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July 2014

Summer is in full swing, and along with that comes county fairs, rain gardens to handle torrential rains, the infamous tomato hornworm, and some thoughts on plantings to attract pollinators.

Have you been to a county fair? If not, take advantage of the chance to see people of all ages showing their skills and talents.

Bobbi Holm, UNL Extension, tells of rain gardens, a great way to put the rain from those cloudbursts to work.

Iowa and Nebraska have similarities, including pests that gardeners must deal with. Donald Lewis of Iowa State Extension, describes the hornworm and what to do if it begins ravaging your tomato plants, whether in Iowa or Nebraska.

Pete Berthelsen of Pheasants Forever shares some thoughts on plants that will provide great food for pollinators. Habitat that is good for pollinators also is good for many birds, from upland game birds, like pheasant and quail, to grassland songbirds.



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Become a Produce Pickler Pro

Image of cucumbersPack a peck of perfect pickles into a jar! From classic dills to unusual pickled vegetables/fruits, you'll learn the facts and science behind preserving produce in a tangy, salty brine. This demonstration class will provide the foundation and motivation to can using current, research-based techniques. 

Come and learn ways to preserve excess garden veggies, enjoy delicious pickles and to supplement your food budget. The rich American tradition of pickling will be showcased with another honored and rich heritage - The Miller Dohrmann Post and Beam Barn.  

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Cost- $5.00
Miller Dohrmann Farm
10025 North 48th Street, Omaha, Ne 68152

Nancy Urbanec, Associate Extension Assistant with UNLDouglas/Sarpy County Extension Office will be your instructor.

Drought Resources

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.

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