Monthly Archives: April 2021

Ground Rules

Garden Scene

Georgia’s garden expert, Walter Reeves, offers a week-by-week guide to gardening in May

Week One

Treat azaleas for lace bugs
Treat for azalea lace bugs if you’ve had problems in the past. Insecticidal soap, horticultural oil and synthetic insecticide chemicals all work well, sprayed under the leaves.

Check trees for beetles
Look for tiny “toothpicks” on the trunk of your Japanese maple, Kwansan cherry and other small landscape trees. The Asian ambrosia beetle is spreading death-dealing fungus inside the trunk.

Plant summer flowers
Plant coleus, geraniums, petunias and vinca for summer-long color in your landscape.

Level your lawn
Fill the ruts and low spots in your lawn with a 1:1 mixture of sand and topsoil. Sweep with a broom afterwards to expose growing grass blades.

Week Two

Ward off caterpillars
Apply Bacillus thuringiensis to cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower to ward off cabbage looper caterpillar damage as these plants mature.

Trim crape myrtle sprouts
Snip off sprouts from the base and lower trunk of crape myrtles that are being trained to grow in an upright tree form.

Remove dead limbs
Remove leafless limbs from shade trees. If they don’t have leaves by now, they won’t be coming back.

Divide your irises
Dig, divide and transplant your crowded irises to a better location, if needed, after they bloom.

Prune azaleas
Prune early flowering azaleas now that they have finished blooming. Remove tall sprouts at their base, inside the shrub.

Week Three

Prune rhododendrons
Pinch out the growing tips of rhododendron limbs now that flowers are gone. You’ll get many more flowers next year.

Plant herbs for mealtime flavor
Plant rosemary, basil, oregano, dill and other herbs to use in time for some tasty summer meals.

Mulch tomatoes
Place a newspaper mulch 10 sheets thick under tomato plants to prevent leaf diseases. Cover with any organic mulch.

Plant more vegetables
Plant corn, squash, beans and peas now that the soil is quite warm. Make another planting of corn in two weeks.

Make an automatic waterer
Drill a one-eighth-inch hole in the cap of a two-liter soft drink bottle. Fill the bottle, cap it and upend it in the soil of your patio plants to slowly water them during the day.

Week Four

Control fire ants
Control fire ants by lightly scattering a bait over your lawn. Forty-eight hours later, use an insecticide on any large mounds you can see. Repeat in September.

Water your plants
Plants need an inch of water per week. What’s an inch of water? If rainfall or irrigation fills an empty soup can to a depth of one inch, that’s just what plants need.

Help your houseplants
Don’t put rocks in the bottom of houseplant pots. They actually decrease drainage and aeration for the plant roots.

Water at night
The best time to water is between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall the next day and prevents disease.

Used by permission, Garden expert, writer, radio and television host Walter Reeves hosted Georgia Public Television’s “Your Southern Garden,” DIY Network’s “Garden Sense” and “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” on Atlanta’s WSB radio.


Glazed Cinnamon Twists

  • 6 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups non-fat milk, at 120 degrees

Cinnamon filling:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 tablespoon honey

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 4 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour will have a slightly different texture), sugar, salt and yeast. Stir in eggs, butter and milk until just starting to combine.

With mixer on low, slowly add remaining 2 cups flour. Replace paddle with a dough hook and beat 5-8 minutes or until smooth and dough starts to pull away from bowl when mixing (it will be sticky). Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and add dough. Cover with towel and let rise 50-60 minutes until doubled in size.

Turn onto well-floured surface and punch down. Roll out to 24×12 rectangle and spread with softened butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and both sugars. Gently fold dough in half width-wise. Cut into 1-inch strips along the length side. Twist each strip and tie in a bun knot.

Place on baking sheet and cover with clean cloth; let rise 20-30 minutes or until twists puff and dough is extremely soft to the touch. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake 10-12 minutes or until twists start to turn golden brown.

While knots are baking, stir together glaze ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and cool. Brush glaze over twists and serve warm. Makes 16.

Chris Blackburn Realtor

Real Estate

Born and raised in the CSRA, Chris Blackburn has had the pleasure of watching this beautiful area grow to become one of the top places to live in the United States. After attending the University of Georgia and working in other parts of the state, he quickly realized that there was no place like his hometown. He started working in real estate in 2005, and in his 15-year career, he has gained a vast knowledge of various types of real estate transactions including land, new construction, resale and even foreclosures.

Misty Johnson Realtor

Real Estate

As a lifelong resident of Columbia County, Misty Johnson’s goal is to put her client’s needs first. With her experience in customer service, military relocation (MRP) and vast local knowledge, she will do just that! Whether it is new construction, resale or an estate, Misty knows what it takes to close the deal.

706-993-5583 or office: 706-955-6436


Gardelle Lewis, Jr.

Real Estate

• #1 Certified Residential Specialist at Meybohm Real Estate
• Consistently a Meybohm top producer
• Voted Best Real Estate Agent 7 years
• Certified Negotiation Expert
• Seller Representative Specialist
• Military Relocation Professional
• Customer Service Award 2017
• Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide
• Licensed in Georgia & S. C.
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Office: (706) 736-3375
Cell: (706) 833-3375


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Pam Lightsey

Real Estate

Realtor Pam Lightsey has been around  the real estate business for as long as she can remember. As a little girl in Arizona, she used to get in the car on weekends with her sisters to help their mom put up real estate signs or check on properties.

Pam pursued a different career path, working at Augusta University for 30 years. After her 2019 retirement, however, she was ready to begin the next chapter in her life and decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

The skills she acquired in her first career while working with students, faculty and staff are serving her well in her real estate career. “I took those problem-solving and people skills and am using them to serve my clients,” says Pam, who is a military relocation professional.

“As a long-time Rotary member, it is also important to me to live by the Rotary motto – Service Above Self – and follow their four-way test: is it truthful, is it fair to all concerned, does it build goodwill and better friendships and is it beneficial to all concerned?”

She always listens to her clients to understand their needs, and she communicates with them about the entire process every step of the way.

“There are so many moving parts in a transaction, and, whether I’m working with buyers or sellers, it is equally rewarding to help my clients get to closing day,” Pam says. “Listening and communicating are the keys to getting there successfully.” From attorneys, inspectors and appraisers to electricians, plumbers and HVAC personnel, Pam develops a close relationship with everyone involved in the transaction. “It is important to trust those working for your clients,” she says. “Real estate is not a 9-5 job, and I love being there for them. I enjoy serving my clients and finding what works best for them.”

Pam Lightsey – The Professionals at Jim Courson Realty
Licensed in GA and SC
C: (706) 840-2087 or O: (706) 860-3032

Hock Development

Real Estate

Hock Development is the largest owner of industrial buildings in the CSRA. With the largest selection of warehouses and manufacturing facilities available for lease and sale. These buildings are located in Richmond County, Columbia County, Aiken County, Edgefield County and Burke County. We are continuing to buy and build more warehouses and manufacturing facilities in the Southeast.

456 Telfair Street | Augusta, GA 30903

Silverton Mortgage

Real Estate

At Silverton, we consider all the financial factors affecting your mortgage.  We don’t believe one size fits all – we help you strike the perfect balance between product & pricing, so you can finance your home with confidence knowing we’ve got this! This balance, along with superior personal service and communication throughout the entire process, is why branch manager, Holly Lott, and her team are one of the leading mortgage lenders in Augusta, Georgia.

3520 Walton Way Ext | Suite B Augusta, GA 30909









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Ivey Homes

Real Estate

In today’s home buying environment, you, the consumer, have many choices. Some things are easier to spot than others. Curb appeal, design selections, and square footage all come to mind.

672 Industrial Park Drive, Suite 200
Evans, GA 30809

Cajun Lime Shrimp

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

In a glass bowl, mix together the seasonings, lime juice, zest and oil. Add shrimp and toss to thoroughly coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a little olive oil. Once hot, add shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Remove and serve with lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.