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Keep your lawn happy with proper mowing, fertilizing

Lawns and springtime go hand-in-hand for many people in Gainesville and Hall County. For many of us, it is the gathering place for our children, family and neighbors. It's where barbecues happen and spontaneous games of Frisbee and tag are begun.

April 30, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Buy local, buy fresh at area farmers markets

Mark your calendars with some very important dates, the opening of our area farmers markets. The Spout Springs Library farmers market will open on Thursday. You can shop from 4-7 p.m. each Thursday.

April 27, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Friendship Bread’ has a sweet but familiar flavor

Darien Gee's newly released novel, "Friendship Bread," compiles the accounts of the various residents of small town Avalon, Ill., and how they are brought together through an "edible chain letter" called Amish Friendship Bread.

April 24, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Cover all the basics before planting your edible garden

You may have plans to start your own veggie garden. Or maybe plant some fruiting trees and bushes. Whatever the case, it is time to make sure you plant in the right areas, the soil is the correct pH and everything is in order to obtain the maximum satisfaction of your endeavors.

April 22, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Consider installing a few rain gardens

Storm water is usually we all don't think too much about on a day-to-day basis. When it is usually thought of, we all want it to be carried away off our streets and away from our homes.

April 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Tips to prepare your Easter ham safely

If you've been shopping for ham recently, you may have found yourself bewildered by the many choices available: fresh, cured, cooked, spiral-cut, smoked, bone in, boneless, country. It's no wonder people have so many questions about cooking and storing ham.

April 20, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Don't want — God will provide your needs

Chloe's come up with a new declaration. I guess in her mind, it's more of an explanation. Lately, she's discovered that she lacks certain things. These things are not necessary to health or survival, though.

April 17, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Prepare for the descent of the winged red-eyed ‘monsters’

In the coming weeks, much of Hall County will be invaded by a rare sight; six legged, winged creatures with red eyes. These creatures are not from a far off land or a distant planet, but they are a normal occurrence for our part of the country. Georgia's only 13-year cicada will emerge from the ground.

April 15, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Head to the kitchen for fun with friends and family

Looking for a fun activity to do with friends? Seeking a new adventure with your spouse or date? Want to spend some quality time with a child or grandchild?

April 13, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Homelessness’ should be on your bookshelf

Our world is not a perfect place. If it were, we would always help our fellow man in need without a moment's hesitation, without placing stigmas on those lacking the same privileges and luxuries as we have.

April 10, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Careful planning and right plants can keep deer at bay

Are the deer nibbling in your yard? Here are some helpful tips:

April 07, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Trotting the globe for some signature grapes

I was telling students in one of my wine appreciation classes at Brenau University about wines from Argentina. Malbec, I told them, is the signature red wine grape of Argentina. Likewise, I declared, that country's trademark white wine grape is torrontes.

April 06, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Family Ties: Making summer camp work for children with AD/HD

Although it is only March, now is the time to register for many upcoming summer camps. Summer can be a challenging time for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and for their parents.

April 03, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Do we have God or does God have us?

We were on vacation at the beach last summer and went swimming at the hotel's swimming pool. I don't know about you, but there seems to be something wrong with that. If you're at the beach, why are you swimming in a pool? In spite of the warped logic, that's where we were.

April 03, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


The times they are a-changing, yet again

I have never particularly liked change. Perhaps one of the worst days of my young life was when I entered the eighth grade. After attending Appling Elementary School for seven years and being taught by only four teachers for that entire time, I was petrified at the thought of moving on up to Harlem High with six teachers for the eighth grade alone.

March 31, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


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Bird’s nest fungus is common and harmless, not a disease

Question: What are these strange things growing on top of the soil of one of the houseplants I set outside for the summer? They look ...

August 17, 2017 | Arty Schronce Arty.Schronce@agr.georgia.gov | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: To remove nuisance critters, start with what attracts them

This is a topic that is full of opinion. What is a cute and cuddly critter to one person is a pest to another, or ...

August 11, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Carin Booth: Does home food preserving save on food cost?

With rising food prices, consumers are trying to find ways to save the family food dollar. It is reminiscent of the 1970s energy crisis that ...

August 09, 2017 | Carin Booth | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Join the next class of Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener Extension volunteers help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening, horticulture and best practices to the public. Master ...

August 04, 2017 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


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