How-To Archive

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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Science Project – Effect of Coffee Grounds on Plants

Here’s a good one to try Coffee...

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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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What is a Sercy?

When I was in college I had the privilege of working as a camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Camp in Eatonton, GA. The four summers I spent there were some of the happiest of my life. We taught swimming,...

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Most Distant Radio Listeners

Recently I got an intriguing email: “I’m a long time listener from Cleveland, Ga, currently assigned to camp Remagen in Tikrit, Iraq. I am very fortunate that I am able to listen to your show via internet every Saturday. The...

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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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