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  • GREEN LIVING July 12, 2018:Sizzling tips for grilling safely

    Summer is in full swing in Wakulla County, and with the recent Independence Day celebrations and the upcoming Labor Day weekend, outdoor grilling will be a popular pastime. Cooking on the grill can be fun and flavorful, but it is important to follow a few simple rules to ensure safety.

  • In the garden now JULY 12, 2018: Bad Bugs

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    The month of July in Wakulla County is known as a period for maintaining the landscaping and gardening efforts of the weeks leading up to this date. While it is great to be outside for recreational activities, the lawn and garden chores can be a bit tedious in the typical heat and humidity.

  • In the garden now June 14, 2018: Insects

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    Summer is here. The thermometer knows it and the plants are responding with unrestrained growth and production.
    The ample moisture adds to the lush growth of both ornamental horticulture specimens along with fruit and vegetable production. As such there is plenty to do in the gardens and landscapes in Wakulla County.

  • Green Living June 14, 2018: Enjoy the water safely this summer

    During the hot summer months, many people flock to the water for a little fun in the sun. Fortunately for us, Wakulla County is blessed with an abundance of water bodies which are popular recreation sites.
    However, the water can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not followed.
    Be aware of the surroundings, especially when swimming in natural bodies of water. Take heed of rapidly changing weather conditions and seek shelter when appropriate. Fast-moving currents, even in shallow water, should be avoided.

  • In the garden now May 10, 2018: Color

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    The month of May offers gardeners, homeowners and local foodies a nearly infinite selection of activities, and fruits and vegetables from which to choose. This year has been different from those in recent years with a spring which has had slowly increasing temperatures.

  • GREEN LIVING May 10, 2018: Building better bones

    There are no bones about it, osteoporosis is not a joke. Over time, this condition can lead to brittle bones which break easily and cause debilitating pain. Taking steps early to support bone health can go a long way to decreasing the risk of developing osteoporosis later.
    One excellent way to promote bone strength is through the consumption of calcium and vitamin D. These two nutrients work together to build and strengthen bone tissue. The best way to boost calcium intake is by having a diet filled with calcium-rich foods.

  • 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.

  • 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 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