I have, frankly, been "turned off" by the yelling and name-calling, which has punctuated the supposed town hall meetings and the debate about health care reform. But it has reminded me that I have long been opposed to the derogatory use of labels to characterize those who do not agree with one's own point of view.
Leyland Cypress trees have become very popular in the past 10 years. The following article by Willie Chance, University of Georgia extension agent from Houston County, gives and excellent overview of common disease problems of Leyland Cypress.
Sanitation is an important and often overlooked practice to control diseases in the home orchard. Many fruits can be grown more successfully and with less dependence on chemicals by using good sanitation.
I've never been stuck in an elevator, but I'd rather not. I'd also prefer not to get stranded at the top of one of those double-decker Ferris wheels. Even on one of those chance rides with a pretty girl.
I have always been a fan of TV game shows. When I went to school in Social Circle, we lived right across the street from the school and they let me go home for lunch. I would sneak in a few minutes of "Concentration" and "Jeopardy."
Yes, my dock is in a new home, floating for a change. And I am glad that the folks at Peach Brandy Cottage are enjoying it. I actually had five people who were interested, but Caroline was the first respondent.
In the past two weeks, I have been asked three times about trees with wet wounds. The foul smelling liquid ooze from wounds in the bark or wood of various shade trees is known as slime flux or wetwood.
When you have children, there are those memorable moments that are etched in your mind. You remember their first steps, the first time they babble something that sounds like "Daddy," their first day of school and the list goes on and on.
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.
In the past week, the extension office has received several calls from homeowners concerned with insects massing in and around their homes. Most of the sightings have been in the basement area inside homes or around driveways and patios outside.
"You see this piece of paper?" Cole asked, as he climbed in the backseat. "Do you see what it says?"
It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.
It's December. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas songs are popping up on every radio station. This means it is time to pick a Christmas tree.
Two things always made Granny happy: Cooking and being in the hospital.
I've tried to cultivate an attitude of gratitude lately. It's not as corny as it sounds. But I had read something a while back that stated that the more we are thankful for, the more we will have to be thankful for.
When you date someone for longer than three months, people want to know when you're getting married.
Potted plants are a great way to add color and foliage to small spaces like decks and patios.
I've noticed a few things lately about myself. When I say I need to drop a few pounds, forgoing my daily candy bar and glass of wine doesn't cause the scales to nudge south.
One insect that is universally loathed is the cockroach. I have learned to appreciate most insects, but cockroaches still give me the creeps. In nature, they are important decomposers. They are attracted to our homes in search of food, moisture and shelter.
Fall is a busy time in the forests and woodlands of north Georgia.
Mama, for the most part, has always been right about just about everything. Don't dare tell her that, or I will never hear the end of it.
"Mama, do you believe in ghosts?"
Driving around Dawson and Lumpkin counties recently, I couldn't help but notice the unusual amount of dead squirrels lying all over the road. It seems like I can't drive a mile without seeing a "road kill" squirrel or having one dart into my path, pause, jump and shoot off in another direction. We have received many calls at the extension office from folks who have lived here their entire lives and can't remember seeing anything like this before.
No one likes a bully. But bullies have been around forever.