I am a fan of the eternal optimist. The person who sees the glass half full, rather than half empty.
Since I can't think of anything to write about, the following are a few tips to keep in mind as you work in your lawn or garden during the cold days of February.
I'm not against Valentine's Day or any of those other commercially-oriented observances on the calendar. I just think we should show our love and appreciation on an ongoing basis.
For the hundreds who did not attend the "Black and White Affair" and who may think of those honored at the annual Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Gala as just upper-echelon business executives, let me assure you that they are truly down-to-earth, hard-working residents. In truth, much of the work for which they were recognized benefits Dawson County in general, not just their own businesses.
I was in Central Florida recently and someone suggested I take a couple of minutes and drive through the town of Celebration.
It has been said, a weed is simply a plant growing out of place. For some people a watermelon may be called a weed if it is growing in a rose garden. I for one would simply eat the watermelon while looking at the roses.
Over the past nearly 30 years as an extension agent, I have received tens of thousands of questions related to lawn and garden care.
In some ways, we were just alike. In others, we were direct opposites.
In last week's newspaper article, I wrote about how herbicides are classified as selective, nonselective, systemic or contact. In this article, I will go a step further and write about how herbicides are classified as preemergence or postemergence, depending on the time the chemical is applied.
I don't know about you, but I sometimes have "what if" moments when I think about persons who have passed away.
Seeing the magnitude of disasters in Haiti makes it difficult to dwell on one's own problems, even though they must eventually be faced and dealt with. We also think more clearly about our blessings.
There was a time in Georgia when two people could walk into what was then called the ordinary's office and swear that somebody was crazy.
Last week, as temperatures dropped and gray clouds rolled across Dawson County, locals got that certain look in their eyes.
Buying herbicides can be a challenge.
All of us have read the claims of amazing fruits and vegetables. Robert Westerfield, Georgia Extension Horticulturist, offers several rules to follow before purchasing unknown fruits to avoid disappointment and wasted money.
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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