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Are the deer abundant in your home yard?

If the answer is yes, a good way to prevent them from browsing in your landscape is to plant ornamental plants that deer do not like to eat.

June 03, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Some tomatoes grown to resist disease

The tomato is the most commonly-grown vegetable in America's backyard gardens. Unfortunately, producing big, red, juicy tomatoes requires considerable effort in preventing and controlling diseases.

June 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: These white wines will cool you off

Around this time of year in northeast Georgia, I am reminded of one of the tunes from "Porgy and Bess."

June 01, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: The meaning of words can get all mashed up

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called "soggum syrup."

May 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Take your concerns, no matter how small, to God

We all have problems of some sort, don't we? Granted, some of our problems are not as big as those others face. It would be very easy for us to look at our problems then look at those of others, and feel guilty for being concerned about our "small" problems in light of theirs, right?

May 30, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Decide now whether your grass will go thirsty

Most Georgia lawns have had plenty of rain in the past few months, but the hot, potentially dry months of summer are ahead. Without adequate moisture, plants cannot function normally and can become predisposed to other stresses in the environment, such as winter injury or diseases.

May 27, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Gardeners are separated by more than a manicure

A few years ago, I was in New York City to do a photo session for a book cover and found myself at the behest of a stylist and a hairdresser who also doubled as a make-up artist.

May 24, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Metaphors in ‘Beatrice’ try a bit too hard

You may have heard the expression "there are only 1,001 stories in the world to tell." So how does one take a topic that seems to have been covered on every front and make it unexpected and original?

May 23, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


A little planning will keep the bugs away

There is one big drawback to growing plants in our climate - pests enjoy the same conditions our plants do.

May 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening With Wanda: Georgia Gold Medal Winners

What are Georgia Gold Medal Winners?

May 20, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Rich: Nothing good can come from talking bad about an ex

In a small town in Arkansas, I was leaving a social gathering of divorced women who had found solidarity in their situations. Many are women who, later in life, have found themselves divorced from influential men. And, as far as I could decipher, none of the divorces were of their choosing.

May 17, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Perseverance will help along your Christian journey

If I was in an accident and lost the ability to walk and had to learn it all over again, I honestly don't know if I could do it.

May 16, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Foliage can brighten up any landscape

The dazzling array of foliage plants available for your summer landscape can leave you wondering where you will find room for flowers.

May 13, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Laughs can soothe the sting of death

Too often in recent times, death has visited itself upon my family, its intrusion bitterly unwelcome.

May 10, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Much mirth may be found in ‘Mischief’

I have always had a great respect for teachers. The reason I love reading and writing today was because I had good teachers when I was growing up - educators who exposed me to many different kinds of books and taught me the beauty of language and imagination.

May 09, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


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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 ...

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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


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