How-To Archive

PDA – Used for Gardening

Note: this was written in 2003…long before smartphones became so ubiquitous!) The local garden club came to visit last week. We all had a fine time talking with each other and tasting the potluck dishes each person had brought. “Watch...

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Rooting Cuttings – Accelerated by Aerated Water

My friend Kim C. remarked to me that the coleus stalks he’d absentmindedly stuck in an ornamental fountain had rooted much quicker than similar cuttings he’d put in a bucket of water. Eager to test his observation, I clipped 30...

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Cuba Trip – 2012 – Pictures

I recently returned from a trip to a country that has fascinated me since I read about it in Life Magazine when I was a kid: Cuba. Accompanied by 25 intrepid travelers, I was able to visit organic farms, lively streets...

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Tour Group

I went to Cuba with 25 gardeners and other travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington State and Ohio. Back to Cuba Trip – 2012 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Cuban People

The Cuban literacy rate (99.8%) is higher than the United States’ rate (97%). Although not many people outside the tourist industry speak English, the natives were uniformly friendly, often blurting “We love the US…we just wish we could go there!”...

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Signs

I understand very little Spanish but could sometimes puzzle out what signs meant. It was such a relief to arrive in the Miami airport and be able to navigate without getting lost! Back to Cuba Trip – 2012...

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Gardens and Farms

Cuba is a tropical island, well-suited to growing many fruits and vegetables plus ornamental plants. Organic farms have sprung up by necessity, because they can’t get pesticides into the country. Back to Cuba Trip –...

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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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