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  • Simple strategies to aid with controlling mosquitoes

    Mosquitos can ruin outdoor activities in the warmer months. It may seem like a never-ending battle when you’re fighting to control the pesky insects. With mosquito-borne diseases becoming more prevalent, it’s even more important to know how to take control of these pests around your home. Learning to do a few simple things could help protect you from more than the itchiness of a mosquito bite.

  • The importance of properly cleaning the backyard grill

    Many of us enjoy the wonderful taste of food cooked on a grill, but cleaning the grill—not so much. Regular grill cleaning is important to help extend the life of your grill and for food safety purposes. Plus, it makes your food taste better.

    The easiest way to remember to clean your grill is to do so immediately after using it. This way, you don’t forget about it, and you are not faced with a greasy, caked-on mess the next time you go to grill.

  • Rethinking discipline as instruction, not punishment

    Many times, parents equate disciplining their children with punishment. But there is a completely different way to think about discipline and still raise productive, respectful adults who are successful members of society.

    If you get to the root of the word, discipline actually means to teach or give instruction to someone. So if you think about disciplining your children as providing constructive teaching or instruction, then you can build a level of respect while still strengthening your bond with them. 

  • Cooking fruit and vegetables on the backyard grill

    Grills are versatile for preparing a variety of foods including fruits and vegetables. Grilling fruits and vegetables has many benefits. You can add new flavors to some of your favorite dishes, increase your family’s fruit and vegetable intake, and they typically take 10 minutes or less to cook. This summer, enjoy some of your favorite healthy dishes fresh from the grill.

  • Five reasons to shop at farmers markets this year

    Shopping at the farmers market is an excellent way to invest in your community. During the late spring and summer months, it is a great place to find fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other local goods. Here are the top five reasons to shop at your market this year.

    Supporting local farmers and the economy.

    This gives farmers a better return on their produce. It also directly supports the local economy because farmers are selling straight to you with no middleman.

    Freshly picked options.

  • Things to consider if you want to produce your own eggs

    Backyard chicken flocks are popular in all areas of Kentucky. If you want to have a successful flock and produce your own eggs, preparation and education are essential.

    Not everyone is suited for keeping a poultry flock. Make sure you check that your local city and county ordinances allow backyard flocks. Some ordinances require a minimum amount of land, and some subdivisions even have their own rules.

  • Meal prep saves times, frustration, calories

    Deciding what to have for dinner each night can be a daily conundrum for many of us. As a result, we may find ourselves in line at a fast food restaurant more than we care to admit. But it does not have to be this way. By preparing at least portions of our meals in advance, we can have home cooked, healthy meals on a regular basis.

  • Teaching youth outdoor safety

    As soon as the weather warms up, most of us head outdoors. If outdoor activities like camping or hiking are in your family’s near future, make sure everyone knows how to keep themselves safe.

    Planning is one of the most important safety measures you can take. Proper planning ensures your family has enough water and food in the event you get lost. It also means you have clothing like rain jackets and boots that you can use if the weather rapidly changes. Talk to your young people about your expectations for their behavior before you go on an outdoor adventure.

  • Eight tips to get your garden growing

    Springtime in Kentucky is a great time to get outside and enjoy the home garden. Every aspiring gardener should do a few things to have a successful season.

    Plan your garden on paper before you begin. Think about the things you want to grow and when they will be ready to harvest. Draw it out on paper so you can get a visual of what the garden might look like at planting and harvesting times.

    Select a good gardening site. You need to plan for a site that is in full sun, relatively level, well-drained, close to a water source and dries quickly from morning dew.

  • Perkins announces departure from extension office

    Every person goes through changes in life and I am no different.

    An opportunity has come to my family and we are moving back to Tennessee. I have been offered a Farm Manager position that I could not refuse. Most people knew how much I missed running cows on a daily basis and this is a great opportunity to go back to doing that. The owners are all in and have made our family part of theirs, however, change is hard and leaving friends is even harder.