How-To Archive

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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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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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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Science Project – Effect of Coffee Grounds on Plants

Here’s a good one to try Coffee...

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Walter’s Books

The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide by Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Describes the culture of more than 180 plants which thrive under Georgia landscape conditions. Includes chapters on Trees, Shrubs, Annuals, Perennials, Ornamental Grasses, Groundcovers, Bulbs and Vines. Price: $25.00...

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Treehouse – Building

Tree-Literate Treehouses Dr. Kim D. CoderProfessor, Silvics/EcologyWarnell School of Forest ResourcesThe University of GeorgiaJanuary 1995 There is an attraction between trees and children. A tree’s constant motion even in the stillest air, and its great size and reach make a...

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How to Get Free Compost

DeKalb County Public Works collects landscape debris and composts it. The compost is piled at four sites in the county. The biggest pile is near the Central Transfer Station, across the street from the county jail complex at Memorial Drive...

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