How-To Archive

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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How to Make Peach Ice Cream

I grew up hand-cranking ice cream. The churn body was wooden, with a cast iron gearbox and a long cast iron arm with a wooden handle on the end. The ice came in blocks that we chipped into pieces with...

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How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

Good General Growing Mix: Cornell “Peat-lite” 4 qts. Vermiculite (#2 size)4 qts Shredded Peat Moss1 T. Limestone Dust1 T. Superphosphate2-4 T. 5-10-15 Soluble Fertilizer It will mix easier if you dampen the peatmoss first. Fertilizer is necessary about every 2-3...

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2010 (Spring) Appearances and Remote Radio Broadcasts

Feb. 4 – Southeastern Flower Show speaking on Home Depot Stage at 2:00“Maintenance Matters!” Feb 16 Nutrition Professionals Conference (closed to public) Watkinsville “Trace-Mineralized Vegetables, Canning, and Possums Made Me What I Am” Mar 19 Atlanta Home Show – Cobb...

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South Africa Trip – 2010

I had a great time with a group of 26 folks, including gardeners, spouses and friends, on a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town in January 2010. We visited public and private gardens, had wine tastings, stayed in fabulous hotels...

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South Africa 2010 – Monkey Gland Sauce

One of the most interesting dishes I enjoyed in South Africa was Weiner Schnitzel with Monkey Gland Sauce. When I saw it on the menu, I quickly looked around to see if any wounded monkeys were near our outdoor restaurant....

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South Africa 2010 – Odd Things

While on my trip to South Africa in January 2010 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 favorites. I hope these...

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South Africa – Animals

South Africa, of course, is known for the wide variety of animals that live in the grasslands. We went out at 5:30 a.m. and again at 4:40 p.m. each day to look for animals. Surprisingly, the animals mostly ignore the...

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New Zealand and Australia Garden Tour – 2011

Remember how cold it gets in Atlanta in January? Brrrrrrr! How would you like to join me on a garden tour to a place where it’s warm? How about New Zealand and Australia?!! I will be leading a garden tour...

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