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Time To Pick Up Your MSU Cheese Orders

By Pamela Redwine

The MSU Cheese orders are here.  Please stop by the Extension office and pick up your orders by Friday, Dec. 3.

The Tummy Safe Certification Exam will be given on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m.  Tummy Safe is the Food Certification Course for child caregivers.  If you missed your chance this time, the next class/exam for Yalobusha county will be Feb. 5.

The Family and Consumer Science 4-H club will meet Thursday, Dec. 9 from 4:30 to 6 p.m at the Extension office located in the Multi-Purpose building in Coffeeville. The children will be hand sewing Christmas ornaments.  This event is open to all children ages 5 to 18.  Our group has been growing every month and we are so excited!

 If you are interested in your child attending, please call 662.675.2730 or email the extension office at to get your child’s name on the list.  Space is limited due to the limited number of supplies for ornaments.

Best Deals on Lawn Equipment Purchases may be Now!

Has your old lawn mower seen its better days?  Have you longed for a mower you could ride instead of push?  Are you tired of hand clipping along the drive or around trees and shrubs?  Lawn equipment dealers are very much like automobile dealers this time of year.  It is easier to pass the savings on to customer than to hold this year’s models over when new models will appear soon.  Many of the major chain stores are restocking their shelves for Christmas shopping so much of their lawn equipment and supplies have to be cleared or stored.  Therefore, they are offering great savings to customers to purchase this equipment now.  A riding lawn mower could be reduced as much as $500 and many other pieces of equipment and supplies may be discounted as much as 30-40%.  If your old equipment is worn out and you will have to buy new for next spring anyway maybe it would still be a bargain even if you had to borrow the money and pay some interest charges.

 Buying a 2010 year model over a 2011 year model lawn mower, weed eater, etc. will unlike automobiles rarely affect trade-in value.  So as long as the item you have an interest in meets the requirements of your needs then why not take advantage of saving some money.

And if you have resistance convincing a spouse of purchasing lawn equipment this time of year you can suggest that the money saved will be used to buy a gift for the spouse.

Poinsettia Pointers

1. Place your plant in indirect light—a west-facing window is good—for at least six hours per day.

2. Keep the temperature between 60 degrees F. and 70 degrees F. If you are comfortable, so is your poinsettia.

3. Avoid drafts, cold spots, and dry air from heat ducts.

4. Keep soil moist, but not wet. Remove plant from decorative foil container, or punch holes in the bottom of the foil, before watering to allow the water to drain completely.

5. Avoid letting the bracts (colorful part of the plant) touch cold windowpanes since freezing outdoor temperatures can cause damage.

6. For further information about poinsettias and how to care for them after the holidays see the Extension publication 2573 Home Horticulture: Selecting and Maintaining Poinsettias.

Winter doesn’t officially start for another month, but freezing temperatures are forecasted for much of the state. The long range forecast from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service is calling for a mild winter, so if we can protect our plants for a few cold nights, we may be able to keep them alive for quite a while. The easiest way is to cover the plants with light weight covers before the sun goes down.

Don’t get out the down comforter or heavy quilts. Use a sheet or dust cloth-weight blanket since you don’t want to crush the plants you are trying to save. The key to making this work is to remove the covers the next day after the sun warms things up. There are special spun bonded polypropylene or polyethylene materials available from mail order houses and some garden centers that can be left on for several days.

Article Source: Horticulture Tips for November 22, 2010
Wayne Wells. Lelia Kelly, David Nagel

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