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There’s no Juan at home

We've been in our new house for three weeks and some folks have already found us.

February 18, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Daylilies require little care

One landscape plant that has become common in Georgia landscapes is daylilies. This is for a good reason.

February 18, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning neglected trees

Many people, during the purchase of a home or old farmstead, find themselves in the possession of fruit trees that have been "neglected" for some length of time.

February 11, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Children need to get outside

I am on my soapbox today.

February 11, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s been a time for bad news and good

Like the weather, the past couple of weeks have been a time of contrasts, like a pendulum swinging between bad news and good, which, fortunately, means that much of the time it is at neither extreme.

February 11, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter is a great time to plant a tree

Arbor Day will be Feb. 20, and now is an excellent time to plant trees.

February 04, 2009 | By Clark Beuss For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Frozen in the spotlight

I didn't get to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama until they replayed it on cable.

February 04, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s not bad to be a Dawson senior citizen

This column was meant to be written for last week's paper, but before that happened, I decided to go south for a few days in search of warmer weather.

January 28, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Looking through things in yet another move

As I write this, we are in the midst of moving.

January 28, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Where the grass is always greener

A few times each year I get the question of what to plant over septic leach field.

January 28, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Just stick me in the corner

When my time comes, stuff me. There are a lot of people who are troubled by the prospects of their own death.

January 21, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fighting soil compaction

One thing we have in Dawson County is hard, red clay.

January 21, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Should we label Congress?

The federal government spends a lot of time on labels.

January 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Follow these guidelines when purchasing, planting apple trees

The old adage of "you get what you pay for" is an important consideration when buying apple trees. Often, "bargain plants" are not healthy or may not be a variety adapted to your area. Buy only trees of recommended varieties from a reliable source.

January 14, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant blueberries now

I believe the most popular fruit bearing plant is blueberries.

January 07, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Using organic fertilizers

Many home gardeners and small-scale producers have a growing interest in organic production.

April 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nothing is sacred when it comes to Mama

A diary is such a treasured, sacred little book, holding secret thoughts, the most private of details.

April 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A lesson in friendship

"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.

April 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hydrangea bloom colors

Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?

April 16, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H rabies clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.

April 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Good girls finish last

Angel Doodle is not a good girl. She likes it that way. The little caramel colored pittie mix doesn't even pretend to be good.

April 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to let go and clean the clutter

I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.

April 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tea scale insect control

Gardeners who have camellia plants are probably familiar with tea scale. Tea scale is a small insect around 1/10th of an inch long that resides on the undersides of the leaves of camellias, hollies and a few other host plants. These tiny insects damage plants by sucking out juices inside the leaves. Heavy infestations can severely damage affected plants, resulting in major leaf drop and occasionally plant death if not properly treated.

April 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A revised lesson in karma

Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.

March 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Swiss chard popular

Swiss chard seems to be quickly becoming a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. It is actually a member of the beet family that is grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Swiss chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked similar to spinach, and the colorful stems can be cooked many ways.

March 19, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Honoring the life of Granny, the spitfire

Honestly, I thought she would live forever.

March 19, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of the BLT’s

I've been called bossy before. When I was younger, I think there were more comparisons to Lucy from "Peanuts" than to any fairy tale princesses or damsels in distress. Bossy, assertive, stood up for myself - those are not traits a girl is supposed to possess.

March 12, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Earthworms are beneficial to soil

Have you ever noticed several small holes and mounds in your lawn? At first glance, this may seem like insect damage, but chances are they were earthworm holes. The mounds surrounding the hole openings are earthworm castings.

March 12, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time to read my beloved wall again

Those of you who have read my columns over the years - -and there have been lots of years-- may find this one repetitive, but I'm inspired to do it again. And perhaps something will strike a responsive chord.

March 12, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Embracing myself, whatever the scales say

My scales broke.

March 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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