On “Gardening in Georgia” this week, host Walter Reeves’ assignment is to design a pleasing plant combination in a pot for his wife’s garden club meeting. He shows how the simple, silly phrase, “Uppy, Downy, All-aroundy,” can help you quickly design a pot or a flower bed.”Gardening in Georgia” will air Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and will be rebroadcast Saturday, Aug. 18, at 12:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television.On this week’s show, guest David Bradshaw from Clemson University guides Reeves through his collection of heirloom vegetables, some hundreds of years old.’Turkey Gizzard’ Bean’Turkey Gizzard’ bean was discovered in the gizzard of a gobbler. Indian pumpkin was selected by swamp-dwelling Native Americans for its long keeping ability. Snake bean produces beans that look like a nest of snakes as they droop to the ground.Reeves also looks at powdery mildew, a plant disease with a perfectly descriptive name. Powdery mildew affects many landscape plants, and Reeves shows how to diagnose and manage it.”Leaves of three, leave it be.” Reeves shows how to identify common vines by counting the number of leaflets on each leaf. It really helps to know which is poison ivy.”Gardening in Georgia” airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast every Saturday, usually at 12:30 p.m. Learn more about the program at the show’s Web site.The show is designed specifically for Georgia gardeners. It’s produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. UGA CAES File Photo Walter Reeves
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers’ streak of 31 wins in 36 games, including 11 in a row before Thursday, was fraught with so little adversity that comparisons to other Major League Baseball teams began to fall short. A reporter asked manager Dave Roberts to compare his team to the most recent NBA champion, the Golden State Warriors. Flattered, Roberts was quick to point out the Dodgers have not won a World Series for all their recent success.Flattery comes with the territory when making a difficult thing look easy. While the Dodgers ascended into rare company — since June, they’ve been on pace for the best 162-game record ever by a National League team — this was never Brandon McCarthy’s territory. McCarthy’s latest start lasted a mere four innings Thursday — not quite his shortest this season, but long enough for the Atlanta Braves to score six runs en route to a 6-3 victory at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers never led the Braves at any point, a first since their previous loss on July 2.McCarthy has gone to the disabled list twice in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. His right knee was bothering him long before it caused him to miss a start earlier this month. The 34-year-old right-hander recently revealed that he’s been dealing with finger blisters after every start for the first time in his career.Throw in a much scarier mental hiccup — an acute recurrence of the yips June 25, which mercifully did not bleed into his next outing — and McCarthy’s last month has scarcely mirrored his team’s. His earned-run average has risen from 2.87 to 3.84 since June 20. The Braves scored two runs against McCarthy in the first inning Thursday and never looked back.“Command the last few (games), things had gotten really sloppy,” McCarthy said. “Mechanics have been really shoddy and this week we really went to work trying to clean it up after Miami. We got it back to a place where I feel, oddly enough, I feel happy with what happened (Thursday) other than the actual results.”McCarthy downplayed the impact of his finger blister. It came to Roberts’ attention in the fourth inning, when Atlanta tacked on three more runs to take a 6-1 lead, but it was not the reason Roberts pulled McCarthy after four innings.Still, the blister could quickly turn into an excuse for the Dodgers to send McCarthy to the disabled list. They have five healthy starters. Hyun-Jin Ryu has thrown two simulated games since going on the disabled list with a bruised foot, and was already scheduled to rejoin the rotation next week.Earlier this year the Dodgers sent Rich Hill to the disabled list for a month with a finger blister. Hill effectively started his season over, allowing a callous to form on the affected finger. Roberts said that’s an option now for McCarthy.“We’ll talk to the trainers, talk to Brandon and see how (the blister) responds tomorrow, how it looks tomorrow,” Roberts said. “Most importantly we have to make sure he’s right. We have some time for that.”Any trip to the DL now would come at a more precarious time in the baseball calendar. The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. The Dodgers have baseball’s best record (66-30) and less urgency to upgrade their roster than any contending team. But the downward trend is coming at a bad time for McCarthy, the only right-hander to start a game for the Dodgers this year beyond Kenta Maeda.Atlanta wasted little time asserting itself Thursday. McCarthy allowed four hits in the first inning, including a ground-rule double by Matt Adams to provide a 2-0 lead.The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom of the first inning on a Corey Seager double and an RBI single by Cody Bellinger.Freddie Freeman drove in Brandon Phillips with the Braves’ third run in the third inning. Atlanta chased McCarthy by scoring three runs in the fourth, topped by a two-run Kurt Suzuki home run.Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run home run off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, his 13th homer this season, in the bottom of the sixth inning. Grandal also leaped to snag a throw from left fielder Chris Taylor and tag out Adams at home plate in the eighth inning.Earlier in the day, Grandal endured a root canal.“I just pretty much had my mind set on ‘I know it’s going to suck but you’ve just got to play through it and try to win a game today’,” he said. “The last three or four days were pretty bad.”Grandal’s performance was a rare bright spot. The Dodgers collected seven hits and three walks, but went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips exited the game with tightness in his right hamstring. He is day to day.