Home Insteading With Cooperative Extension (Week 13)

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4-H at Home 
Camaryn Byrum, 4-H Agent 
No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag

Do you have a favorite t-shirt lying around that you’ve outgrown? Don’t throw it away! Repurpose it. Old t-shirts make great reusable shopping totes to take to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Turning t-shirts into reusable totes is an easy, kid-friendly activity that only takes about 20 minutes. Follow the steps below to make your own t-shirt tote bags!

Old T-Shirt

Directions (from Happiest Camper):

  1. Lay a t-shirt flat on the floor. Be sure the t-shirt has been washed and dried.
  2. Cut off both sleeves.
  3. Cut out the neckline from the t-shirt.
  4. Make 1.5 inch slits along the bottom of the t-shirt. Be sure to go though both sides of the t-shirt.
  5. Turn the t-shirt inside out. This way, when you tie the knots, they will not be visible from the outside.
  6. Tie the top and bottom tassels together. Be sure to double knot your ties to ensure the bag does not come apart when filled.
  7. Continue Step 6 until all tassels are tied.
  8. Turn the t-shirt right side out again. Enjoy your reusable tote.

A flyer with pictures of each step can be found here: No sew t-Shirt Tote Bag

Family and Consumer Sciences at Home 
Mary Morris, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent  
31 Day Water Challenge 2020 

This challenge is to encourage participants to drink 64 oz of water per day for 31 days.

Participants will receive a free water bottle and be asked to log in daily water intake for 31 days. This challenge starts on Monday, July 1, and will end on July 31, 2020.

The challenge is to drink 64 ounces of water each day. N.C. Cooperative Extension of Chowan County will be promoting drinking water during the month of July. Please go to the Chowan County website to sign up and get your 32 oz water bottle. Water bottles will be available for pick up for those who have signed up on June 29 & 30 at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Chowan County office, 730 N. Granville St. Edenton NC 27932. The cost of the water challenge is $5.

The goal is to drink 2 (32 oz) water bottles a day= 8 glasses of water

Each Monday you will be emailed or you can print a new weekly log in. Attached is the printable version sheet or login online. Please sign up to get the weekly log in link. Email or call Mary Morris at mary_morris@ncsu.edu or 252-741-0026 for any questions.

Printable log

Horticulture at Home
Katy Shook, Area Horticulture Agent  
What to Know About Testing Your Soil

Fertilizing is an annual chore for most gardeners. And while plants may benefit from the addition of lime and fertilizer, incorrect management of soils can lead to poor plant growth and environmental pollution. The best way to determine soil and plant needs is by taking a soil test. Soil testing is free for North Carolina residents most of the year through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Tests can be either diagnostic or routine. A diagnostic sample can help determine soil problems and offer suggestions for control, while routine soil testing provides regular recommendations of lime, fertilizer, and any additional nutrients.

Samples can be collected at any time of year. No special equipment is needed, but gardeners should make sure the tool used for collecting samples is stainless steel or chrome. The soil sample kit (which can be mailed to you from your local Cooperative Extension office) includes a cardboard collection box and instruction form. In general, homeowners should dig in at least four spots around the given area (ex. lawn, vegetable garden, rose bed), dig at least 4 inches deep, and mix the soil together in a plastic bucket. Transfer the representative soil mix into the cardboard box, using only the tabs included in the kit to secure the box. Attach completed paperwork and mail to the lab as indicated on the form, or return to your local Extension office.

Promote the best health of your plants and our environment by taking a free soil sample. For more information, call (252) 482-6585.

soil sample box