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Become a 4-H volunteer!
Volunteers are the heart of 4-H. See how you can impact our youth and make a difference! Check out the 4-H Volunteers page.
Home Preservation Newsletter
The September/October 2016 version of our KSU/MU Home Food Preservation Newsletter is now available
Topics in this edition include:
- It's Apple Season!
- Updated food preservation guides in Spanish
- Preserving Chocolate Sauce
- Fruit Leather
Other earlier newsletters can be found our our Nutrition and Health page
Vegetable Planting Calendar
As the days warm up, thoughts turn to getting the garden in. Check out MU Extensions Vegetable Planting Calendar the best times to plant in our area.
Make your own rain barrel
Capture the spring rains for your garden by making your own rain barrel. Click on the guide title to get instructions on how to Build Your Own Rain Barrel
Real time weather
Real time weather is provided as a service to the community with the collaboration of the Butler R-V school district, the Kansas City/Pleasant Hill National Weather Service and Bates County University of Missouri Extension.
For weather information, click the weather logo.
Journal your garden
The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension publication MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.
The publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings your reliable and relevant information.
Don’t guess — soil tests save time and money
Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.
Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.
“We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan says.
“Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she says. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or underapplication, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”
Soil testing can be done through the extension office. The cost is $15 per sample. For more information, see these soil testing publications.
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