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  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:13 PM

    The National Garden Bureau has declared 2015 to be the Year of the Sweet Pepper! Sweet bell peppers are cultivars of Capsicum annuum. Sweet peppers are called sweet because they lack the gene that produces capsaicin - the chemical that gives hot peppers their heat.

    While the 3-4 lobed, blocky, bell-shaped peppers are most common, sweet peppers come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Other shapes of sweet peppers include elongated banana, round cherry, tapered horn and flattened "cheese" types. Most all peppers are green in color when they are immature but ripen to red, yellow, orange, white or purple as they mature. Some cultivars may show all of these colors at various stages of ripening. And many cultivars are both ornamental and edible.

    Pepper plants are easy to grow and are quite compact, making them a good fit for limited-space gardens and containers. Peppers are warm-season crops and should be planted after danger of frost has past. Many local garden centers will have transplants available, or you can start your own transplants. Start seeds about seven weeks prior to the average date of last frost for your area.  

  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:40 PM

    Summer planning is well underway!.  There are many upcoming events and activities youth will want to check into for the summer. 

    Cloverbuds:  Cloverbuds is a special group for youth ages 4 and 5, who are not yet in Kindergarten (K-2 is now for Mini 4-H).  There is no cost to join.  Members will get to participate in a fun-filled workshop and they will get to participate in some special events at the 4-H Fair put on by the 4-H Jr. Leaders.  Each member will make a special project to exhibit at the 4-H Fair July 17-23.  Enrollment forms are available in the Extension Office, on our website ( and will be posted on the 4honline page of each current 4-H family.  Please have your enrollment form in by May 15.

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:34 PM
    Rain barrels can be an economical and naturally conscious way to conserve water and save money at the same time. An article from Purdue cites that you can use water collected in rain barrels to water your vegetables, lawn, and flowers while reducing your utility bills. Depending on your house and yard size, you can collect a significant amount of rainfall using your rain barrels. Estimates indicate during a one inch rain event, one downspout delivers 12 gallons of water per minute and that one rain barrel will save 1,300 gallons of water throughout the year. With rising municipal water rates and increasing drought concerns throughout the region, harvesting your own water through rain barrels is becoming more and more important and appealing.

    Rain water collection in barrels or other vessels is an ancient and traditional practice that is both efficient and economical. Rain barrels do more than save money--they can help protect the environment. Every time it rains, water gushes from your downspouts across your lawn into local streets picking up pesticides, sediment, and nutrients before flowing into local storm drains. 
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 5:13 PM
    An important aspect of development for youth is the development of a healthy self-esteem. Unfortunately, many youth do not have the supportive home environment needed to nurture a positive self-image. In these situations, it is up to adults besides the parents to provide the love, nurturing, and guidance that the children need.

    Helping youth build their self-esteem will help them to work hard to achieve their goals. This "self-esteem" refers to the feeling of worth that they have about themselves, as well as how well they like and how much they value themselves. These feelings will influence many areas of their lives, such as how well they get along with others and their emotional well-being. Children with high self-esteem tend to be more resistant to depression and other hardships.

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 4:04 PM
    As we start the 2015 4-H program, an aspect that needs to be remembered is the 4-H Motto: "To Make the Best Better." The point of the 4-H program, its activities, and the fair exhibits, is not that members and their projects be the best, but that 4-H members always strive to improve their abilities and skills and make their best efforts even better. The pride and satisfaction a 4-Her can gain from a job well done will affect his or her life years after the ribbons have faded and the trophies have tarnished.

    Many times in today's fast-paced world, we need to take a look back to the past in order to refocus our attention on areas of real importance. I have a collection of old newspapers containing articles my grandmother, Edna L. Legg, wrote for The Farm News. I found an article which I believe is as fitting 
  • Thursday, January 01, 2015 5:05 PM
    The 2014 Farm Bill has many changes from the previous version and there is a lot of information that farmers must soak up before they make their elections. Farmers and land owners can decide whether or not to update their base acreage and also whether or not to reallocate their base acres. According to the Center for Commercial Agriculture (CCA) at Purdue, "increasing corn base acres {is} expected to boost revenue from 2014 Farm Bill" because "payments per acre for corn are likely to be higher than soybeans". The new Farm Bill provides "Shallow Loss Protection", which previous versions have not. 
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:08 PM
    There truly is something for everyone in 4-H! 4-H members, youth in grades K-12, are very active within the county, attending club meetings, project workshops, community service events and the annual 4-H Fair. Many 4-H members are also gaining additional knowledge and experience by attending area, state and national educational events. In 2014, there were 85 Montgomery County members who participated in events throughout Indiana and the nation.

    Events attended by county youth in 2014 include: National 4-H Horse Round-Up; State Fair Achievement Trip to Washington, DC; State Engineering Science Workshop; State 4-H Round-Up; State Jr. Leader Conference; State Fair Youth Leadership Conference; State Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall Employees; State 4-H Horse Round-Up; Purdue Pork Day; Area Rabbit Workshop; Area 4-H Camp Counselors; Area 4-H Camp; and, Area Livestock Round-Robin. Locally, 155 youth participated in 9 project skill related workshops, including scrapbooking, photography, genealogy and electricity. 
  • Monday, December 15, 2014 3:48 PM
    Now that the holiday season is in full swing, pine, fir and spruce trees are being seen everywhere - a true symbol of that the Christmas season is here. Every year that you put up a tree, you are faced with the crucial decision: real or artificial. While artificial trees have many benefits and seem very convenient, real Christmas trees can have many benefits as well. 
  • Monday, November 24, 2014 4:08 PM
    The 4-H program has grown over the past 100 years. From its' beginning of corn and canning, 4-H has developed into a program focused on offering youth life lessons based on science, engineering, technology and mathematics. 
  • Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:41 PM
    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, as is a wonderful meal full of turkey, sides, and sweets! But why do we have turkey on Thanksgiving? Are the birds that we eat wild or farm raised? Let's delve into the wonderful world of turkey . . . 

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