How-To Archive

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 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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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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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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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 Choose a Landscape Maintenance Company

The slips of paper with scribbled phone numbers are passed from hand to hand surreptitiously at neighborhood gatherings. Phrases like “He’s fast and he’s good.“, “She really knows what she’s doing.” and “I trust them explicitly.” are whispered into attentive...

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How to Make Easy 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 quick and easy ambrosia recipe. Kathy got the recipe from a friend. So...

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