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  • Take control of weeds in the vegetable garden

    Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens. But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it. 
    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table.

  • Safety tips for pedestrians

    Walking and running may seem like two of the simplest ways to get healthy, but it’s important to remember to stay alert when you exercise on sidewalks and along roadways.  
    Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, it’s vital for you to be cautious and courteous to others. Remember not one group has sole rights to the road. We must share it with others. Here are some safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.
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  • Dealing with homesickness

    Summer camps and overnight stays with friends and family are on many of our children’s agendas for this summer. While many of these activities often result in fond memories, they can present challenges for children who experience homesickness.
    Homesickness can occur with anyone at any age, but is especially prevalent in children who are spending time away from their parents for the first time. Homesickness often results in the person feeling sad, lonely and scared. Some people even get stomachaches or headaches as a result.

  • Snacking smart this summer

    Many preteens and teens are left home alone while parents work during the summer. With no direct supervision, it is easy for kids to grab chips and candy. Help make the healthy choice the easy choice this summer by offering children healthy snacks within arms reach. Having veggies and fruits already prepped and in sight is one of the best ways to encourage healthier snacking.

  • You can control flies on cattle

    Warmer weather brings more pest problems. Horn flies and face flies are key pests of Kentucky cattle. Both species breed in fresh manure piles, but they present different threats and management problems. Fortunately, you have a variety of fly control options.

  • At the farmers market: Broccoli

    With June comes the start of summer and an abundance of fresh produce available. An in-season produce offering you may not necessarily associate with late spring and early summer is broccoli.
    Broccoli actually has two growing seasons in Kentucky. Kentucky growers began harvesting their first crop in May and will continue to harvest through early July. The second season ends with a harvest in the late fall.

  • June is Rebuild Your Life Month
  • Protective measures can help protect against mosquito bites

    Mosquitoes are appearing earlier than normal this year. University of Kentucky entomologists encourage Kentuckians to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites on themselves and their pets.
    “Mosquitoes breed in standing water. The recent rains we have had, coupled with the upcoming warm weather, may help them get off to a strong start,” said Grayson Brown, entomologist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • May is Natl Mental Health Awareness Month

    Millions of Americans are impacted by mental health condition. In fact, it is estimated that one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition at some point in their lives. Every American is impacted through their friends and family members. There is still a negative view of mental health problems in our country. This stigma can get in the way of seeking help or treatment. One of the most important things we can do is work to replace this stigma with hope.

  • Delicious Kentucky strawberries now in season