Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts. How long they remain attractive may be directly related to the care they are given. Careful handling is also an important factor that may affect these plants.
Proper watering is critical. Large plants in small containers dry out quickly. Also, the relative humidity indoors tends to be quite low during the heating and air-conditioning seasons. Under these conditions, check plants daily.
"You're going to have to just get a thick skin," is something I have been told more times than I care to count.
"This is a rough job," one of the attorneys I worked with told me. "You will be called names, cussed at, spit on, probably even hit. You're gonna have to have a thick skin, kid."
It's hard to believe Christmas is almost here. At my house we take holidays one at a time. I try not to think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's time to select a Christmas tree.
I remember as a child going with my father to find a Christmas tree on my family's farm. The selection was not great, but with luck we would find an Eastern Red Cedar tree that would pass my mother's inspection.
Two things were almost always around when I was a child: Dogs and shotguns.
Even though I am fairly certain the guns actually belonged to Pop, Granny threatened to use them more than he did, if that was possible.
As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, please be thankful for the American farmer.
Give thanks to the American farmer for growing most of the food we eat and material for many of the clothes we wear.
Granny has always been known for doing two things really well: Cooking and quilting.
Before arthritis completely crippled her hands, she could make the most beautiful handmade quilts ever seen. Her skills in the kitchen were even more impressive.
There have been countless books, movies and late-night infomercials geared to the topic of how to become a millionaire using other people's money. It seems like regardless of how good your business idea or invention is, bottom line, it's better to take a risk using someone else's money instead of your own.
If using other people's money is all it takes to become a millionaire, I am expecting my son Cole to be topping the Forbes 500 by the time he's 10.
November can be a lull or lively time in the garden. If the weather allows, many jobs can be done now to improve next year's garden. Some jobs can even be done indoors so weather does not have to keep you from gardening pursuits.
It bears repeating - soil test.
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.
The first rule is, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A good example of this is the advertisement to grow tomatoes and potatoes in one single planting.
Planting perennials properly and at the right time can determine whether and how prolifically they bloom the first year.
For shrubs, fall is considered the best time to plant perennials in the South.
Three years ago, I received my first phone call about a mass of small insects (not lady bugs) on the side of a building.
As I expected, the insect in question was megacopta cribraria, also known as the kudzu bug.
It has been said money cannot buy happiness. The end to our dry weather would make gardeners and farmers happy.
However, all of the money in the world could not buy rain. I believe it is good that man does not control the weather.
Fall is a time when most plants go dormant and a good time for the homeowner to help protect plants from the cold days ahead.
The physiological changes that occur within a plant as it goes dormant are complex and not fully understood.
Every fall I will receive calls from homeowners with the problem of squirrels in the attic. At first the person may think there is a rat chewing on the inside of the attic, but after days of hearing sounds, they discover the problem is squirrels.
A squirrel is really not a rat, but once squirrels begin to live and play in your attic, it can be as bad as any rat. Squirrels in the attic will not only keep you up at night, they can also cause damage to your home by eating holes in walls and wires.
What can you say about collards? You either hate or love collards. My wife of 26 years and I have most things in common; however, my love of collards is not one. Leafy greens, such as turnips, mustard, collards, kale and spinach are cool season crops. They should be grown in early spring and fall for maximum yields.
Kale and spinach can withstand temperatures into the upper teens. The other greens may withstand light to medium frost. As a matter of fact, some people prefer a light frost on collards before they are harvested.
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