They haven't asked me to write a gardening column for the paper, because my true gardening knowledge could be placed in a thimble with room to spare.
Over the past years, I have received many calls from people who have found snakes and/or snake skins around their home. I once had a lady try to sell me her house because she had found a snake skin in a hall closet.
Every year about this time I have someone ask me why they can't grow sweet onions that have the same mild, sweet flavor as the Vidalia onion.
We have more than one television in our house. In fact, there are about as many televisions as there are people.
I was surprised and delighted by the number of reactions to my column discussing the book about Greg Martenson's schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan - from a few who had read it and others who want to.
With recent rains, 2009 may be an excellent year for local vegetable gardens.
The people who make tissues will get some of my money this weekend. I'm going to try not to cry, but I know I will.
Each month I receive hundreds of calls from gardeners with questions ranging from how to keep deer out of a garden to disease control in a home lawn. A few questions you may have thought about, but never got around to asking are as follows:
We have a pretty kitchen at our house. We've got a big stove that has a convection oven. We haven't learned how to convect, but when we do, we supposedly have an oven that will do it.
It's a foregone conclusion; contrasts attract attention. It's also a possibility, though not necessarily so, that they engender new ways of looking at things.
Among flowering vines, few have flowers as spectacular as the clematis. It has been more than 150 years since this vine was first hybridized to improve flower size and color, and improvements continue to be made.
I think most people who have ever lost a loved one have thought or dreamed of having them back for just five minutes to catch up on your life and theirs.
Fescue is the most popular and widely used lawn grass in Dawson County. This is for good reason. Fescue is a cool season grass and loves the average temperatures of this region. Fescue grows rapidly in spring and fall but little during periods of extreme heat or cold.
Depending on when you were born, you've likely heard parents, grandparents or other relatives talk about the challenges of their era.
In recent months, cases of rabies have been confirmed in surrounding counties.
Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.
"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"
I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.
Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.
"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.
It must be open season on people who are overweight.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.
The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.
I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.
I am not by any means a jewelry girl.
My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.
No one listens to me.
Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.
Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home.