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4-H Kids To Sew Christmas Ornaments

by Pamela Redwine

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  Just a reminder that the Extension Office will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and we will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29.  

The Yalobusha Forestry Association will meet Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.  Dr. Andy Ezell will be our speaker. Refreshments will be served. The program is free, however, we ask that you please call the Extension office at 675.2730 or email  to register.

If you ordered MSU cheese you can pick up your cheese at the Extension office after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Our Nov. 18 4-H meeting “Cookies in a Jar” was a huge success. We had 17 youth to attend. We had lots of fun and we want to say a special thank you to the parents, grandparents and volunteers that stayed and helped.  

The next Family and Consumer Science (FCS) 4-H meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Extension office in Coffeeville. We will be sewing Christmas ornaments.  Call the Extension office now at 675-2730 or  you can send an email to to reserve your child’s spot.

Leaves – Remove or Not?

Fall has officially arrived, the first frost has occurred and trees are beginning to drop their leaves. While leaves can become excellent mulch or compost they should not be left intact on our Southern lawns over the fall and winter.

Leaves lying on the turf canopy reduce light and air circulation necessary for healthy turf. With a layer of leaves covering the lawn attack and damage from diseases and insects can easily go unnoticed until the turf is totally destroyed. A blanket of leaves covering the turf will trap moisture between the soil and the leaves providing an ideal environment for the proliferation of pathogens such as large patch (rhizoctonia) and other diseases most prominent with the moderate temperatures of fall. Therefore, leaves should be periodically raked from the lawn or mulched down into the thatch with a good mulching mower.

While a pair of soft work gloves, a large lawn rake and a lightweight tarp are ideal tools to get leaves off the lawn, leaf blowers and bagging mowers can make the work go a lot easier.

Morris Heading collard fans take note: Twilley Seeds has seed this year. This odd ball collard makes a normal looking collard plant for the first several weeks of its life, then forms a head like cabbage on top of an elongated stem. The early leaves can be harvested and used like any other collard.

Vegetable gardeners should be getting catalogues in the mail now. There are several new and interesting varieties hitting the home market. Remember to always plant new varieties next to a variety you have grown before so you can fairly compare them. Sometimes the weather has much more effect on the way plants perform than genetics.

One easy to grow vegetable showing up in the supermarket now is Broccoli raab. Although the name implies it is another form of broccoli, it is actually a version of Brassica rapa like turnip, pac choi and napa cabbage rather than Brassica oleracea like broccoli, cabbage and collard.

Broccoli raab has small seed heads that look like the side shoots of broccoli, but the leaves and stems are also eaten like greens. It is a quick producer and seeds planted now may be ready for the table in January.

Article Source: Horticulture Tips for November 15, 2010
Lelia Kelly, Wayne Wells, David Nagel

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