The rain Dawson County received three weeks ago was a blessing to our lawns and gardens. However, standing water from rain makes a wonderful breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes not only interfere with chores and spoil leisure time, some species are able to transmit diseases.
Despite dry weather, this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.
Her name is Emma Grace Blackwood and she weighs all of 9 pounds. She has a head full of dark hair and she looks just like her mama.
Carpenter ants, which are large and black, are very common pests in our area!. Dr. Daniel Suiter and Dr. Brian Forschler, who are both with the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, developed an excellent leaflet on carpenter ants. This article contains advice from those entomologists.
The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists, because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.
The great P.T. Barnum is often credited with saying "There's a sucker born every minute." Yes, there is a world full of gullible people.
It's one of Dr. Eugene Odum's (the late UGA environmental guru) laws of ecology: Everything is connected to everything else. It's also the basis of a healthy lifestyle. There is probably nothing in this column that you don't already know, but perhaps repetition will reinforce these truths enough to cause you to say, "Yes, of course," as I did - and act upon them.
People enjoy gardening for different reasons.
Now is an excellent time to soil test your lawn, garden or pasture.
During the summer, many gardeners begin to think about saving seed from some of their garden vegetables for planting next year.
In 1983, my mother fell off a ladder and broke her hip. In time, it healed and because of the break she was sensitive to changes in the weather.
Last week I attended a Family Connection open "networking meeting" for the first time in several years.
Cathy Cox wanted to be governor, but ended up as president.
If you have not gone by this year's Dawson County Produce Market, you are missing a great opportunity to buy excellent locally grown produce.
I am not sure what started the discussion but I was in trouble - big, big trouble.
Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.
In college statistics, I realized the Evan Esar's quote that "statistics is the science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures" was true. They taught my class how to go to extremes with the science of figures. The point was to understand that everything has a counter point.
When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.
I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.
Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.
Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.
Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.
"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.
Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.
About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.
Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.
Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.
It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.
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