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.
I am on my soapbox today.
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.
Arbor Day will be Feb. 20, and now is an excellent time to plant trees.
I didn't get to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama until they replayed it on cable.
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.
As I write this, we are in the midst of moving.
A few times each year I get the question of what to plant over septic leach field.
When my time comes, stuff me. There are a lot of people who are troubled by the prospects of their own death.
One thing we have in Dawson County is hard, red clay.
The federal government spends a lot of time on labels.
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.
I believe the most popular fruit bearing plant is blueberries.
I remember going to Walt Disney World not long after it opened. There was just the Magic Kingdom and that was it.
I should probably add to that title, "and other evidence of looming senility."
Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.
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.
I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.
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.
Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.
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.
Honestly, I thought she would live forever.
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.
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.
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.
My scales broke.
I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.
A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.
Last week was not a great time to be a tree.
If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.
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