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The Yalobusha County 4-H Shooting Sports participants competed in the Northwest District Shooting Sports meet in Tallahatchie County.

4-H Shooters Compete In District Meet

I spent Saturday of this past weekend over at the Tallahatchie County Fair-grounds in Charleston at the Northwest District Shooting Sports meet, along with all of the Yalobusha County 4-H Shooting Sports group and parents.  The Extension agents all have work assignments at the meet so we don’t have an opportunity to really watch all of our 4-H kids participate.  

I worked the shotgun range again this year as a scorer and we had well over 100 kids pass through our range.  The only kid that I actually got to see shoot was 11 year-old Tristen Bole, who shot a 13 of 15 and earned a second place finish in his age class.  The senior age group of 14-18 year old were able to qualify for the state tournament to be held in West Point in July.  Several of our kids qualified for this – Shelby D. Sparks, 10 meter air pistol; Spencer Powell, 25 meter archery; and Destyne Rogers, 10 meter air rifle.  All of the kids had a good time at the meet and all of them shot extremely well also.  If you would like to see some event pictures you can check the Yalobusha County 4-H Shooting Sports Facebook page.       

If you would like to learn more about lawn care, shrub care, or any other home landscape questions plan to attend the Home Landscape Maintenance class at the Extension office.  The class will be given on May 25th at 6pm at the Multi-purpose building in Coffeeville.  This program is designed for homeowners and landscape professionals to hone their ability to better care for landscapes.  If you would be interested in attending please call the Extension office at 662-675-2730 to reserve your spot.

The next vegetable growing class will be on Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Multi-purpose building in Coffeeville. These classes are for the commercial grower as well as the home gardener.  At the next meeting we will discuss post emerge weed control, insects, fungus and other growing challenges.  If interested call the Extension office at 662-675-2730.

There will be a Private Applicators test at the Multi-purpose building in Coffeeville on May 19 at 1 p.m.  The fee for this class is $20 and the license lasts for five years.  This training is needed if an individual  who wants to purchase a restricted use chemical and apply it on their own crops.

Mama’s Container Garden For Mother’s Day

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day and lots of people will be buying container plants for mama.  Most will be filled with some sort of colorful blooming plants.  If you are the lucky recipient, or if you were the gift giver these tips and information may be useful as you care for or help mama care for her plants.   

Container gardens make wonderful additions to the home landscape. They’re portable, easy to maintain and just right for those of us who have trouble getting up and down like we used to—we don’t have to bend over quite as far to maintain these gardens! Little ones enjoy taking care of their own garden in a pot also.  Some tips for successful container gardening are: 

1. Make sure the pot is large enough that you will not be watering constantly—if you are having to water it more than once every couple days, it is too small.

2. Situate the container where it is accessible and it is an accent to the landscape—groups of containers of various sizes and shapes make nice accents.

3. Group plants in the container that have the same cultural requirements—shade, sun, wet, dry, etc.

4. Combine plants of different textures, shapes, and color combinations; for example, use some “spiky” plants, “roundy” plants and some “hanging-down” plants. 

5. Any container garden will need periodic grooming—removing spent blossoms, etc. It is unlikely that a container gardener will maintain its good looks all summer. Some of the plant material will need to be replaced or cutback as the season progresses.

6. Choices of plants for containers are endless. Don’t limit yourself to annuals. Perennials, even trees and shrubs can successfully be grown in containers. 

Horticulture tips provided by Dr. Leila Kelly.

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