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Learn to handle weeds

It has been said, a weed is simply a plant growing out of place. For some people a watermelon may be called a weed if it is growing in a rose garden. I for one would simply eat the watermelon while looking at the roses.

February 04, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Common questions for late winter

Over the past nearly 30 years as an extension agent, I have received tens of thousands of questions related to lawn and garden care.

January 27, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Missing a brother, a friend

In some ways, we were just alike. In others, we were direct opposites.

January 27, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


When to use herbicides

In last week's newspaper article, I wrote about how herbicides are classified as selective, nonselective, systemic or contact. In this article, I will go a step further and write about how herbicides are classified as preemergence or postemergence, depending on the time the chemical is applied.

January 20, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If ‘the king’ and King lived on

I don't know about you, but I sometimes have "what if" moments when I think about persons who have passed away.

January 20, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Forced to view from broader perspectives

Seeing the magnitude of disasters in Haiti makes it difficult to dwell on one's own problems, even though they must eventually be faced and dealt with. We also think more clearly about our blessings.

January 20, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Today’s ‘crazy’ is here

There was a time in Georgia when two people could walk into what was then called the ordinary's office and swear that somebody was crazy.

January 13, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Snow: A shared treat for those in the south

Last week, as temperatures dropped and gray clouds rolled across Dawson County, locals got that certain look in their eyes.

January 13, 2010 | Frank Reddy | Lifestyle Columnists


Which herbicide to use

Buying herbicides can be a challenge.

January 13, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Facts about fruits, vegetables

All of us have read the claims of amazing fruits and vegetables. Robert Westerfield, Georgia Extension Horticulturist, offers several rules to follow before purchasing unknown fruits to avoid disappointment and wasted money.

January 06, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s reset all the dates

Because of newspaper schedules, I actually wrote this column last year and it is being published this year.

January 06, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


How to care for holiday plants

Well it's over. Another Christmas has come and gone.

December 30, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Braselton one good name

I've lived several places around this state. Some of them were named for Revolutionary War heroes, former presidents or places in Europe.

December 30, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Christmas is what all of us need

The polls show that 96 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, while 5 percent observe Hanukkah and 2 percent celebrate Kwanzaa. Some celebrate more than one.

December 23, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The true meaning of Christmas

All year long I write articles about everything from shrubs to you name it. Since it's almost Christmas, please permit me to set aside my "normal" topics and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

December 23, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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My dogs are more spoiled than others

When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.

August 27, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cream still often rises to the top

Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.

August 20, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

August 20, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

August 06, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


There is no such thing as perfect

Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.

July 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of new fruit fly

Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.

July 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Memories of Russian radishes

About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.

July 30, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann | Lifestyle Columnists


I always wonder what Granny would do

It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.

July 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning in summer

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.

July 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Relax, trust and swim with the flow

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.

July 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling vines in the landscape

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.

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


Growing up takes a while to accomplish

My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.

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


Old age is not for sissies

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.

July 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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