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Community News

  • US 25 Yard Sale

    The third annual U.S. 25 yard sale begins on June 5 and wraps up on June 7 with vendors lining Dixie Highway from Covington to Georgia.
    Judy Wigginton, of Williamstown, got the idea for the U.S. 25 yard sale from the popular U.S. 127 yard sale held in August.
    “This is an opportunity to showcase our community and get something going, especially for downtown Williamstown,” Wiggington said.  
    Rental spaces are available from residents, businesses, churches and organizations.

  • Summer drupes on the fringe tree, paper lanterns on the silverbell

    The beacon of spring in these parts is undoubtedly the native dogwood.  But, because of disease problems, especially dogwood anthracnose, people are seeking alternatives to Cornus florida.
     There are other notable dogwoods like Cornus kousa and Cornus mas, but look beyond the dogwood for small, spring flowering landscape trees that prove to have interest well into summer. Consider the Carolina silverbell (halesia) and the fringe tree (chionanthus).

  • Rachael’s Recipes

    Slow Cooker Swiss Steaks
    2 pounds boneless round steak

    8 medium new potatoes
    2 cups baby carrots
    1 medium onion
    Cooking spray
    1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • Indeterminate or determinate?

    I received a letter from a reader years ago that asked somewhat of a philosophical question regarding determinate tomatoes.  Yes, philosophical, because she asked why would we plant a tomato that sets its fruit, reaches a certain point, stops growing, ripens nearly at once and then dies?  
    Our love affair with homegrown tomatoes would more logically dictate that we grew only indeterminate tomatoes that reached monstrous proportions and yielded fruit into a first killing frost.

  • Bagworms on the move
  • Harvest vegetables daily for continued productivity

    One day missed in the vegetable garden can mean a big harvest, literally.  All of a sudden, or so it seems, your zucchini is the size of a torpedo and beans are bulging beneath the pod.  
    Some vegetables need attention daily; others can be picked every couple of days.  

  • Troubleshooting tomato problems

    We cannot control the weather but we can control what our tomatoes eat, so to speak. At planting time, we prepare the soil with composted hen manure and a little organic fertilizer. We also mulch around the plants immediately in order to moderate soil moisture and to prevent the spread of soil-borne diseases.   This year, our work at building healthy soil has paid off because the tomatoes are thriving.  Some folks have not been as lucky as the rain poured down earlier in the season!

  • Curing potatoes, onion, garlic

    We harvested some fantastic looking “Red Candy Apple’ purple onions a few weeks ago and it is now time to start digging some ‘Yukon Gold’ potatoes and garlic over the weekend. I am so excited about the garden this year because it is performing so well!   We need to wait another week or so to harvest the ‘Sterling’ and ‘Walla Walla’ onions because tops have yet to flop over…. this allows them to store better. 

  • Bramble, viruses

    We gave up on the raspberries a couple of years ago, their fruit was so perishable and the plants lacked vigor.  
    We would cut the ‘Royalty’ raspberries all the way to the ground each year and forgo an early crop to manage disease but it didn’t seem to pay off.  It was never a total loss, but about half the canes would be dried up and diseased by now.    
    One problem that materialized is a condition called “doubles”, which is caused by a virus, as are most bramble troubles.  

  • Bumper crop of squash not a sure thing

    You know all the jokes about people having bumper crops of summer squash?  Squash shows up in people’s cars or in public spaces because there is so much that the gardener can’t even give it away.  
    I have a little bit of that problem this year and I give credit to the variety and the fact that it was plated later than usual.  I also planted loads of it!  Some folks, however, may not be so blessed with a bumper crop.