1. The Ginkgo - A tree with lots of reasons to recommend it

    Dec. 12, 2014

    If you are thinking about what to plant to replace that large ash tree in your landscape, consider the Ginkgo biloba.  This tree is also known as the maidenhair tree because its leaves closely resemble the leaflets of the maidenhair fern.   It has a fascinating history, thrives in even adverse conditions, and is resistant to almost all insects and diseases. 

  2. Are Stink Bugs Bugging Your Soybeans?

    Nov. 24, 2014

    Now is the season to look out for stink bug damage.  The Extension office has received several calls about possible stink bug damage both in home garden situations, as well in Butler County soybean fields.  In Soybean fields, according to Andy Michel, Raman Bansal, and Ronald B.

  3. Emotional Cues and Eating

    Nov. 24, 2014

    Do you ever find yourself eating and realize that you don’t even feel hungry or don’t know why you started eating in the first place?  If so, don’t feel guilty; you are not alone.  Recent studies suggest that over 75% of overeating is caused by our emotions.  Instead of eating due to physical cues from our bodies, such as a growling stomach, emotional eating is when our feelings trigger us to indulge and typically cause us to eat unhealthy foods.  Studies show that we turn to comfort foods that are sweet, high-fat foods in response to emotional stress.  Many of us are programmed to turn to...

  4. Dragons Can Fly

    Nov. 24, 2014

    Late summer is the ideal time to observe dragonflies and damselflies in our area.  More than 64 species of these insects in the order Odonata have been identified in Butler and Warren counties and more than 164 in the state of Ohio.  They love Ohio because of our many rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands and these are the ideal areas to observe them.  If you see a winged insect with huge eyes in proportion to their head and a very long abdomen, it is almost certainly a member of the order Odonata. 

  5. Teen Driver Safety Education Program

    Nov. 24, 2014

    Summer is officially over now that Labor Day holiday celebrations have concluded, the school kids are back in school, everyone is getting focused on the new iPhone 6 release and all the holidays coming up this fall.  Also, more teens are on our roadways during the school week.  More teens are settling into the new school year with homework, extracurricular activities, and going to work.  This week I would like to focus my article on teen drivers.  How many of you know what the 4-H CARTEENS program is all about?  The 4-H CARTEENS’ primary purpose is to decrease the number of repeat juvenile...

  6. Putting your Garden to Bed for the Winter

    Nov. 24, 2014

    The 2015 garden year is about to begin.  Many folks think of next year’s garden as beginning next spring but, it really should begin in the fall of the previous year for the most success next year.   Here are a few ideas to get ready for next spring:

  7. Strengthening Families over Dinner

    Nov. 24, 2014

    To some it may seem old fashioned, or a thing of the past, but family meals are a proven way to help strengthen families.  Years of research has found that the more children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they were to smoke, drink or use drugs.  Why?  Eating dinner together has a positive effect on social development, family communication, nutritional intake and the development of the family structure.  The conversations that go hand-in-hand with dinner help parents learn more about their children’s lives and help them better understand the challenges their kids face each...

  8. National 4-H Week / October 5 – 11, 2014

    Nov. 24, 2014

    Recently I attended a program where three high school 4-H members shared with an audience of about fifty people the wonderful benefits that they all gained through the Butler County 4-H program.  Each one said something that caught my attention as I listened closely.  One young man said something that stood out to me.  That young man said that without 4-H he would have never been able to speak in front of a group.  That brought back memories of being that shy kid in class and hoping each day that the teacher would not call on me to answer a question or speak in front of the class.  We have...

  9. Harvesting Your Own Garden Seeds

    Nov. 24, 2014

    My absolute favorite meeting of our Master Gardeners’ group is the November seed exchange.  Seed harvesting is an old industry that many of us do not think much about anymore. 

    Now we typically order seeds from seed catalogues or buy them from seed racks.  The Shakers were one of the first groups in this country who began to sell seeds in paper packets.  I found a reference that The Shakers of New Lebanon, NY, began packaging and selling garden seeds in the 1790s.

  10. Parents, Find Your Oxygen Mask

    Nov. 24, 2014

    When sitting on an airplane waiting for take-off, have you ever put much thought into why flight attendants instruct parents travelling with young children to put on their oxygen mask first before putting it on their small children?