How-To Archive

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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How to Order Hey Bug Doctor!

I’ve enjoyed reading Jim Howell’s columns on insects in the AJC Home and Garden section for several years. When I heard he was compiling the columns to put into a book, I was excited – and I was glad to...

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Seeds – Saving

This past spring, a friend gave me three seeds from a giant gourd. He assured me that if I planted the seeds in warm soil I would have gourds like the beachball-sized one he held in his arms. Unfortunately, I...

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How to Attend Broadcasts at Pike Family Nursery

Pike Family Nursery remote broadcasts are always fun! What could be better than to do a radio show about gardening in the midst of thousands of blooming plants? Not only will you see the broadcast but you can ask questions:...

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Biofuels – To Meet Energy Needs

The first comprehensive analysis of the full life-cycles of soybean biodiesel and corn grain ethanol shows that biodiesel has much less of an impact on the environment and a much higher net energy benefit than corn ethanol, but that neither...

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How To be Sherlock Holmes in the Landscape

I receive more than 5000 emails a year asking my advice on solving landscape problems. I can’t keep all that information in my head so I depend on several websites to give me the first clues to identify the problem...

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How To Get Rid of Stumps

Mother Nature has been cooking stumps for millions of years. Given moisture and warmth, insects and fungi consume the tissue of the stump, converting it to soil humus. All you need to do is to accelerate the natural process of...

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How To Force Branches to Flower in Winter

In just a few weeks the daffodils and flowering magnolias will bloom, but not many other plants are brave enough to display their blossoms at this time of year. But with just a little patience and work, you can force...

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How to Grow Kudzu

Tifton B.Merritt is a writer, raconteur and afficionado of all things Southern. Here are his directions on the finer points of kudzu culture. Get a printable PDF file of this HOW TO GROW KUDZU by Tifton B. Merritt All you...

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Spiced Pecans – Recipe

I occasionally share food recipes on my radio show. When a caller asked for details about spiced pecans, I got three good ones emailed to me. Here they are: Recipe #1 I heard today radio listener who wanted to know...

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How To Tell Friends About Georgia Gardener Newsletter

If you enjoy receiving the Georgia Gardener newsletter every two weeks, maybe your friends would too. Clicking the link below will open your e-mail program so you can send a note to others. Click here to send e-mail to friends...

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How To Build a School Nature Trail

A school nature trail is a great addition to the educational efforts of teachers, neighbors and parents. Here are some ideas on how to go about the process: Before Work Day 1. Determine an appropriate area of school property for...

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How To Make Well-Drained Soil

I was explaining to someone recently that flowering cherry trees absolutely require well-drained soil to succeed. “Well, that’s not a problem,” they responded, “I’m planting on a slope, so water drains right past it.” “Sloping soil is usually poorly drained,”...

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How to Thoroughly Water

You’d think I would know better but this spring I learned even more about what thoroughly water means. I started two big flats of coleus and aster seeds, first filling the flats with seed-starting soil then scattering the seeds on...

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Science Project – Effect of Coffee Grounds on Plants

Here’s a good one to try Coffee...

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How to Make a Garden Tuteur (Trellis)

One of my delights is finding new ways to use common materials to benefit my plants. My friend Tara Dillard taught me the word “tuteur”….a garden tower used to train vines. I decided to make one from copper pipe. It...

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How to Make a PVC Plant Light Stand

My neighbor Lisa called me after reading an article I’d written about building a heating pad for plant propagation. “You are a regular garden MacGyver”, she commented. “You can always fix something with some part you find in the junk...

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How to Find Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farms

It is a great family outing to go to a tree farm to cut your tree for Christmas. If you’re looking for a farm close by, there are four lists. One is in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution around Thanksgiving. A second...

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