Mama used to caution me about what I said when I was younger - not just what I said about people but who I was talking to.
"Don't say anything about anyone you wouldn't want to say to their face," she would say. "In fact, it's better to just go ahead and say it to them because chances are whoever you're talking to will go tell them and it won't be the way you said it when they do."
Take a drive around the area and you will notice that many people have muscadine vines growing in their yards.
Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.
I had found it. Everything that would make my life better could be mine, and I had found it all before 4:30 a.m.
And I could get perfection with easy payment plans.
It may be a bit late to say "Happy New Year," but never too late to send congratulations and best wishes.
Because of illnesses in my family and because Christmas and New Year's holidays break the routine, my column has taken a back seat. Thanks to some faithful readers who remind me.
Chilly winter days may not seem like the most ideal time for gardening for many people.
However, now is the right time to perform lawn and garden maintenance to help prepare the landscape for the coming spring green-up.
The days following the holidays can seem so sad.
There's no more tinsel-covered everything; the lingering lights decorating the streets seem discarded and out of place, as if they know they have served their purpose and are about to be stored until the following season.
Pecans are a personal holiday season favorite of mine.
My grandmother has been selling bags of pecans for several years as a Christmas fundraiser for her church, and she always puts away a few bags for me to enjoy when I visit.
Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.
Like humans, squirrels prefer a warm, cozy sleeping environment, and your attic just happens to fulfill this requirement. Squirrels are not as easy to control as insects or other wildlife. It takes equal measures of patience and resolve to rid your house of these pesky critters.
"Sign this for me please," Cole asked, thrusting a permission slip into my lap one Sunday afternoon.
"What am I signing?" I asked, regarding the piece of paper carefully.
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a popular flowering plant found in many American homes at Christmas.
The poinsettia is native to southern Mexico and is named after Joel R. Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the U.S. in 1825.
This year, it truly is the thought that counts
My love affair with shoes started at an early age. I acquired my first pair of high heels at the age of 8, much to Mama's disapproval.
They were lovely -strappy and silver with a two and half inch heel - and I just knew I would be like Olivia Newton-John if I got them.
Live trees have been used to decorate homes during the Christmas season for more than 500 years. Thirty-three million live Christmas trees are used each year in the United States.
Live trees have a fragrance, attractiveness and tradition that can't be matched by artificial trees.
Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping from deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?
"Evergreen" does not really mean that the trees stay green for the entire life of the tree. It actually means that the leaves or needles stay green and attached to the plant for more than one year.
Mama's been worried. Really, really worried. More so than her usual worried-about-nothing - except-she-has to worry anxiety.
"Have you heard anything about how the world is supposed to end next month?" she asked recently.
My scales broke.
I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.
A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.
Last week was not a great time to be a tree.
If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.
One thing Mama always told me was to never make fun of the way a person looked. She said that was just terrible for someone to make fun of someone based on something they had no control or say so in whatsoever.
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.
"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.
Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.
Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely related and difficult to tell apart.
Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.
Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.
Cole was mad at his father.
January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.
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