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 ex had a lot of complaints when it came to my family and how I was raised.
The primary complaint being how we were not the refined, cultured caste of people he thought his family was.
We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.
Nothing feels better than coming home to a warm, comfortable house after a cold day at work. Unfortunately, insects feel the same way.
Flowering bulbs can be a great addition to any garden.
Bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are usually the earliest flowers to bloom in spring. Many bulbs will grow for several years with little care, while others are treated as an annual and planted for only one season. They can be placed almost anywhere in the home landscape, including flower beds, pots and even in the lawn.
I am not sure what it is about men and grocery stores, but those long mysterious aisles seem to present a conundrum to a lot of men. Or maybe it's just my husband.
I joke that his idea of Friday Night Date Night is taking me to the grocery store, where we spend 'quality time' together.
Many home gardeners and small-scale producers have a growing interest in organic production.
A diary is such a treasured, sacred little book, holding secret thoughts, the most private of details.
"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.
Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?
Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.
Angel Doodle is not a good girl. She likes it that way. The little caramel colored pittie mix doesn't even pretend to be good.
I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.
Gardeners who have camellia plants are probably familiar with tea scale. Tea scale is a small insect around 1/10th of an inch long that resides on the undersides of the leaves of camellias, hollies and a few other host plants. These tiny insects damage plants by sucking out juices inside the leaves. Heavy infestations can severely damage affected plants, resulting in major leaf drop and occasionally plant death if not properly treated.
Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.
Swiss chard seems to be quickly becoming a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. It is actually a member of the beet family that is grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Swiss chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked similar to spinach, and the colorful stems can be cooked many ways.
Honestly, I thought she would live forever.
I've been called bossy before. When I was younger, I think there were more comparisons to Lucy from "Peanuts" than to any fairy tale princesses or damsels in distress. Bossy, assertive, stood up for myself - those are not traits a girl is supposed to possess.
Have you ever noticed several small holes and mounds in your lawn? At first glance, this may seem like insect damage, but chances are they were earthworm holes. The mounds surrounding the hole openings are earthworm castings.
Those of you who have read my columns over the years - -and there have been lots of years-- may find this one repetitive, but I'm inspired to do it again. And perhaps something will strike a responsive chord.
My scales broke.