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  • GREEN LIVING April 12, 2018: Make saving a lifelong habit

    According to the Federal Reserve, most Americans do not have enough money saved to even cover a $400 emergency. Many factors contribute to this lack of savings, such as low income, high debt, and unexpected expenses, which can be difficult to control. However, even people without these challenges often do not save like they should.
    Why? They were never taught the importance of saving. They were never taught how to save and therefore do not make it a priority.
    It is never too late to make a savings plan. Start small and stick with it until it becomes a habit.

  • In the garden now April 12, 2018: Annuals

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    At last it looks like the winter of 2018 has finished – at least in Wakulla County. The storm systems which are still heaping snow and ice on the northern tier states are producing April showers locally.

  • In the garden now March 15, 2018: Frost Danger

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    Sometimes things just get reversed and cause complication. Such seems to be the case with February and March 2018 in Wakulla County.
    February was, for the most part, balmy by most standards and had many residents thinking spring had arrived early. Some were tempted to “roll the dice” and play the odds that the distorted pattern of 2017 did not repeat in the new year.

  • Green Living March 15, 2018: Show those leftovers some love

    By Samantha Kennedy

  • In the garden now Feb. 15, 2018: Kale

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    The month of February 2018 has seen a warming trend, at least when compared to January 2018.
    Still, it is winter in North Florida and only hardiest of vegetables are growing as the thermometer edges towards the freezing mark at least one night a week.

  • Free tax prep assistance is available: Green Living

    Tax season has officially begun, and the UF/IFAS Extension Service is offering free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program beginning this month.
    VITA provides trained tax preparation volunteers who work one-on-one with clients to prepare their tax return and submit it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on their behalf. There is no fee to the client to use this service, but there are restrictions.

  • In the garden now Jan. 18, 2018: Clover

    By LES HARRISON and SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    Recent weather has confirmed winter is for real in 2018. While the days are getting incrementally longer, the appearance of frost covered windshields in the morning is not a surprise to anyone.
    Last week’s painful subfreezing temperatures will lead to noticeably higher heating bills in the coming weeks. The short days, low thermometer reading and impending credit card hangover from the holidays have taken a toll on everyone.

  • Building a better pantry

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

    Jan. 18, 2018

  • In the garden now Dec. 14, 2017: Garlic

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    The winter weather has finally arrived. The temperatures have retreated to the seasonal averages and, fortunately, the rain has been sufficient to insure good growing conditions.
    There are currently plenty of cool season leafy garden crops in production among Wakulla County’s gardeners, but one vegetable offers a variety of uses and taste selections. Garlic planted last fall will produce a bulb commonly used for a nutritional flavor enhancer in a variety of dishes.

  • In the garden now Nov. 9, 2017: Radishes

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    One common complaint about vegetable gardening is it takes so long for the end product to be ready for harvest. In most cases the average is 90 days, but some can extend out to 180 or more days.
    Another is the seasonal limitations of plants. The range of acceptable temperatures is relatively narrow for most, but there is one notable exception in Wakulla County.