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    Change Just One Thing

    By: Lisa Crock With the start of a new year, many of us make vague resolutions about what we want to accomplish in the coming year. Usually those resolutions are along the lines of eating healthy, exercising more, and/or staying within our budgets. By March, most of us have fallen off of whichever bandwagon we got up on at the beginning of the year. Most resolutions are too broad and vague, and we never get around to breaking them down into small, do-able steps that actually fit into our everyday lives. What if we tried a different approach? What might happen if we decide to change just one small thing…

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    Muskingum SWCD 2019 Board Meeting Dates

    Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Tuesday, July 9, 2019 **Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 **This is a change from the normal second Tuesday because the second Tuesday in August is during fair week.

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    Douglas Fir

    Good morning Muskingum County! Today we will be focusing on the Douglas Fir, the first of our trees that we have for sale as part of our 2019 tree sale. Not considered a true fir and sometimes referred to as a false hemlock, the Douglas Fir is native to a large swath of the western US and Canada. It is a large tree, growing from between 50-70 feet tall. The Douglas Fir is reasonably picky about its growing location and for optimum growth should be planted in a well-drained sandy loam soil. They do not tolerate wet feet or heavy soils and should be watered during extreme drought. The Douglas…

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    Christmas Tree Compromises

    Why do I buy a live Christmas tree? Well, I have to be honest and admit that I didn’t always buy a live tree. I’ve actually owned an artificial tree for almost 20 years. I have lots of beautiful and very fragile old ornaments and I have always been afraid of weak branches allowing my ornaments to fall crashing to the ground. However, a decade ago my husband put his foot down and insisted on getting a live tree in addition to our artificial tree. He missed the smell and the tradition. What kind of Christmas memories, he asked, would the kids have if we didn’t get up one frigid…

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    Wrapping up the garden for the year

    By Lisa Crock- While the recent temperatures have remained summer-like, I have noticed that some trees are beginning to change color. It’s not too early to start thinking about preparing your garden and yard for winter. It’s not unusual to see snow fly in November, and I know I’d rather do my outdoor chores in a light sweatshirt than bundled up in a winter coat! If your garden and flower beds still have some plants standing, now is a good time to remove them. This will help avoid diseases and pests that can over-winter in the plant material and cause problems in next year’s plants. Remove any unpicked vegetables to…

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    Funding Now Available to Treat Spotted Knapweed and Other Invasive Species

    Application Deadline is October 19, 2018 The Morgan Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) announces new funding available for the Spotted Knapweed Treatment for Ohio Producers (STOP) Project. Morgan SWCD and other partners received project funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP is a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program that encourages partners to join efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources. Through the program, NRCS and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas. The STOP project will focus on the treatment and control of spotted knapweed and other invasive species…

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    Ohio NRCS Announces New EQIP Application Deadline for 2019 Funds

    COLUMBUS, OH, Sept. 11, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Friday, October 19, 2018, as the deadline to submit applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Ohio. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while…

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    Oh the many reasons for my garden failures

    Lisa Crock This has not turned out to my year for gardening. I will blame it on the weather, of course, but our epic fails might have more to do with lack of time, attention and possibly fertilizer. We started out the year well enough. I had decided in the spring not to plant much in the way of vegetables. With our kids very involved in 4-H and the fair, and our son starting college in August, we decided to downsize the gardens. We took one of the garden strips out of production and planted grass. In the two strips that were left, my husband planted three different plantings of sweet corn.…

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    Reflections from a wildlife specialist

    Nicole Hafer After 13 wonderful years with the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District, I will be leaving to take another position. It was not an easy decision for me to make, as I love my job with the district, but sometimes we all need to make a change. It was time for me. Thirteen years is a long time, and I have learned a lot. So, as my last article, I thought I’d talk about some of the things I’ve learned as an education/wildlife specialist. Education is what I was originally hired to do, but as budgets grew tighter, I assumed the wildlife specialist role as well. It was…

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    Urban Greens Update

    Things are growing with Urban Greens! All of the beds have been reserved and planted at our Restoration Park Community Garden. I suggest spending some time at the park on a nice summer evening to check out what people are growing. You can even nibble on some produce from our public beds #1-4, which are closest to Muskingum Avenue. Your children will love running through and playing in the natural willow tunnel that we planted last year and is now flourishing. Our apple trees, grape vines, and blueberry bushes made it through the winter and we look forward to their fruits in a couple of years. We have been very…