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Saving garden seeds

During late summer many gardeners begin to think about saving seeds from garden vegetables for planting next year.

For open pollinated vegetable varieties this practice works; for hybrid varieties, it can be a disaster. Many gardeners plant "hybrid" cultivars and should not save the seeds from hybrid plants.

August 31, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Understanding herbicides

Buying herbicides can be a challenge.

There are so many different types of herbicides that are used on different plants, how does a homeowner decide which one is best?

August 24, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Shade tree decline

Many trees around Dawson County are showing dieback and decline symptoms.

Twig or branch dieback is initiated in the tree as a response to poor growth conditions and/or pest attack. Usually a combination of physical, climatic, and pest problems lead to the tree shutting off some of its outside portions.

August 17, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prevention is key in pesticide poisoning

Pesticide poisoning is more common than you may think.

Many cases are mild and unreported. However, death from pesticide poisoning does happen. A few years ago a child in our area died after drinking pesticide that was stored in an unmarked container.

August 03, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for dealing with tomato problems

If you have tomatoes growing in your garden, chances are good you have at least one of these problems.

1. Failure to set fruit. Every year gardeners have tomatoes that flower but do not set fruit.

July 27, 2011 | By Clark Beusse 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.

The three species of ticks throughout Georgia that commonly feed on humans are the lone star tick, American dog tick and black-legged tick.

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


Summer gardening tips

Summer is a busy time in the garden.

Following are a few tips to keep in mind:

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


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


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Of boys and men

"Mama, can I?..."

February 15, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

February 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The joy of a good mudhole

It's hard to find a good mudhole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

February 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Right makes happy

It started with a conversation about "Die Hard."

February 08, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Mr. Ben

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden ...

February 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


What doesn't kill you

When Cole woke up feeling a bit puny, I begged him not to tell Mama.

February 01, 2017 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Tink and the Garanimals

It is a sure bet, I am certain, that I am not the only wife with a husband who cares little about clothes. Like many ...

January 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


In memoriam of the stores of my youth

A part of my childhood died recently.

January 25, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The unnecessary obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of ...

January 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The end of the fried chickatarian era

Years and years ago, my child had decided he was going to be a vegetarian.

January 18, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Surviving the Snowpocalypse of 2017

I started dreading it last Monday.

January 11, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Good-bye to Grant Tinker

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it ...

January 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Good-bye to Grant Tinker

Mama used to say, every time she was sick, "I've never been so sick in all of my life." EVERY time.

January 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


A canine resolution

"What's your New Year's resolutions gonna be?" Mama asked on the eve of 2017.

January 04, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Losing Loved Ones and Gaining New Ones

At year's end, it's always interesting to look back at all that happened and realize that so little of it was anticipated while ...

December 28, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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