How-To Archive

Popcorn sheller

Q: Here is my DIY popcorn sheller. I don’t know why more people don’t grow popcorn. Especially folks with kids. So easy to grow and fun! A: On the farm, we used a purpose-built hand-cranked cast iron corn sheller to...

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How to root a fig cutting

Q: A fig tree that has been in my family for three generations and produces a great harvest. My father recently passed away and we are selling the property. It is too large to transplant. Is there a way to...

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New Zealand Trip – 2020

Come next February, I’ll be enjoying the warm summertime in New Zealand…and you can enjoy it with me! I hosted a garden tour of New Zealand in 2011. Ever since, I’ve wanted to go back. So now we’re going again…and...

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Croatia/Slovenia 2019 Trip Announcement

A common saying from my teenage years: “If it feels good, do it again!”. I’m older now, but I still say it…and here’s an example: I’m hosting another trip to Croatia (and adding Slovenia)! The trip last year was so...

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“How to Give a Possum a Pedicure” Song

I love possums!                 They were a regular part of life on our family chicken farm. We never ate them but we were happy to supply our neighbors with the ones we caught....

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Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam) – Trip Announcement

I have always been curious about Southeast Asia. My only exposure so far has been the disturbing nightly news on TV in the late ‘60’s and National Geographic magazine articles. I have wondered how Vietnam has changed from our national...

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Croatia Trip Announcement – 2018

One of my favorite travel memories is the fresh seafood dinner (including a huge platter of fried calamari) I was served in Dubrovnik thirty years ago. The cost? Only $5.00. While I think prices have gone up since then, the...

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners

For gardeners, every year opens the possibility of better success: fewer weeds, more tomatoes, prettier flowers, etc. Whatever your aim, the following resolutions will get you there faster. 1. If you’re not happy with your landscape or garden, you have...

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How to Make a PVC Light Stand (condensed)

Most houseplants came from a tropical environment. Though they may have been an understory plant in the jungle, many houseplants need more light than we can easily give them in winter. This explains why they become so stretched, yellow and...

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“Fescue” – Alternative Definition

Sharp-eyed reader Dan C. shares: I just finished the 1934 Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Lamb In His Bosom” by Caroline Miller – a fascinating, well-written, and insightful story of a pioneer family in SE GA in the early-to-mid 1800s. I...

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Trip to Italy – May, 2018 – Announcement

I’m hosting a trip to southern Italy on April 14 – 26, 2018! Whenever I’ve mentioned to seasoned travelers a trip to Italy, they get a dreamy look in their eyes and insist “You MUST go to southern Italy in the...

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Lawn Disease – Submitting a Sample for Diagnosis

First, call your local UGA Extension office (1-800-ASKUGA1) to get their submission criteria. If you suspect that you may have a turfgrass disease, your sampling procedure is critical in order to get an accurate diagnosis. Go to the suspected disease...

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Georgia Drought Level 1 – Rules

SUMMARY Level 1: Requires public water systems to educate customers about conditions and encourages conservation. Watering may be dode after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00  a.m. SPECIFIC STATE RULES Drought Response Level 1. (a) Permittees that are public water systems...

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Georgia Drought Level 3 – Rules

SUMMARY Level 3: Prohibits all outdoor irrigation of landscapes. Food gardens may be watered between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. (Soaker hoses and drip irrigation may be used any time.) Hand watering allowed during designated hours. Golf course irrigation limited....

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Georgia Drought Level 2 – Rules

SUMMARY Level 2: Limits outdoor watering to two days a week on an odd-even schedule. Even-numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays (4 p.m. to 10 a.m.); odd-numbered addresses may water Thursdays and Sundays (4 p.m. to 10 a.m.). No water...

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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of...

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Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont

A colleague sent me this link to an excellent Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont. If you don’t recognize a certain snake, plant, butterfly or mushroom, this is a good place to start. Field Guide to the Southern...

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