Home Insteading With Cooperative Extension (Week 47)

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4-Hers Create Valentine’s Day Cards for Local Nursing Home

Camaryn Byrum, 4-H Agent

The four H’s of 4-H are head, heart, hands, and health. The H’s represent the development of the head, to think, plan and reason; the heart, to care for others and develop positive attitudes; the hands, to be useful and helpful to others; and health, to practice healthy living.

4-H’ers from around the county participated in a community service project that incorporated the heart and hands of 4-H. In the February Educational Kit, youth were asked to create Valentine’s Day cards for residents of a local assisted living facility. It is so important for our youth to understand the importance of caring for others in our community. Youth put their creativity into action and created cards full of glitter, stickers, hand-drawn pictures, and encouraging notes.

Nearly fifty cards were delivered to Chowan River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Friday, February 12, 2021, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Cards

Treat Summer Spurs and Burs Now

Katy Shook, Area Horticulture Agent

It may not seem like the right time of year to treat summer problems, but late winter is the best time of year to treat summer spurs and burs. Sandspur (a.k.a. sandbur, Chenchrus sp.) and Burweed (a.k.a spurweed, Soliva sessilis) are two different lawn weeds that provide a similar experience… ouch!

Sandspur is a grass-like weed that emerges in early spring, blends in with turf through summer, and sets a seed-head of spikes by early fall. Because the painful spurs are seeds for next year’s growth, site managers must stop the seeds before they develop with a pre-emergent herbicide. Products must be approved for home use; look for keywords like “lawn weed-preventer” or “lawn weed-stop.” Follow all label directions and apply in late winter (February-mid March). After the weed has germinated, spot treat with a non-selective herbicide or hand-pull for effective control.

Burweed is a broadleaf-weed that germinates in early fall, stays hidden in lawns through winter, and fully develops by late spring as a frilly, low-growing plant with sharp-needled seeds. Because the weed is not a grass, it can be spotted and controlled in turf easier than sandspur. However, site managers must get control before the plant sets seeds. Use a post-emergent herbicide approved for home use; look for keywords like “lawn weed-control” or “lawn weed-killer.” Follow all label directions and apply in late winter (February-mid March). After the seed develops, herbicides are not an effective treatment.

Keep in mind that the best defense against weeds is a dense, aggressive turf. Following best management practices (ex. fertilizing according to a soil test, mowing at the recommended height) will naturally encourage turf and discourage weeds. Mechanical strategies like hand pulling and collecting seeds are also effective. These strategies are recommended for organic control.

For more information contact the Ask A Master Gardener Helpline at (252) 482-6585.

Control burweed now to prevent the sharp-needled seeds from forming.

Control burweed now to prevent the sharp-needled seeds from forming.

Take Control Virtual Program

Mary Morris, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Chowan County announces the Take Control Program a Nutrition Program for Adults. This FREE program will be offered online weekly. To register visit this Take Control link. The program will start on March 1, 2021, with weekly online classes. A link will be sent on Mondays for each week for 8 weeks and participants will have all week to watch each session.

What is Take Control? This program is an 8-week basic nutrition series for adults. The program helps adults to Take Control of their health to prevent or manage chronic disease.

Program benefits include:

  • Healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Recipes, water bottle, and a spice jar for you to keep
  • Information to help you control sodium, fat, and added sugar
  • 8 engaging and interactive sessions

Registration for this program will be open during the month of February. If you have questions about the program please call or email Mary Morris at 252-482-6585 or mary_morris@ncsu.edu.

This is a free program open to all adults the registration deadline is February 28, 2021.

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