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In the Garden: Armadillos

Guest column by John DeGarmo

Armadillos are a scourge to most Georgia gardeners.

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In the Garden: A Good Summer

It is most certainly worth the toil, sweat, and dirty fingernails.

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In the Garden: The beautiful crepe myrtle

There are many varieties of the colorful and long-lasting flowering plant. Many grow it as a bush in the state, while others grow it as a tree.

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DeGarmo publishes book on foster parenting

He is currently serving as a media specialist at both Jasper County High and Middle schools.

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Despite heat, summer offers opportunities

Guest column by John DeGarmo

One of the major late-summer chores a gardener can attend to is weeding.

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In the Garden: In the Zone

Guest column by John DeGarmo

The USA is broken into 11 different gardening zones.

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In the Garden: A precious resource

Guest column by John DeGarmo

There are many ways a gardener can save rainwater.

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In the Garden: Fresh Air

Guest column by John DeGarmo

There are many fresh-air plants to consider when buying houseplants for your home.

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DeGARMO: The dreaded squash bug

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

One of the more popular vegetables to grow in middle Georgia, squash is extremely easy to grow.

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Zinnia a great summer plant

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

I placed my cutting garden in a spot where I would not see it daily, therefore, I would not miss the flowers when they were cut.

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In the Garden: Helpful helpers

Guest column by John DeGarmo

Mantises, like the lady bug, are fantastic helpers in your garden, as they are an organic method of defending your garden from harmful insects.

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In the Garden: Support is a key ingredient

Guest column by John DeGarmo

Without support, tomato plants will spin out of control, overtake an area, and end up being a weaker plant, with less production, overall.

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The Rose of Sharon

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

Although a member of the Hibiscus family, this Rose of Sharon is native to Asia.

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It's not spring yet

In the Garden: By John DeGarmo

I have had many questions put to me about what kind of tomatoes and other summer veggies to plant. It is way too early to think about that just yet. Slow down.

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Growing roses easier than you think

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

Roses can be found throughout the world, today, and with hundreds of varieties, you can grow many different types of roses in your backyard.

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Lady bug a friend to plant life

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

In fact, their benefits to the garden are many.

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Keeping feathered friends happy

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

Once your suet is prepared and in place, it will not take long for the dinner bell to resonate throughout the neighborhood that your place is now the local hot spot for dining out.

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Lessons from everyday life

In the Garden: By John DeGarmo

When gardening, it takes time, and patience, in order to bear the fruits of our labor.

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In the Garden

Guest column by John DeGarmo

Santa, gardeners always need a good shovel, and there are so many different kinds to buy.

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A few things to be thankful for

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

I am thankful for the two young men who watched over my gardens this past summer, as my family and I trekked through the Swiss Alps, Paris, Italian villas, and German borders.

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Fallen leaves make instant mulch

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

I often challenge my children to pick out one outstanding colorful tree as we make our way home from school.

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Memorial gardens a place for solace

Gardening: By John DeGarmo

A memorial garden provides a long-lasting tribute to a loved one who has passed away, as well as offering a place for the survivors to remember and to heal.

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In the Garden: Sweet Potato Day

When the time comes to dig up the potatoes, I take three valuable items with me.

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Take time to plant a tree

In the Garden by John DeGarmo

Trees not only add aesthetic value, as they can add beauty throughout the change of seasons, but planted properly, trees can act as a windbreak for your house in the winter time.

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In the Garden: by John DeGarmo

A few weeks ago, I spent a few days in a quaint little villa in Italy. It was Italy as I pictured it, with tiny stores selling bread, or fresh produce, little pizzerias on every corner, and small cobblestone streets wherever we happened to walk.

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Familiar plants found in far-away lands

My wife and I are fortunate enough to have friends across the globe. It had been a while since we had visited with some of them in Europe, so we packed our bags the other day, and jumped on a plane to meet up with them.

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Sounds of nature bring back memories

I admit it readily. I like the sound of those cicadas that come up every 13 years.

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Teaching joys that last a lifetime

I have added some children to my family of late. My wife and I are foster parents, and we have seven children right now in our home.

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John DeGarmo: Many ways to pay tribute, remember

Recently, my youngest daughter and I buried a pet duck. Sadly, the duck had been sick, and didn't make it through the cold weather we had.

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