The beautiful spring weather has made me reflect on the springtimes of my childhood.
When I talked with Dr. Herbert Robinson about his upcoming visit to speak for the historical society, he was aware that many of his audience will want to hear some tales about earlier years in Dawson County; after all, he is past 90 and has a prodigious memory.
Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home.
Earth Day is not until April 22, but the Great American Clean-up lasts from March 1 to May 21, so I'm doing my "going green" column now.
Holy week is one of my favorite times of the year.
Although we have to wait before we can enjoy those sweet Vidalia onions, you can use these tips to growing sweeter (or hotter) onions in your own garden.
In my everyday job, I write about business and state politics.
Gardeners must make a decision at this time of year. Should they purchase and plant seeds to grow transplants for the garden, or should they wait until planting time outdoors and buy started plants from nurseries and garden centers?
When somebody thinks you're somebody that you're not, it can either be really good or really bad.
Many groups and individuals find themselves in the same situation as United Way Board Member Taylor Wallace at the recent Recognition Luncheon, "coming up a little short of the goal."
The warm weather last week got many gardeners in the mood to plant.
What can you do in 40 days?
We've been in our new house for three weeks and some folks have already found us.
One landscape plant that has become common in Georgia landscapes is daylilies. This is for a good reason.
Many people, during the purchase of a home or old farmstead, find themselves in the possession of fruit trees that have been "neglected" for some length of time.
Bed bug sightings have been on the rise in the United States recently.
I made a promise to myself about four years ago, that if I ever ran across another piggie, I was going to get it. As a backup Piggie, I told myself, after the original Piggie had gone missing once for about a month.
I spent years working in various parts of Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
There is just something about the musty smell of an antique store, seeing the various displays of well-loved, weathered and possibly highly valuable items that were once someone's prized possessions.
The flowering dogwood, or Cornus florida, is a popular species of tree in home landscapes all over Georgia. It is native to the southeastern United States and is well adapted for many landscape locations.
As you browse the shelves of your local garden supply center, you will often see bottles and jugs of pest control products labeled "oil."
Growing up in the '80s meant I had the fashion horrors of Reebok hightops with leggings and torn sweatshirts to make me look like Jennifer Beals in 'Flashdance.'
I have answered many calls at the extension office in the past few weeks dealing with weed control in home lawns.
"I don't like change," Cole said solemnly one day. "I'm like a cat that way."
"Mama, do you like cats?" Cole asked one day. This was shortly after I had brought the latest puppy home a few weeks ago.
I have had several cases within the past year of people coming into my office, handing me a plastic baggy or jar filled with small, winged insects and saying: "Tell me those are flying ants!" Unfortunately, more often than not, they turn out to be termite flyers.
Everyone has disappointments. It's a part of life and sometimes those disappointments can offer us many learning experiences.
One of my biggest pet peeves is someone being late. So why I am constantly late getting my child to school, I have no idea.
Azaleas are a staple of traditional southern landscapes.
Spring is a beautiful time of year. Longer days, green grass and leaves reappearing on the trees really brighten up my mood.
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