How-To Archive

New Zealand 2011 – Odd Things

While on my trip to New Zealand in January 2011 I kept my eyes peeled for interesting things. I like finding signs that mean something odd, or views that are intriguing. Here are some of my...

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Costa Rica Trip – 2012

I had a great time with a group of 38 folks, including gardeners, spouses and friends, on a trip to Costa Rica in January 2012. We visited gardens, rode zip lines, stayed in fabulous hotels and saw innumerable bromeliads and...

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How To Get Previous Issues of Georgia Gardener Newsletter

The Georgia Gardener Newsletter is e-mailed every two weeks. Click here to sign up. Selected previous issues are archived below: May 26 Watering rules Copperhead snake Cottony scale Bamboo escapee Butterfly milkweed Sourwood tree Apr. 14 Butterfly plants Zoysia seedheads...

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Subscribing to Walter’s Newsletter

The “Georgia Gardener” emailed newsletter is sent out every two weeks, usually on Thursday mornings. It is distributed by NewsTalk 750 – WSB, which maintains the subscriber list. They have a stringent corporate privacy policy that makes sure you will...

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Finding Walter’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution Articles Online

Q: How can I find your gardening questions and answers articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution? A: Unfortunately, the AJC does not post  my articles on the “free” public part of their website. You have to have an inexpensive digital subscription...

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How to Deal With Flooding

The university Extension offices in several states have collected great advice on preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of flooding. I hope you never need this information, but…….. University of Georgia Flood Information Caring for Flooded Lawns – UGA...

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I’m Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover

When I mentioned to a schoolteacher friend that I had sung “I’m Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover” (sung to the tune of “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover”) on my radio show, she exclaimed, “You have too much...

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How to Choose a Landscape Designer

Did you build your own home? For the majority of homeowners in the area, the answer is “No! I didn’t have the skills to take on such a big project!” But when it comes to landscape design, homeowners are not...

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How To Amend Your Soil

Good soil is the basis of every landscape success. Most of us are not blessed with good soil – we have lots of clay, which holds WAY too much water. Here is what I do to build the soil in...

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How to Buy Fertilizer

For a couple of years now, I have presented a talk entitled “You Can’t Get Any Lower Than Dirt!” to gardening groups in the Southeast. I talk about why organic matter is so important to your soil and why adding...

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How to Maintain Your Mower

Maybe you were one of those who can’t resist the ‘call of the turf’ this year. If you begin mowing (assuming you could get your machine started!) without doing some preliminary maintenance, you could damage your mower and your lawn....

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How to Make Garden Footstones

At this time of year, I’m looking for any excuse to keep out of the sun while still accomplishing projects for my landscape. My wife has been plotting new pathways through our back yard and she recently asked me to...

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How to Propagate Shrubs from Cuttings

June is the perfect time to propagate shrubs. Whether it’s your great-grandmother’s rose or just a favorite hydrangea, we all have situations where we want to make clones of a single plant. A garden friend sent me pictures of his...

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Make a Career in Agriculture/Horticulture

Thinking about a career change? Want a second job? Worried about what to study in college? Starting salaries of students in agriculture/horticulture, including bonuses, are second among UGA colleges behind only the Terry College of Business. Ag jobs shine in...

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How To Eat Chitterlings

My grandfather, Walter Cowart, was many things: Mayor of Union City, razor salesman, real estate investor, kudzu promoter and esteemed leader of south Fulton county (which was then Campbell county). But one of my favorite stories about him was his...

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How To Build a Garden Hose Water Level

The heavy rains earlier this year exposed drainage problems I had forgotten over the last four years of drought. Mounds of pine straw accumulated at the bottom of a sloped trail. Small island-like tufts of grass were left where water...

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Plant Names – Deciphering

The caller to my radio show a few Saturdays ago proffered a simple question: “What should I do with my Sammy Chips shrub? It has brown tips on the branches.” Sammy Chips? I’m familiar with banana shrub, sweet shrub, pea...

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How To Do a Science Project

Science projects can be a real strain for kids and their parents. Many times “let’s do an experiment on plants!” is the first thought. Before starting, this note from Peter Macinnis, a teacher in Australia, might be helpful: “Plant growth...

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