In recent days, I have received a number of calls about tomatoes with rot on the bottom of the fruit.
This is the last column I will write as a columnist in my 40s.
I used to love those cartoons of Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman. It was a quirky twist on the idea of a boy and his dog.
Garden soil can be considered a storehouse of plant food. However, soils do not store equal amounts and some soils are better at holding on to nutrients than others.
For years, gardeners had to contend with dry weather. We are now blessed with rain; however, too much water can lead to root rot.
Mose Coleman didn't know it, but he started an industry. In 1931, Coleman planted what he thought would be hot onions, but there was something about the sandy loam soil of Toombs County that made the onion sweet. It was so sweet you could eat it like an apple.
As you enjoy the days of summer, a few landscape tips to keep in mind are as follows:
There are some people whom you recognize as "special," and even though you are not with them on a regular basis, you count them as favorite friends. Elovoyce Greer is one of those special people for me, as she probably is for many others.
After my somewhat gloomy subject of illness and death in last week's column, I felt a nudge to look for brighter spots. And, of course, they are always there; we just need to open eyes.
Azaleas are beautiful this year. With spring comes the question when to prune azaleas.
The most often asked question about newspaper columns is, "Where do you come up with this stuff?"
Pesticide poisoning can happen anytime of the year. However, since spring and summer is when most pesticides are used in the lawn and garden, the possibility of pesticide poisoning increases during these months.
If you're a school teacher, I hope you get an extra measure of patience this week.
Ever since the night I came home from Cape San Blas, my thoughts, conversations and energies have been concerned with illnesses and deaths. Hopefully, the next weeks will be better for all.
Mowing is the most frequent and therefore generally the most expensive turf management practice used. It can also affect turf quality as much as any other cultural practice.
When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.
Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.
I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.
Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.
Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.
"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.
Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.
Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.
About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.
It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.
Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.
I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.
Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.
My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.
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