(Distributed December 2005) As you get ready for the holidays this year, look around you. There likely will be many families who have been displaced by the hurricanes. They aren’t necessarily living in shelters or in trailer cities.
(Distributed December 2005) Christmas time is coming, a time for giving. We don’t think of ethical character as a gift, but it is one we can give daily, according to LSU AgCenter 4-H and character education expert John Arceneaux.
(Distributed December 2005) How can you help your child learn where foods come from? Next time you are at the grocery store or farmer’s market, help your child identify foods that are examples of roots, stems, leaves, fruits, flowers and seeds.
(Distributed December 2005) This holiday season may be more stressful than ever for some people and families. Stress resulting from our recent disasters combined with the usual holiday stress may become overwhelming.
(Distributed December 2005) Gardeners often wonder whether plowing or tilling should be done in the spring or the cold season, but LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Thomas Koske says working the soil in late fall or winter has several advantages over the traditional spring plowing and tillage.
(Distributed December 2005) Fresh bean sprouts and other seed sprouts found in salads and sandwiches are easy to grow at home, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske. Unfortunately, they also are very perishable.
(Distributed December 2005) Tomatoes are the quintessential garden vegetable whose fans can be as loyal and vocal as those who bleed purple and gold for the LSU Tigers. Very few gardeners don’t grow tomatoes.
(Distributed December 2005) Most families don’t plan to run up high balances on their credit cards during the holidays, it just happens. Nearly one-third of adults say they spent more than they planned – often $100 to $500 more.
(Distributed December 2005) An estimated 55 percent to 60 percent of Americans carry credit card balances. The average household with a credit card balance carries a revolving debt load of nearly $8,000. A recent study found that nearly half of those households with balances paid the minimum payment.
(Distributed December 2005) The holidays mark the season of shopping and eating as consumers rush to the mall to buy gifts. Malls are popular, not just for their merchandise, but for their many restaurants and snack stands.
(Distributed December 2005) As the end of the year approaches, LSU AgCenter family economics professor Dr. Jeanette Tucker encourages consumers to take advantage of some great tax breaks and let employers pick up the tab for expenses.
(Distributed December 2005) Gardeners often want to save seeds from their favorite vegetable crops. Despite popular belief, it is not especially cheaper in the long run than buying fresh, clean seeds every year, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
(Distributed December 2005) Most small, hand-carried lawn and garden tools such as string trimmers and chainsaws use 2-stroke engines, while larger machines such as lawn and garden tractors use 4-stroke engines. Lawn mowers are available with either type of engine.
(Distributed December 2005) Zero-turn lawnmowers have taken over the commercial riding mower market, and now low-cost homeowner models are available from several companies, according to an engineer with the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed December 2005) It seems obvious that a wider or faster mower will cover a lawn faster than a narrower or slower mower, but this is not always true. And seldom will the increase in cutting rate be proportional to the increase in width or speed, according to an engineer with the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed December 2005) It’s not necessary to buy all the equipment you need for your lawn and garden – especially for short-term use like storm cleanup.
(Distributed December 2005) The holidays abound with tasty treats such as eggnog, cream pies and other dishes containing eggs. Eating raw or undercooked eggs is an invitation for foodborne illness. The same is true for lightly cooked eggs and egg dishes.
(Distributed December 2005) The recommendation from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that meat and poultry not be washed before cooking has prompted questions because many people have always done so in the belief this made the meat safer to eat.
(Distributed December 2005) Healthy eating is key to looking good, feeling great and being your best. Foods provide the essential nutrients and other compounds the body needs for good health, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
(Distributed December 2005) Most people face the holiday season with some fear of gaining weight. The good news is that although many people gain, research suggests that the gain will probably be only 1 pound, not 5.