On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing.
Most people understand the importance of honeybees, but every year there are unintentional kill or damage of honeybee colonies resulting from insecticide usage.
Two things growing commonly on trees are lichens and mistletoe. They may be common but often misunderstood by homeowners.
This may be the year of the wildlife revolt.
With the heat the past two weeks, many summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak. There are however a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August.
I was walking through the grocery store late one afternoon in the spring picking up some flowers for the birthday celebration of one of our daughters. I grabbed up a pretty bouquet and was heading for the checkout when I saw a lady I knew from church.
Normally, I write articles with suggestions on what gardeners should do, but this article is dedicated to what not to do in August.
The words "video" and "audio" were not a part of the everyday vocabulary when I was growing up. In that time, TV stations relied on a network of lines provided by the phone company to get their network signal.
There comes a point in your life when you grow up.
Each month I receive hundreds of calls from gardeners with questions ranging from how to keep deer out of a garden to disease control in a home lawn.
July continues to be a busy time for gardeners. With grass to cut and weeds on the increase there are always outside jobs in the summer.
Bill Coates is a friend of mine, who is also my pastor. About 10 years ago, he invited me to a get-together at his home.
Waiting in line has never been one of my strengths.
It is important to know about ticks for several reasons. They can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and may cause further infection if their mouthparts break off when the ticks are removed.
Every year the extension office receives a large number of calls from people with snake problems. Most calls are from people wanting to know if there are poisonous species of snakes in Georgia and how to control snakes in and around their home.
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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