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What are native plants?

Native plants are generally plants that have inhabited a particular region for many years. They are found in a particular area without being transplanted here from another region in the world.

October 03, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Native blueberries taste good in any backyard

The beautiful rabbiteye blueberry is native to Georgia. Fishermen collected the best wild blueberries growing along our rivers, and later Tom Brightwell and other horticulturists created improved varieties of rabbiteye blueberries. Georgia is now the fifth-largest blueberry producing state.

Rabbiteye blueberries are generally the best type of blueberries for home gardeners in Georgia. Southern highbush blueberries are grown commercially in Georgia, but require high organic matter soil (at least 3 percent) and are very prone to attack by deer and birds because they ripen early in the season. For this reason, they are usually poor choices from home gardeners.

October 03, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: Tough love gets results for child’s potty problem

As regular readers of this column know, my advice tends toward the "psychologically incorrect" end of the spectrum.

October 03, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Wilburn: Plan properly for a healthy hike

Fall is here and cooler weather means that many people will soon be hitting the trails.

My husband Will and I have hiked the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and many other trails across the United States. I enjoy hiking because I love nature; there are just some things you will never see unless you are on foot outdoors. Hiking is also one of the most fun ways I know to exercise.

October 01, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Southern skillets are simply an iron canvas

There is an art to making fried green tomatoes. Unfortunately, too many restaurant cooks are artless. They think they can when they can't.

It's a risk sometimes to order fried green tomatoes from a menu. This I have learned the hard way.

September 30, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: What do you do when you have an ‘uh-oh’ moment?

From the other room, I watched Chloe standing in the middle of the living room. She raised her arms out beside her, looked down at the floor and slowly started turning in a circle. After a few turns, she became more confident and turned faster.

Faster and faster she went, a grin on her face as wide as her outstretched arms. Suddenly, she stumbled. Her smile faltered. It was replaced with an expression of shock and concern. "Uh-oh," she said as she plopped to the floor, a victim of both dizziness and gravity.

September 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: It’s the little things that bring us joy

One of the reasons I enjoy writing this column is because I truly believe I'm helping people. I suppose that sharing another duct tape tip may not radically change a person's life. However, I've found that it's the little improvements that you make in your life and the lives of others that over time leads to great happiness. I'd like to defer to the patron saint of tips, Benjamin Franklin, and what he had to say on the subject...

September 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Color your fall garden with mum varieties

As the garden begins to fade into fall, you can bring out a rainbow of color with garden mums. Colors include many shades of yellow, orange, red, purple, bronze, pink and white.

The flowers themselves come in many different forms, from spider types with long, narrow petals to cushion types that have wider, more compact flowers.

September 26, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: Halloween’s origins not worth so much worry

Question: I do not like the implications of Halloween, but my husband does, so we allow the kids to dress up as fun/positive characters.

September 25, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Wilburn: Enjoy fresh veggies — then learn how to preserve them

Take part in a food preservation class

The Hall County Extension in partnership with the Hall County Library System will be offering a free food preservation class on up-to-date resources for canning, freezing, drying, jelly-making and pickling from 1-2 p.m. Sept. 26 at Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road.

September 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: The key to a man’s mind is security

It has taken me all the years - proving that you can always learn important new things - to realize how sensitive men can be.

I get twice as much mail from men who have been offended over something I've written - it always has to do with something that pertains to what they perceive as their manhood - than I get from women over anything.

September 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Keep your sheets matched with this simple method

This has got to be one of the simplest and most common-sense tips I've ever written about. In fact, I often wonder why most people don't know about this tip. After you wash a set of linens, store them in one of the pillowcases. By doing this you'll ensure that you never have mismatched linens. (It's the simple tips that I love the most).

September 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Father’s voice calms in trying times

Each night before I go to bed, I go into Chloe and Cole's rooms to check on them.

I make sure they're not about to roll off the edge of their beds. I make sure they're tucked under the covers. I stand there and watch their sweet slumber for a minute or two, then I steal one - or several - last kisses.

September 21, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

There are many advantages for planting in the fall. Living in Georgia usually guarantees year-round gardening fun. What are the advantages?

September 19, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Find fall color at garden expo

Fall is here, and random dogwoods and maples are hinting of the fall leaf season. But while you're making plans to admire the colorful foliage, why not plant your own fall color?

September 19, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Controlling the tick population

If there is one thing that causes people to be squeamish, ticks will usually do it. No one likes the idea of something crawling on them, and I do not know anyone who wants to be a source of food either.

August 01, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: Dialogue-laden ‘36 Hours’ thrilling

Editor's note: Following the death of James Garner last week, movie archive reviewer Andrew Akers selected "36 Hours" to pay tribute to the famous actor.

July 31, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Myths and truths of antibiotics

A recent survey published online showed some shocking results about science literacy in America. Twenty-five percent of people thought the sun orbits around the earth. That is truly disturbing.

July 27, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trough caused front to stall, dumping rain on area last week

The week ending July 20 brought unusual, but not unheard of, weather to Hall County.

July 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Pound of perfection

Let's discuss the pound cake.

July 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Respect your veterinarian

In her song, Aretha Franklin was explicit. Not in the parental warning kind of way, but in the honest and this-is-what-I-want way. She wanted respect. So she demanded it with a catchy tune.

July 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Listening to God like children do to parents

The other day Cole and I were sitting around hanging out together. Out of the blue, he looked at me and said, "I want to be an adult."

July 20, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unusual weather events have occurred frequently on July 20

Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.

July 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Cooking With Cervolyn: Thrill of the grill

Southern summers are the best.

July 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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