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Students prepare desserts as part of Tupelo High School's culinary arts class in this photo from November 2012.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Some students know instinctively in seventh grade what their college major needs to be. For Leslie Hobson, 48, it was home economics. She took home ec in both middle school and high school in Tupelo before going on to the University of Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor […]

Daily Journal In the U.S., classes in cooking, sewing, homemaking and domestic science didn’t become common until the second half of the 1800s. Before 1850, these subjects were primarily taught at home. Home economics developed largely in response to the Industrial Revolution. In the 1800s, educated woman were not allowed to enter many male-dominated careers, […]

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Lucy Krick picks beans from lush bushes supported by colorful stakes her daughter painted for her garden in Booneville.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Lucy Krick has been diagnosed with arthritis, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. She has had knee replacement surgery, back surgery and is a candidate for cervical surgery to relieve shoulder pain. And yet, every morning, you’ll find her in her garden in Booneville, picking and weeding, stooping and […]

On the morning of April 28, 2014, the day of the tornado that wreaked havoc on Northeast Mississippi, the Earth Lady observed two Eastern box turtles engaged in courtship rituals. The sky was dark and ominous; the clouds were foreboding; and it was raining. The turtles, however, seemed oblivious to the storm. Strange as it […]

Everyone wants his or her plants or garden to grow and be productive. Why else do you take the time and effort to plant and care for your plants? To achieve good results, plants need some essential nutrients. Unfortunately, most soils don’t provide the nutrients that plants require for optimal growth. There are six macronutrients, […]

Now that the truly hot days of summer have arrived, vitex is ready to show its colors. This is one of the few plants that make Mississippi gardeners and nongardeners alike stop and take notice. Many people call with questions about the beautiful, blue flowering shrubs we have at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research […]

Recent rains have taken a toll on vegetable gardens, large and small, across Northeast Mississippi. Thomas Horgan, a senior research associate at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, recently talked with Daily Journal home and garden editor Ginna Parsons about what to do with a waterlogged garden. Q: What can a home […]

You can hardly miss the yellow flowers of Coreopsis lanceolata along highways in the summer, so it’s easy to see why this is the state wildflower of Mississippi. Several species of the plant fall under the common name of tickseed. Coreopsis lanceolata grows up to 2 feet tall along roadsides and in prairie-type sites. Its […]

If you don’t overthink things and follow a few easy steps, making a room over by rearranging it can be simple. Try these tried-and-tested room rearranging tricks for a fabulous room makeover of your own. Clear the room. Remove everything. Trust me, you’ll thank me when you’re done. Too much trouble? Read a couple more […]