Flowering Annuals: Year of the Begonia
"Flowers are the music of the ground From earth's lips spoken without sound." ~ Edwin Curran, Poet (Photo from the National Garden Bureau)

“Flowers are the music of the ground
From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” ~ Edwin Curran, Poet (Photo from the National Garden Bureau)

Some begonias are grown for their uniquely shape leaves; others for flowers. Many work well as container plants and if you’re looking for pretty border plants, for a formal flowerbed, begonia is a great choice. So, with all this versatility it’s easy to understand why the National Garden Bureau named the Begonia the Flowering Annual for 2016.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

 

Flowering Annuals: Characteristics and Culture

The Year of the Carrot
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero (Photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau)

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~
Cicero (Photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau)

The modern day carrot has been bred to be sweet, crunchy and aromatic. This popular root vegetable is a member of the parsley family and so is related to dill,  cilantro,  cumin and even poisonous hemlock.

Carrots are easy to grow and can give the home gardener a lot of nutrition in a small space. They’re rich in beta carotene, an important antioxidant and vitamin-A from a carrot is off the charts. But that’s not all, you’ll get vitamins C and K, potassium,  fiber, and much, much more.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has tips for adding the nutritional powerhouse to your garden.

Turkey Tips: Buying and Thawing
Thawed turkey ready for the oven (Photo by Liz West)

Thawed turkey ready for the oven (Photo by Liz West)

Today’s guest is Tammy Roberts. She has tips for buying the right size turkey to feed all your guests and offers safe methods to defrost the holiday bird.

 

 

Turkey Talk 101

Helpful Hints on Cooking Turkey for Thanksgiving
Photo by Ethan Lofton

Photo by Ethan Lofton

Cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for a flock of relatives doesn’t have to be an exercise in stress and frustration. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned cook, a few simple steps can make the turkey meal a big success.

Today’s guest is Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

 

 

Cranberries: So Much More than a Thanksgiving Side Dish
Cooking_cranberries

Cooking whole cranberries (Photo by Tracy Ducasse)

Cranberries are often the partner of the holiday turkey.   With a lovely tart taste, plenty of vitamins and versatility they should be enjoyed any time of the year.

Today’s guest is Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

 

Please Pass the Cranberries

Don’t Wait Too Long to Buy the Thanksgiving Turkey
Photo by MU Extension's Rob Mize

Photo by MU Extension’s Rob Mize

Avian flu killed a lot of turkeys this year. Does that mean there will be a shortage of the birds for the holiday?

Today’s guest is Jeff Firman, poultry specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He says the Thanksgiving bird might cost a bit more and suggests this will be a good year to buy your bird early.

 

 

Want daffodil, tulips and hyacinths in the spring? Plant them now
Earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (Photo by Martin Hirtreiter)

Earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (Photo by Martin Hirtreiter)

If you want your spring garden to burst with color, you need to plan ahead. Spring bulbs like narcissus, tulips and hyacinths must be planted in fall in order to flower in the spring.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has advice on choosing healthy bulbs and how to plant them. He also talks about the best spring flowering bulb for Missouri.

 

 

Spring Flowering Bulbs: Daffodils

 

 

 

White and Purple Hyacinths (Photo by Elena Schifirnet)

White and Purple Hyacinths (Photo by Elena Schifirnet)

 

 

 

Tulips (Photo by John O'Neill)

Tulips (Photo by John O’Neill)

Narcissus Jonquilla (Photo by A. Barra)

Narcissus Jonquilla (Photo by A. Barra)

Fear of Falling – Preventing Falls in Older Adults
MU Extension's A Matter of Balance program provides strength and balance training for older adults. (Photo by Jon Lamb)

MU Extension’s A Matter of Balance program provides strength and balance training for older adults. (Photo by Jon Lamb)

Many older adults worry about falling and often limit their activities.  A Matter of Balance is a University of Missouri Extension program that helps reduce the fear of falling and increases older adult activity.

Today’s guest is Sarah March, state coordinator for MU Extension’s A Matter of Balance program.

 

 

A Matter of Balance

Teens Take Ideas to the Marketplace – Young Entrepreneurs
Rebekah Kempker waiting on customers as she sells her homemade craft items

Rebekah Kempker waiting on customers as she sells her homemade craft items

Business is no longer just a realm for the grown-ups. Today, many teens are starting businesses as way to earn money, create a path for their future and even contribute to local economies.

Today’s guests are Rebekah Kempker, 14-year-old owner of CutieCakes & KnitWorks, Steve Henness, University of Missouri Extension state 4-H youth specialist and Collin Bunch, MU Extension business development specialist.

 

 

MU Extension 4-H Build a Business Camp

Helping Picky Eaters ‘Grow’ into Healthy Eaters
Garden 'n Grow Kids in Kirksville, MO (Left to righ: Emmit Cody, Elizabeth Cody, Morgan Mullock, Bailey Malen, and in the back: Melanie Cody and Joseph Berg) Photo by Debbie Johnson

Garden ‘n Grow Kids in Kirksville, MO (Left to right: Emmit Cody, Elizabeth Cody, Morgan Mullock, Bailey Malen, and in the back: Melanie Cody and Joseph Berg) Photo by Debbie Johnson

A parent stares across the table at their child’s untouched dinner plate. The body language says, in no uncertain terms, will the food in in front of them end up in their mouth. They fidget and push the food around the plate, as they whine the all-too-familiar battle cry, “But I don’t like it.”

This battle of wills is a constant for families with a picky eater. It turns out that helping young children understand how to grow food will completely change the way they look at the food they eat.

Today’s guests are Jennifer Schutter, horticulture specialist and Margo Myers, nutrition specialist. Both are with the University of Missouri Extension office in Kirksville. You’ll also hear from 11-year-old Joseph Berg and 10-year-old Morgan Mullock. Both attended this year’s Garden ‘n Grow program in Kirksville.

 

 

University of Missouri Extension Garden ‘n Grow program

MU Extension Garden ‘n Grow program in Adair County