Most gardeners get the urge to plant ornamental trees and shrubs during the warm weather of spring and summer. However, the cooler temperatures of autumn are the preferred planting conditions for woody plants.
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.
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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