Herbs are great for the novice gardener. They grow quickly, and most can tolerate a range of soil conditions. Plus, many are naturally pest-resistant.
Recently, I received notice that my dock permit expires in September. That is somewhat ironic because the dock has been on dry land for several years, and even now the little cove on whose shores it sits is mostly a "marshland." So I am certainly not paying to renew that permit.
Some people tout our state because it is largely non-union.
Normally, I write articles with suggestions on what gardeners should do, but this article is dedicated to what not to do in August.
August can be a slow time for lawn and garden work. Most summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak and dry weather has reduced the growth of grass. There are, however, a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August. They are as follows:
It's been 31 years and I have not made it back to a high school reunion.
For some reason 2009 has been a good year for ticks. Since ticks are common during the summer and may carry diseases such as Lyme disease it is important to be knowledgeable of ticks and their control.
For far too long, I have been delaying the inevitable project of getting rid of some stuff. We have talked about a yard sale for a long time, but have not quite put it together.
Many people recognize the statement "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times," even if they don't remember these words as the opening lines of Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities.
A common question I hear is: "What can I do to control insects and diseases without pesticides?"
I grew up in the era when astronauts were both heroes and celebrities. We knew the names of people like Alan Shepherd, John Glenn, Gus Grissom and others.
There is a little dog that lives at our house. Her name is Buttons and in human terms, she is a senior citizen. When I came into her life, she was well into middle age and, like most who reach that point, was set in her ways.
Originally, this column was inspired by one written by Ted Oglesby in The (Gainesville) Times.
Most people understand the importance of honeybees, but every year there are unintentional kill or damage of honeybee colonies resulting from insecticide usage.
There was a record store on Broad Street in Monroe called the Music and Camera Shop. It was owned by Edward Peters and he carried all the latest 45s and plenty of albums.
I have answered many calls at the extension office in the past few weeks dealing with weed control in home lawns.
"I don't like change," Cole said solemnly one day. "I'm like a cat that way."
"Mama, do you like cats?" Cole asked one day. This was shortly after I had brought the latest puppy home a few weeks ago.
I have had several cases within the past year of people coming into my office, handing me a plastic baggy or jar filled with small, winged insects and saying: "Tell me those are flying ants!" Unfortunately, more often than not, they turn out to be termite flyers.
Everyone has disappointments. It's a part of life and sometimes those disappointments can offer us many learning experiences.
One of my biggest pet peeves is someone being late. So why I am constantly late getting my child to school, I have no idea.
Azaleas are a staple of traditional southern landscapes.
Spring is a beautiful time of year. Longer days, green grass and leaves reappearing on the trees really brighten up my mood.
Have you started noticing mysterious raised tunnels forming seemingly overnight in your lawn or garden? If so, you probably have a mole infestation. Don't worry, you are not alone. We have received many calls in the past week regarding tunneling activity.
Children learn a lot more by what they see us doing than what we tell them. I can tell Cole all day long the things he shouldn't do, but it's my example he's watching. I don't want him to follow my example, but to be better than I am at this game of life.
We have all heard the saying "April showers bring May Flowers." Rainfall in April helps replenish our plants as they gear up for another growing season. However, this precipitation also brings unwanted consequences to our landscapes - disease.
It had been a long time since I had a puppy and I forgot how much work they are. Middle of the night feedings and potty outings, crying incessantly. I think comparing them to a newborn would be reasonable. I was on night five of no sleep - Angel the parking lot pup would wake me up at 1 a.m., wanting to play after sleeping all day. I was exhausted.
Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on April 13. It will be held at several locations throughout Dawson County. Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s.
There was an unspoken law at my house growing up for every stray critter that managed to find its way in our yard. Once my uncle Bobby named it, it was ours. If the animal made it to day two without Bobby sticking some name on it, we were safe according to Granny. Of course, no animal made it beyond a few hours, let alone two days.
I think when I turned 40, something happened. Not to my posterior either - that happened a long time before I hit the big 4-0.