In this edition: Pet Show, Talent Contest, Catch Phrase, Beef poster contest, BB Gun Contest, Fashion Camp, and Cooking Contest.
Mint can be used in a variety of drinks, salads, dips, and desserts. It is easy to grow, multiplies and lasts forever. It adds a refreshing taste to recipes.
Look around the area and you will find many species of woodland flowers. Take a walk in the wooded areas to see the many varieties of beautiful natural plants.
Take some time to properly mow and water your lawn to keep it healthy and looking good during the summer months.
Lincoln Parish is fortunate to have such great volunteers. This enhances our community and school clubs by having dedicated helpers. Call if interested.
Useful information to start your vegetable and flower beds for growing season is crucial. Make sure garden soil is ready to support the additions you purchase.
Summer camp for 4, 5 & 6th graders is June 10-14, 2019; limited spots available. Come by to sign up at 4-H Office. Deadline is April 22, 2019 and cost is $225.
4-H Medical/Health forms are necessary for youth when attending events and adults who overnight chaperone through the LSU AgCenter.
Must be age14 before Jan.1 or younger and 4-H member for 2 years. Must score 250 pts. on application. Not eligible to apply if you have won award previously.
Lincoln Parish 4-H newsletter is a monthly newsletter with information about upcoming 4-H events, activities, competitions, and due dates for 4-H members.
For a lifetime gift, select a site and choose the right tree to give to someone who enjoys the outdoors. Now is the time to plant most trees in Louisiana.
Fall is a busy time to collect end of season seeds, add mulch to flower beds and prepare plants for the winter months ahead.
Try to make time for family dinners, as it keeps everyone bonded and connected. It also helps to keep up with everyday activities.
Use what you have to make your own compost pile, such as leaves, sticks, grass clippings, fruit waste and vegetable peelings.
With the beginning of school, things tend to get stressful and hectic in the mornings. Having a routine will help keep everyone calm and relaxed.
Providing shelter, water and food sources for wildlife in your yard is possible with creative ideas. It can be a pleasant place to watch wildlife in your yard.
Join the next Master Gardener class which will begin August 22 and run through November 7. Call the LSU AgCenter for registration/information to sign up.
Watering your plants during the hot temperatures is critical. Make sure you water deep enough for the water to reach the depths of their roots.
Native plants provide sources of pollen and nectar for insects and help our ecosystem. Plant natives in your garden and enjoy watching the bees and butterflies.
Don't wait until you see stickers in your yard to start doing anything about it. Now is the time to treat them before they start coming up.
Decide what vegetable plants you will be planting this spring and preparing the beds. Try several different varieties of plants to ensure good production.
Herbs can be planted in your garden to be used in a variety of home remedies, as well as adding to recipes. Many have been around for a very long time.
Plants that are suitable to a specific climate makes a difference. A heat zone map will ensure your plants are suitable to the area before planting.
The best time to fertilize your spring lawn is after you have mowed 3-4 times to give the grass a chance to actively grow and late winter weeds are dying off.
There are so many different ways of working exercise into your daily routine. Just 30 minutes a day could increase your quality of life.
Get your exercise by walking and enjoy the outdoors. Just a few minutes a day can make you feel better, lose weight and a healthier person all around.
Consuming just two 20-ounce sweet teas contain 360 calories a day, 2,520 calories a week or 150,040 calories a year, which is 42 extra pounds in a year.
4-H summer camp will be June 11-15, 2018. Applications available at 4-H Office in Ruston; spots are limited. Cost: $225
Be sure and have your soil tested to guarantee the proper plant growth according to the recommended test results.
Each plant pruned must be considered individually and done during dormancy. Pruning is necessary to maintain a tree's shape and stimulates new growth.
It is important that you children have healthy snacks to refuel them between meals to avoid overeating at mealtime.
Maintain an inviting atmosphere to attract birds into your yard by providing bird baths, shelters and feeders and enjoy watching them!
As summertime comes to an end, leave your yard and plants a little messy to encourage wildlife to have shelter, food, and nesting places.
Eating breakfast helps children function better in school, feeding body and mind. It also helps the attention span and concentration level.
It is easy to build your own inexpensive compost bin using an old trash can or cinder blocks and adding leaves and sticks from your yard.
Get your garden ready to plant for spring by cleaning plant beds and transplanting bulbs. Prime your fall garden for broccoli, cabbage and carrots and others.
Meal time with the family can create a time for bonding and keeping in touch with what is going on with the family now that a new school year is here.
Growing your own herbs is better quality and convenience. You will have fresh herbs at hand when you need them for cooking and some herbs reseed each year.
A less stressful school year can be possible with some tips for getting ready for back to school.
Increase your knowledge of plants by joining the Master Gardener class and have fun being a part of the group. To register for August class, call 318-251-5134.
Microwave ovens can save lots of time but can also cause injury if not used properly. Learn the features of your microwave and important tips on proper usage.
Watching bumblebees is entertaining and provides a valuable service by pollinating our plants. Planting flowers is a way to improve the bumblebee survival.
Enjoy activity of birds and butterflies in your garden by planting flowers that attract them. Several different plants will grow in the area for this purpose.
Parenting classes will be taught beginning in May at Lincoln Parish Extension office. Call 318-251-5134 to sign up.
Many teens who have access to family farm land can earn extra income in summer by offering RV camping, selling flowers, or delivering home grown produce.
Small communities can offer tourism attractions by showing venues in agriculture, culture, recreation and other amenities.
Volunteers are a big help teaching students at area schools with school gardens. They have given their time and it could not happen without their help.
Visitors touring farms do not know the dangers of feeding and touching the animals so safety issues must be in place to protect the owners and tourists.
Leaders in the Grambling community have begun meetings to concentrate on becoming healthier and maintaining good health.
If you own your own land and want to increase your income, accommodations through bed and breakfast venues is one way to do this.
Dates for 4-H summer camp are May 23 - July 29, 2016
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture