The first day of this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.
Seven local farmers and gardeners sold a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
While most of us are familiar with common poisonous plants that cause dermatitis (skin irritations) such as poison ivy or poison oak, we fail to recognize common ornamental plants in the landscape that may cause internal poisoning when ingested.
Although most adults would not intentionally eat the leaves or fruit of ornamental plants in the landscape, young children or pets sometimes do.
Once again the Dawson County Extension will host a produce market in Dawsonville.
This is the ninth year for the market. Last year it was a great success with farmers, as well as gardeners, selling locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Every year about this time I receive calls related to how to grow daylilies.
Daylilies can be grown successfully in all areas of Georgia. They are frequently seen growing under adverse conditions. However, this does not mean that they thrive on neglect. Those who specialize in growing daylilies are aware that nice foliage, quality flower, and repeat blooming are dependent on proper culture.
The recent rain was great, but with high temperatures we may soon be back in drought conditions. You cannot completely "drought-proof" your landscape, however, steps can be taken to help plants survive periods of limited rainfall. The most obvious way is to select and grow plants known to have a high degree of drought tolerance. There are also a number of cultural/management practices that will help conserve moisture in the soil and minimize the amount of water-demanding new growth.
First, make certain plants have a generous supply of mulch over their root system. Three to five inches of mulch ...
With reducing pesticides on our gardens comes the question: "What can I do to control insects and diseases without pesticides?"
Over the past 30 years the No. 1 question I have been asked is: "What killed my plant?"
Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home. Mosquitoes not only interfere with leisure time, but some species are able to transmit diseases.
Most cases of rabies are confirmed in North Georgia. This should be a wake-up call for all residents. Rabies is a deadly disease that can be transmitted to humans. Cases are mostly found in wildlife such as raccoons; however, a family pet such as a dog or cat can also have and transmit rabies.
We know that landscaping adds beauty and gardening can provide great vegetables. However, the work you do with your landscape and garden can be much more rewarding.
The hills will soon be alive with the sounds of lawn mowers. Since the 1950's homeowners have made lawns a key part of most landscapes.
With the arrival of spring comes the strong urge to renovate or add to the landscape in our yards.
Most old home places in the south have at least one black walnut tree. The black walnut is a wonderful tree except one thing: The roots of black walnut trees produce a substance known as juglone.
Two plants say spring more than any other - azaleas and dogwoods.
Buying landscape plants can be confusing to say the least. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?
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.
If you had asked me 25 years ago if I was an extravert or an introvert, I would have whole-heartedly responded with the former.
Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.
Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.
All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.
Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.
The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.
When I was single, a friend suggested I sign up for an online dating service.
It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.
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