How-To Archive

How to Make a Clay Pot Man

Gardeners have a wide variety of “tastes” when it comes to landscape decorations. If you are looking for directions to make a garden buddy out of flower pots, here’s a good link: Pots With Personality. Also Terra Cotta Pot...

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How to Build a Propagation Soil Warmer

My father straightened nails and re-used them. Some nails on our chicken farm had first been bought during the Hoover administration and had been used over and over since. Innumerable gallon cans full of nails, bolts, screws and washers were...

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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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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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