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Happy New Year! Recycle Your Grease!

Happy new year, y’all!

To my dear sweet loyal readers who keep asking me when I’m going to start writing again: I solemnly resolve to do a better job of blogging this year.   2013 was a great year for gardening, and I spent so much time playing in the dirt that I neglected to tell you about it.  There was so much to do!  Tomatoes and beans and okra and cucumbers and eggplant and peppers and zinnias and dahlias and coleus, oh my!  I even started learning how to put up my vegetables using the boiling water bath method.  And I promise to tell you all about my adventures this year.

My main purpose for writing today is to let you know about a wonderful event in Columbus, Georgia this weekend.   Get 2014 off to a great start by participating in the Grease & Pharmaceutical Recycling Event!  The event is sponsored by Columbus Water Works, Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission, and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department.

What: Bring your old cooking grease/oil (in any household container) and unused or expired medications (prescription or over-the-counter).
Where:  Either Columbus K-Mart (Macon Road or Airport Thruway)
When:  Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm
For more information, contact Gwen Russell at 706-649-3454.

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Columbus Tour Of Gardens

Come check out the wonderful gardens on the Columbus Tour of Gardens! June 8 until 2; June 9 12:30-4:00. You can buy a ticket for $25 at any garden.

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Hazardous Waste Recycling Saturday!

The fine folks of Keep Columbus Beautiful and Columbus Consolidated Government Public Works are sponsoring another hazardous household waste and electronics recycling day!
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Columbus Consolidated Government Recycling Warehouse located at #25 22nd Avenue (across from Dolly Madison Bakery, directly behind the Summit Service Station.)

MXI Environmental Services and Atlanta Recycling Solutions will be on site to collect the materials.

Common household hazardous items that will be collected:

Paint and solvents
(Latex paint, oil based paint, furniture strippers, paint thinners, etc.)
Lawn care chemicals
(Fertilizers, pesticides, pool chemicals, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.)
Cleaning products
(Bleach or products containing bleach, ammonia or ammonia-based products, all purpose cleaners, furniture polish, spot removers, scouring powder, oven cleaner, bath cleaners, bug spray, etc.)
Automotive products
(Motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, anti-freeze, lubricants, car batteries, brake fluid, transmission fluid, car wax, metal polish, etc.)
Florescent light bulbs

Electronic equipment will be collected:
Fax Machines
Consumer Electroincs
**Televisions will NOT be accepted

Last year, I cleaned out the shed, where my predecessors left a few cans of paint:


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Home & Garden Show This Weekend!

The Ledger Enquirer Home & Garden Show is this weekend! There will be lots to do, including a great lineup of speakers on the Columbus Botanical Garden Stage. The show is at the Columbus Trade & Convention Center from 9 to 6 Saturday, March 2 and 10 to 4 Sunday, March 3. Admission is $2. And guess what! I will be there to impart some knowledge about herb gardening — come see me at 3:00 on Sunday at the CBG stage for “Thyme in the Garden.” There will also be exciting presentations on organic gardening, moss gardening, landscape design, ornamental grasses, and tropicals (Saturday) and daylilies, mixed containers, and combination planting (Sunday). I hope to see you there!

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Columbus Arbor Day Event Canceled

I just got word that due to the glorious rain, the Arbor Day celebration in Columbus will not be held tomorrow, February 23, as previously scheduled. I’ll let you know when I hear about a new date.

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Celebrate Arbor Day in Columbus!

I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post!  It’s been busy at work and with site visits.  Mama cashed in on her Christmas present (two days of yard work), so I had to do that. Plus, my sister had a new baby girl, so of course I had to go visit, and I am smitten.  Isn’t she the most precious thing?
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Enough excuses!  It’s back to work with an important announcement. Next Saturday, Keep Columbus Beautiful and the Urban Forestry and Beautification Division will celebrate 35 years of Columbus Georgia as a Tree City USA.  There will be tree walks, bucket truck rides, free tree seedlings, interactive nature activities, environmental exhibits, and much more!  Country’s BBQ will be on site, and the The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will be selling Girl Scout cookies.  Don’t miss out on the fun and fellowship!
Where: Lakebottom Band Shelter, Cherokee Ave., Columbus GA
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Contact the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission office for more details. 706-653-4008.

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Look Sharp!

Gardeners get more done in less time with clean, sharp gardening tools.  January is a great time to sharpen your tools.  January is also a good time to drain and replace the oil in your lawnmower and have the blade sharpened or replaced.

If you live in the Columbus area, there is a hands-on workshop this weekend that you may want to attend.  Master gardener Bill Kes will show you how to sharpen your pruning tools.  In just an hour or so, you can learn from Bill and get your hand pruners or lopping shears sharpened!

When: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Morning Session: 10:00, Afternoon Session: 2:00
Where: Columbus Botanical Garden, 3603 Weems Road
Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members
Space is limited, so register now.
Visit to register and to get more information.

Later this month, on January 26, Bill will be back at the Columbus Botanical Garden to conduct a workshop on sharpening digging tools, such as shovels, hoes, and hand spades.  For more information, visit

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