Join us for a full day of hands on food preservation! This workshop is for beginners and experienced canners who are wanting to brush up on current methods. Participants will gain experience water bath & pressure canning, preserving their own salsa, vegetables, jams &jellies, and drying herbs! Lunch will be provided and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day, you won’t want to miss this.
The workshop will be held at the Cawker City United Methodist. Registration is due August 2nd along with $25 registration fee. A minimum of 10 participants required to hold the workshop. Please call (785) 524-4432 for more information.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered with 4-H and Open Class events and activities during the Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith County Fairs! Without your talents, passion and hard work the fairs would not have been successful. Please know that you are greatly appreciated!
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is an evidence-based program to help individuals learn basic balance and strength-training exercises. All equipment is provided. This is a great opportunity to take better care of your health and join others in our community for this fun program!
Two classes will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00-3:00 or 3:30-4:30 at the Lincoln Senior Center. The program will run from August 14th-October 11th. Registration for this program is $20 and is due August 9th to reserve your spot. Please contact the Lincoln office at (785) 524-4432 for program details.
The Post Rock District is hosting a one-day Farm Succession Planning Seminar! The featured speakers will provide resources, tools, and insight related to: steps to keep the family farming, farm and rural business succession planning, strategies to maintain strong relationships and leaving a legacy through the family farm. The seminar will also include a question and answer panel with nationally and state recognized experts. For details and registration information visit www.postrock.ksu.edu.
Normally, a healthy lawn can stay dormant for a good 5 weeks and still recover. After the five weeks are up, it is important to keep the crown hydrated because if the crown dies, the plant dies.
The recommendations differ for a lawn that was over watered or received so much rain this spring so that it produced a limited root system. Such a lawn may die unless allowed to slowly enter dormancy. This is done by shutting off the water gradually. For example, instead of watering several times a week, wait a week before irrigating. Then don’t water again for two weeks. Thereafter, water every two weeks as described below.
Apply about 1/4 inch of water every two weeks to hydrate the crown. This will be enough to hydrate the crown but not enough to encourage weed germination and growth.
If you are wondering if the turf is still alive, pull up an individual plant and separate the leaves from the crown. The crown is the area between the leaves and the roots. If it is still hard and not papery and dry, the plant is still alive. When rains and cooler weather arrive, the turf should come out of dormancy. However, we will probably have to deal with weeds that germinate before the turfgrass grows enough to canopy over and provide enough shade to keep weed seeds from sprouting.
Is your garden struggling to do well in this hot, dry weather we have had lately? Extended periods of high temperatures, like the 100 degree weeks we have seen, can really take a toll on our gardens. The most important thing you can do is keep everything watered, you don’t want your plants heat and water stressed. Tomatoes tend to be one of the pickiest vegetables, and even stop producing fruit, because of lack of pollination, when night temperature remain above 75 degrees.
As you find yourself indoors during the hottest hours of a summer day, pick up a book and enjoy active reading! Reading with a child or friend will keep both of your minds exploring new things and enhance relationships. As you dig into reading, check out this K-State Research and Extension resource to help make sure your time is filled with quality learning experiences and lots of fun!
Taking the time to read the fine print of health, auto and home insurance policies may not always happen with consumers. But it pays to understand what you’re purchasing so there are no surprises if you ever need to file aclaim.
Understand 9 common insurance misconceptions that may occur from a lack of policy knowledge. They were compiled from questions to the Kansas Insurance Department Consumer Assistance Division and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance provides insight about each misconception in the July 2017 column, “Insurance Matters”: http://www.ksinsurance.org/documents/department/insurance-matters/July2017-insurance-matters.pdf
Do you love to garden? If you are passionate about horticulture and giving back to our community, the Master Gardener Program is perfect for you. We are seeking passionate volunteers to engage our community with horticulture education all while developing their own knowledge. We want you to use your unique skills and abilities to promote and share sound horticulture knowledge with all those around us.
You Asked It! is a monthly newsletter published each month by the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center. News articles are based on questions received, current food safety issues, or information based on the time of year. Topics featured in the August newsletter include:
The Science of Freezing Food
Why do home canned green beans get cloudy liquid?
Chia Seeds in Jam
What is Pearled Barley?
Can I add bacon to green beans before canning them?
Advancing Awareness of Accident Prevention in the Home
Bake for Good: Kids
Safety Tips for Handling and Preparing Common Foods