when adult children move back home

Today, many adult children are returning home to live with their parents. Often this move is because the adult child is experiencing financial problems as the result of being unemployed, in the process of divorce or simply because of the inability to earn enough to make ends meet.

March 06, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: Only one thing of value is truly free

"Nothing in life is free," my mother once told me. To a 7-year-old boy, this didn't make much sense. After all, I had plenty of things that I'd never paid for. Surely there had to be something in life that was totally without cost. So I wracked my brain to come up with it.

March 06, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

A walking life lesson

Some say that a brisk walk does a body good. Others say that reading great literature expands the mind. While I'm sure that there is considerable truth in these statements, I prefer to share another recently discovered bit of wisdom. A leisurely walk in the woods with a 2-year-old grandson replenishes the soul.

March 03, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists

Wine without Pretense: Some fussy grapes make for popular blends

OK, did we make it through winter? I know that technically the season still has a couple of weeks to go, but, with any luck, it's over. My lips to God's ears.

March 02, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Dixie Divas: The days of ‘visiting’ have been away for too long

One night back in the summer, Louise, Rodney and I stopped to see Russell and Neva, whom we have all known in one way or the other for decades. Yet, we go ages without seeing each other. It's a crying shame, as Mama would say.

March 01, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Take a trip into the surprising ‘Swamplandia!’

Karen Russell's debut novel, "Swamplandia!," is unlike any story you're familiar with, and it may be an odd literary confection that many readers would have to acquire a taste for. However, once you venture into Russell's mystical menagerie of the Florida Everglades, there is an ecosystem of blossoming prose and vibrant imagination. It all weaves together into a mesmerizing gothic portrait of love, death and the loss of innocence.

February 27, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists

Sharp tools, good technique are needed for pruning

Rural East Georgia in the 1950's was a different world. In retrospect, I sometimes think it was a better world, but hindsight is not always accurate sight.

February 24, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists

Consider planting hollies for a property border

Question: What are some good trees that will provide a border or buffer along my property lines?

February 24, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Around the home:Get more taste, less salt with flavor combinations

The following flavor and food combinations, adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (, have the added benefit of making meat, poultry, fish and vegetables tasty without adding salt.

February 23, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Dixie Divas: There’s family in those hills

When Robert, a devout reader of this column who also happens to be an accomplished researcher in matter of family lineage, offered to trace my family roots, I accepted faster than kudzu can grow on a hot summer's day.

February 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: Set an example for our children, as God does for us

When I was 19 years old, I injured my ankle. Badly. I was playing volleyball in someone's backyard without any shoes on (much to the consternation of my mother). I came down wrong, turned my ankle over and heard a loud "pop."

February 20, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Be ready to work if you plant rose bushes

Valentine's Day has come and gone. Candy, jewelry, flowers and cards have been given and received. I have no idea how many roses were given this past Monday, but I'm fairly certain the number would be in the millions.

February 18, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists

Around the Home: Tips to keep your food safe and fresh

What good does it do to buy good food for your family if it makes them ill?

February 16, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

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Michael Wheeler: Composting: Art and science of improving garden

We are getting into the best time of year with cooler weather and crisp days. It is a bit exciting, because it finally feels like ...

October 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Crevolyn Wiley: Visit classic fall feature, make a classic fall dish

I'm sure you've seen cute signs in stores with ideas for activities called a fall checklist, or fall bucket lists on sites such ...

October 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Doctor offers but never demands treatment

Lemmy is late for his appointment.

October 16, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Stuart Higginbotham: Discovering things unseen and buried deep

My associates Cynthia Park and Alan Cowart and I saw 1,146 unmarked graves of African-Americans on a visit to Alta Vista Cemetery. Some of ...

October 16, 2016 | By Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurch | Columnists

Evacuations a privilege not viable in impoverished Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Evacuations a privilege not viable in Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Robin Friedman: October gardening tasks to complete before winter

With the arrival of October and cooler temperatures finally settling on Northeast Georgia, it is time for homeowners to conduct their fall checklist now.

October 13, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Earth Sense: Great views from up high require caution

Fall is a great season for getting an elevated view of Georgia. The sky is at its deepest blue, and from the mountaintops one can ...

October 09, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Jentezen Franklin: Pray, fast and vote this election season

As a pastor of a church in Gainesville for more than 20 years, I have seen elections come and go.

October 09, 2016 | By Jentezen Franklin | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Lemmy is slowly losing his mind

Who do you think you are?

October 02, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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