A poet of ancient Persia once wrote: “If of thy worldly goods thou art bereft, And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left, Sell one, and with the dole Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.” After a cold January and with capricious February looming, the Earth Lady could not more heartily […]

I don’t know about you, but as I’ve gotten older, the thought of digging up an area of the yard to install a new planting bed has lost its appeal. Between a bad back and bad knees – not to mention bad elbows, shoulders and hands – using a tiller to break up soil and […]

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By Debbie Arrington The Sacramento Bee SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Get organized! It’s near the top of every New Year’s resolutions list. “It’s just exactly like dieting,” said author and organization expert Deniece Schofield, referring to another popular resolution. “Organizing doesn’t happen overnight. It’s one bite at a time, one step at a time. Just like […]

Last year’s holiday decorations are boxed and stored away. By now it is likely your family room’s furnishing have been returned to their rightful places and the spaces where Christmas trees spread cheer in homes are finally bare of branches. When you returned your home to normalcy, did you pause? Were you mindful in a […]

The American chestnut, Castanea dentata, is a large, rapidly growing deciduous tree of the beech family and native to eastern North America. Starting in 1904, we recognized our most stately native tree was dying. The chestnut blight, a fungal disease, killed up to 400 million trees. The mighty chestnut was vital to the Appalachian Mountains […]

Let’s face it; it doesn’t take much effort for our gardening minds to wander down imaginary garden paths. So while you’re kicked back in the warmth of the house, I want to remind you of some gardening sins – seven to be exact – to avoid. But don’t panic, as these aren’t real sins and […]

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Cindy Ballard, left, Connie Marion and Sadie Buchanan are armed and ready to tackle this year's garden projects. The three took the 40-hour training course in 2013 to become certified Master Gardeners in Lee County.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Extension Service is currently accepting applications for the training course for those interested in becoming Master Gardeners. The 40-hour course will begin Feb. 4 and will meet at the Lee County Extension Office each Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. for six weeks. Each day’s […]

It is in the wintertime, when the world is stark and bereft of greenery, that evergreen trees are most appreciated, and while north Mississippi may not be a land of boreal forests, the Eastern Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana, a local native evergreen, makes a valiant effort to soften the austerity of the winter landscape. The […]

Even though the weather in the middle of winter prevents much gardening with plants, dedicated and enthusiastic gardeners find ways to keep fun and interest in the yard all year long. You may have seen garden art in other people’s yards, but have you considered bringing it into your own? A whimsical way to jump […]