One of the joys of home gardening is being able to harvest fresh fruit in the summer and fall. Many fruits grow well in our area and require relatively little care and maintenance. However, there is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit producers - the spotted wing drosophila.
Angel Doodle Loopie-Lou was quite the mystery.
Labor Day has come and gone, signaling the end of summer. This means the days will be getting shorter, the air will have that crispness of fall and candy corn, much to my friend Hazel's dismay, will flow in abundance. Also, white shoes should have been carefully retired to the back of the closet until next spring's Easter.
This year's wet weather has allowed me to field some interesting calls. One problem in particular I have seen more frequently than usual is the "artillery fungus."
Earlier this month, Lamar and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. By celebrated, I mean he rode his bike all day and Cole and I watched cartoons and made cupcakes.
The Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend their next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Dahlonega. Atlanta garden expert, radio and television host, and writer Walter Reeves will be the guest speaker. He will be presenting on environmentally responsible landscaping.
No one likes a hypocrite.
I had lost it. Like really, really, lost it. I was about to unleash the locusts. It was Saturday night and I could feel my blood boiling in my veins.
This has been a particularly rough summer when it comes to our home garden vegetables. Excessive rainfall has prevented many plants from growing or ripening properly. To make things worse, we also have to deal with insect pests trying to devour the vegetables that did manage to grow. One pest we have to deal with every year is the squash vine borer.
My mojo's been off lately. I don't know what caused it and there are several possible reasons: worst summer ever in my life history, the perpetual rain or just the general sense of loss I have experienced. But my mojo was horribly and devastatingly off kilter.
Earlier this summer, I told my friend Yolande I was cleaning my house so she could come over.
Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive "spindle-shaped" bags on a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout Georgia. They have been known to attack both deciduous and evergreen trees, but are most often found on cedar, cypress, arborvitae, juniper, spruce and pine. They can also be seen on deciduous plants, including rose, maple, elm and sycamore.
When I was a child, I thought my Mama was the most awful parent ever. The woman made me watch "Star Trek." This was absolute mind-bending torture. To lure me into her sci-fi trap, Mama often had Ding Dongs or Twinkies and being the chubby kid I was, I would sit and watch as long as the sweets flowed.
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. The most common complaint from homeowners is that the surface roots interfere with the lawn. Exposed roots can cause uneven lumps in the turf, and they can also tear up a lawnmower with one pass.
Maple trees are popular in home landscapes all over Georgia. Some maple species are native to this part of the country, so they naturally do well with limited maintenance.
When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.
Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.
I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.
Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.
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 trees all across North America.
"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.
Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.
Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.
About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.
It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.
Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.
I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.
Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.
My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.
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