Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Dig Up Your Family History At Genealogy Fair

By Steve Cummings

If you plan on ordering Mississippi State cheese this year, I encourage you to get your orders in to our office or the MSU Cheese Store as soon as possible.  This will help guarantee your order.  Call our office at 675-2730 and we will be glad to place your order for you.

The Yalobusha County Extension office invites local genealogy enthusiasts to participate in a Genealogy Fair scheduled Nov. 6 at the Yalobusha County Extension office.  The Genealogy Fair will offer beginners a chance to learn more about conducting genealogical research.

Guest speakers will cover a wide array of topics such as: Beginning Your Genealogy Search, Using Courthouse Records, Using Military Pensions, and Preserving Family Memorabilia.

Sessions will begin at noon and continue until 5 p.m. Bring a sack lunch and join us for a fun afternoon learning how to dig up your family history.  Please call the Extension office at 662-675-2730 to sign up.       

If you are looking for an informative but entertaining program on using native plants in home landscapes, Dr. Lelia Scott Kelly will present a program at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the event room at the Visitor Education Center and will cover the benefits of native plants and how to incorporate them into home landscaping. Design suggestions as well as descriptions and cultural requirements of the top native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants recommended for Mississippi landscapes will also be included.

Weather permitting, there will be a tour of the native habitat area at the Visitor Education Center to look firsthand at some native plants and how they are used in the landscape.

On Nov. 10 at 6:30 pm, Dr’s Rick Kaminski and Brian Davis, MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture will conduct a seminar on Water Fowl Management in Mississippi.  This will be by distance learning at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.

Horticulture Tips:

Propagation

Rather than rooting cuttings, you can propagate shrubs by layering, a technique of rooting a stem while it is still attached to the parent plant.  Choose a new shoot that’s long enough to touch the ground and that’s on the side of the plant that receives the most sun.  Use a sharp knife to cut an angled slit halfway through the stem or scrape off a narrow band of bark from around it.  Make a depression in the soil near the plant; then bend the injured stem into the depression, cover it with soil, and anchor it in place with a forked stick, brick, or rock.  Let it remain in place all winter.  Then in spring, cut the rooted stem free from the parent plant.

Landscaping

Planting and transplanting trees and shrubs are good projects for fall.  Cool weather makes it easier for the plants to establish their roots before top growth resumes in spring.  Be sure to set containerized plants at the same depth as they were growing in the container.  To do this, see that the top of the root ball is level with the ground. Water the plants thoroughly, and continue watering about twice a week through the fall and winter, skipping only when there is a rain.

Perennials

Yarrow, spider lilies, Shasta daisies, coreopsis, coneflowers, gaillardia, and daylilies are some of the perennials that can be divided and replanted in early fall. Plan beds carefully, considering each plant’s height and color.  Before replanting divisions, amend the beds with plenty of organic material.  Water every few days until divisions become established.

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