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House Finch.

We’re on month two of learning about the different types of birds in Mississippi. For February, we’re discussing the house finch.


Catfish on a plate

Catfish Recipe Roundup

August 26, 2022

August is National Catfish Month! Celebrate by adding some farm-raised, Mississippi catfish to your regular menu plan. Check out some of our previously featured recipes.

Figs

An Overview on Figs

August 22, 2022

With figs in season, they’re on my mind a lot these days. The sweet, Southern decadence is quite the treat! I associate figs with my grandparents since they had a tree in their backyard. I remember helping them pick buckets full of figs when I was younger and eating them soon after they were picked. 

A child sleeping

Back to School: Tips for Better Sleep

August 19, 2022

As your child heads back to school this fall, you’ve made sure they have all the supplies, clothes, technology, and other items they need to be successful in the classroom. There’s just one thing missing from this list: Sleep. Consistent, quality sleep is just as important to a successful academic year as anything you can purchase.

four jars of banana pudding overnight oats

The Food Factor: Banana Pudding Overnight Oats

August 16, 2022

Do you need a grab-and-go breakfast but want to skip the fast food? Overnight oats are a great option.

Closeup of an armyworm

Be on the Lookout for Armyworms

August 12, 2022

If you’re a homeowner who loves your bermudagrass lawn, be on the lookout for fall armyworms. These caterpillars can eat voraciously, devouring yards within just a day or two. These pests show up every year from late summer to early fall, and you never know exactly when or how many there will be.

A woman and two children slice vegetables

4 Tips for Picky Eaters

August 9, 2022

Most children tend to go through picky eating phases. There are many things that could cause a child to be selective about what they eat. Some of these tips may help entice your picky eater.

Woman in blue lab coat holding up paper.

Understanding Soil Sample Results

August 5, 2022

Having healthy soil in your garden results in healthy plants. Whether you’re planting vegetables, flowers, grass, trees, shrubs, or anything in between, a soil sample is the first thing to check off the list. Gathering a soil sample from your landscape and having it tested by MSU Extension’s Soil Testing Lab should be the initial step in any gardening adventure. Plus, it’s pretty easy to do!

A pitcher of homemade sports drink on a counter

The Food Factor: Homemade Sports Drink

August 2, 2022

Most of the time water is the best choice before, during, and after physical activity. However, there are times when you might benefit from a sports drink.

rosemary, basil, and dill collage

3 Herbs to Grow Outdoors

July 29, 2022

Many herbs are easy to grow in the garden or in containers. Rosemary, basil, and dill are mainstays in my garden because I like to use them while cooking in my kitchen.

A knife spreading strawberry jam on toast.

Three Fruit Jam Recipes

July 26, 2022

Summertime is a great time to try new recipes with in-season produce. Whether you garden yourself or have several friends who share their produce with you, there is always plenty of fresh produce to choose from this time of year.

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