One of the best parts of growing tomato plants is the feeling of seeing your first fruit setting on the vines. Unfortunately, many folks have experienced the frustration of discovering dark, sunken lesions on the bottom of their tomato fruit. This is a nutritional disorder called 'blossom-end rot.'
There comes a time in every parent's life, where you have to share one of your personal brutal life experiences with your child. Sometimes, it's an experience that is hard, painful even, to talk about.
As the summer heat begins to dry things out, we tend to think that more water is better. This is not always the case. Many commonly diagnosed plant diseases in Georgia are caused by excess soil water.
I have received a number of calls in the past month concerning cross-pollination of different vegetable crops in home gardens. Most cross-pollination issues are not of huge concern to most home gardeners. A general introduction into how plants are pollinated will give you a better understanding of how your plants produce fruit.
I've said it before and I will say it again: My favorite word is probably 'no.' I love that word.
If you are like me, you try to save money wherever you can. We are living in tough financial times, and I am always looking for new ways to save a few bucks here and there. Many folks often skimp on their landscape as a means of cost cutting. There are many instances in which being too cheap in the garden can cost you in the long run.
I've never considered myself a feminist, even though I have been accused of being one a time or two. Granted, I have had a few un-girly jobs in male-dominated fields, but it was usually out of necessity more than trying to prove I could do anything a man could do.
For a guy more uptight than a bullfrog in boiling water, State Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, can be a hoot. I first discovered this when he and another senator named Chip (Pearson, from Dawsonville) teamed up a few years ago to pass a bill in the Senate banning our body parts from being micro-chipped without our permission. I thought that was pretty funny: Chip, Chip and Microchip. Get it? I wrote ...
"Mama, is the tooth fairy real?" was the question of the hour recently. "Do you believe she's real?" was my response. "Kinda. She forgets to leave me money sometimes though..." "I told you, she was out of cash that night, remember? And couldn't go by the ATM machine." "Oh, yeah." Childhood is such a magical time. There's the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, superheroes and don't forget the big ...
Early summer is a time eagerly awaited by many homeowners. As temperatures rise, lawns begin to green up.
As many parents, including my mother, have done, I have pulled out the "I am the Mother" card as my carte blanche reason for many decisions. I also pepper mine with: "I'm the boss, I call the shots, what I say goes."
The first grade class voted a few weeks ago and it was announced during awards day that the "Most Likely to be President of the USA" was my child. Cole's teacher, Mrs. Robin even declared that Cole would be one to get things done if he was in the White House and she'd vote for him tomorrow if he ran.
Backyard apple trees are 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. While home fruit trees can be rewarding, they also require a lot of work. One reason for this is the prevalence of diseases.
Dear Mr. Black Bear, Allow me to introduce myself; I am the owner of the trash you so enthusiastically dismantled and scattered all over my backyard recently. Several times actually. I'd like to have a few moments of your time if possible.
The Leyland cypress tree is one of the most popular plants used in the landscape as a natural screen. Unfortunately, increasing disease problems, improper plant placement and the sheer prevalence of Leyland cypresses have all contributed to the need for alternative plant selection. Leyland cypress trees are susceptible to a number of diseases, such as Seridium canker, Botryosphaeria dieback and Cercosporidium needle blight.
One of nature's greatest spectacles is the array of colors presented during autumn in the mountains.
Happy is such an intangible. You hear catch phrases regarding happiness daily - "happiness is a choice," "do what makes you happy," "you can't buy happiness."