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  • 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.

  • GREEN LIVING September 13, 2018: Helping kids learn to love vegetables

    Back in June, I wrote about a variety of helpful tips to keep consumers safe online. This month, I want to revisit the topic again, with a closer look more specifically at online shopping.
    With the ease, convenience, and popularity of internet shopping, it is especially important to take certain precautions before filling that online shopping cart.

  • In the garden now August 9, 2018: Preparation

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    The last thought on the mind of many Wakulla County residents in August is working in the yard and garden. It is hot and humid, and there are a bumper crop of bugs which delight in attaching exposed skin.
    Still, there are many (too many in the opinion of some) task which can have positive results in the months to come. Luckily many of these can be accomplished in the early and relatively cooler part of the day.

  • Green Living August 9, 2018: Shopping safely online

    Back in June, I wrote about a variety of helpful tips to keep consumers safe online. This month, I want to revisit the topic again, with a closer look more specifically at online shopping.  With the ease, convenience, and popularity of internet shopping, it is especially important to take certain precautions before filling that online shopping cart.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.