How-To Archive

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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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 Enter Garden Event Information

Garden Event Planner - Just click on the link below and you’ll be taken to the event information entry page. Click here to Enter...

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Bulbs from My Bubber

I believe I received my penchant for gardening from my grandmother on my father’s side: Rachel Belle Powell Reeves. She was “Bubber” to me, a name which was the product of a toddler’s tongue’s inability to pronounce “Grandmother”. While outdoors,...

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How to Identify Walter

I often get the opportunity to identify strange plants that appear in Georgia landscapes. My friend Theresa Schrum snapped a picture of a particular item she needed to identify, so she sent it to our mutual friends Shannon Pable and...

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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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How to Find Special Plants

Sometimes a particular plant simply knocks your socks off. Maybe you see a picture in a magazine or hear it described on television. But when you go to your local nursery, they tell you that the plant is so new...

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Changing Names – Just Call Me Frank

I have a friend whose middle name, given at birth, is Elizabeth. In the usual Southern tradition, she was immediately called “Betsy” by her family. She was “Betsy” throughout kindergarten, elementary school and high school. Hundreds of friends and family...

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A Man and His Manure

I have had much experience with manure. Too much, in fact. Our small farm, in then-rural Fayette County, housed cows, chickens and the occasional mule. All of these animals produced incredible amounts of manure, both individually and as a group....

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How to Build a Rain Barrel

Walter’s Rain Barrel Instructions Cobb County Rain Barrel Instructions I got my barrel from a roadside vendor in Loganville: 770 466 4284 Large plastic garbage cans make fine rain collectors as well. Many local hardware stores offer assembled rain barrels...

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How to Get Your Gardening Questions Answered

My website contains just about EVERYTHING I have ever written. Try to find your answer here first, using one or two words in the SITE SEARCH line above. Sign up here for my Georgia Gardener e-mail newsletter For quick garden...

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