How-To Archive

New Zealand 2011 – Odd Things

While on my trip to New Zealand in January 2011 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...

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Costa Rica Trip – 2012

I had a great time with a group of 38 folks, including gardeners, spouses and friends, on a trip to Costa Rica in January 2012. We visited gardens, rode zip lines, stayed in fabulous hotels and saw innumerable bromeliads and...

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Subscribing to Walter’s Newsletter

“The Georgia Gardener” emailed newsletter is sent out every two weeks, usually on Thursday mornings. (Sorry, we can not mail it.) It is distributed by NewsTalk 750 – WSB, which maintains the subscriber list. They have a stringent corporate privacy...

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Finding Walter’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) Articles Online

Q: How can I find your gardening questions and answers articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution? A: At one time, the AJC posted my articles behind the “paywall” part of their website. You had to have an inexpensive digital subscription to the...

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Protecting Plants from a Spring Cold Snap

Georgia is famous for spells of warm weather in early spring that are followed by a couple of days below freezing. The average last freeze is March 27 but a frost can occur as late as April 23. (Brrrr!!) See...

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Shrubs – Protection in Winter

My thoughts on the various alternatives when attempting to protect shrubs from winter cold: BLACK PLASTIC Though it seems counterintuitive, black plastic is a better covering for plants than clear plastic. The object of covering a plant is to trap...

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How to Choose a Landscape Designer

Did you build your own home? For the majority of homeowners in the area, the answer is “No! I didn’t have the skills to take on such a big project!” But when it comes to landscape design, homeowners are not...

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How To Amend Your Soil

Good soil is the basis of every landscape success. Most of us are not blessed with good soil – we have lots of clay, which holds WAY too much water. Here is what I do to build the soil in...

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How to Buy Fertilizer

For a couple of years now, I have presented a talk entitled “You Can’t Get Any Lower Than Dirt!” to gardening groups in the Southeast. I talk about why organic matter is so important to your soil and why adding...

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How to Maintain Your Mower

Maybe you were one of those who can’t resist the ‘call of the turf’ this year. If you begin mowing (assuming you could get your machine started!) without doing some preliminary maintenance, you could damage your mower and your lawn....

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How to Make Garden Footstones

At this time of year, I’m looking for any excuse to keep out of the sun while still accomplishing projects for my landscape. My wife has been plotting new pathways through our back yard and she recently asked me to...

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How to Mass Propagate Shrubs from Cuttings

June is the perfect time to propagate shrubs. Whether it’s your great-grandmother’s rose or just a favorite hydrangea, we all have situations where we want to make clones of a single plant. A garden friend sent me pictures of his...

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How to Deal With Flooding

The university Extension offices in several states have collected great advice on preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of flooding. I hope you never need this information, but…….. University of Georgia Flood Information Caring for Flooded Lawns – UGA...

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I’m Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover

When I mentioned to a schoolteacher friend that I had sung “I’m Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover” (sung to the tune of “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover”) on my radio show, she exclaimed, “You have too much...

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How to Order Hey Bug Doctor!

I’ve enjoyed reading Jim Howell’s columns on insects in the AJC Home and Garden section for several years. When I heard he was compiling the columns to put into a book, I was excited – and I was glad to...

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Seeds – Saving

This past spring, a friend gave me three seeds from a giant gourd. He assured me that if I planted the seeds in warm soil I would have gourds like the beachball-sized one he held in his arms. Unfortunately, I...

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Make a Career in Agriculture/Horticulture

Thinking about a career change? Want a second job? Worried about what to study in college? Starting salaries of students in agriculture/horticulture, including bonuses, are second among UGA colleges behind only the Terry College of Business. Careers in Horticulture Horticulture/Agriculture...

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How To Eat Chitterlings

My grandfather, Walter Cowart, was many things: Mayor of Union City, razor salesman, real estate investor, kudzu promoter and esteemed leader of south Fulton county (which was then Campbell county). But one of my favorite stories about him was his...

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