How-To Archive

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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There is Power in the Mud!

My garden friend Ed emailed me with what he thought was a terrible mistake (“an unpardonable sin” in his words) that he’d made in his garden, having mis-heard something I’d said on radio. Fortunately it was only a miscommunication, probably...

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You Know You’re a Georgian If….

1. You can properly pronounce Chickamauga, DeKalb, Dahlonega, Senoia, Buena Vista, Valdosta, Okefenokee, and La Fayette. P.S. Atlanta = ADD-LANNA not AT-LANT-A.P.S.S. Fayetteville = FET-VUL (the county seat of FET COUNNY)P.S.S.S. and don’t even THINK that Houston county has anything...

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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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South Africa Garden Tour – Jan. 2010

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 South Africa?!! I will be leading a garden tour to South...

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Walter Cowart – Campbell County Chamber of Commerce

I’m always proud to find bits and pieces of the life of my grandfather, a progressive leader in Union City, East Point and other points south of Atlanta. I recently came upon this short announcement in Georgia magazine, dated October,...

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How to Make a Clay Pot Man

Gardeners have a wide variety of “tastes” when it comes to landscape decorations. If you are looking for directions to make a garden buddy out of flower pots, here’s a good link: Pots With Personality. Also Terra Cotta Pot...

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How to Choose an Arborist

After hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms, tree care professionals do an excellent job clearing downed trees and repairing damage. On the other hand, some “tree experts” are expert only at taking money and chopping a tree into pieces. How does...

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How to Build a Propagation Soil Warmer

My father straightened nails and re-used them. Some nails on our chicken farm had first been bought during the Hoover administration and had been used over and over since. Innumerable gallon cans full of nails, bolts, screws and washers were...

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How to Make Compost

“I am trying composting for the first time so I bought one of those compost enclosures in August. At this point it looks more like a garbage pile than what I expected compost to look like. Any suggestions?” A: New-born...

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How to Build a Simple Compost Bin

Composting your yard waste is simple if you have an enclosure of some sort to hold the trimmings. You can purchase ready made bins from hardware stores and home centers. You can also build a bin from stiff fence wire....

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