Neglect with Respect – Caring for Houseplants in the Winter
Cast Iron Plant (Photo by Nino Barbieri)

Cast Iron Plant (Photo by Nino Barbieri)

Winter is usually the time of year when it’s easiest to kill our houseplants with kindness. Over-watering, keeping our homes too dry and not providing enough light all make things tough for potted plants. Houseplants survive these winter conditions by doing what we wish we could do – they sleep throughout the winter.

Today’s guests are David Trinklein and Jennifer Schutter, both are horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. They have tips for keeping your houseplants is good shape until spring.

 

 

Caring for Houseplants

 

Snake Plant (Photo by Martin Olsson)

Snake Plant (Photo by Martin Olsson)

New Health Insurance Forms for 2015 Taxes
Proof of health insurance will be in the form of 1095A, B or C

Proof of health insurance will be in the form of 1095A, B or C

This year proof of insurance will come in one of three forms: 1095A, B or C. Whether or not you need these forms to file your income taxes depends on where you got your insurance coverage.

Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of financial planning for University of Missouri Extension. He explains the process of proving health care coverage and what you need to file your 2015 taxes.

 

 

MU Extension Health Insurance Education Initiative

Find a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service near you

Missourians Take Advantage of Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace
To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha (Photo by Tony Webster)

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha (Photo by Tony Webster)

Thousands of Missourians signed up or renewed their health insurance for 2016.

Today’s guest, Graham McCaulley, assistant professor of personal finance for University of Missouri Extension, talks numbers, new ACA special enrollment guidelines and changes to an ACA rule.

 

 

MU Extension’s Health Insurance Initiative

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)