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What can you tell us about the lenten rose?

Very few flowers bloom in the winter months around Gainesville, but there is one exception to the rule. The Helleborus x hybridus - known by a more common name of lenten rose - is an excellent drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plant that requires little maintenance. Every year, the lenten rose graces the shady beds of southern gardens.

February 13, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Weather, gender, bees affect holly’s berries

At the extension office, we receive many questions pertaining to the growth and care of holly shrubs.

February 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Milk makes body better in any flavor

Should I let my child drink chocolate milk? Is this really part of a healthy diet? Many parents ask these questions.

February 11, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Cooter’s story can inspire dreams

Brandon, the smart young man who has worked for me for years, isn't impressed by much at all. He's remarkably level-headed so fame or celebrity bounces off him like one of Penelope Ann's biscuits bounces off the floor.

February 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: To be first, line up last

Chloe is going through this stage where she wants to be first. When I take her and Cole to school, she wants to go inside before he does. When we're about to eat supper, she wants her plate before anyone else gets theirs. When she and Cole are taking medicine, she insists I give Cole his after she gets hers.

February 08, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Simple ideas lessen the hard work

If you've never heard of the Bigslider, let me tell you about it. This cool product helps you move large objects and can replace your wheelbarrow. It's basically a 2-foot by 5-foot piece of high-density Polyethylene and has a handle on one end. You can put a heavy load on the Bigslider like a large TV, a water heater or a big flower pot. Then you can easily slide the heavy load. The Bigslider can slide over carpet, concrete, asphalt and grass. The thing I really like about this product is that instead of picking up a heavy ...

February 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: A little work can be fruitful

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Lambrusco wine comes in quality varieties

I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.

February 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Sharing the gift of life’s wisdom

Readers have often reassured me that among their favorite columns are the ones in which I share the wisdom passed down to me by my parents. But just this morning I got to thinking: I have some wisdom, too, that I can share.

February 03, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Wordlock a nice idea with limited use

OK, I'm really torn about sharing this next gadget with you. It's called the Wordlock and it's basically a combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers.

February 01, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep kids in mind when dating again

After a separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one, it takes time to cope with feelings and move on to another relationship.

February 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: Steps to keep plants warm, healthy in winter

Wintertime can be tough on your plants, inside and out. What can one do to prevent injury to more fragile plants during the winter months?

January 29, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Now is the time to take on plant pruning

Now is a prime time to prune plants, but only if you have a reason.

January 29, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: What’s your portion distortion?

You've probably noticed that food portions in restaurants have grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. This can lead to weight gain.

January 28, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Buying the cow gets you milk for free

To Rodney, my ever dutiful brother-in-law, I suggested that we get a community cow. What with dairy prices going so high and all.

January 27, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Be aware: Powdery mildew plagues dogwood trees

Just the other day, I was looking at a dogwood tree at the house and saw it was in pretty good shape.

April 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Venture out of comfort zone; try some asparagus

Yay for Spring! It's officially the beginning of the arrival of fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

April 22, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Christians do not always behave appropriately

For the past few days, Chloe's been rude. She's been moody. She's been downright angry.

April 19, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Colors can alert owners of pet’s illness

Shakespeare told us a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

April 19, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Make your own mulch with leftover plant debris

A lot of plant debris accumulated during the winter. What to do with it all?

April 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Hungry for some hot dogs? Pay attention to product

Grilling season is picking up the pace. The warmer weather means more cookouts and picnics.

April 15, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Keep dogs fit to avoid ligament injuries

Last year, one of my son's favorite Georgia Bulldogs tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

April 12, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Watch out for ticks when outside in warmer months

Most Georgia residents have been bit by a tick at one time or another.

April 11, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito-eating bats under attack by fungal disease

I remember as a boy playing with all of the other neighborhood kids during the summer.

April 10, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Life comes full circle

I have always worked. In my family, when you turned 16, you got a job.

April 08, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Learning from a game of tug-of-war

They play it with towels, shirts, pants and blankets. They play it with just about anything they can get their hands on. I think that's why the dog has started hiding under the bed.

April 05, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Keep Easter ham, candy away from your pets

Happy Easter! As you read this, I am on my way to Chicago for opening day at Wrigley Field.

April 05, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check the weather before planting delicate seedlings

As gardening activities are starting, two factors are crucial: topsoil and weather.

April 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Pulling out the weeds

If you are like most of us, then this is the time of year we all have something growing in the yard other than what you want to be growing.

April 03, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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