The topics for the Fall "4 Seasons Gardening" sessions being offered in September & October, 2009 at the U of I Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville are:
Tuesday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
Please call 287-7246 one week in advance of the specific presentation you would like to attend. A prepaid registration fee of $5 will be assessed for pre-printed color handout materials.
There is a lot of interest in restoring areas to native plants, but people often don't know how to go about it. To help provide those answers, University of Illinois Extension is offering the teleconference, "Seeing Prairie—Taking a Closer Look at Prairie and its Restoration." The program is set for October 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Christian County U of I Extension Office in Taylorville, IL.
"This informative program explains techniques that re-create the natural beauty of the prairie landscape," says Duane Friend, U of I Extension Natural Resources Educator. "Ken Robertson and Don Gardner, experts in prairie restoration, will be the featured presenters."
You'll learn about the diversity of original prairies in Illinois, especially plants that are characteristic of high-quality prairies. You'll also see photos of recent prairie restorations that vary in how they resemble original prairies. You'll hear about frequently implemented restoration methods as well as essential practices for successful prairie restoration work.
Cost of the program is $5 per person. To register, contact U of I Extension Christian County office at 287-7246, or register online at http://christian.extension.uiuc.edu by Friday, October 2.
Individuals representing agencies serving Christian County will be able to share upcoming programs, discuss issues critical to their agencies and network with other agency representatives on Wednesday, October 7 a 11:45 a.m. at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.
This meeting is open to the public, and agency representatives should bring their lunch and 25 copies of any handouts they would like to share. This meeting will wrap up by 1:00 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln, IL will be presenting a training seminar for people interested in becoming volunteer weather observers. The class will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville on Wednesday, October 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
The presentation will be aimed at recruiting new weather watchers for the Significant Weather Observation Program (SWOP). The meeting will last between 1 and 1 ½ hours and will consist of a PowerPoint presentation featuring a review of 2009 significant weather events, as well as specific training materials on severe and winter weather reporting techniques. For more information about NWS Lincoln's SWOP program, please go to:
"Energy Conservation—It's All in the Details"—October 22
We all pay a price to consume energy. That price is both economical and environmental. As energy costs continue to rise, we need to change the way we consume energy to combat rising costs and improve environmental quality for future generations. This program will focus on how local governments can conserve energy, decrease energy costs, and reduce the negative impacts on the environment.
"Legislative Update 2009"—November 19
This Tele-Institute will provide all local government officials with a review of current State and Federal legislative issues. Officials will learn the progress of these State and Federal legislative issues and the impact they have on Illinois local governments and the communities they serve. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss new legislation with professionals who specialize in State and Federal legislative issues.
Each session will be held from 3:00—5:00 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL. Preregister by calling the U of I Extension office at 287-7246.
Have you ever thought you'd like to put your family's favorite recipes into print? Or maybe a service organization you belong to is interested in putting a cookbook together as a fundraiser. You'll learn how to do it all at a program scheduled for Thursday evening, October 29.
"Create a Cookbook"—Putting It All Together will take you through the steps involved in writing and editing recipes so that even the most inexperienced cooks can be successful with them. We will also introduce you to a variety of resources that can do the editing and publishing work for you.
Many cooks are always looking for another cookbook, whether it's for a specific health reason, like heart disease or diabetes, to handle an overabundance of zucchini, or just for fun. So, if you have cookbooks for sale as an individual or for an organization, bring a supply to the UI Extension office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville and set up your own display between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Participants can then view all the cookbooks on display between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
The program is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at U of I Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
(Please call 287-7246 if you'd like to set up a display, so table space can be provided.)
Advance registration is needed by Friday, October 23, 2009. To register, call U of I Extension in Christian County, 217-287-7246, or email your name, address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember making funny cake, blond brownies or chocolate crinkles? Do you remember these goodies from your 4-H experience? These and many more recipes from 14 University of Illinois Extension 4-H foods project books can be found in a new "favorites" cookbook available from the Illinois 4-H Foundation.
More than 150 of your old favorites from 4-H foods project books such as: You Learn to Bake; ABC's of Food; Adventures in Cooking; It's Fun to Cook; Milk and Eggs; Meat in Your Meals; Pastry in Your Meals; and Yeast Breads in Your Meals are included in this 8 ½" x 11" spiral bound cookbook. Recipes are listed by 4-H project book, alphabetically, and by food category for easy reference.
The cookbooks are for sale at the U of I Extension Christian County office for $15 each and will make great gifts. Proceeds from cookbook sales will support current 4-H foods project resources and 4-H volunteer training.
The Christian County 4-H Foundation is now selling copies of the brand new 2009 Christian County Plat Book published by Rockford Map Co. Copies are available at the U of I Extension Office and the Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District office for a cost of $35.
If you wish to have a plat book mailed and billed directly to your residence or office, please include an additional $5 for postage and handling, and send it to the U of I Extension Christian County, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568. You may also order online at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian on the Home Page, Program Registration section.
U of I Extension Christian County Unit Council members are to be commended for their dedication to serving on the Council and are greatly appreciated by Extension staff for their commitment and input.
Current members include:
Jim Adcock, Assumption
Douglas Garwood, Stonington
Kandy Andruch, Edinburg
Malcolm Head, Blue Mound
Rebecca Arkebauer, Palmer
Marvin Hughes, Taylorville
Ivaloue Ashbrook, Taylorville
Eric Kahle, Taylorville
Andria Bass, Taylorville
Ed Rees, Kincaid
Dale Baumgartner, Taylorville
Raedena Ryan, Pana
Diana Cloyd, Mechanicsburg
Diane Sample, Edinburg
Steve Craggs, Taylorville
Elaine Vangeison, Morrisonville
Craig Deere, Pana
Chad Waterman, Palmer
Mark Dozier, Morrisonville
Outgoing members that were recognized are: David Hixenbaugh, Carla Mickey, Ann Bruenderman, Gale Bell and Bobbie Harker.
New council members Steve Craggs, Taylorville; Craig Deere & Raedena Ryan, Pana; and Diane Sample, Edinburg came on board September 1, 2009.
Check out "Today's Feature," on the U of I Extension Christian County website at http://christian.extension.uiuc.edu, and get the latest information on the H1N1 flu virus at the government's one-stop web site that is continually being updated.
Also, in the "Today's Feature" section learn how to take a soil sample. Soil testing reveals the organic matter content, the soil pH and nutrients levels, as well indicating what many amendments may be needed and a baseline for future comparisons.
Click the "Local Links" tab, scroll to the "Weather" section to find the Winter Storm Resource Center, a website that contains an exhaustive amount of information through links to weather-related websites and has seven sections: Understanding Winter Storms; Weather; Getting Around in the Snow; Home; Health & Safety; Snow Education; and Fun in the Snow. The section on Getting Around in the Snow includes information on Illinois and Midwestern road conditions, winter vehicle operation, safe driving tips, and airport and Amtrak accessibility.
Information on Indoor Air Quality, located in the "Local Link" Consumer & Family Economics section, will help homeowners determine the air quality inside their homes. It includes information about carbon monoxide, furnace filters, lead paint testing, mold, radon, smoke detectors, vacuum cleaners and water alarm detectors.
In the "Local Links" Horticulture Section, there are four excellent websites that can help vegetable gardeners.
The Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide has broad information on vegetable gardening ranging from 10 steps to a successful garden, problems one might encounter, growing tips by specific vegetable, and how to exhibit vegetables.
The Watch Your Garden Grow website covers vegetable gardening basics, how to plant the garden, a directory of vegetables, and a glossary of terms.
Get children involved in gardening by providing a healthy, outdoor activity that also is a learning experience , and to help parents with this, Extension has a youngster-oriented site, My First Garden.
This website is often used by teachers who have class gardening projects. It has user-friendly information on the basics and fundamentals of gardening, as well as guidelines for planning a garden. A garden gallery is included to show youngsters what they have in store.
Finally, new and experienced gardeners alike are likely to appreciate Common Problems for Vegetable Crops.
This website allows users to browse by vegetable or by problem to get answers to what is troubling their garden.
Home gardeners now have a starting point for perennials beginning with Gardening with Perennials.
This website provides a starting point for perennials, which can be the backbone of a garden. This site is an excellent starting point for incorporating perennials into your garden and has a directory of common perennials to help home gardeners determine what goes best with their particular garden plan. The site also outlines some of the characteristics and requirements of basic perennials, and sections that help guide you in the preparation of the site.
Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design is a site that offers gardeners information on site assessment, bed preparation and maintenance, and perennial selection an placement in the garden. A special feature is a garden design with a plant list in the Perennial Placement section.