How-To Archive

How To Build a School Nature Trail

A school nature trail is a great addition to the educational efforts of teachers, neighbors and parents. Here are some ideas on how to go about the process: Before Work Day 1. Determine an appropriate area of school property for...

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How to Grow Kudzu

Tifton B.Merritt is a writer, raconteur and afficionado of all things Southern. Here are his directions on the finer points of kudzu culture. Get a printable PDF file of this HOW TO GROW KUDZU by Tifton B. Merritt All you...

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How To Make Well-Drained Soil

I was explaining to someone recently that flowering cherry trees absolutely require well-drained soil to succeed. “Well, that’s not a problem,” they responded, “I’m planting on a slope, so water drains right past it.” “Sloping soil is usually poorly drained,”...

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How to Thoroughly Water

You’d think I would know better but this spring I learned even more about what thoroughly water means. I started two big flats of coleus and aster seeds, first filling the flats with seed-starting soil then scattering the seeds on...

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How to Attend Broadcasts at Pike Family Nursery

Pike Family Nursery remote broadcasts are always fun! What could be better than to do a radio show about gardening in the midst of thousands of blooming plants? Not only will you see the broadcast but you can ask questions:...

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Biofuels – To Meet Energy Needs

The first comprehensive analysis of the full life-cycles of soybean biodiesel and corn grain ethanol shows that biodiesel has much less of an impact on the environment and a much higher net energy benefit than corn ethanol, but that neither...

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How To be Sherlock Holmes in the Landscape

I receive more than 5000 emails a year asking my advice on solving landscape problems. I can’t keep all that information in my head so I depend on several websites to give me the first clues to identify the problem...

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Science Project – Effect of Coffee Grounds on Plants

Here’s a good one to try Coffee...

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How to Make a Garden Tuteur (Trellis)

One of my delights is finding new ways to use common materials to benefit my plants. My friend Tara Dillard taught me the word “tuteur”….a garden tower used to train vines. I decided to make one from copper pipe. It...

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How to Get the “Lawns in Georgia” publication

The University of Georgia sometimes pulls publications to update them…but they don’t give an expected date when the publication will be back in place on the Web. Just in case “Lawns in Georgia” is ever pulled, here it is. Lawns...

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How to Find Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farms

It is a great family outing to go to a tree farm to cut your tree for Christmas. If you’re looking for a farm close by, there are three lists. One is in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution around Thanksgiving. A second...

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How to Write an Excuse for School

We all know about the classic excuses students offer when their homework is late: “My dog ate it.”, “My Dad spilled coffee on it.”, “A big kid on the bus stole it.” My friend Pat is a script writer. He...

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What is a Sercy?

When I was in college I had the privilege of working as a camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Camp in Eatonton, GA. The four summers I spent there were some of the happiest of my life. We taught swimming,...

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Walter Cowart – In His Own Words

My grandfather, Walter Cowart from Union City, GA, was a unique individual. He was a politician, promoter, story-teller and fun lover. This article from The Campbell News gives a glimpse into his life. see also Eating...

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Most Distant Radio Listeners

Recently I got an intriguing email: “I’m a long time listener from Cleveland, Ga, currently assigned to camp Remagen in Tikrit, Iraq. I am very fortunate that I am able to listen to your show via internet every Saturday. The...

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How to Make a PVC Plant Light Stand

My neighbor Lisa called me after reading an article I’d written about building a heating pad for plant propagation. “You are a regular garden MacGyver”, she commented. “You can always fix something with some part you find in the junk...

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Brew Day at Nearly Native Nursery

My friend Jim Rogers, at Nearly Native Nursery in Fayetteville, has helped me identify snakes numerous times. Besides being a lover of native plants and creatures, Jim is an amateur beer brewer. Nearly Native Nursery will hold a Brew Day...

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Walter’s Books

The Georgia Getting Started Garden Guide by Walter Reeves & Erica Glasener Describes the culture of more than 180 plants which thrive under Georgia landscape conditions. Includes chapters on Trees, Shrubs, Annuals, Perennials, Ornamental Grasses, Groundcovers, Bulbs and Vines. The...

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