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A little planning will have your garden smelling sweet year-round

“A garden without fragrance is like a sumptuous dinner without any flavor. With a little planning, you can create a sensory experience of fragrance as ... Read more

Start a compost pile this season for your future gardens

Autumn is a great time to build a compost pile. The falling leaves will give you a good start. Compost is partially decomposed organic waste. ... Read more

‘Garden Mama’ provides useful advice during summer’s heat, humidity

During these dog days of summer, when even an hour outdoors brings on the vapors, this is an excellent time to sit in a cool ... Read more

Don’t let summer’s heat deter you from preparing for your fall garden

You are probably ready to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning, but you can still get out and plant! Yes, you can plant now ... Read more

Here are a few tips to help revive your garden from summer blahs

Summer doldrums can zap your garden of vitality and eye appeal. Whether you have a large landscape or potted plants on a deck or patio, ... Read more

Readers, friends remember Democrat columnist

The slightly worn and faded page of a 2004 newspaper clipping featuring Christina Hall’s recipe for coconut cake always brings back fond memories for Pete ... Read more

Hall filled Wednesday columns with stories of love, laughter

Years ago, I made Christina Hall mad, really mad. Read more

Christina Hall was real friend to readers

Last week was a week to forget. Read more

Mixing roses, other plants helps improve health, gardening aesthetics

Conventional wisdom once cautioned that roses must grow alone in landscapes. Read more

Spring is fine time for strawberries

It’s officially spring! I know we are having a little nip in the air here and there but officially it is spring, and I’m ready. ... Read more

Don’t fret; many local plants will survive recent frigid temperatures

The severe winter has left most gardeners wondering about damage to their favorite plants. One of the most common plants in Natchez is the sago ... Read more

Make this breakfast casserole

The best part about the weekends, especially when my children are home, is breakfast together. There is always time to linger over a cup of ... Read more

Now is the time to give your rose bushes a little pruning, primping

Mid to late February is the month to prune roses here, so if you haven’t yet shaped up your rose bushes, now’s the time. You ... Read more

Make your own King cake for Mardi Gras

It’s Mardi Gras season in the Miss-Lou and that means one thing at my house — king cake! Read more

Time to use that ham bone

After Christmas dinner, I wrapped up my ham bone with ham on it and placed it in the freezer. No sooner were the festivities over ... Read more

Help the birds this winter

Birds need our help the most in the winter and early spring when fewer of their natural sources of food are available. When purchasing feed, ... Read more

Feeling of love always remembered at Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you today! I hope your day and this week are filled with love, family and friends. It seems for several ... Read more

Wow your family on Christmas

I hope you are like me and will have all of your family with you at some point during the holidays. With Christmas in the ... Read more

Get ready for holiday sweets

I think I’ve come up with the perfect addition to my gift tins for Christmas presents. Two weeks ago I gave you the recipes for ... Read more

Make your gardeners gift list

Fortunate is the person who has a gardening friend or relative on the Christmas gift list, because it’s easy to find an appropriate gift for ... Read more

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