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Plan your spring garden now with bulbs in fall

A beautiful spring flower garden starts this fall if you'd like bulbs to be a part of it. Nothing could be more simple or rewarding than growing colorful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other great varieties.

September 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the home: Take recalls seriously

A food recall is a voluntary action taken by a company to remove its product from market shelves if the product has a problem. There are three types of product recalls:

August 31, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


If we’ll only listen, there are stories to be found

A favorite book in my family, one we often buy for new college graduates, is Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go."

August 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Garden Spells’ offers sweet whimsy, magic

This is a book that I have been wishing to read for a while. Sarah Addison Allen, author of popular books including "The Sugar Queen" and, most recently, "The Girl Who Chased the Moon," writes stories focusing on Southern women and their emotional struggles, mixing in whimsical, fairy-tale imagery. In particular, Allen weaves in themes involving the mystical or healing properties of food, tying what the characters eat directly to their emotions and dreams. Since I recently started in on my own gardening experiment to raise healing plants (sadly, even my chamomile, which is supposed to be fairly indestructible, succumbed ...

August 29, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Garden masters seek new green thumbs

For the past 30 years, more than 5,500 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia and never received a paycheck. As graduates of the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Master Gardener Program, they volunteer their time to assist local county extension agents across Georgia.

August 27, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Victory Gardens an old idea that's new again

If you enjoy a little bit of history as I do, "Victory Gardens" were primarily associated with the World War II movement prompted by the uncertainties of war.

August 27, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home: Best cooking method to preserve the nutrients in fruits and veggies

How foods are cooked can have a big impact on their nutrient content. That's because many vitamins are sensitive to heat and air exposure (vitamin C, the B vitamins, and folate in particular). Loss of nutrients increases as cooking time increases and with higher temperatures.

August 24, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Taking the train proves as romantic as Dolly sings about

When the yearning for a weekend trip to New Orleans appeared, much like the late night craving for a bag of potato chips, it took no persuasion to convince Poet to meet me there.

August 23, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


He protects us from bad guys, sharks and a dangerous world

Cole came to my side of the bed in the middle of the night. He tried to crawl into bed with me and Amy, but I stopped him.

August 22, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Armyworms marching through lawns and pastures

Over the last few weeks, the extension office has received numerous calls from anxious homeowners and frustrated farmers regarding the dreaded fall armyworm.

August 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Choose smart salads to cut fat, calories

Why do Americans chose salads as one of their favorite foods? Because they are refreshing, convenient, flavorful and they can be nutritious, if you make healthy choices in selecting ingredients.

August 17, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Animals have guardian angels, too

There are those - perhaps many - who would claim that animals do not have a guardian angel. On behalf of my animals, I vehemently disagree. They have one and her name is Jill.

August 16, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Discover a great mystery in ‘Thieves of Darkness’

One of the best feelings I can get after finishing a book is that moment of regret, when you realize the narrative journey you have been taking for a few weeks is now over and the enjoyment that you've been having has to come to an end (at least until you find your next good read).

August 15, 2010 | Book review | Columnists


Drainage issues can cause major landscape problems

The process of designing and planting a beautiful landscape, then watching healthy plants grow into maturity can be a rewarding experience. However, the path to a healthy landscape is not always an easy one, especially if poor drainage is a problem.

August 13, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Seeking Hall County’s next master gardeners

As August continues to fly by, I will be preparing to send out applications to any and all interested persons in our area who want to become master gardeners in 2011.

August 13, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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Bill Coates: A hopeful perspective in a turbulent time

I have just finished best-selling author Ron Chernow's 800-page biography of Alexander Hamilton upon which the wildly popular Broadway musical is based.

May 28, 2017 | Bill Coates kristiwright@mindspring.com | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Paw pad burns take a few days to appear on cat

Summer is upon us. Well, at least, this time of year is traditionally considered summer.

May 28, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pros and cons of pet paperwork

I became a veterinarian, in part, because I love animals.

May 21, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Follow these tips to control snakes around your house

People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time. Not too many animals in the world get such an emotional ...

May 19, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Storing Vidalia onions, strawberries year-round is easy

It's May in Georgia and fortunately that means fresh strawberries and Vidalia onions.

May 17, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Steps to follow when traveling with your pet

Long story short: The government of Argentina has a copy of my driver's license.

May 14, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Dr. Tom Smiley: Let Eastertide serve as a reflection all season

The resurrection of Christ is the central point of Christianity. Jesus' life, death and resurrection were all for you.

May 14, 2017 | | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Add rituals to prayer during Holy Week

Twelve years ago this week, I found myself at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I went with a seminary group to spend a week at ...

April 09, 2017 | The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurch gainesville.org | Columnists


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