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Liming the garden

Proper pH of the soil is very important to plants. If the pH is low, lime may be added any time of the year.

However, since lime is slow to react, applying lime as soon as possible is important.

December 28, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

As I have gotten older, birthdays have become less of the big deal they were when I was younger.

Of course as a child, birthdays were eagerly anticipated and I was proud to show how many fingers old I was. The birthdays in my 20's were full of frivolous fun that included surprise parties and dinners that spanned for hours and consisted of dessert.

December 28, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter landscape tips

Winter has officially started and cold days are ahead. Despite the weather, the following are a few landscape tips to keep in mind during the winter months.

• Winter is the time to apply miscible oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray miscible oils when temperatures are above 40 degrees F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Since the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.

December 21, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This

I hate to admit that over the last decade, the Christmas season has lost some of its sparkle.

Don't get me wrong, I still love and celebrate the reason for the season, but the trappings of shopping, the hectic fury of schedules and the feelings of not doing enough for everyone on my list has left me feeling more like the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge than someone celebrating the most magical time of the year.

December 21, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The greatest tradition

In the south, we love tradition. Maybe it's because in our ever- changing world we find comfort in knowing that some things can stay the same.

Christmas is a special time of year, and I try to share with my children simple traditions I remember as a child.

December 14, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there would be days like this

I can't speak for all men, but when it comes to the men in my life, their idea of quality bonding time has involved some form of sports.

My grandfather and uncle would spend Saturdays at Georgia games; evenings were spent watching the Braves or some God-awful wrestling. This was their father-son time even though they worked more than 50 hours a week together.

December 14, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Holiday plant care

Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts. How long they remain attractive may be directly related to the care they are given. Careful handling is also an important factor that may affect these plants.

Proper watering is critical. Large plants in small containers dry out quickly. Also, the relative humidity indoors tends to be quite low during the heating and air-conditioning seasons. Under these conditions, check plants daily.

December 07, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

"You're going to have to just get a thick skin," is something I have been told more times than I care to count.

"This is a rough job," one of the attorneys I worked with told me. "You will be called names, cussed at, spit on, probably even hit. You're gonna have to have a thick skin, kid."

December 07, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Christmas tree care

It's hard to believe Christmas is almost here. At my house we take holidays one at a time. I try not to think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's time to select a Christmas tree.

I remember as a child going with my father to find a Christmas tree on my family's farm. The selection was not great, but with luck we would find an Eastern Red Cedar tree that would pass my mother's inspection.

November 30, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

Two things were almost always around when I was a child: Dogs and shotguns.

Even though I am fairly certain the guns actually belonged to Pop, Granny threatened to use them more than he did, if that was possible.

November 30, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Thankful for farmers

As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, please be thankful for the American farmer.

Give thanks to the American farmer for growing most of the food we eat and material for many of the clothes we wear.

November 23, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

Granny has always been known for doing two things really well: Cooking and quilting.

Before arthritis completely crippled her hands, she could make the most beautiful handmade quilts ever seen. Her skills in the kitchen were even more impressive.

November 23, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch DCN regional staff | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This …

There have been countless books, movies and late-night infomercials geared to the topic of how to become a millionaire using other people's money. It seems like regardless of how good your business idea or invention is, bottom line, it's better to take a risk using someone else's money instead of your own.

If using other people's money is all it takes to become a millionaire, I am expecting my son Cole to be topping the Forbes 500 by the time he's 10.

November 16, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Garden jobs for November

November can be a lull or lively time in the garden. If the weather allows, many jobs can be done now to improve next year's garden. Some jobs can even be done indoors so weather does not have to keep you from gardening pursuits.

It bears repeating - soil test.

November 16, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Too good to be true

All of us have read the claims of amazing fruits and vegetables. Robert Westerfield, Georgia Extension Horticulturist, offers several rules to follow before purchasing unknown fruits to avoid disappointment and wasted money.

The first rule is, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A good example of this is the advertisement to grow tomatoes and potatoes in one single planting.

November 09, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Avian influenza

If you regularly follow the news, you may have noticed several recent stories about a new strain of bird flu seriously affecting poultry production across ...

August 26, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


For the last time, I am not angry

I hate pictures of myself, always have. My Facebook profile pic is a few years old and I am not one to agonize over the ...

August 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Sour lessons and sweet victory

There comes a point in every child's life when they have a very startling reality revealed.

August 19, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms

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 ...

August 12, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It was all because of a dog

Some love stories begin with chance meetings, glances across the room, or even horrible blind dates that actually work out.

August 12, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You’re only as good as your word, so mean what you say

When you give someone your word, it's a pretty big deal.

August 05, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall vegetable gardening

Has your summer garden not turned out like you thought it would? As usual, this summer season has brought with it challenging weather conditions for ...

August 05, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


The whole she-bang predicament

Men, I'm gonna go ahead and warn you - you may not be able to relate to this.

July 29, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tree surface roots

We receive calls all year long at the extension office about trees with large, exposed roots. Sometimes these roots will bust up sidewalks and driveways ...

July 22, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nothing says new beginnings like a fresh pack of pencils

In case y'all haven't noticed, summer is over.

July 22, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s finally here and it is beautiful

After several delays, "DAWSON COUNTY, GEORGIA: A HISTORY" is published, delivered and available for purchase.

July 15, 2015 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If you see a well-dressed man, thank his mama

"Did your Daddy pick that out for you?" I asked Cole one morning as we were about to head out the door.

July 15, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The landline: Mama’s last bastion of communication

Who ever created texting, thank you.

July 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Bagworm management

Are you having issues with distressed or dying evergreen trees in your landscape this year? Chances are you may have a bagworm infestation.

July 01, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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