Q: What exactly is a drumette?
A: The drumette is the upper part of a chicken’s wing. The wing consists of three parts: upper section, mid-section (sometimes referred to as the “flat”) and tip or “flapper.” Drumettes get their name because they resemble a small drumstick and are handily eaten that way. Drumettes and wings in general became a popular party food because they are tasty and their size and shape make them easy to eat while talking with guests or watching the big game.
Q: How much sunlight should a vegetable garden receive?
A: All vegetables need sunlight. The garden site should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Eight to 10 hours or more of sunlight each day is better. Therefore, vegetables should be planted away from overshadowing buildings, trees and shrubs. The roots of trees and shrubs will also compete for nutrients and water.
It is especially important that fruiting vegetables like tomatoes, watermelons, pumpkins, squash and cucumbers get plenty of sunlight. Leafy vegetables can get by with less.
Q: Where can I find out more about the horses to be auctioned in the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s upcoming horse sale?
A: Please visit our website at www.agr.georgia.gov/equine-health.aspx and click on the link to view the sale catalog. Perhaps you can give one of these rehabilitated animals a home. The auction will be Saturday, April 27 at the Lee Arrendale Equine Center at Mount Zion Road, Alto, Ga.
The animals up for sale (nine horses and one donkey) may be inspected at the facility beginning at 10:00 a.m. the day of the sale. The auction will start at approximately 11:00 a.m. Contact our Equine Health Section with any questions at 404-656-3713. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Equine Health Section is charged with ensuring that Georgia’s horses, donkeys, mules and ponies receive humane care, including receiving adequate food and water. If owners do not comply with the state’s laws concerning the health and welfare of their equine animals, the state has the authority and obligation to impound the animals. Since there are no state-appropriated funds for the impound program, the department relies on the proceeds from the sale of rehabilitated animals and donations from the public to continue caring for these abused and neglected creatures.
Q: My grandmother had a shrub that was covered in pale pink pom-poms every spring. She called it a dwarf flowering almond. I asked for one at a garden center and was told it is not recommended because there are better shrubs. I don’t want a “better” shrub; I want the one my grandmother had. Can you help me?
A: The shrub you are describing is the pink double-flowered form of the dwarf flowering almond (Prunus glandulosa ‘Rosea Plena’). It does have a relatively short period of bloom and is rather inconspicuous for the rest of the year. However, we disagree with the assessment by the person you spoke with. Many of our greatest pleasures are fleeting ones but they can create memories that last a lifetime. Why dismiss a shrub whose ephemeral beauty can carry you back to the happy days of childhood at your grandmother’s house? A shrub that can do that is worth seeking out and finding. Keep looking and asking. Dwarf flowering almond is still available. If you can’t find it at another nursery or garden center, consider placing a “Flowers Wanted” ad in the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin.
If you have questions about services or products regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, visit our website at www.agr.georgia.gov, write us at 19 MLK Jr. Drive, Room 128, Atlanta, GA 30334 or email us at email@example.com.
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