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March, 2015

  • 20 March

    Friends of Polk County Master Gardeners Recognized

    SUBMITTED BY ANN GLENN – Polk County Master Gardeners Vice President, Patricia Roberts, presents a certificate of appreciation to Paul Stanley, as representative of the Polk County Farmers Association Co-Op., which was voted 2014 Business Friend of Master Gardeners. Shown with them is “Doc” Sorge, well known as the “go-to-guy” for answers to all manner of gardening questions. Kathy Russert ...

  • 14 March

    Houseplants are Great!

    BY KIM HUGHES – There’s a reason the professional designers place them in businesses– they can really change the look of a room and compliment offices, hallways and entries. Many people find them comforting. But these great living potted life forms can do much more than just look nice. They can also clean the air we breathe. All indoors plants ...

  • 6 March

    Find Mindsets That are Imperative for Frugal Living

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT, FCS – Frugality is a lifestyle, right?  It sure is.  It is a lifestyle that involves thinking against the flow.  Here are five mindsets that I believe are imperative to living the frugal “against the flow” lifestyle:  Simplicity – Simplicity in meals means less exotic ingredients you have to buy.  Simplicity in lifestyle means ...

  • 4 March

    Mother Nature Forcing Rescheduling for Pruning & Pond Management

    BY CARLA VAUGHT, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT – Like everyone else, Mother Nature has caused a lot of changes in events hosted and sponsored by the County Extension Office in the past 2.5 weeks. We are working to get things rescheduled and publicized so everyone has an opportunity to participate in our programs. The orchard pruning demonstration we postponed due to ...

February, 2015

  • 18 February

    A Home Inventory is a Good Idea for Everyone

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT, FCS – You never know when a disaster may strike, but you can be prepared with a home inventory.  A home inventory can help you to buy the amount of insurance you need; get your insurance claim settled faster; verify losses for your income tax return; and keep track of the belongings you’ve accumulated ...

  • 14 February

    Small Changes for Better Health

    KIM HUGHES – We’ve all heard how most Americans need to get more physical activity. Two-thirds of people in the United States weigh more than they should and nearly three-quarters don’t get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. As the days get longer and warmer, think about participating in Walk Across Polk County, an 8-week walking ...

  • 9 February

    Eggs and Heart Disease

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY AGENT, FCS – Long condemned by well-meaning doctors and scientists for their high cholesterol content, eggs are now making a bit of a comeback.  While it’s true that egg yolks have a lot of cholesterol – and so may weakly affect blood cholesterol levels – eggs also contain nutrients that may help lower the risk for ...

  • 7 February

    Pruning Ornamentals and Orchards – Join Us!

    BY CARLA VAUGHT – I get lots of questions about pruning plants. From shrubs and roses to fruit trees and even shade trees.  This is the time of the year when most people start asking those pruning questions. First, let’s talk about the reasons we prune our plants.  There are different reasons to prune for different types of plants.  Most ...

  • 4 February

    Cooking Terms We All Need to Know

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT, FCS – Most of us cook almost every day – some because we have to, but others because we really enjoy cooking, at least some of the time.  Gourmet meals are probably not on your menu every day, but trying new & interesting recipes is fun and keeps your daily meals from becoming boring.  ...

January, 2015

  • 22 January

    Ten Easy Ways to Kill a Tree (And How to Avoid Them)

    BY KIM HIGHES – Trees that grow in our communities provide us with many benefits.  The average city tree removes 13 to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year from the air.  A tree’s value increases with each passing year.  Trees increase home property values 7 to 21 percent, depending on the number and size of the trees.  Patients with ...