Good Day Alabama for June 12, 2013 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for June 12, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for June 12, 2013:

JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us with The Arc of Jefferson County!  They are gearing up for their 14th Annual Golf Classic on June 14th.  They want you to come out and play some golf at Oak Mountain State Park Golf Course and help raise money for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Jefferson and Blount County.  Registration begins at 11AM tomorrow with a start at noon.  For more information you can call 205-705-1809 or visit

ZOO - Mickey visited with Lindsey Herron from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the plans at the Zoo for Father's Day and about the alligators. For more information, visit

ASK THE DOCTOR - Art therapist Amy Brown joined us to answer viewer questions and discuss the benefits of art therapy for our psychiatric patients. The Art Therapy program at Brookwood Medical Center helps psychiatric patients find new ways to express themselves non-verbally - particularly when verbal communication may be difficult. Amy Brown instructs patients to paint, draw or sketch and then talk through the piece of art in relation to their feelings or personal issues. She showed us three pieces of artwork discusses the story behind each.

- Essential Records pop/rock band Building 429 released a new album just last week - on June 4th. This is the band's sixth album - "We Won't Be Shaken." "We Won't Be Shaken" follows  the Dove Award winning band's 2012 Billboard Christian Song of Year, "Where I Belong," which set precedent as the first song to maintain No. 1 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart for 15 consecutive weeks. For more information on Building 429, visit Catch them live tonight at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover.

GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Office joined us with advice on creating a Garden Journal. Garden journals are great records of type of plant, timing of planting, and plant location. It's easier to take notes during the current garden season than trying to remember important details 6 months down the road.  They are also helpful in comparing results from year to year - what worked, what didn't, and why.  Garden journals assist in keeping track of disease or insect problems so preventative action can be taken in future seasons.  When it comes to garden journal types, the sky is the limit. Options range from formal, bound journals with artistic influence to three-ring binders or notebooks. Additionally, several garden journal software packets are available online as well as various journal templates to help with organization. What should you include?  Anything you would like - after all, it is your journal.  However, I will list some noteworthy ideas.
· Garden layout - include bed designs, variety names and planting dates.
· Dates of importance - weeding, fertilizing, germination, blooming, and harvest.
· Weather information - make note of frost dates, droughts, and rainfall amounts.
· Pest outbreaks - record weather conditions surrounding outbreak, what control methods you used, and the type(s) of plants affected.
· Details such as irrigation methods, types and amounts of mulch, materials used for trellising or plant support.
· Clippings of interesting articles from newspapers or magazines.
· Photographs of your garden and of gardens that you would like to pattern yours after.  Photographs are a great way to visually document your love of gardening.
· What you like, what's not working, and what needs to be relocated.
Now that you have decided what to include, how should you organize the information? There are a few options.  One way is to group information by planting bed.  Another option is assembling content relative to plant type - perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, herbs, etc.  Recording ideas and information by day, week, month or season is a third, and most commonly used, organization method for garden journals. Developing a journal should be fun.  It will allow you to be creative while providing a permanent garden record.  A garden journal is a great resource not only to you but also to future gardeners in your family. With all of its pictures, personal notes and memories, this journal can become a child or grandchild's treasured family heirloom.

For one option that you can use, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama - with Father's Day coming up, we're thinking lots about dads. Our expert joins us with advice on being a good father and the things fathers often forget to do. Heard of stress eating? Dr. Asa Andrew joins us with a look at top foods to help manage our stress. Award winning chef Todd English comes to town for the grand opening of his restaurant and he joins us in the studio! And we introduce you to our pet of the week. Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.

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