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Extension

  • Holidays are best time to teach kids to give back

    The holiday season is a perfect time of year to teach children the importance of community service.
    Start them out by choosing a charity in your own community; talk to your children about the charities they would like to support.
    If you decide to donate to a food bank, give your children the money you decide to spend on donations and let them choose the food items at the grocery store.
    Thoughtful selections give them a chance to think about what some who are less fortunate might need.

  • Traveling? Check for bed-bug infestations

    Reports of bed bugs again are on the rise in the United States; once nearly eliminated, they now are commonly found in homes, apartments, hotels and theaters.
    While mostly prominent in the Upper Midwest and the Northeast corridor, the pests have established themselves in Trimble County, and can be found in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region and Louisville.
    If you or your family are traveling for Thanksgiving or Christmas, there are some precautions to take to prevent bringing bed bugs home with you.

  • Set budget to reduce holiday stress

    By JANE PROCTOR
    Trimble County Extension agent

    The holiday season – with all the work, stress, expense and fun – seems to start earlier every year.
    Experts say you can reduce that stress, though, by preparing early and planning your holiday shopping within a solid, affordable budget.
    According to the National Retail Federation, the average shopper spends $832 on holiday gifts, food and decorations.

  • Fall is the best time to fight dandelion invasions

    By MICHAEL PYLES
    Trimble County Extension agent

    Common chickweed, henbit, and purple deadnettle are cool-season weeds we usually see in crop fields during the fall and winter.
    How-ever, other weeds, such as dandelions, have become more prevalent in recent years, according to J. D. Green, an Extension weed specialist at the University of Kentucky.
    Dandelions are generally considered a major lawn or pasture weed, but increasingly have been found in grain-crop fields.

  • How to be environmentally considerate at Thanksgiving

    This Thanksgiving go green and keep in mind the local economy by following these simple tips.
    First, when decorating indoors and out, consider using items from your backyard – pine branches or dried flowers, dried leaves and branches, and, of course, gourds. Or, if you have farming friends, see if they have hale bales, dried cornstalks, or dried corn cobs, or pumpkins that you can buy or barter for. Also consider checking out the local farmers’ market for organic decorations.

  • Nov. 18 program will tell how 
to keep bed bugs from biting

    I am sure many of you are familiar with the old refrain, “Good night, sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Until just a few years ago, I can’t recall ever receiving a question about bed bugs.  
    But recently, bed bugs have been the topic of local and national news stories. They have infiltrated private homes and public areas, and we’ve received information about these infestations during Extension trainings.

  • Make yard waste environmentally friendly

    Autumn is my favorite season. I really enjoy the myriad of fall colors and the clear blue sky that signals harvest time.

    Although the anticipated fall color was somewhat mixed, the season still brings piles of leaves from our trees and spent shoots from our gardens and flower beds. 

    The way you address this yard waste can have a significant impact on your garden and the environment.

  • Simple steps reduce utility costs

    The first signs of frost let us know that cold weather will be here soon. As winter approaches, now is a good time to improve your home’s energy efficiency. 

    There are several no-cost or low-cost improvements you can make to your home to reduce your winter heating bills. 

    To extend the life of your furnace and air conditioner, for example, replace furnace and air-conditioning filters on a monthly basis. If you have pets in your home, you may want to check your filters more often.