Georgia's weather is funny, and it can change on a dime. Just a few weeks ago, the area was in a dire need of rain. But now we have been getting it and are not in such of a pinch.
Just the other day, I received an email from a co-worker about a gentleman who used the wrong chemical on his lawn and wiped it out entirely. It was a costly mistake, and one that I am sure he will not do again. If he had taken time to learn about the herbicide, he would not have to replace his lawn now.
It seems to never end: Prices on things we need continue to increase. The same is projected to be true for food prices over the next decade, according to the United Nations. Increased demand for meat and other foods from developing countries, with slowed production, will be one of the driving forces behind the increases.
Every week at the extension office we are presented with diverse questions. Being able to help people solve problems is one of the best parts of the job.
There are a lot of things that let me know that summertime is back; barbecues, spending time at the pool with the kids and the smell of gardenias. But the one tell-tale is seeing stalks of corn emerge from everyone's vegetable garden.
A summer vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing in the mix of tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.
Mother Nature is always in control. Sometimes that is a bad thing, and other times it can be a great thing.
The economic uncertainty of today has spurned an increased interest in home gardening and canning or freezing food. There also has been interest from people in producing their own eggs and poultry.
We have been getting a few calls about azalea lace bugs feeding on azaleas and rhododendrons.
The practices that can help us save energy in our homes - like sealing leaks, insulating and updating cooling systems and replacing light bulbs - are also being used to make Georgia's prolific poultry industry more efficient, one chicken house at a time.
Few animals can evoke such an emotional response as a snake found in the woods or around the house. People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time.
Question: What can I do to prevent insect pests in my vegetable garden?
There seems to always be something brewing with international trade. The United States and India have had a long-standing disagreement about India's policies on U.S. exports, especially agricultural products.
Home-grown vegetables are a staple for many Southerners during the summer.
The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.
Tradition in the South is important, and of all the summertime traditions like beach vacations, family reunions and going to the farmers' market, finding the perfect watermelon is a real treat for most of us.
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