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  • In March, time for planting transfer tomatoes and seeds

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Green Living: De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

    The end of 2018 is fast approaching, and that means it is time to reflect on the previous year and make plans for the new one. One of the most inspiring ways to start a new year is by clearing away clutter and starting off fresh with a more organized environment.
    This, of course, is easier said than done. Accumulating things is the easy part. Deciding what to discard can be difficult, as so much of our “stuff” holds sentimental value.

  • GREEN LIVING NOV. 8, 2018 - High fructose corn syrup: sinner or saint?

    I was recently asked about whether high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was a “good” or “bad” ingredient. The simple answer is that it is not that simple. Let’s take a few moments to talk about this common nutritive sweetener.
    HFCS is a mixture of two simple sugars, glucose and fructose. It has no artificial or synthetic ingredients. It is made from corn starch and is similar to sucrose (table sugar) in composition, which is why the two sweeteners are so comparable in taste and sweetness.

  • In the garden now: Fall crops

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    September 2018 will likely go into the record books as one of the most unusual in recent memory for its heat and humidity. Rare is the person who voluntarily departed from the cool temperatures of an air conditioned interior to engage weed and bugs in the sweltering heat.

  • GREEN LIVING October 11, 2018: Choosing the best credit card

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

  • In the garden now: Fall garden

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    September is a month of curious contradictions and juxtapositions, at least for gardeners in Wakulla County. Depending on the individual characteristics of the environmental factors of the year, events and occurrences can cancel each other.
    Still much can be accomplished during this transition period from summer to autumn.