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    Many indoor plants can be moved to shady locations outdoors but only after danger of frost is past. Plants will dry out more often outdoors, so keep a close eye on soil moisture. Sinking the pots in soil will help slow down moisture loss.
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  • Spring has sprung, whether or not Mother Nature is aware of it. The following updates will help your lawn look beautiful, your home plants healthy, and start your garden off right this year!
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  • As I sat and listened to speakers at the Montgomery County Community Health Summit Tuesday evening, I reflected on the health of our community. The Community Health Needs Assessment identified eight priority areas. The top three were Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Youth Health. One on the top eight, which I felt was extremely relevant to National Nutrition Month was Chronic Disease.  Chronic diseases are obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Potentially all chronic diseases can be prevented or controlled by diet and exercise.

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  • Daunting is an apt description for the multifaceted issues facing Montgomery County. Issues people don’t want to hear about like teen pregnancy, the rise of heroin usage and ongoing battle of drugs, physical abuse, and mental health to name a few. These problems are not unique to our community and responding to them are a group of people looking for solutions and who formed the Montgomery County Wellness Coalition.
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  • Every year, consumers make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier and lose weight. It is the first week of March; are you still following your New Year’s resolution? Each year we celebrate March as National Nutrition Month. This is a perfect time to focus on nutrition and see how we can live a healthier lifestyle. We are finishing our winter blues and getting ready to start our summer gardens. This can really get us in the mood to eat healthy.

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    Begin fertilizing houseplants as new growth appears. Keep spent leaves and flowers removed to improve appearance and encourage more blooms.

    Start garden seeds indoors for transplanting outdoors later in spring.

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  • 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.”

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  • How should Indiana assess farmland for property taxes? Good question. There’s the way we used to do it, the way we do it now and, if new legislation passes, the way we’ll do it in the future.

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  • With our weird winter weather, both farmers and homeowners could start to worry about field and yard conditions. Below are comments on winter weather conditions by climatologists at Purdue and a question about bulbs posed to Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension Horticulturist.

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  • Do you have Type 2 diabetes? Would you like to learn more about your disease and how to live well while reducing your health risks? If so, Purdue Extension has a great program for you!

    The Purdue Extension Montgomery County office will offer a program called ‘Dining with Diabetes’ beginning Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5-seven p.m. at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Dining with Diabetes is a series of four sessions.

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  • According to Rosie Lerner (Purdue Extension Consumer Horticulturist), the poinsettia, the most popular holiday plant, is best known as the plant with bright red flowers on a green background. But the showiest part of the poinsettia is the group of colorful specialized leaves called floral bracts that surround the small, yellowish-green structures that are the true flowers. Red is still the most popular color, but bracts may also be pink, salmon-colored, yellow, white or multicolor.
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  • Do you ever find yourself asking, “Why did I eat that?” If so, you are not alone. Many people find themselves eating when they aren’t even hungry. So, what makes us hungry and how can we control what we eat?
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  • Many Indiana gardeners have lost landscape plants this year, particularly plants that were already in trouble and were not apt to deal with the monsoon that we received. Rosie Lerner, a Purdue Extension Consumer Horticulturist, states that we need to be mindful of the following notes.
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  • The Montgomery County Extension Office has received a high number of calls related to tree issues this past spring and summer. Landowners and homeowners have noted early dropping of leaves, funguses, trees not producing fruit, and a variety of other issues. With the excessively wet spring and summer that we have had here in Indiana, trees may react in negative ways. Some culprits have been identified as Verticillium Wilt and also Brown Rot (discussed at the end of the article).
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  • 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.
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