How-To Archive

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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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 Ambrosia

Kathy Henderson hosted “The Lawn and Garden Show” on WSB for many years. One bit of information she featured each holiday season is still in demand: her ambrosia recipe. Kathy got the recipe from a friend. So that you can...

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Rain Barrels – Building and Buying

A rain barrel is an excellent way to collect water in times of drought. Just a thousand feet of roof area can collect 625 gallons of water in a one inch rain. You can either build or buy a rain...

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How to Make Colored Flames for Fireplace

A reader recently asked me. “Do you know where I may obtain the formulae for the chemicals in which to soak pine cones that will cause them to produce colored flames when burned?” My answer took me back to my...

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Why Soil Test

My twelve-year old nephew has been named “Ultimate Geographer” by his school system in Arkansas. Now he will compete with others in his region to attend the National Geography Bee in May. Last year’s national winner was only ten years...

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How to Make Cheese Muffins

Molly Wilson’s cheese muffin recipe 2 sticks of very soft (almost melted) butter 1 cup of sour cream 2 cups of self-rising flour 2 cups of sharp cheese Add ingredients in order, hand-stirring after each one, in a big bowl....

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How to Dispose of Old Chemicals

If you need to clean out a storage room on my carport that has many old containers of weed killer, bug spray and fertilizer. Here is the safest way to dispose of them. Pete Dasher, Unit Coordinator with the Georgia...

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How to Build a Tree House

When the kids are out of school you may be tempted to build a treehouse for them to play in during the summer. Before you head off with hammer, nails and planks in hand, plan your design to minimize damage...

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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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How to Mulch Correctly

Though occasional rain is reassuring, the hot weather always reminds us that drought is persistent. I’ve gotten many questions recently about drought-proofing plants for the summer but one of the common themes has been inquiries about mulch A DeKalb gardener,...

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