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Grow your own broccoli

Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.

February 05, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control wild garlic

Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely related and difficult to tell apart.

January 22, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


People, animals just want to be loved

Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.

January 22, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sod prices increasing

Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.

January 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learning to forgive and forget

Cole was mad at his father.

January 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Important to test for radon

January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.

January 08, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


New Year’s resolution of baby steps

I've been thinking about my New Year's Resolutions the last few weeks. I normally don't make any - instead, I probably make 'resolutions' weekly or monthly, depending on what bad habits I need to break.

December 31, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


History of mistletoe

Christmas is a holiday filled with age-old traditions. One popular winter tradition is kissing under the mistletoe. Have you ever thought about what exactly mistletoe is and how it became associated with Christmas?

December 24, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The spirit of Christmas

I don't remember when Santa quit bringing me presents.

December 24, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If I had known then what I know now

I turn 41 this week.

December 18, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Holiday houseplants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded.

December 18, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Millipedes in the home

In the past week, the extension office has received several calls from homeowners concerned with insects massing in and around their homes. Most of the sightings have been in the basement area inside homes or around driveways and patios outside.

December 11, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The joy of giving as seen through the eyes of a child

"You see this piece of paper?" Cole asked, as he climbed in the backseat. "Do you see what it says?"

December 11, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Game over, time to get down to business at UGA

It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.

December 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Selecting perfect Christmas trees

It's December. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas songs are popping up on every radio station. This means it is time to pick a Christmas tree.

December 04, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

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


Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

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


Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Along came a spider, and another, and another

I hate spiders. I know they play their role in the food chain, eating mosquitoes. That is all they are good for. I hate them.

October 22, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

October 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t ‘shoulda’ all on yourself

I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.

October 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control invasive plants

Autumn olive, mimosa, English ivy, Lespedeza, Chinese privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, Japanese stiltgrass, princesstree, Chinese wisteria, multiflora rose and bamboo. What do all of these plants have in common?

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


Time to celebrate Hallogivingmas

"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"

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


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