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  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:27 AM
    Lady beetles or “ladybugs” are not always considered beneficial insects, worthy of protection. Beginning in mid-October, Asian Lady Beetles begin congregating and the peak of congregation normally crests by the end of the month. This congregation is initiated by the first cold weather snap in October that is followed by warm temperatures. 
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:09 AM
    Fall harvest is just around the corner, and it’s important to remain patient on roads during harvest season. Safety for everyone will be enhanced if motor vehicle operators stay alert and slow down, and farmers operating the equipment buckle up and make sure all safety equipment is properly displayed. 
  • No bee, no sweat!
    Friday, September 11, 2015 10:34 PM

    Tom Turpin, an Insect Outreach Professor at Purdue University, has given the following guidance regarding sweat bees (or are they?).

    This has been a good year for insects that many people call sweat bees. At least it has been if the number of people inquiring about them is any indication. These insects really aren’t bees and cannot sting. So the alarm that the name “sweat bees” generates in some people isn’t justified.

  • Friday, August 28, 2015 9:50 PM

    Rosie Lerner, an Extension Consumer Horticulturist at Purdue University, has given the following home, yard and garden tips to keep in mind!

    HOME (Indoor plants and activities)

    Prepare storage areas for overwintering tender flower bulbs and garden produce.

    Thanksgiving (or Christmas) cactus can be forced into bloom for the Thanksgiving holidays. Provide 15 hours of complete darkness each day, for instance, from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., for approximately eight weeks. Keep temperature at about 60-65 degrees F. Temperatures of 55F will cause flower buds to set without dark treatment.

  • Friday, August 14, 2015 8:31 PM

    The Master Gardeners of Montgomery County are very active at both local and state levels. In the county, they complete volunteer projects, host events, such as the Home and Garden Show and plant exchanges. On Saturday, September 12 from 8 a.m. until noon, the Montgomery County Master Gardeners are hosting a plant exchange in the arena on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. They will also be selling butterfly bushes along with other plants. 

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:38 PM

    The 2015 Montgomery County 4-H Fair has been wrapped up and the cream-of-the-crop project entries are at the Indiana State Fair. As always, Montgomery County 4-Hers should be very proud of their efforts and accomplishments.

    Many of the fair-goers this year were not involved in the 4-H program. As they browsed through the exhibit buildings and barns, parents and their children alike became interested in the things they were observing.

    Leaders, 4-Hers and Extension Staff answered many questions about 4-H for those attending the fair. They were asked to explain what 4-H is and who can join. They were also asked how much 4-H costs and how to become a member. Those asking the questions found that everyone involved with 4-H was very willing to promote the program.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:43 PM

    One of the most recent stunning changes in the child welfare system has been the major growth in the number of children in state custody who are living with their relatives. Kinship care refers to the full time care and protection of children by relatives, extended family members or any person that has a family-like relationship with a child. Kin is defined as “one’s family and relations.”

    The practice of kinship care has become an important part of the child welfare system in the U.S. Kinship care arrangements fall into three categories: informal, voluntary or formal. Informal kinship care does not involve the child welfare or juvenile system. Voluntary kinship care is a situation in which children live with relatives and the child welfare system is involved. Formal kinship care involves being placed in the legal custody of the State and places by the child welfare systems with grandparents or other kin.

  • Friday, July 24, 2015 9:18 PM

    Rosie Lerner, an Extension Consumer Horticulturist at Purdue University, has given the following home, yard, and garden tips to keep in mind!

    HOME (Indoor plants and activities)

    Take cuttings from plants such as impatiens, coleus, geraniums and wax begonias to overwinter indoors. Root the cuttings in media such as moist vermiculite, perlite, peat moss or potting soil, rather than water.

    Order spring-flowering bulbs for fall planting.

    Cut flowers from the garden to bring a little color indoors or dry for everlasting arrangements.

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:11 PM

    It is 4-H time in Montgomery County!  The 4-H Fair is going strong now through Thursday, July 23, at the Fairgrounds.  There are many new and exciting activities and special events this year, but the highlight of the fair is still the 4-H members.  The members in Montgomery County, one of the largest 4-H traditional 4-H programs in the state, have on display some of the best quality projects the judges’ have seen this year.

    Come on out to the fair to enjoy the bands, the food (elephant ears are back!), the sense of community and even the fun of tractor and frog jumping contests.  But also make sure you meander through the project buildings and barns to marvel at the projects and animals the 4-Hers have brought to the fair.  Feel free to stop a 4-H member and ask about their projects.  They will quickly fill you in on all of the things they did to complete that project, as well as all they learned.  The learning, the life lessons.  That’s what 4-H is about and that is what the 4-H Fair showcases.

  • Thursday, July 09, 2015 7:24 PM

    It is that time of year again when the garden is putting out plenty of produce. We want to make sure we can eat that produce year-round. So, we dust off the canners and pull them out for a summer full of food preservation. But I have to stop and ask myself, “What methods are safe for which foods?” 

    If you’re looking to can produce from your garden, there are only two safe methods: boiling water bath canning and pressure canning. Boiling water bath canning is safe to use when canning high–acid foods, which are the majority of your fruits and pickled foods. Pressure canning is required when canning low-acid foods, which includes most vegetables and meats. 


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