Question: Who are Master Gardeners and what do they do?
Flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus are some of the earliest flowers to appear in gardens each year, some starting to bloom as early as January. Many will bloom and multiply for years with minimal care.
On Wednesday, Chloe turned 4 years old. I sat down that evening after she went to bed and wrote the following letter to her and Cole.
What is the most popular fruit in the world?
Rachael Reksten has four young kids younger than 6. I admire, respect and pity her all at the same time. She told me that the hardest thing she used to have to deal with was getting her kids dressed in the morning.
When my niece, Nicole, decided it was time to separate Zoe, who was nearing the age of 2, from her pacifier, she consulted the lunar calendar.
I usually enjoy debunking questionable tips. However, this time I'm somewhat hesitant. Odds are that I'm going to tick off at least a few of you out there. What tip am I talking about? The Debbie Meyers Green Bags. For those of you not familiar with them, they're the green plastic bags that you store fruits and vegetables in and they supposedly stay fresher longer. You've probably seen the bags advertised on late-night TV. The bags are supposed to be specially made so that they absorb ethylene gas, which contributes to spoilage. I tested the bags ...
The last few weeks at the Extension office have been filled with talk of yellow jackets - and not those who frequent Bobby Dodd Stadium in the fall. As a loyal member of the Bulldog Nation, I occasionally have a little fun with folks who ask me how to control yellow jackets. When asked, I'm always tempted to reference coach Mark Richt and the beloved Georgia Bulldogs. However, yellow jackets are no laughing matter.
Gardens overflowing with shiny, red tomatoes and bright green peppers ... orchards filled with sweet, juicy peaches ... farmers' markets piled high with fresh produce ... they are all so easy to preserve.
Too often I used to stop by Mama's and find her with that look in her eye. I'd know it the moment I walked in, so I silently curse myself for picking that time to drop by.
On the Fourth of July, we took Chloe and Cole to a fireworks show.
Recently I heard some statistics concerning the divorce rates in Georgia and Hall County that were frightening.
Editor's note: This is Russ England's final column for The Times. After five years of gardening advice, he's decided to spend a little more time planting instead. Extension agent Wanda Cannon's gardening Q&A column will begin Aug. 1
It's midsummer in Georgia, but it could be spring all over again for vegetables. We generally plant summer vegetable crops in April and wind them up about this time of year, but we can grow two summer crops in Georgia.
My vocation can make you a bit nutty. Or maybe you have to be eccentric to even get involved.
We were sitting in the sanctuary, waiting for the evening service to begin. My Bible was in my lap, and Chloe asked me if she could see it.
"This place is awfully cold. I hope it's not like this all the time."
November has almost passed and Thanksgiving is over, but December ushers in another holiday season. And with the landscapes full of endless possibilities for holiday decorating, one can only look out of the window for an array of creative ideas.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. And oh, don't we have so much to be thankful for.
One of my favorite quotes is from the 1990s. "Snoop Doggy Dogg. Need to get a jobby job."
Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.
The holiday season is nearly here, and it is time to break out some Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.