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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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 Mulch Correctly

You can’t have a productive,long-lived landscape without mulch. WHY MULCH? The right mulch in the right place can be a real blessing. It conserves moisture, keeps down weeds, keeps the soil cool and makes your yard more attractive, among other benefits....

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How To Use 1-800-ASKUGA-1

As far as I’m concerned, it’s magic. For years, I struggled with telling radio listeners how to telephone their local University of Georgia Extension office. With 159 counties in Georgia, each one having an Extension office and each one having...

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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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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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