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Gardening tips for July

July continues to be a busy time for gardeners. With grass to cut and weeds on the increase there are always outside jobs in the summer.

July 14, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Calvin will be missed

Bill Coates is a friend of mine, who is also my pastor. About 10 years ago, he invited me to a get-together at his home.

July 14, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


iWon’t be waiting in line

Waiting in line has never been one of my strengths.

July 07, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect yourself from ticks

It is important to know about ticks for several reasons. They can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and may cause further infection if their mouthparts break off when the ticks are removed.

July 07, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Keep snakes away from home

Every year the extension office receives a large number of calls from people with snake problems. Most calls are from people wanting to know if there are poisonous species of snakes in Georgia and how to control snakes in and around their home.

June 30, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Jimmy Dean’s song is the best

Jimmy Dean, the singer who became a sausage salesman, died recently.

June 30, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for dealing with a common tomato problem

In recent days, I have received a number of calls about tomatoes with rot on the bottom of the fruit.

June 23, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Living my days to the fullest

This is the last column I will write as a columnist in my 40s.

June 23, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Taking the WABAC machine to the past

I used to love those cartoons of Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman. It was a quirky twist on the idea of a boy and his dog.

June 16, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Feeding a vegetable garden

Garden soil can be considered a storehouse of plant food. However, soils do not store equal amounts and some soils are better at holding on to nutrients than others.

June 16, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Too much rain can be as bad as too little

For years, gardeners had to contend with dry weather. We are now blessed with rain; however, too much water can lead to root rot.

June 09, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Foods that put us on the map

Mose Coleman didn't know it, but he started an industry. In 1931, Coleman planted what he thought would be hot onions, but there was something about the sandy loam soil of Toombs County that made the onion sweet. It was so sweet you could eat it like an apple.

June 09, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer landscape tips

As you enjoy the days of summer, a few landscape tips to keep in mind are as follows:

June 02, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some recognition for a special person

There are some people whom you recognize as "special," and even though you are not with them on a regular basis, you count them as favorite friends. Elovoyce Greer is one of those special people for me, as she probably is for many others.

June 02, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crossing over to the sunnier side

After my somewhat gloomy subject of illness and death in last week's column, I felt a nudge to look for brighter spots. And, of course, they are always there; we just need to open eyes.

May 26, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

November 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

November 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow giant pumpkins

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.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

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.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

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.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Along came a spider, and another, and another

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.

October 22, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees for shady locations

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.

October 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t ‘shoulda’ all on yourself

I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.

October 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control invasive plants

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?

October 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to celebrate Hallogivingmas

"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"

October 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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