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Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Ga. botanical gardens offering free classes

Ga. botanical gardens offering free classes

ATHENS, Ga. -- The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is offering three free nighttime gardening seminars this summer.

The "Gardening at Night" events will include lessons on weeding, watering and harvesting heirloom vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants by the light of the rising moon. They also will include discussion on lunar planting and plant lore.

The two-hour seminars begin at 6 p.m. on June 26, July 24 and Aug. 21. Participants are asked to meet at the Heritage Garden Gazebo each of those evenings.

The state botanical garden is located in Athens. It's operated by the University of Georgia.

ATHENS: Georgia botanical garden holds art competition

ATHENS: Georgia botanical garden holds art competition

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia students have a chance to see an artistic design of their own on t-shirts, stationery, tote bags and more.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is holding an art competition to create signature items for its gift shop. The competition is open to Georgia students in ninth grade or above.

This year's theme is Georgia's native plants. It is recommended that entries feature plants native to the state.

The student with the winning entry will get $1,000. Other prizes of $500 and $250, as well as certificates of merit, will be awarded. The deadline to enter is Dec. 1.

For details on the competition, visit the botanical garden's website.

Summer in Georgia & peaches for weeks: What to do with those sweet GA peaches

Summer in Georgia & peaches for weeks: What to do with those sweet GA peaches

Atlanta, GA --  The blog Running With Tweezers has a great article including a variety of great recipes for this year's peaches.  If you have had one of this year's peaches you know they are just delicious!!!  Whether you want to make ice cream, a cake or a cobbler, @RunningWithTweezers.com has the perfect recipe for you.

Around here, we’re really fortunate to have summers full of local peaches. Growing up, they were one of my dad’s favorite foods and they made appearances at our house fairly regularly. Sliced on pound cake or angel food cake, on top of cottage cheese the old school way. In the colder months, he’d even eat canned peaches straight up with a spoon. While I’m not a proponent of the tinned variety, I’m a huge fan of the fresh ones grown here in the South.

Stay Away From Companies That Say "We Stop The Foreclosure Process"

Did you know that the only person, outside of a mortgage lender, that can negotiate the terms of a home owner's mortgage is the home owner?

There are many companies (and some Agents) out there that try to make money off people in distressed situations. If they tell you they can stop the foreclosure process then you should walk away. If you are in a difficult position then you should look for someone who coaches, not sells.

I'm working now to become a Consumer Advocate here in Athens to protect our home owners and hopefully slow our home values from falling to foreclosure level prices.

My goal is to provide information to people on their options with selling their home to be the last option. (Yes, I know it's ironic that a REALTOR doesn't want to sell a home. My goal is to help people before it gets to that point.)

 

WEEKEND EVENTS: 5K's, Car Shows and Garden Tours

WEEKEND EVENTS: 5K's, Car Shows and Garden Tours

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.  – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Gwinnett Braves will host a 5K Family Fun run at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. The run will begin at 8:00 a.m. and is followed by a one mile family fun run that starts ten minutes later. This run will benefit the American Cancer Society and will cost $30. Participants will, also, get a free ticket to the Saturday matchup against the Toledo Mud Hens.

Norcross Police are inviting you to take part in a 5k run that begins at 8:00 a.m. The run will be called "Cops Helping Unique Kids" or CHUK. The $20 registration fee will go to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. There is also a free run and walk that will happen at 10:00 a.m. and a family festival at Thrashers Park.