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By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

Unlike foxglove that are biennial, straw foxglove (Digitalis lutea) is a true perennial. The light yellow bell-shaped downward-facing flowers are smaller than their biennial relatives, but what is lost in flower size, straw foxglove makes up for in reliability and ease of growth.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator 

It’s been a good year for moles.  A nice amount of rain keeps soils moist and workable—the perfect environment to enable mole movement as they “swim” through the soil. Many people approach the problem of moles by focusing on grubs—that if the grubs are gone, then moles won’t be in the lawn. Though not accurate, it leads to grub control measures that do little to minimize mole activity.  

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Educator in Dodge County

Vegetable Gardening 101

The Nebraska Extension Community Environment team has put together and launched a new webpage. “Vegetable Gardening 101”is for new gardeners desiring to learn more about the challenges and rewards of gardening in Nebraska.

Housed on the Backyard Farmer website, this web page focuses on:

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

 A recent brief rain burst, depositing just .2 of an inch in my rain gauge, put 12 gallons of water in my rain barrel. That’s the beauty of collecting rainwater from a roof—a small amount adds up quickly.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County 

Woodland phlox, Phlox divaricata, also known as wild sweet William, is a shade-loving perennial that produces lavender blue five-petalled flowers in spring.  It has a wonderfully long bloom season. In my garden, it has been sending out flowers for a solid month now.

Woodland phlox does best under trees in soils rich in humus. The plant naturalizes, gradually spreading into empty spaces when stems touching the ground root.  At just 12 inches in height, the spread is not aggressive, knitting in around other shade lovers like hosta and Solomon’s seal. Mulch plants with a 2-4 inch layer of wood chips to keep soil evenly moist and water during extended periods of dryness.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 to celebrate all things plant, water, and air. What’s not celebrated is that unsung hero—earth—not in reference to our planet, but earth, the stuff we plant in.  Otherwise known as soil, dirt, land, and loam, earth supports most plant life on planet Earth. Yet earth is little appreciated and vastly underrated. David R. Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization, tells us “Societies that don’t take care of their land don’t last.”  In his book, Montgomery documents time and again civilizations no longer able to feed themselves because of loss of soil fertility and erosion.

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Partnership creates biodefense lab focused on food security

May 14, 2021
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska will begin a five-year partnership to help safeguard the U.S. food supply.

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Applying manure management concepts on-farm

May 12, 2021
Nebraska Extension’s Land Application Recertification sessions, called Applying Manure Management Concepts On-Farm, are scheduled to be in-person at many locations across the state in June, with the first taking place in May in Lexington.

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Rural Prosperity Nebraska receives boost from CARES Act

May 12, 2021
—The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Rural Prosperity Nebraska initiative, along with six Nebraska economic development and Chamber of Commerce organizations, has received more than $400,000 in funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, administered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help businesses and communities respond to coronavirus.

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Tailgate Talks celebrates its first anniversary during Beef Month

May 12, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —May is National Beef Month, and Nebraska Extension is celebrating the first anniversary of Tailgate Talks, a YouTube channel aimed at beef producers.  

 As part of the celebration, there will be a featured video message on the Tailgate Talks channel and a giveaway to its subscribers to commemorate the channel’s success and emphasize the importance of the beef industry in Nebraska, home to the top three beef cow counties in the U.S. — Cherry, Custer and Holt Counties. 

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