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.
One thing Mama always told me was to never make fun of the way a person looked. She said that was just terrible for someone to make fun of someone based on something they had no control or say so in whatsoever.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.
It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.
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.
I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.
Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.
My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.
Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.
Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.
One of the challenges of raising a child is having to explain the behavior and actions of celebrities. Sure, we can try to shield them from things on TV, but things are a lot different than when I was growing up.
I heard someone make a comment the other day, a comment that made me cringe inwardly and outwardly as an involuntarily response.
I didn't know my father very well, which really means, I didn't know him.
One of my favorite foods from summer gardens is sweet corn. Sweet corn is fairly easy to grow, but many people encounter the frustration of finding corn earworm damage in their fresh produce.
I didn't know Maya Angelou personally, but through her writing, her quotes that I loved and saved like cherished heirlooms, I felt like I knew her.
I have received several calls in the past week dealing with roses.
I am unashamedly, proudly a child of the '80s. Life was good then. Almost blissful, in its simpler times.
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