Features: Outdoors

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 08:56 AM

Gardening: a big return on a small investment

Gardening and landscaping offer big returns on our investment of time and energy. Being outdoors in the fresh air, connecting with nature, burning calories, harvesting wonderful vegetable and flowers, and increasing our property value are a few of the ways we are rewarded for digging in the dirt. It is an extra bonus when we can do these activities for the least amount of money using items we recycle or already have around the house.

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 06:34 PM

Love is not enough; be a responsible dog owner

    As an American Kennel Club Canine Ambassador, I'm given information and booklets to share with children when I offer dog care, child safety programs at libraries, schools or our local shelter. One of my favorite things is an old AKC bumper sticker that read: "Love is not enough.  Be a responsible dog owner." 

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 09:32 AM

Planning your spring and summer garden

Although we can garden year-round in the Piedmont area, most people start thinking about vegetable, herb and flower gardening in the spring. To get the most from your spring and summer gardens, do a little "armchair" gardening during the remaining cold winter weeks.

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 06:43 PM

New rules come early for sportsmen

At age 14, young Cole Houston of Alexander County could hardly sleep the night before last year’s first Saturday of April.

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 06:41 PM

The Adoptables

Phoebe does not understand the idea of personal space and after spending time with the sweet hound mix, you realize that you are glad for that.  The spayed female is about a year old. She is spayed and up-to-date on her shots. She was found as a stray and has been at the shelter for about a week.

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 07:05 PM

What 'organic' labels mean for your garden

When we talk about gardening and landscaping these days, the buzz is all about “organic.” But what does it really mean to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and maintain our lawn and landscapes organically? My name is Mary Roberts, and I am owner, manager and chief dirt-digger at Windcrest Farm, a USDA Certified Organic greenhouse, farm and nursery in Monroe. Through this column I hope to inspire you with how-to’s on planning, planting and maintaining your edible and ornamental gardens sustainably and organically.