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County Extension

  • Try infused water to hydrate

    We’re definitely into the heat of summer now. Here’s a quick reminder: when it’s hot outside, you need to think more about hydrating. This simply means providing your body with the fluid it needs to keep itself healthy.

    Water regulates lots of different body processes including temperature control, cushioning and protecting organs, digestion and waste and heart rate. We lose water from our body every day by breathing, sweating and in urine.

  • More good news about chocolate

    This probably isn’t going to be a hard topic to sell … but there may be another good reason to eat chocolate. A new study out last month says eating dark chocolate may improve your eyesight.

  • How to have a safe cookout, no matter what you call it

    I’m guessing that most of you had a cookout of some sort over the holiday. According to a survey commissioned by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), July 4 is the most popular grilling day of the year. Their survey shows 73 percent of consumers grill on that holiday.

    The survey also shows seven out of 10 U.S. adults own a grill or a smoker. Gas is the most popular grill type (64 percent), followed by charcoal (44 percent), then electric (9 percent).

  • Some problem insects like it hot

    The third week of June is usually when summer arrives with a vengeance. This is the first “typical” weather thing that has happened this year. Days of close-to-triple-digit temperatures have all of us looking for relief at the beach or somewhere climate controlled. 

    While we may be struggling with the heat, some of our problem insects— azalea lace bugs, bagworms and Japanese beetles — are loving the hot life.

  • Is it safe to eat eggs?

    With an egg recall still fresh in our minds, you may be wondering if it’s safe to eat eggs again. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the recent outbreak from Rose Acre Farms in Dare County is over. Forty-five people were infected with Salmonella in 10 different states. Overall, 11 people were hospitalized and, luckily, no deaths were reported. The company recalled more than 200 million eggs.

  • Bringing back the pollinators

    By Sam Marshall

     

    Did you know that your backyard has the ability to support more than 1,000 different species of insects at any given time? Given that there may be upwards of 10 quintillion individual insects on the planet at one time, it should come as no surprise that insects have a remarkable ability to adapt an amazing diversity of habitats, including our backyards. So read on to learn more about you can protect pollinators.

     

    Why the urgency?

  • New ideas for spinach

    According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), spinach was first cultivated more than 2,000 years ago in Iran. By 1806, it had become a popular vegetable in America and in the 1920s the U.S. pushed spinach commercially, with the Popeye cartoon becoming a great advocate for spinach consumption.

     

    Spinach seems to beone of those foods you either like or don’t. Spinach can be eaten raw in salads and as a cooked green, much like turnip or collard greens.

     

  • The beauty of summer-flowering mimosa is fleeting

    When most think of a mimosa, it’s a good excuse to drink a bit of sparkling wine early in the day with some of Florida’s favorite breakfast beverage. Those of us with the permanent dirt (soil) under our fingernails think of a summer-flowering plant with the botanical name of Albizzia julibrissin that definitely doesn’t roll off the tongue. While the Latin may be a bit cumbersome, the pink flowers on this fast- and easy-to-grow small tree catch the attention of even casual gardeners.

  • Vegetarian protein sources

    A couple weeks ago I wrote about using beans as a source of plant protein in your diet. Protein is an essential nutrient the body uses to build and repair tissue. Protein also helps build bone, muscle and blood. Meat, fish are poultry are good sources of protein. But, if you’re a vegetarian, getting enough protein from sources other than animal products is important to consider when planning meals.

  • The beauty of summer-flowering mimosa is fleeting

    When most think of a mimosa, it’s a good excuse to drink a bit of sparkling wine early in the day with some of Florida’s favorite breakfast beverage. Those of us with the permanent dirt (soil) under our fingernails think of a summer-flowering plant with the botanical name of Albizzia julibrissin that definitely doesn’t roll off the tongue. While the Latin may be a bit cumbersome, the pink flowers on this fast- and easy-to-grow small tree catch the attention of even casual gardeners.