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County Extension

  • Eat eggs — no yolking

     

  • Holiday season survival

    As I write this column, I know some of you will be reading it before Thanksgiving and probably others during the weekend after the big day. I’m guessing you’ve already been bombarded with cautions and concerns about overeating or food safety related to that big meal, so I’ll forgo those topics.

  • Use integrated approaches to manage pests, part 2

    By Sam Marshall

     

    In my last column, I explained how using integrated approaches to managing pests can be both economically and environmentally beneficial. I went over the basic tenets of integrated pest management (IPM) and discussed some cultural practices that can be used to mitigate pest issues in lawns and gardens. This week I will talk about mechanical and biological controls as a part of your IPM program for your home landscape.

     

    Mechanical controls

     

  • Snacking for success

    Are you a snacker?

    Most Americans are. Snackers tend to eat throughout the day rather than opting for three square meals.

    You may be thinking snacks are always unhealthy and something to avoid or if you’re snacking you’re “cheating.” That isn’t always the case. The secret is in the snack you pick.

  • Join the ‘No More Shears’ movement

    The guys came through my neighborhood this week with the hedge shears to turn every shrub — loropetalum, ligustrum, holly, camellia, whatever — into round balls.

    Humans seem to love this “geometric pruning” because you see it in Europe as well as here in the states. I suppose part of the appeal is that it’s easy and quick and you don’t have to know anything about plants. 

    Sheared plants make sense in very formal gardens, but our gardens are much more informal with flowing lines and asymmetrical balance. 

  • A bag of apples

     

  • Cruciferous vegetables fight cancer

     

  • Use integrated approaches to manage pests

    By Sam Marshall

     

    Arguably the biggest issue in any lawn, ornamental landscape or vegetable garden is pest problems. Whether it be from insects, disease or weeds, damage from pests may cause lawns and landscapes to look unattractive or vegetable gardens to be unproductive.

    When pests problems occur, a common question is, “What can I spray to make it go away?” with little regard as to why a problem occurred in the first place.

  • Sugar in healthy foods

    Sugar is a nutrition buzzword these days. What I’m hearing people talk about is about the need to cut back on the amount of sugar we eat. But, many people may be avoiding some healthy foods while thinking they are doing good to avoid sugar. In some cases, this might not be the right thing to do.

  • Managing irrigation system use

    Irrigation systems are one of those necessary evils in our landscapes. It’s so hot and stressful during the summer that many plants just won’t do well without a little extra water — especially during the first few years after planting. But, our plants would be healthier and we’d use less water if we managed these systems a little better.