How-To Archive

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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Science Project – Effect of Coffee Grounds on Plants

Here’s a good one to try Coffee...

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Brew Day at Nearly Native Nursery

My friend Jim Rogers, at Nearly Native Nursery in Fayetteville, has helped me identify snakes numerous times. Besides being a lover of native plants and creatures, Jim is an amateur beer brewer. Nearly Native Nursery will hold a Brew Day...

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Newsletter – Not Receiving

It is frustrating when you suddenly realize that The Georgia Gardener e-mail newsletter has stopped appearing in your e-mail box. It’s even more frustrating when you visit the WSB Member Center and enter your information, only to be told that...

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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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How To Contact Theresa Schrum (Eco Terra Landscape Consultants)

Theresa Schrum is the owner of Eco Terra Landscape Consultants. Her garden designs feature native plants and eco-friendly garden techniques. She also specializes in: • Trouble-Shooting for Problem Areas • Plant Identification for Native and Cultivated Areas • Identification and...

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How to Get the “Lawns in Georgia” publication

The University of Georgia sometimes pulls publications to update them…but they don’t give an expected date when the publication will be back in place on the Web. Just in case “Lawns in Georgia” is ever pulled, here it is. Lawns...

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How To Find the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin

The Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin is published bi-weekly by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. It contains many classified advertisements of plants for sale by small growers and gardeners. There is also a “Flowers Wanted” section. The Market Bulletin is...

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How to Write an Excuse for School

We all know about the classic excuses students offer when their homework is late: “My dog ate it.”, “My Dad spilled coffee on it.”, “A big kid on the bus stole it.” My friend Pat is a script writer. He...

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How to Make Muscadine Hull Pie

My mother was never one to let things go to waste. We enjoyed sucking the sweet contents of muscadine grapes each fall but we spit out the seeds and skin. This seemed a waste to my mother. Surely there was...

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Walter Cowart – In His Own Words

My grandfather, Walter Cowart from Union City, GA, was a unique individual. He was a politician, promoter, story-teller and fun lover. This article from The Campbell News gives a glimpse into his life. see also Eating...

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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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