Every spring, it becomes a mantra for me: This year will be the year.
With the recent onset of spring-like weather, gardening enthusiasts across North Georgia cannot wait to get started pruning, planting, fertilizing and simply soaking up some warm sunshine. The phones have been hopping at the Extension office - spring fever is officially here!
I, for one, am going to build my first raised bed this year and try my luck in growing some of my favorite vegetables.
Spring is just around the corner, so let's focus on two often forgotten members of the onion family - leeks and green onions (scallions).
It is a tradition on Sundays for my sister to load her table with food and fill her house with family and friends.
OK folks, it's time for a duct tape tip: If you have a young toddler, put a piece of duct tape over their shoe laces so they'll stay tied while the child is playing. You'll also be educating the child on the value of duct tape. You can't start too young.
Cole doesn't like open doors. Whenever he finds one at the house he rushes to close it, regardless of which side of it he's on. That led to a little trouble for him (and me) the other day.
Saturday is Master Gardener Day - so, if you know a Master Gardener around here, be sure to thank them.
Everyone who has diabetes needs to follow an eating plan approved by their physician. And most should follow a physical activity plan, too.
Many, who rely upon creative forces to etch out a living, depend on what is called a muse to inspire and fire up those creative juices.
Do you know someone who wears work boots? If so, you need to share this great product with them. It's called Boot Savers, and it fits over the toes of any pair of work boots. They protect the toes from getting scuffed and can also cover-up any existing scuffs. They come in three colors: black, brown and tan. You can find them at www.kneeblades.com and they cost $10.
When growing grass is difficult, what is a good alternative that can add beauty and interest to my landscape?
On March 3, landscape professionals and home gardening enthusiasts received some much-welcome news from Carol Couch, director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Busy schedules filled with work, school and activities can leave families with little time for sit-down meals. So, eating out - or, rather, on the run - can be an unavoidable part of family meal time.
There is a childhood friend whom is very dear to me, our lives having been tangled together in one way or another like kudzu clinging to a chain-linked fence.
As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.
Busy work schedules, hectic family life, late-night television, electronics and other stimulants get in the way of our daily sleep. Therefore, most people sleep when work and family life permits.
When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.
Violence against others, be they a female, male, dog, cat or salamander, is never desirable.
Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.
Depending on the weather, you may have some children at home during the daytime this week.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article that mentioned taking steps to care for your pets in case you die.
It's an ironic fact that more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by water, yet there always seems to be a shortage in many places.
I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.
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