Fall garden clean-up

Posted October 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

by Marilyn Odneal, Horticulture Adviser

I know it is difficult to think about the gardening at this time of year. You might even be tired of harvesting your bountiful crops. Some have let some things get away from us and would rather not look at the weeds and leftover fruit and veggies. It is always better to face your problems, however, and rather pleasant to putter in the garden in the lovely cool and sunny days of fall. Here are some good ideas to motivate you for fall clean-up in the garden.

Fall clean-up involves removing infested or infected plant material incorporating healthy material. Remove from the garden any plants that have had insect or disease problems. Collect any fallen

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    Moving houseplants inside before frost


    by Marilyn Odneal, Horticulture Adviser

    Many of us move our houseplants outdoors in spring for summer use on the patio or deck decor. Indoor plants fill in gaps in our container gardens and put on new, healthy growth in the process.

    Now we are getting ready for the dormant season by cleaning out our fountains and rearranging our “outdoor rooms” for winter. That means moving the houseplants that summered on the patio or deck back indoors for the winter. A good time

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    Get aholt of a good camera


    I got aholt of a cheap little camera when I was in college at School of the Ozarks and took photos of our hunting and fishing exploits with it. ‘Aholt of’ is a term the old timers in the pool hall used to describe coming across something valuable or useful, strictly by luck.

    The other day I got aholt of one of those old photos I hadn’t seen in years and it was like finding treasure. Every now and then that happens and it brings back great memories.

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    Conservation Corner

    Education trunks available

    When we were working on our Open House, we realized how many educational tools we have here and that we should be using them more than we do. We also felt that it would be a good time to view some of these and even though we had some of them at the Open House, we have many more reference materials that we could loan out for groups. Some of these workshops/programs could also be presented at our office building.

    If you were unable to attend

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    Missouri waterfowl hunting forecast: Loads of ducks

    With favorable weather, the 2014-15 season could be one of the best in recent memory.

    North American waterfowl continue to benefit from favorable nesting conditions in the north-central United States and Canada, according to surveys conducted during the summer. Meanwhile, habitat conditions in Missouri have set the stage for an excellent hunting season if weather continues to cooperate.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates this year’s total number of breeding ducks at 49.2 million. That is up 8 percent from last year, and 43 percent above the

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    Conservation Commission takes action to protect deer in Missouri

    The Conservation Commission unanimously voted to approve proposed amendments to regulations to prevent the spread of diseases, including chronic wasting disease, to the state’s deer herd regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold white-tailed deer, mule deer, their hybrids and other members of the deer family, known as cervids.

    Actions by the Commission include:

    *Banning the importation of live white-tailed deer, mule deer and their hybrids from other states. The regulation still allows for the importation of semen for artificial insemination.

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    The last bass

    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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    Fish biting at night

    Lake Stockton Report

    by Michael Weis

    Stockton State Park Marina

    A couple of guys brought in a lot of crappie the last couple of nights. They said they were using lights.

    The crappie were keepers, but not much bigger than keepers.

    We have a few crappie beds throughout this area.

    People have been bringing in a steady amount of catfish. They are using perch on trotlines and jugs. The cats run up to 10 lbs. a couple of blues but mainly flatheads.


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    Walleye bite in August in Canada

    It was hot last year, too, the first week of August.

    We wondered what the weather was like in Canada. Sondra Gray, who is the editor of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal which I publish, loves to fish, and her husband, David, had a vacation coming up. Gas was high, about 2.59 a gallon, if I remember right, but a display company in Minneapolis had asked me to build an old time wooden johnboat about 10 feet long and they would pay my expenses for delivery. So

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