Area homeowners with questions or general interests in home horticulture may want to attend one or more of several backyard workshops being offered in an informal outdoor classroom, hosted and taught by Gary Letterly, University of Illinois Extension Natural Resources Management Educator.
The program targets the basic home horticulture informational needs of homeowners. The "walk" consists of a casual walking tour of the landscape and may include vegetable, flower, or other type of challenging gardening or landscaping project.
The outdoor problems faced by homeowners may change drastically from year-to-year and lawn-to-lawn, so specific topics may only come up at one location. So, attend more than one "backyard walk" event if desired.
Backyard Walks will be held at the following locations:
All programs are free and will start at 6:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, a decision regarding cancellation will be made at the site. Call 287-7246 if you would like to attend.
It is time for the University of Illinois Extension fall gardening series. This is the final series for the 2007 season. The following topics will be offered twice:
Vegetable Garden Pests
·Tuesday September 11, 2007 at 1:00 pm. or
·Thursday September 13 at 7:00 pm..
Jim Schuster Extension Educator, Horticulture with the University of Illinois Extension will help you with common vegetable insect pest identification.
Indoor Plant and Household Pests
·Tuesday September 25, 2007 at 1:00 pm. or
·Thursday September 27 at 7:00 pm.
Phil Nixon, Extension Entomologist with University of Illinois Extension, will discuss how to recognize and manage indoor plants andtoidentify, understand, and manage household insectpests.
All programs offered in this Fall Series will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
The cost for each session is $1 and advance registration is required by the Friday before each session.
Phone the U of I Extension Christian County office at 287-7246 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to reserve a seat and packet of information.
Bread is truly a comfort food, so plan on tasting many varieties of homemade yeast breads, made by some of the best cooks in Christian County, on Thursday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the University of Illinois Extension auditorium.
This workshop, "Enjoy Yeast Breads–Plain & Fancy," will discuss why certain ingredients are used in making yeast breads and how they influence the final product. In addition, participants will learn several accepted techniques for mixing the ingredients.
We've included several tried and true recipes submitted by Christian County residents, recipes for making bread and rolls that can be frozen for later use, rolls and breads made from pre-prepared frozen dough, microwave recipes, bread machine recipes, and some very unique recipes as well.
"Enjoy Yeast Breads–Plain & Fancy" will be presented by several members of the Christian County Home and Community Education Association.
This workshop is being sponsored by UI Extension and Christian County Home and Community Education Association.
During September, Christian County Master Gardeners will again be staffing a "Help Desk" for the public at the University of Illinois Extension office.
Anyone with questions or concerns about their flower or vegetable gardens, lawns and/or trees may call 287-7246 or drop by the Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville any time between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on September 6, 10, 20, 24.
The "Help Desk" is being offered by Christian County Master Gardeners to help meet the constant demand for horticultural consumer information by Christian County residents.
Natural resource-based planning is introduced as a framework for dealing with land use issues on the rural-urban fringe. Concepts of non point source pollution and watersheds will be addressed; as well as reviewing the impacts of land use on water resources and quality.
The Natural Resources program will be held at the U of I Extension Christian County office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 287-7246.
We keep food in refrigerators and freezers is to preserve freshness, inhibit the growth of most bacteria, and keep it safe for use at a later time.
For safety, it is important to keep a refrigerator thermometer inside your units to help assure that they are maintaining a refrigerator temperature no higher than 40°F. and frozen food at 0 °F.
To help assure safe food in your refrigerator or freezer, the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office has a supply of refrigerator/freezer thermometers available for $2.00 each. These thermometers may be picked up any time during regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
When the summer sneezes hit, not all the culprits are outdoor triggers. Household dust mites are one of the most common causes of year-round allergies, reports The Soap and Detergent Association. They hide in bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains.
Washing bedding (including blankets, comforters, and sleeping bags) in hot water (130º–140º F) once a week, kills mites. However, not all bedding is alike. First, be sure to read and follow the bedding manufacturer's care instructions for proper washing temperatures and procedures.
Consider dust-proof or allergen-impermeable covers for mattresses and pillows. Replace wool or feather bedding with synthetic materials. Choose a dusting method that will capture the dust rather than disperse it into the air–for example, use electrostatic wipes or wipes embedded with a dusting product.
When vacuuming, use a cleaner with either a double-layer microfilter bag or a HEPA vacuum filter to trap allergens that pass through a vacuum's exhaust. If possible, replace wall-to-wall carpets that trap in hard-to-clean dust with washable area rugs.
To keep mites from breeding, dehumidifiers or air conditioners should be set to maintain a relative humidity of about 50 percent.
Source: Tips and Trends from the Soap & Detergent Association, Cleanliness Facts, July/August 2003
Summertime is vacation time for families and children. For the children though, summertime may also bring a different routine–or no routine–into their lives. Waking when they want, eating when they want and being away from some of their peers. All these factors contribute to making it difficult to get back into the swing of getting to bed on time, getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods at specific mealtimes and getting along with classmates. As August comes to an end it's time to get the children back into a regular eating and sleeping schedule.
Shopping for school can seem rather overwhelming. Start with the supply list. Let your child select one item that he/she wants to shop for on that list. Ice packs and insulated lunch boxes should be just as high on the shopping list as folders and pencils. If the child is old enough, an alarm clock of his/her own might also be in order. This way, the child gets to play an active part in preparing for school to start back up. If possible, shop for all of the other items on the list when you have time to shop on your own. The school supply aisles can be hectic this time of year, and shopping on your own can make the process go much faster.
Set up a schedule that starts a couple of weeks before school begins. You may want to write the schedule on a poster board and display it somewhere where the whole family can see it. Include time for bathing, sleeping, dressing and eating, along with homework, play and television time.
Caregivers have the responsibility of helping children stick to the schedule. They also need to make sure that nutritious foods are available for children to eat. Most schools do not have refrigerated areas for children to keep their lunch boxes cold until lunch time. That is why it is up to the parent, or whoever packs the child's lunch, to do everything they can to keep the lunch cold until it's time to eat.
We all know how important food safety is, and most of us know what can happen if we're not careful not only in preparing our food but in storing our food as well. Foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella and E. Coli are very dangerous and can lead to severe illness and even death. This is why following proper food preparation methods is the first step in keeping your child's lunch safe.
Keeping your child's lunch cool is not only important for safety reasons, but a cold lunch on a hot day will be much more refreshing and appealing to the child than one that has been sitting at room temperature since the time it was packed.
Research shows that children who are well nourished do better in school–that includes being alert for learning. It also means the child will do better at getting along with others, such as classmates and teachers.
Help your child "keep their cool for school" by starting early–get them into a routine, have a written schedule and practice good sleeping and eating habits.
Do you have a debit card? Do you know the difference between a debit card and a credit card? Many consumers today, are using a debit card. You obtain a debit card from your bank or financial institution. The word debit means subtract. So when you use a debit card for a purchase or bank withdrawal, the amount is subtracted from your bank account.
You can get a credit card from a bank, too. Using credit cards is like getting a loan. You use the credit knowing you have to repay the amount, plus interest, if you do not pay the full amount each month.
Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) cards are a form of debit card. ATM cards can be used at a bank machine to take out money or deposit money from your checking or savings account or to handle other bank tasks. You must enter a personal identification number (PIN) before the ATM will let you make a transaction. You must subtract or add all ATM transactions to your check or savings account book right away.
There are two other types of debit cards. "On-Line" Debit Cards are called ATM cards with a purchase feature. You can purchase things with an on-line debit card. Your purchase is subtracted right away from your checking account. When you are at a store terminal, you must punch in your PIN number, as you would at an ATM.
"Off-Line" Debit Cards look like credit card, but the merchant's terminal reads your card and identifies it as a debit card rather than a credit card. When no PIN number is used, you may have to sign the receipt as you would for a credit card purchase. Your purchases are subtracted from your bank account within 2 to 3 days.
Here are some tips for using your debit card responsibly:
Source: National Consumers League Web site: http://www.natlconsumersleague.org
The National Weight Control Registry is an ongoing study of women and men who lost an average of 66 pounds and maintained their weight loss for five or more years. New York Times health columnist Jane Brody tells how they did it:
Nutritional therapy specialist Ronald L. Hoffman, M.D., adds these specific suggestions for maintaining weight loss:
New to the UI Extension Christian County website this month is a website on designing perennial gardens. This website entitled, "Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design," can be found at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/gardendesign/ and contains ideas to help in planning your next perennial garden.
The website provides users with a step-by-step process to determine their goals, assess their garden sites, identify garden styles, and select plants to ensure visual interest through the seasons. It also includes a design segment, but allows much room for individual choice.