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Too much rain can be as bad as too little

For years, gardeners had to contend with dry weather. We are now blessed with rain; however, too much water can lead to root rot.

June 09, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Foods that put us on the map

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.

June 09, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer landscape tips

As you enjoy the days of summer, a few landscape tips to keep in mind are as follows:

June 02, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some recognition for a special person

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.

June 02, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crossing over to the sunnier side

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.

May 26, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prune azaleas after flowering

Azaleas are beautiful this year. With spring comes the question when to prune azaleas.

May 26, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Same price, smaller sizes

The most often asked question about newspaper columns is, "Where do you come up with this stuff?"

May 26, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Use caution when using pesticides

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.

May 19, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


End of school upon us

If you're a school teacher, I hope you get an extra measure of patience this week.

May 19, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Phone and prayer lines have been busy 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.

May 19, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for mowing grass

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.

May 12, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Worlds within worlds

More than 100 miles of road snake in and out of the heart of Dawson Forest, a kind of north Georgian jungle settled five miles southwest of Dawsonville.

May 12, 2010 | Frank Reddy | Lifestyle Columnists


Rabies clinic set for May 8

In recent months, cases of rabies have been confirmed in surrounding counties.

May 05, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Memories of getting big, real

In my childhood, there were many of those milestone events when you moved up to the next level. For some reason, we assigned the adjective "big" or "real" to them.

May 05, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hitting 3 targets at the same time

By the time you read this, most of you who still have someone for whom to buy Mother's Day gifts for have already done so. But the friend who called before I left to come to "our beautiful beach" had a suggestion that could work for many kinds of gift-giving occasions.

May 05, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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A lesson in friendship

"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.

April 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hydrangea bloom colors

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?

April 16, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H rabies clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.

April 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Good girls finish last

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.

April 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to let go and clean the clutter

I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.

April 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tea scale insect control

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.

April 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A revised lesson in karma

Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.

March 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Swiss chard popular

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.

March 19, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Honoring the life of Granny, the spitfire

Honestly, I thought she would live forever.

March 19, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of the BLT’s

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.

March 12, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Earthworms are beneficial to soil

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.

March 12, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time to read my beloved wall again

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.

March 12, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Embracing myself, whatever the scales say

My scales broke.

March 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I can't decide if I'm crazy or eccentric

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.

February 26, 2014 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Calibrate your spreader

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.

February 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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