A: The pimento pepper story in Georgia began in 1911 with a Spalding County farmer who planted Spanish pimento seed. Once he developed a way to easily remove the pepper skin, the Pomona Products Company was formed to market the sweet peppers. By 1929, 7,000 acres of pimentos were cultivated in the counties around Griffin. At one time there were 20 pepper processing plants. By 1950, production peaked but farmers turned away from pimento peppers because they were so labor intensive to grow and so hard to sell with much profit. I have a collection of fact sheets about the agricultural heritage of Georgia, including watermelons, muscadines, peanuts and mules (!) at bit.ly/GAheritage.
Q: Are loropetalum leaves dangerous for dogs to eat? My dog doesn't obsess about them but he takes a mouthful every time we pass by one in the neighborhood.
Gus Callaway, Decatur
A: I'm not a veterinarian but to my knowledge loropetalum leaves are not harmful. As long as the dog doesn't show any ill effects, I guess it's okay to let him have his treat.
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