Knowledge for Life

October 2023

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Extension Council Elections are Monday, October 16

The Johnson County Extension Council elections will take place on Monday, October 16 at the Extension Office from 9 AM to 6 PM. This group represents the citizens of Johnson County and provide feedback and guidance to agents and the director.

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Lawn and Garden

Rock Mulch: a Solution, or a Problem? 

Mulching is hard work! One common substitute for the bark mulch is rock or gravel, which may seem like the perfect alternative.

Before you spread that load of gravel, let’s look at the reality. It may not be the solution after all. Read more

October Gardening Notes

  • Plant garlic cloves for next summer's harvest. Fall planting gets a jump on spring conditions.
  • After a light frost, dig sweet potatoes and cure them for two weeks in a warm location. Then store in a cool, dry location for longer keeping.
  • Harvest peanuts and roast for a homegrown snack.
  • Pick pumpkins and winter squash. Keep in a warm area for a couple of weeks, and then store in a cool, dry location.
  • Till the garden at the end of the season and add organic matter such as manure or compost to improve the soil structure.
  • Make notes of successes and failures in the garden for next year.
  • Remove hulls from black walnuts to retain good color of the kernels.
  • Continue to harvest apples.
  • Pick up and discard fallen fruit to reduce disease next year.

View the complete October gardening calendar

It's Sweet Potato Time

Nearly October, the time is nigh to head out to your garden and dig up this year’s bounty of sweet potatoes. The year has been long, and hot, which coincidentally are the exact conditions required by these tuberous roots to flourish.

So how should you harvest them? How do you know when they’re actually ready? Read more

The Gardening Hotline is here to answer your lawn and garden questions. Ask us!

call: (913) 715-7050 | email: [email protected]

Hotline hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM

4-H Youth Development

How could you inspire the next generation?

With the new 4-H year kicking off, there are many ways to get involved with 4-H. While many volunteer roles involve working with youth, others do not.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities with the 4-H youth development program.

Natural Resources

Whoooo Wants to Know? 

There are eight species of owls in Johnson County. The most common are barred owls and great horned owls. We rounded up everything you wanted to ask about owls. It's a hoot! Read more

Now accepting applications for the Class of 2024

Extension Master Naturalists are trained volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to managing natural resources.

If you love nature, want to improve your skills and knowledge, and like to work with people, the EMN program may be for you. Applications are due by November 6, 2023. Learn more

Home & Family

October 2023 Personal Financial Check In

David Bach coined the term "latte factor" to describe how we spend our money on everyday items that don't add much value to our lives. What impact do frequent purchases have on your financial goals? October is a great time to assess!

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Who will make medical decisions for you?

Only one in four American adults has an advance health care directive.

As you review your health coverage, you may also want to implement and communicate permissions related to your medical wishes if you were unable to make your own decisions.

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Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health

Eat your pumpkin!

Besides their beauty, pumpkins are also loaded with nutrition including vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

One cup of pumpkin puree packs 7 grams of fiber! That is nearly one-fourth of your recommended daily fiber intake of 25-30 grams per day.

Learn more about this nutritional powerhouse and get a recipe for roasting your own pumpkin seeds.

Have nutrition, food safety, or health questions?

call: (913) 715-7000 | email: [email protected]

Upcoming Events | view complete list here

Johnson County Extension Council

October 16: Council Elections

Lawn & Garden Events

Tuesdays, 8 to 10:30 AM: Workdays at the Sunset Community Garden (volunteers welcome)

October 4: Putting Your Garden to Bed: Winter Garden Prep (K-State Garden Hour) This one features our very own horticulture agent, Anthony Reardon!!

Home & Family Events

October 4: Living Well Wednesday: It's not so Kool to Juul

October 5, 12, 19: Retirement Planning Today (3-part series)

October 14: Making the Move to Medicare

October 20: Wits Workout

October 28: Get It All Together

October 31: Medicare: An In-Depth Look

Natural Resources Events

October 10: Wild Research: The Effects of Time, Space, and Floral Species on Tallgrass Prairie Bumblebee Occurrence

October 12: Bats Nature Program

October 19: Spiders Nature Program

October 20: Introduction to Prescribed Burning (class full!)

4-H Youth Development Events

October 1: Happy 4-H New Year!

October 2-8: National 4-H Week

October 5-26: 4-H Air Pistol SPIN Club (class full!)

October 18: New Family Orientation

Health, Food Safety, and Nutrition Events

October 5: Good Gut Health (class is full)

October 9: Four-Course Living: Soup and Breadsticks (class is full)

October 17: Not So Sweet Facts About Sugar

October 19: Savory Soups and Stews

October 23: Powerful Foods for Fighting Chronic Illness

Community Vitality

October 6: First Friday e-Call: Trails: How Can Business Owners Help Create Trail Towns?

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