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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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Nothing's quick anymore

Do you remember the days when we used to say, "I'm gonna run into town and run a quick errand. I'll be right ...

March 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


It's always Mama's fault

Freud may have been onto something.

March 22, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The city slickers

Bree, the eight-year-old daughter of my niece Nicole, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink's pick-up truck. We were in foothills of ...

March 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


When Mama gets sick

I rarely get sick - knock on wood.

March 15, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Cleaning out and looking back

One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...

March 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Southern comfort in a cast iron skillet

"I don't like cornbread," my little vegetarian declared the other day.

March 08, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The balance between well-behaved and not

Mama has always tried to instill some sort of ladylike qualities in me.

March 01, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Swanging

About halfway through my morning run, just about the time droplets of 'dew' were running down my face and I wasn't looking none too ...

March 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The end to a great character

One of my favorite characters ever and one that readers have unfailingly enjoyed is my friend, Poet, the scion of a cotton family who speaks ...

February 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The power of silence

Many people are uncomfortable with stretches of silence in a conversation.

February 22, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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