Creativity is a skill everyone has to some degree. Interestingly, there are activities you can do to boost yours. Act: Get outside in nature. Plant a garden. Take walks. Travel. Leave town. Go somewhere new and expand your world view. Can’t travel? Then pretend you’re hosting an out-of-town guest and go see the places you’d […]

Research tells us that soil structure refers to the combination of the soil particles sand, silt, and clay into larger units called clods which are seen when soil is tilled. Well-structured soils promote root growth, have good drainage, high water holding capacity, and good aeration properties. Compaction forces soil particles closer together, drives out pore […]

Most people I know like to celebrate our nation’s birthday with fireworks, and gardening and fireworks have something in common. When the Chinese invented fireworks, they gave the individual shells the names of the showy flowers they resembled after exploding in the sky. One of the most common fireworks is an expanding circle of stars […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Heaven is about 10 acres on the Tuscumbia Watershed, the best-kept secret in Prentiss County. That’s where Bob Krick’s wife keeps her garden and where he has his shop. “It’s my home away from home,” the 79-year-old said of his shop, which is separated from the house […]

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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, […]