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Great first day for market

The first day of this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.

Seven local farmers and gardeners sold a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

July 06, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of poisonous plants in the landscape

While most of us are familiar with common poisonous plants that cause dermatitis (skin irritations) such as poison ivy or poison oak, we fail to recognize common ornamental plants in the landscape that may cause internal poisoning when ingested.

Although most adults would not intentionally eat the leaves or fruit of ornamental plants in the landscape, young children or pets sometimes do.

June 29, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Produce market opens June 29

Once again the Dawson County Extension will host a produce market in Dawsonville.

This is the ninth year for the market. Last year it was a great success with farmers, as well as gardeners, selling locally grown fruits and vegetables.

June 22, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer is for daylilies

Every year about this time I receive calls related to how to grow daylilies.

Daylilies can be grown successfully in all areas of Georgia. They are frequently seen growing under adverse conditions. However, this does not mean that they thrive on neglect. Those who specialize in growing daylilies are aware that nice foliage, quality flower, and repeat blooming are dependent on proper culture.

June 15, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Coping with drought

The recent rain was great, but with high temperatures we may soon be back in drought conditions. You cannot completely "drought-proof" your landscape, however, steps can be taken to help plants survive periods of limited rainfall. The most obvious way is to select and grow plants known to have a high degree of drought tolerance. There are also a number of cultural/management practices that will help conserve moisture in the soil and minimize the amount of water-demanding new growth.

First, make certain plants have a generous supply of mulch over their root system. Three to five inches of mulch ...

June 08, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid garden pest problems

With reducing pesticides on our gardens comes the question: "What can I do to control insects and diseases without pesticides?"

May 25, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What killed my plant?

Over the past 30 years the No. 1 question I have been asked is: "What killed my plant?"

May 18, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Reduce mosquitoes around the home

Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home. Mosquitoes not only interfere with leisure time, but some species are able to transmit diseases.

May 11, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rabies clinic May 14

Most cases of rabies are confirmed in North Georgia. This should be a wake-up call for all residents. Rabies is a deadly disease that can be transmitted to humans. Cases are mostly found in wildlife such as raccoons; however, a family pet such as a dog or cat can also have and transmit rabies.

April 27, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rewards of hard work

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.

April 20, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Help lawn thrive

The hills will soon be alive with the sounds of lawn mowers. Since the 1950's homeowners have made lawns a key part of most landscapes.

April 13, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Select the right site for ornamental plantings

With the arrival of spring comes the strong urge to renovate or add to the landscape in our yards.

April 06, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Black walnut toxicity

Most old home places in the south have at least one black walnut tree. The black walnut is a wonderful tree except one thing: The roots of black walnut trees produce a substance known as juglone.

March 30, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prune azaleas after flowering

Two plants say spring more than any other - azaleas and dogwoods.

March 23, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Know which plant to buy

Buying landscape plants can be confusing to say the least. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?

March 16, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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From a television star to a preacher

Mama was always proud for people who were able to pull themselves up and do well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them ...

December 07, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Ghosts of Christmases Past

Gift bags have been one of the best inventions since sliced bread. Maybe even better than bread, which I don't eat.

December 07, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Going off the grid

One summer night, a few years before Mama died, I tried to call her but there was no answer.

November 30, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Any given Sunday and other random days

"I am not a big sports guy."

November 30, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Thanksgiving, 2016

It is a solid friendship of two like-minded Southerners that started in, of all places, a high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills. This was several years ...

November 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The pursuit of gratitude

This, for many reasons, has been a challenging year.

November 23, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Death's final scene

My husband, many times, had written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy ...

November 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The no knock-off Christmas

I am not one of those people who do their Christmas shopping early.

November 16, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The contradiction of Murphy’s Law

Whilst studying science recently, an intriguing question was posed: "Mama, is Murphy's Law real?"

November 09, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


The janitor

The elementary school in which I received my first through sixth grade learning was a long, straight brick building with cement steps, an auditorium with ...

November 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Staying in bed

As I see it, because I've studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I ...

November 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Come next week

Exactly one week from today, the election will be over.

November 02, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts – well, maybe

"Mama, are ghosts real?"

October 26, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Pinto beans, cornbread and buttermilk

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

October 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

October 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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