The Farmer’s Market in Coffeeville opened up on last Friday with a little mix up on the location, but it still went well for the vendors. The Farmer’s Market was supposed to open at the old Garner Harper Funeral Home Lot, but we were not aware this property is in the process of being sold and the new owners didn’t want it on their property.
This really was no big deal because the vendors were just able to move right on down to the old Co-Op slab that is beside the Renasant Bank. The only problem with this location is that it was blistering hot on Friday afternoon. Going forward the market will be at the old CO-OP location on Friday afternoons with vendors setting under the shade trees along the back of the property.
Over the last week we had several spotty showers that popped up and helped the crops in some areas around the county and also possibly hurt others with some flash flooding. Several areas in the eastern part of the county received up to five inches of rain. On Wednesday morning I was out and about looking at crops and saw several places that flash flooding has caused water to cover sweet potatoes, that is not good. On the other side of that story I saw some corn around the Water Valley area that looked pretty good and is benefiting from all of this rain.
The rest of the week this week I will be in Jackson for the State 4-H Horse show. For the first year in a long time Yalobusha county does not have any participants at the state show. As a whole state wide Horse show participant numbers are way down than what they were several years ago. There is much speculation about the reasoning for the decline but the argument always ends on there is just so many other things to compete for kids and parents time now. All I can say is any kid is welcome to come join and ride with the Yalobusha county 4-H horse club.
Help pollinators with a few simple steps
By Susan M.
Pollinators are important to flowering plants and the food supply, but dwindling numbers of some of these creatures, including monarch butterflies and bees, have captured the public’s attention. Many people want to help. But what can homeowners do to support these important pollinators? Jennifer Buchanan, senior curator at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, shared her top three tips for creating a pollinator-friendly garden.
First, include plants for all life stages. Gardens and landscapes should have host plants suitable for insects to lay eggs, nectar plants for adults to feed on and other plants to provide shelter. Only a few host plants are compatible with some species, such as butterflies and moths, so make sure to choose ones that support the target pollinator.
Second, avoid using pesticides whenever possible. Instead, use natural methods, such as hand picking, to control harmful insects. If pesticides cannot be avoided, apply them carefully and do not let them drift into areas where target pollinators visit or live.
Third, choose a safe area to install pollinator plants and gardens. Plant as far away from the road as possible to help pollinators avoid collisions with vehicles. Insects are not the world’s only pollinators. Birds and small mammals, such as mice and bats, also transfer pollen from plant to plant.