Like some of you, I grew up in the era when tests at school were prepared on mimeograph machines that utilized a lovely-smelling purple ink.
I was barely three months old when the first episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS, so I probably slept through the first one.
October is the busiest month of the year in the landscape. It signals the ideal time for planting and transplanting woody ornamentals and herbaceous perennials. It's also time to plant fescue turfgrass, winter ryegrass, bulbs and pansies and to apply pre-emergence herbicides for winter weed control.
About this time every year I receive questions related to when and how to harvest pumpkins and winter squash.
As a teenager, I attempted from time to time to perform assorted mechanical functions on my own car.
In the next few weeks there will be a morning that is my favorite every year.
A few days ago I visited a homeowner who was clearing by hand brush, vines and under growth on their small farm. The person was surprised when I pointed out the vines were poison ivy. The pile of brush they had planned to burn also contained poison ivy. The smoke from burning poison ivy can cause health problems.
Many times county agents hear gardeners say: "I used to grow a beautiful garden in this spot, but for the last few years it has gotten progressively worse.
I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.
I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.
We know that landscaping adds beauty and gardening can provide great vegetables. However, the work you do with your landscape and garden can be much more rewarding.
You can over mulch. Over-mulching is a serious problem responsible for the decline and death of many shallow rooted shrubs as well as large coniferous and deciduous trees.
Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease of numerous ornamental plants including dogwood, rose, phlox and many bedding plants.
On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing.
Most people understand the importance of honeybees, but every year there are unintentional kill or damage of honeybee colonies resulting from insecticide usage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.
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?
"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"
"I love you more" has been an ongoing thing between my son and me.
Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.
There's been so much disturbing news lately that I thought I'd share a couple of different "bits." They both came from forwarded emails, so perhaps you have seen them, but they bear repeating.
If I am being honest, there's more times than I count that things don't go my way.
It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.
September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.
According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.