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Thompson: Don’t bother with a wallet at the beach — use your sandals

Well, it's summer and time to get some flip-flops. Some great ones are made by Reef, and the company also has some cool gadgets that you can get built into your flip-flops. One model, called the Dram, has a built-in bottle opener located in the sole of the shoe. Another model, called the Fanning, has a built-in canister that can hold 3 ounces of a liquid. My personal favorite is the model called the Stash. As the name implies, these flip-flops have a secret compartment that allows you to store a small amount of cash, credit cards or a ...

June 05, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Maintain spiraea by cutting back after flowers disappear

Question: I have a small goldmound spiraea that is blooming now. It is not supposed to get much larger, but I want it to remain vigorous. How and when should I prune it?

Answer: There are some 80 species of the genus Spiraea that are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Most of the varieties commonly grown for landscaping have been developed from plants not native to the United States.

June 02, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Hanging baskets can brighten a space

Just a few years ago, most hanging baskets contained only one type of plant. But in recent years, mixed baskets have become popular.

This "instant garden" look appeals to beginning and longtime gardeners alike.

June 02, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Maintain spiraea by cutting back after flowers disappear

Question: I have a small goldmound spiraea that is blooming now. It is not supposed to get much larger, but I want it to remain vigorous. How and when should I prune it?

Answer: There are some 80 species of the genus Spiraea that are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Most of the varieties commonly grown for landscaping have been developed from plants not native to the United States.

June 02, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep things spicy with these tips on how to store herbs

Experimenting with new spices and herbs can be an exciting culinary adventure.

June 01, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Sparkle leaves a warmth in heart

A friend e-mailed to remind me of something I had long forgotten.

May 31, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: This column could make you happier

I enjoy writing this column and I hope you enjoy reading it. I recently had someone say to me that they liked my column but not all of the tips applied to them. I tried to explain to the person that, in fact, all of the tips applied to them. I told them that even if one of my tips didn't help them directly, they should think of everybody they know to see if the tip would benefit someone else. You see, the reason I love tips so much is that even if I don't benefit from a ...

May 29, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Beware, beetles are on their way

It's that time again - time for that most dreaded of garden pests - the Japanese beetle.

May 27, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Start a food business with help from this workshop

Have you been thinking about bottling and selling your secret barbecue sauce?

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Is Hut’s stab at pasta al dente?

Pasta delivered? Now that's an idea so crazy, it just might work. At least that's what we Lunch Guys thought when we heard about Pizza Hut's newest offering: Tuscani Pasta, available in Creamy Chicken Alfredo and Meaty Marinara.

May 25, 2008 | | Columnists


Rich: Mama’s stories end too soon

My worse fears are about to be realized: Mama has announced her intentions to write a book.

May 24, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: The stain of sin isn't nearly as sweet

When I was a kid, I had the M&M's people figured out. Their slogan was, "The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand." Well, of course it melted in your mouth. If you held an M&M for too long, the candy coating would start to melt in your hand, coloring it. In a rush to minimize the mess, you would pop the candy into your mouth long before it ever got to the chocolate.

May 21, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Gloves can save you from infection

Important safety tip: If you're going to be working with raw meat, make sure that any cut on your hand is covered. Also, make sure that you wear rubber gloves. This applies even if you just have a paper cut. If you're not careful, the bacteria from the meat can get into your cut and can cause a really nasty infection. I was going to include some pictures of people with these infections. However, my wife saw them and said they were too gross!

May 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Sprays aren’t only option to kill pests

Warm weather is a welcome sight for gardeners. But the problems it brings with insects and disease are not. Fortunately, there are several things we can do to help prevent and control them.

May 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Catchfly plants may trap insects, but they don’t use them

Question: I recently saw a reference to a plant with the common name "catchfly." Is this the same as a Venus flytrap?

May 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


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Fall full of gardening activities for plants, trees and lawns

Fall is my favorite time to work in the garden. The days are cooler, making it the perfect time to plan and implement some projects to ensure a beautiful landscape for the following year.

September 19, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Being frugal with food

Need to trim some expenses from your food budget? Luckily, several simple ways can help you get more for your dollar.

September 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Better to pick mutt than purebred

"What is your favorite breed?"

September 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Brokering an exchange with Satan or Christ

Chloe and Cole keep raiding the coin jar - my coin jar.

September 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Stone Mountain a pluton, not an old, extinct volcano

Just 15 miles northeast of Atlanta, a round granite formation stands 800 feet tall. Stone Mountain generates a lot of questions, but also misconceptions.

September 13, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


1, 2, 3s of overseeding lawn for year-round green

For most of us, the fall is the time of year for college football (GO DAWGS!), cool, crisp air in the mountains and raking leaves that seem to get everywhere. It is also a time of year when many people consider overseeding their warm season lawns to produce a green carpet of grass all year long.

September 12, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Finger-licking foods accompany football season

Is everyone as giddy as I am about the start of football season?

September 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask A Vet: Here comes baby; beware pets

Daddy's Little Princess. Bouncing Baby Boy. Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.

September 07, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Coffee trends continuing to shatter market stereotypes

Pop quiz: Most popular beverage in Germany? If you guessed "beer", you got it wrong. Germans drink more coffee than beer.

September 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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