Monthly Archives: December 2015

Eddie’s Corner: Beware of Amazing Fruits

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, December 28, 2015

Strange FruitMany nurseries and markets offer exotic fruits and vegetables with seemingly extraordinary characteristics but before purchasing unknown fruits, there are a few rules to follow to avoid disappointment and wasted money.

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A good example of this is the advertisement to grow tomatoes and potatoes in one single planting. Rule number one, read advertisements closely. It might say “one single planting” and not “one single plant.” Pictures are usually illustrations that indicate performance under optimal conditions. Do you see that nothing unusual is being said? What we have here is a normal tomato planted very close to a normal potato.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Don’t Eat the Mistletoe!

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, December 21, 2015

MistletoeMistletoe is a holiday staple, but it can also be very harmful, and not just for humans, but pets too, and, it’s incredibly damaging to trees.

Kim Coder, a professor of tree health care with the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, says that unlike Spanish moss, which grows on tree surfaces without damaging it, mistletoe is a true parasite. Coder says the parasite works its way in, and the tree grows around it, causing structural and biological problems. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Firewood Tips

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, December 7, 2015

FirewoodTo me there is nothing more calming than sitting in front of a fire on a cold winter’s night. Gas is efficient and convenient, but it’s hard to replace the feeling of a wood fire. If you have fire burning devices, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are buying and burning wood.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Kissing Bugs

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, December 7, 2015

Triatomine bugsThere has been a lot of press lately concerning Kissing Bugs and the disease that they carry. There is concern that they can pass it on to people. I contacted Dr. Nancy Hinkle UGA Cooperative Extension Entomologist about this and this is what she had to say.  Continue reading