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  • Rejuvinate New Year’s resolutions: Get active this spring

    New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get healthier may be long forgotten, but spring, with its beautiful flowers and warmer weather, is the perfect time to rejuvenate those resolutions by getting active outdoors.  

    Most of us know that regular physical activity can help prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of some cancers, help you maintain a healthy weight; strengthen muscles and bones and improve your mental health. Regardless, most of us do not get the exercise we need.

  • Moving houseplants outside; good care of hanging baskets

    In about 10-15 days or so, it will be time to start moving some of your larger houseplants outdoors for the summer. They will get better air circulation and light exposure. This also is a good time to repot your container-bound plants according to Rick Durham, UK Extension Horticulture Specialist.

    Make sure the weather is consistently warm. Since most houseplants have a tropical origin, temperatures below 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit might damage them.

  • Pasture-based beef finishing for local markets event May 1

  • Tackling rising gas prices

    Every year gas prices tend to increase during the spring and summer months because of increasing demand. As people start to enjoy the warmer weather by enjoying travel and recreational activities, demand for gasoline increases and so does the price.

    It can be difficult to immediately change your lifestyle to adapt to higher gas prices; however, there are several ways you can reduce your expenditures on gasoline:

  • Navigating a farmers market helps the local economy

    Farmers markets provide a chance for the public to get high-quality, fresh foods and support farmers in their community. Selling at the markets gives farmers a chance to tell others about their operation and agriculture in general.

    In the past few years, people’s interest in farmers markets has climbed. The renewed interest is likely due to people trying to improve their diets and increasing awareness about the environmental benefits of buying foods from local farmers. 

  • Unseasonably warm temperatures bring termites

    Just Monday morning I saw my first termite advertisement on cable TV. Pest control companies are gearing up for an active termite season. Unseasonably warm springtime temperatures and rain have brought about earlier insect activity. This is typically when we see many winged termites emerge inside homes and other structures according to Mike Potter, UK Extension Entomologist. Termites swarm from the colony to disburse, fall to the ground, find mates and start new colonies in the soil.

  • What to do about today’s family stress

    A certain amount of family stress is inevitable.  Today’s families face busy schedules, health problems, teen pregnancy, unmarried parents, divorce, single-parent households, step-families, dual-careers and multigenerational families.  But the home, a recognized place for families to relax, recharge and rejuvenate, can contribute to a strong family unit and a family’s ability to build the necessary skills to manage stress. 

    Is your family experiencing stress? Families under stress may report some of the following:

  • Warm temps inspire spring gardening

    Everyone seems so excited about gardening with the onset of early warm weather. Flowers are blooming 2 to 3 weeks earlier this year. In the garden you can plant peas, onions, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, carrots, beets, radishes, and lettuce. Carole and I enjoyed our first harvest of asparagus, just the other day.

  • Trimble Extension Office Garden Series 2012 to begin

    Join us over the next couple of weeks at the Trimble County Extension Office for Gardening 2012.

    April 12, 6:30 p.m.

  • Early greening inspires spring cleaning fever for many

    With what appears to be an early spring, many people may have already started spring cleaning.  As you prepare your house by dusting and cleaning, remember that spring cleaning should not be limited to only the physical space of your house.