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Special agents

posted: 01/24/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

For more than 100 years, Extension agents have been a go-to resource for Arkansas farmers, families and voters, providing research-based information on everything from crop production and pest control to canning, quilting and child care.

Ask the Expert

posted: 01/24/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

I recently bought a 1930s-era bungalow-style house that I love. The one downside? A super-tiny kitchen. And while I do eat out some, I prefer to prepare most of my meals at home. Any ideas or advice?

Otus the Head Cat: Sometimes, 'mater is just a 'mater (not this time)

posted: 01/24/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, Please tell me that someone got a photo of the tomato that had the remarkable likeness of you on the inside. Everyone I've talked to says it was a miracle.

CAR TALK

posted: 01/24/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: My husband insists that he does not have to use turn signals if he is in a designated turn lane. I disagree, and we argue about this whenever it happens. Under other circumstances, he gets mad when other drivers don't use their directionals, and he is vocal about it. What do you say?

Year of watching should precede garden planning

posted: 01/24/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Good gardens don't just happen; they're the results of careful planning and observation. I suggest you get to know your property over the course of at least all four seasons before you commit to any major design changes or installations.

Lucky 'bamboo' is favorable feng shui

posted: 01/24/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

The New Year is still young, so let's continue to welcome it in -- with some lucky bamboo.

Personal Space

posted: 01/24/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Jodiane Tritt

Tools & Toys

posted: 01/24/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Easy Care All Purpose First Aid Kit

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/24/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Q We recently moved to Jacksonville in Pulaski County and would like to plant a garden. However, the soil is very rocky. I have seen various layouts for gardens using bales of straw. The articles specifically say you should use straw, not hay. Do you have any suggestion as to where to get bales of wheat straw? Also, do you have suggestions on how to best start a bale garden?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 01/24/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. In this logical year, there will be neither rewards nor punishments, merely consequences. You'll love what comes from your forthright and loving actions. A professional development opens up financial opportunity in March. Dive in and do the hard work in June. Money comes when you follow through with June's action plan.

Helpful Hints

posted: 01/24/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: It is time again to tell you about a worthwhile charitable group I've been writing about for more than 30 years. You keep asking -- all year long, mind you -- so here we go. How can you do a good deed rather than throwing out holiday (and other) greeting cards we all seem to accumulate? Pass them on to be repurposed into another product and teach life skills to children at St. Jude's Ranch for Children.

On Christianity

posted: 01/24/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I think the hardest job in the world is being a single mom. I've had to put my two small children in daycare because I have to work, and I'm always exhausted. I thought divorce was the answer, but it wasn't. Maybe my experience will make someone else stop and think. I wish I had.

Super Quiz: Shakespeare's Lines

posted: 01/24/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

1. "If you prick us, do we not --------?"

Let's get small

posted: 01/17/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Abbey Slitor and Warren Weixler of Washington recently downsized.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/17/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Q I read your article regarding a flowering fruit tree and the care needed in fertilization of it. Two years ago I started a tree from a seed of a small type of orange. It has lived in the house, and it has never flowered. It has thorns on it by each one of the leaves and is now about 6 feet tall. Can you tell me what type of orange tree I have and whether it will ever flower? How I should take care of it to cause it to bloom?

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