How-To Archive

How to Mulch Correctly

You can’t have a productive,long-lived landscape without mulch. WHY MULCH? The right mulch in the right place can be a real blessing. It conserves moisture, keeps down weeds, keeps the soil cool and makes your yard more attractive, among other benefits....

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How To Use 1-800-ASKUGA-1

As far as I’m concerned, it’s magic. For years, I struggled with telling radio listeners how to telephone their local University of Georgia Extension office. With 159 counties in Georgia, each one having an Extension office and each one having...

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How to Choose a Landscape Maintenance Company

The slips of paper with scribbled phone numbers are passed from hand to hand surreptitiously at neighborhood gatherings. Phrases like “He’s fast and he’s good.“, “She really knows what she’s doing.” and “I trust them explicitly.” are whispered into attentive...

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How to Make Easy Ambrosia

Kathy Henderson hosted “The Lawn and Garden Show” on WSB for many years. One bit of information she featured each holiday season is still in demand: her quick and easy ambrosia recipe. Kathy got the recipe from a friend. So...

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How to Make a PVC Hoop Greenhouse

Here’s an idea that strecthes the seasons a little, for bedding plants and early veggies: Get several pieces of 1/2 or 3/4 inch diameter PVC tubing from the hardware store, the kind used for indoor plumbing. Also get a few...

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How to Make Homemade Bird Suet

Some time ago my newspaper colleague Charles Seabrook wrote about the many species of ducks that overwinter at the E. L. Huie/Newman Wetlands Center in Clayton County. Bird watching enthusiasts have found that the protected aquatic habitat attracts many other...

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Growing Palms in Georgia – June 9, 2010

Growing Palms in Georgia Wednesday, June 9 Rockdale Extension Office, 1400 Parker Road, Lobby B 6:30-8pm cost $3.00 RSVP to (770)278-7373 by June 7 Dr. Gary Wade, UGA Horticulture Specialist, will be joining us for an evening educational presentation on...

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How to Rekindle Romance in the Garden

George Ball, the proprietor of Heronswood Nursery (a part of Burpee)in Pennsylvania , writes a weekly blog about all things horticultural. Recently he took time to reflect on how gardening could enhance romance: “How to rekindle the fires of romance?...

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Possum – Control

Q: I have noticed a possum climbing a tree in my yard for the past week. I swear he is as big as my Standard Poodle. Do I ignore him–encourage him–discourage him–get rid of him? Is he dangerous or harmless?...

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Bucket Gardening – Vegetables

Q: Can you tell me about bucket gardening? I have many five gallon buckets and want to raise vegetables in buckets. What type of soil should I use? A: Gardening in five-gallon buckets is a great way to raise vegetables...

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Bottle Tree (Bottle Bush) – In Garden

Q: At the end of your radio show, you said ” You will never see a bottle tree in Buckhead!”. Attached you will find pictures of my bottle tree. I live in Loring Heights which is just north of Atlantic...

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Greenhouse – for Homeowners

Q: I am considering building my own hobby greenhouse and don’t know where to begin. I want to start out with simple flowers and vegetables but I would like to be able to expand the greenhouse in case I decide...

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Test Books

The Essential Earthman by Henry Mitchell Sometimes you get tired of reading about plants. You want to know what an experienced gardener really FEELS about the task. Mitchell, for twenty five years a garden columnist for the Washington Post, died...

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Costa Rica Trip – 2012

Imagine walking on a warm, sandy beach in January! Imagine seeing toucans, quetzals, monkeys, iguanas, and sloths in their natural habitat! Our garden trips to New Zealand and South Africa have been so enjoyable that I’m planning a third! This...

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