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July 2018

Summer sun. Summer fun!

In this issue of Knowledge for Life we discuss:
  • tips for a healthy vacation,
  • finding a balance between urban wildlife and humans,
  • keys to watering in KC,
  • summer vegetable care,
  • a job opening in our office, and
  • Much, much more!

Plus mark your calendar for the Johnson County Fair, July 29 - Aug 4 in Gardner.

Happy Fourth of July to all our extension friends!

Have questions? Give us a call at 913.715.7000. Or email us at
5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation
All I ever wanted
Had to get away

We all know that catchy tune. Perfect for this time of year. But before you load up the car or line up at the airport, consider these tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a safe and healthy vacation.
Deadline: July 6
Job Opening: Office Professional Administrative Support
We have an opening in our office for a part-time position. Job description here.
Finding a Balance Between Urban Wildlife and Humans
That bunny is oh so cute until it devours those prized Asiatic lilies you've been waiting to bloom for a whole year. Living with nature in an urban/suburban environment has its challenges.
Keys to Watering in Kansas City
Why is something so basic as watering so difficult? The problem is simple; we cannot see what is going on below the soil. We're often just left to guess whether the plant needs water. Learning the principles of watering is the first step.
Summer Vegetable Care
You planted them last May. Now that summer's here, vegetables will produce better with just a little care. Use these simple tips to increase your harvest.
Growing Hardy Hibiscus
Hardy hibiscus couldn't be easier. You get a lot of bang for the buck -- big, showy flowers from June till first frost. 'Plum Crazy' is a new, compact variety. If you're looking for an easy-care showstopper for your landscape, find out how you can add color all summer long.
What's bugging you?
Japanese Beetles and Bagworms
While we featured these issues in earlier newsletters, they still are causing problems in our landscape and calls keep a comin'.
Deadline: July 13
Last Call! Apply Now to Become an Extension Master Gardener
EMG trainees are mentored throughout their first year of training to help guide them through the process. Veteran volunteers show you the In's and Out's and get you started on the right path.

If you have a passion for gardening, like sharing horticulture information, and love to have fun, consider volunteering with the Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs), an educational outreach program.

July 11 All American Selections
Demonstration Garden Open on Special Wednesdays This Summer
View winning flowers from this award program as they begin their summer show. Vegetables are in full production. Hardy Hibiscus will provide a show of colors.
July 29 - August 4 in Gardner
Johnson County Fair
The Johnson County Fair has been celebrating all of the best in Johnson County while preserving the agricultural heritage of the community since 1939. The Johnson County Fair is a free fair except the carnival and nightly arena events. Don't miss out on the fun!
July 29 in Gardner
Calling for Open Class Entries for Johnson County Fair
Consider entering your hand painted china, photography, homegrown vegetables, or Aunt Tillie's giant fern in the Open Class competition at the county fair. There's a category for every expression of creative talent: pies, canned goodies, flower arranging, fiber arts and much, much more. You can enter online here.
Become an Extension Master Food Volunteer
Extension Master Food Volunteers (EMFVs) are trained by university-based nutritionists, registered dietitians, food scientists and culinary experts and become certified in research-based food safety and healthy living concepts. They, in turn, give voluntary service for a variety of educational outreach projects that utilize their training. If you are a Foodie, apply here.

Classes & Events
To register online click on the class link or call 913-715-7000.

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