How-To Archive

Cuba Trip 2012 – Transportation

When the US embargo began in 1960, it was like a door slammed shut on importing cars from other countries. Cuba had plenty of cars from before that time and it has lots of Russian Lada cars (imagine a tin...

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Buildings

It’s like a time bomb went off in the 1950’s: many buildings still stand but they have had NO maintenance for 60 years. No paint, no exterior repairs, no improvements….just the effects of weather on stucco and wood. We would...

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Kudzu – Recipes

Kudzu is the vine that tried to eat the South. The newly introduced kudzu bug is attempting to consume this fast growing vine; why not do your part and eat some kudzu too? I found several recipes that seem easy...

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Self-Watering Planter

I have really appreciated my Really Raised Bed for starting transplants and nurturing tender plants I get in the mail. But these beds must be watered frequently to keep the soil from drying out. Seeing several self-watering gardens on YouTube,...

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Rock Eagle Camp Song – “Dem Bones Gonna Rise Again!”

I worked as a counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Camp, near Eatonton GA, from 1969 to 1972. Quaint though it seems now, one of our most enjoyable activities was gathering in the dining hall and singing all sorts of doggerel...

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WSB Studio – What Does It Look Like?

Thousands of people listen to my garden show every Saturday morning. With each caller, I try to imagine where they are. In bed? Driving? Outdoors? Perhaps some of them are trying to imagine where I am and what it looks...

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Trip to Italy Announcement – 2013

I’m hosting a trip to southern Italy on May 12 – 24, 2013. 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...

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Mother’s Day Garden Tours

Who doesn’t want to honor that special woman in their life? There are several local venues that would be very enjoyable to visit with her! Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour – Atlanta Callaway Gardens – Pine Mountain The State Botanical Garden of...

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South Africa Adventure – 2014

As many of you know, I led a group of gardeners and spouses to South Africa in 2010. The memories of that vibrant, beautiful, surprising country still linger in my brain! We had such a good time I’ve decided to...

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Hydroponics – Small Scale

I recently visited EPCOT in Orlando and was impressed by the tour of their hydroponic system for growing vegetables. If you want to experiment with this system of gardening without soil, here are some valuable resources: Florida: Hydroponics for Home...

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New Gardening Books

I regularly receive interesting-looking gardening books from publishers. I don’t have time to read them all or give an intelligent review but I know they would appeal to many gardeners. These are some of the books I’ve gotten recently. You...

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Spring Vegetable Gardening Handout

Spring Vegetable Gardening Handout Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener Horse manure Permatill Soil Perfector Soil3 Really Raised Bed Treated Wood Potatoes in Perlite Self-Watering Planter Self-watering Bucket Garden Earthbox GrowBox TeraHydroBox Wall-O-Water Tower Garden Verti Gro GardenSoxx Straw bale gardening...

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Music Helps Plants Grow – False Science

One of the myths of gardening is that “music makes plants grow better”. This analysis of the original experiment by a reputable scientist puts the “music-plant collection” to bed: Case Study: The Sound of Music and Plants  Published 30...

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Science Project – Quick and Easy

I’m helping a friend’s daughter with her science project and am relearning the long-forgotten differences between dependent variable, independent variable and control group. If your child announces “My science project is due in two weeks! What can I do that’s...

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Camellia (and other shrubs) – Propagating Step by Step

This is my step-by-step process of propagating camellia cuttings. The same method works for roses, gardenia, azalea and other woody broadleafed...

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Sprouts – Growing at Home Safely

With recent scares about the safety of alfalfa sprouts, some are wondering if it’s safer to grow them at home. This can easily be done….but remember that the process starts with certified disease-free seed. These tips will help you grow...

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New Zealand – 2011

I had a great time with a group of 44 folks, including gardeners, spouses and friends, on a trip to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in January 2011. We visited public and private gardens, had wine tastings, stayed in fabulous hotels...

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New Zealand – Plants

We had a great time in New Zealand in January, 2011. Our group left Atlanta two days before the huge snow/ice storm hit and closed the city for four days! Each day we’d have breakfast in 75 degree weather and...

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