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Extension Calling: advice for the farm, garden, and home

Oct 29, 2023

Erosion is one of the most challenging issues for farmers, gardeners, foresters, builders, and well, pretty much anyone. Erosion not only removes valuable topsoil and reduces our ability to grow things, but soil in water causes problems to fish and other creatures reducing their ability to survive. There are lots...

Oct 22, 2023

Many fond memories come from catching and releasing fireflies. Yet, their numbers are fading. Our destruction and disposal of fall leaves is a large part of the cause. Unfortunately for our gardens, a lack of firefly larvae means more slugs and snails. Help out fireflies by leaving fall leaves where they lay, or making...

Oct 15, 2023

If you hate the 17 year cicada, I'm sorry to tell you about the spotted lanternfly that's coming soon to a town near you. This insect is not a fly, but a leafhopper. It sucks the juices out of trees and plants using its needle like mouth. It then covers everything in a sticky sweet mess that attracts stinging...

Oct 1, 2023

Do you want to help build the pawpaw industry by growing trees or fruit? Tune in as we discuss propagation, planting, and transplanting pawpaws. They may be hardy, but they're fickle to get started. They need rich, well drained soils but don't mind some acidity. The tap root is the key.