• Ways to handle fall yard waste

    Fall is a beautiful time in Kentucky gardens, but it can also be a messy time. Tree leaves turn from green to vibrant fall colors and then drop, creating big piles. Then there are the leaves and spent shoots from our flower beds.

    The way we address our yard waste can have a significant impact on our gardens and on the environment. Gardeners commonly rake up and bag leaves to haul away to yard waste dumps.

    This option, while tidy, uses a lot of energy, both yours and the energy to transport the leaves and mixed garden waste.

  • Comparing apples to apples

    With the fall season upon us, it is the perfect time to make a trip to your local farmers market or orchard to pick up some apples. Not only are apples a great option for a healthy snack, but there are tons of different recipes to use them for.

    There are many different varieties of apples around this time of year. Some of the more popular seasonal apples include Gala, Golden Delicious, Cortland, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and the delicious Honeycrisp apple.

  • 4-H connects young people to UK

     In Kentucky 4-H, we want our youth to grow up to be happy, productive adults who positively contribute to their communities. We strive to offer programs that help them get career and college ready, so it’s no surprise that many college-bound young people receive their first glimpse of college life in 4-H.

    4-H offers many programs that build upon what young people are learning in their classrooms. Through the Cooperative Extension Service, we also provide research-based information that young people may use to complete 4-H projects.

  • Parents and homework: Are you really helping students?

    Parental involvement during the early years of school, such as reading aloud, has been shown to improve academic success in children. But is that still the case when students reach middle school and beyond? 

  • Back to school for youth

    Summertime is ending, which can be sad, but it comes with the excitement of going back to school. It is okay if you feel nervous or scared for the first day of school. Many kids feel nervous about going to a new classroom or new school with new teachers and new friends.

    However, after you start your new school routine, those worries will go away. If those feelings do not stop, talk to your mom, dad, teacher, or school counselor.

  • Why Vitamin D deficiency is still a concern, even in summertime

    Undiagnosed vitamin D deficiency is common. Despite the abundant sources that are available or fortified with the vitamin, individuals are still falling short. Your Vitamin D level is not only a predictor for bone health, but it can be a predictor for cancer risk and other chronic diseases.

  • Practices for safe canning

    Safety is of utmost importance when preserving food because improperly home-canned food can lead to foodborne illness. 

    Bacteria, yeasts and molds can grow quickly on fresh fruits and vegetables.  Oxygen and enzymes that can cause food to spoil are found all over and inside produce. Safe home-canning methods help prevent the growth of these harmful bacteria, yeast and molds; remove excess oxygen from the food; destroy spoilage enzymes; and allow for year-round enjoyment of the foods from your garden.   

  • Have fun while being safe at the pool

    When the summer heat is making you sweat, hitting the pool is a great way to keep the family cool. While swimming is a ton of fun and a great activity for the whole family, it could prove to be dangerous, even deadly.

  • 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.