Forsyth County Extension News Aug. 2014

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Welcome to the dog days, or as I like to say, the Dawg Days, of summer. I remember August being a lot hotter when I was a kid. That said . . .

HOT, HOT, HOT – We’ve got some heat advisories out for this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s, but the humidity will be very high, pushing the heat index into the danger zone. Limit your outdoor activities, especially during the hottest parts of the day, stay hydrated, and watch for signs of heat stress: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke (also called sunstroke). The heat may also call up some thunderstorms.

FOOD SAFETY: CHICKEN NUGGET RECALL – On Tuesday, August 12, Perdue in Gainesville, GA issued a recall notice for 15,306 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nuggets. The nuggets are packaged in 8-ounce boxes labeled “Applegate naturals chicken nuggets” and bearing the establishment number “P2617” and the “Best Before” date of “02/05/15.” The product was produced on February 5, 2014 and shipped to retail outlets nationwide. For more information, click here.

FALL LAWN CARE LECTURE – Transition time for lawns is just around the corner. What does your warm-season lawn need before it enters winter dormancy? What does your fescue lawn need as it’s growing season arrives? Come find out on Wednesday, September 3rd, 6:30 p.m. at Sharon Forks Library. As an added bonus, you can bring your lawn weeds for identification. Label a clear zipper bag with your name and lawn type (bermudagrass, Zoysia, fescue, etc.) and seal in a fresh weed (one weed type per bag, please) with a few drops of water. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers will identify your weeds during the lecture.

Details at a glance:

Fall Lawn Care Lecture

When: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming GA 30041

Cost: Free

Flier – click here.

MORE FALL LANDSCAPE LECTURES – in addition, you can join us for:

Landscape Water Matters at Hampton Park Library on Saturday, September 20 from 2-3 p.m.

Edible Landscaping with Perennials at Post Road Library on Monday, September 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Compost and Soil and Microbiology at Cumming Library on Monday, October 6 from 6:30-7:30

GWINNETT COUNTY EXTENSION LECTURES – While Forsyth County Extension is focusing on lawns and landscaping with our fall lecture series, Tim Daly of Gwinnett County Extension is offering a lecture in September on herb gardening. Here are the details:

Herbs in the Garden • September 30-Shoal Creek Filter Plant -7:00pm to 8:00pm. Herbs are excellent garden plants that require minimal maintenance and come in a variety of scents, flavors, and colors. The class will be held at the Shoal Creek Filter Plant Training Room, 1755 Buford Dam Rd, Buford GA 30518. There is no cost, but register by September 26. Contact Timothy Daly at 678.377.4010 or timothy.daly@gwinnettcounty.com.

4-H SEASONAL START UP – With school back in session, it’s a great time to get youth in 4th-12th grades involved with 4-H! Forsyth County 4-H offers many programs including horse club, shooting sports, in-school club meetings, judging events, county council, and more. County council is our general 4-H meeting for all youth, and it’s where you can learn more about 4-H and all the activities we do. The first meeting will take place Sept 29th from 6:00-7:00 at the Bennett Room at Northside Forsyth Hospital. For more information, call Emily Addis at 770-887-2418.

AND A LAST NOTE: FAREWELL FROM FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES AGENT MICHELE MELTON – Since the grapevine only travels so far, I wanted to take this opportunity to share the news of my departure with those of you who have not yet heard.  I am moving into a totally different field (and county!) as I work to develop some management skills, but am confident that I will be replaced with someone as passionate about improving quality of life as I am.  It was an absolute pleasure getting to meet many of you through classes, presentations, and special events, and I will always think back fondly on my days as the Forsyth County FACS Agent.