Severe Weather Preparedness – Start Today!

The best time to prepare for a storm is before it happens. Storms may be severe across parts of the nation on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27 (map). Know the difference between a “Watch” or a “Warning” – Be Weather Aware!

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What can you do? Prepare and/or restock your family emergency kits . Don’t forget pets and consider what steps you’ll take for livestock and large animals. Review your safe-place plans with family.

Make sure flashlights are working, grab extra batteries and get out the weather alert radio. Keep your cell phone charged – during an emergency, you may not be able to make a cell phone call but you might be able to text.

For help visit http://ready.gov and http://ready.gov/animals

Stormy Weather

As always, check with your local emergency management agency for specific resources in your community. You can also contact your local university extension office for assistance locating the appropriate resources or agencies in your community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml

Have a great day!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Make the Most of a Small Garden Space

Lettuce varieties planted in one foot squares

Lettuce varieties planted in one foot squares – photo by D. Janssen, Nebraska Extension

If you have a small space, you can still garden! There are ways to make it work for you and your family.

In this technique you’ll create a garden divided by a series of 1 foot by 1 foot squares. Each square holds a different vegetable or herb.

One of the advantages of a square foot garden is it’s easy to maintain. Since the amount of space is limited, the time needed to maintain the garden is small, too. You can still grow large plants, like zucchini, tomatoes or even melons.

To learn how to start your square foot garden and what crops to consider, read “Make the Most of a Small Garden Space” by Sarah Browning, Extension Educator.

If you want to know what plants grow best in your area, contact your local extension office. They are a terrific resource in our communities. Find your local office (nationwide listing) here.

Speaking of tomatoes … Did you know? Bumblebees are the only pollinators for tomatoes! Always use practices to protect our important pollinators.

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere
http://lancaster.unl.edu

The May 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The May issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the May 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Emerald Ash Borer is Getting Closer
  • Leftover Makeovers and Refrigerator Reboots!
  • Clean Out the Fridge & Cupboards Casserole Recipes
  • Guidance for Disciplining Children
  • Rural Transit Offers Affordable Transportation!
  • 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (Local)
  • Upcoming Child Development Classes (Local)
  • Cash Rent Survey
  • 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year – Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
  • April Showers Bring … Interesting Bird Behaviors
  • May Garden Guide
  • 4-H News, Resources & More
  • Meet new extension educators: Jody Green and Jaci Foged & More

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

The NEBLINE Newsletter

Spring Cleaning with Young Children

The Learning Child Blog

cleaning            Author:  Lisa Poppe, Nebraska Extension – The Learning Child

Spring is the time of year for cleaning. Your young children can help with cleaning        tasks, especially when they are members of a team that works together. Such activities help children focus on a task, talk about what needs to be done and follow through until completion. These experiences can promote a sense of competence and show children that everyone benefits from teamwork.

Spring Cleaning Tip #1: Make it a family event and give them jobs to do.

  • “Sorting anything…let them dust or wash windows (at least the bottom half!)…beat rugs outside (burns off winter energy)…make it a family event and give them some choices so they feel part of the project.
  • Small children have short attention spans, so try setting aside one morning a week to tackle a spring cleaning project.

Spring Cleaning Tip #2: Be patient, even if…

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Rabbits, Squirrels & Raccoons … Oh My!

Raccoon in the trash - photo by Vicki Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County

You can tell “Spring has Sprung” in our area. Local residents are calling concerned about rabbits munching their landscape plants (and having babies), squirrels nipping off twigs on trees (and having babies), raccoons clawing their way into homes (and having babies).

What Can You Do About Problem Wildlife?

The situation really depends on the animal and the damage it is causing. You’ll never get rid of all the squirrels or rabbits in a neighborhood but there are ways to protect your property from damage. Your best long-term solution may be habitat modification and exclusion. Usually it takes more than one approach to a situation. If you have a raccoon in your attic, you will want to hire a professional.

Do not try to solve a wildlife problem with mothballs! It is illegal to use a pesticide against the label (read the label). Mothballs won’t solve your wildlife problem.

Nebraska Extension has resources available to help on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest. If you live outside of Lancaster County, Nebraska, visit here to find your local extension office.

Now here’s some help for problem Rabbits, Squirrels and Raccoons:

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tornado Damage - Hallam, Nebraska May 2004

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 21-25. We’ve all seen our share of “weather aware” conditions around the nation this week! On Wednesday, Nebraska had heavy snows, rain, hail, lightning and strong wind. There were blizzard warnings and tornado watches on the same day. As unpredictible as the weather can be, you aren’t completely powerless if you are prepared.
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The April 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The April issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the April 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Climate Impacts on Cropping Systems in Eastern Nebraska
  • Reducing the Size of Recipes
  • Spaghetti Recipe with a Secret
  • When Your Child Director Calls, “Your child is ill… please pick her up.”
  • The ABC’s of Baby’s Zzzz’s!
  • Early Spring Pasture Grazing
  • Fruit Tree Spray Schedules
  • Bird Houses Can Add to Changing Landscapes
  • Bird House Dimensions and Nebraska Bird Notes
  • April Garden Guide
  • 4-H News, Resources and More
  • Weed Awareness Special Pullout

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

The NEBLINE Newsletter