#WatchYourWaste is a food reduction and composting education effort by Johnson County 4-H'ers. See how YOU can make a difference.

A 4-H new year has come back around, which means it's time to look into our programs! 4-H is great for youth to gain leadership and life skills, so why not get the family involved?

Lawn & Garden

Peonies bring a great deal of joy in the spring. October is the perfect time to add a new peony to the garden or dig, divide and transplant an existing plant.
Fall Clean-Up: What to do with Fallen Leaves

The coming of fall means soon the leaves on the trees will drop. Are these leaves trash or treasure? It all depends on how you look at them. Here are tips for handling leaves besides raking and bagging. Try mulch mowing or turning them into compost.

Yellow and purple flowers look out of place and disrupt the carpet of green grass in a spring lawn. Fall is the ideal time to eliminate these weeds, lawn resulting in that desired carpet.

The fading daylight hours signal the coming to an end of the gardening season. But Extension is here to help all year. The gardening hotline is your resource for research-based, factual information to help you make wise choices and maybe even save you a little money. Let us answer your gardening questions!

Already missing your summer garden? Well, the fun doesn't have to stop when the weather gets cooler. Learn ways to grow and harvest vegetables this winter with just a few simple steps!

Home & Family
Are you preparing to transition to Medicare? Are you trying to decide what plan is best for you? Well now is the time and we are here to help!
October is American Cheese Month

Cheese is delicious—but is it nutritious? Well, some varieties do fare better than others. Check out this article from Penn State Extension on the different nutrition factors of each variety. American cheese is often thought of as “fake” or “plastic” cheese. This article shows what's in American cheese.

By now we should all be experts on hand washing. But, just in case, here are the five key steps we should follow to properly clean our hands. It is more important than ever to keep our hands clean!
Agriculture & Natural Resources

With the cool weather rolling in, that means those creepy crawleys are making a run for your home! Take some steps to keep those bugs out!
The Johnson County Extension Office is open. For the safety of our staff, volunteers and public please set up an appointment so we can take additional precautions for you and our staff. Face to face programming will be permitted on a case by case basis, all while following CDC health safety guidelines.

14-H New Year!
4-11National 4-H week!
15 – Insurance 101 with Olathe Libraries
19 – Brain Fit with Olathe Lbraries
Keep checking our website as more virtual classes go live at johnson.k-state.edu or call 913-715-7000. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.
In Partnership Together
K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Johnson County Extension at (913) 715-7000. Notify staff of accommodation needs as early as possible.