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Green Scene

  • Grade your kitchen’s cleanliness

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

  • In the garden now:Muscadines

    By LES HARRISON
    Of Wakulla Extension

    “While there are some “big box” retailers who are already stocking the shelves with Thanksgiving and Christmas merchandise, it is still August. The thoughts of cool weather, holiday parties and gifts appropriate to the season are just a mirage in the distance.

  • Aphids are a villain of the insect world

    Horror movies have, for over a century, featured a pantheon of destructive creatures rampaging through the world. Their characteristic have varied over the decades, but they always manage to return.
    In recent years zombies have been the nightmare of choice. Kill one and 5000 come to its funeral, and then return to sacking society.
    More than half a century ago it was vampires. Bella Lugosi terrified audiences as Count Dracula, the Transylvanian predator whose sole desire was to suck the life out of victims.

  • Share your picnic with food safety this summer

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

  • In the garden now: Eggplant

    By LES HARRISON
    Of Wakulla Extension

    “O farmers, pray that your summers be wet and your winters clear,” so said Virgil, the ancient Roman writer about 2100 years ago. The month of July, and most of 2019’s summer in Wakulla County, has fulfilled this longstanding wish of planters and poets.
    While it is great to be outside for recreational activities, the lawn and garden chores can be a bit tedious in the current heat and humidity.

  • Baking soda – a pantry powerhouse

    All hail the sodium bicarbonate! This amazing chemical – more commonly known as baking soda – is a virtual kitchen powerhouse. Not only is it vital to the success of many baked delicacies, it has a thousand and one other everyday uses.
    Here are just a few.

  • In March, time for planting transfer tomatoes and seeds

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

  • Green Living: Make SMARTer resolutions this New Year

    Every year, millions of us make New Year’s resolutions in the hopes of implementing a few changes in our lives. We resolve to lose weight, eat healthier, save money, read more, or spend more time with our family.
    Unfortunately, research shows only about 8 percent of New Year’s resolutions are actually kept, which begs the question: Why do so few of us stick to the goals we set for ourselves?

  • In the garden now: Mulch

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    There has been a collective sigh of relief in Wakulla County now that the holiday season has passed. While it was fun seeing the extended family (at least most of them) and indulging in sugar coated treats, it is time to return to normality.
    School and work schedules have returned to their pre-holiday routine and the seasonally delayed chores await attention. On the benignly neglected domestic list are tasks in the home landscape.

  • In the garden now: Cool season leaf

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    Seasonal distractions are at an epidemic level. There is shopping, social events, more shopping, gift wrapping, and then even additional last minute shopping for those emergency gifts.
    The ample, if not excessive, rain recently combined with the colder temperatures has created a less than ideal environment for working in the landscape and garden. Even the deer hunters and recreational fishermen are picking their outings carefully with the soggy weather.