Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

fresh melonLooking for something fun and different to try in the kitchen?  Check out this recipe and get more great idea’s at  https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/chilled-cantaloupe-soup

 

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Family Meals Can Be a Reality

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Family mealtimes used to be the foundation of everyone’s day, but now about 30 to 35 percent of families eat together less than three times a week, despite research showing the benefits of family meals.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is launching “The Family Table: Eat, Savor, Connect,” a program to provide families with tips, meal plans, recipes and conversation starters to help make family meals a reality.

“Studies have shown that families who eat together often choose more healthful foods, such as fruits and vegetables,” says Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, FCS Agent. “Family meals are a perfect time to teach your children about eating healthfully.”

Family meals also have a positive impact on children in school and socially, research shows.

“Children are more confident and get better grades, and they are more involved in school-based activities,” Ziemann-Bolinske says. “They also are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as smoking, drinking and taking drugs.”

In addition, eating meals together gives family members an opportunity to communicate and develop lifelong relationships, and reduce stress. Eating meals together at home also can save money.

“The Family Table: Eat, Savor, Connect” website (ndsu.ag/familytable) will provide information on monthly topics, such as meal planning, making mealtime fun, cooking basics, buying nutritious food on a limited budget, getting kids involved in meal preparation and family fitness. The site also will have links to local related events.

You’ll be able to sign up for an electronic newsletter with recipes and tips, and follow the program on Facebook as we share the posts at https://www.facebook.com/ndfamilytable/ or https://www.facebook.com/BurleighCountyExtension/ for more tips, meal plans and ideas for getting conversations going during family meals.

“Finding time for family meals can be a challenge because of everyone’s busy schedule, so be creative,” Ziemann-Bolinske says. “Family meals can be at any time or place.”

Visit ndsu.ag/familytable to learn more about The Family Table. 

For more information, contact Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at 701 221-6865 or shaundra.ziemann@ndsu.edu.

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Understanding Fertilizer Numbers: N-P-K

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Trying to determine what fertilizer to use can be an overwhelming task. Which formulation do you need for your particular situation? Should you get the bag of 18-9-9 or the bag of 5-10-5?

And what the heck do those numbers mean anyway?

It may seem intimidating, but you can figure it out, according to Bruce Schmidt NDSU Ext Agent Burleigh County. When selecting a fertilizer – whether it’s for annuals, vegetable gardens, trees and shrubs, perennials or lawns – the first question to answer is, “What analysis do I need?” The analysis is actually the three large numbers you see on every fertilizer label – put there by law – such as 10-20-10 or 10-10-10 or 18-46-0.

These numbers represent the percentage (by weight) of the three major nutrients required for healthy plant growth, always in the same order: nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K). Each of these nutrients affects plant growth differently, and the formulation you select should depend on your specific gardening needs.

The first number is the percentage of nitrogen in the bag. So a bag of 24-8-4 has 24 percent total nitrogen. Nitrogen provides plants with the ability to produce more chlorophyll, which in turn allows plants to grow quickly. With each additional nitrogen application, plants will grow taller and develop a darker green color. So if you want a dark green lawn, use a lawn fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen – but then expect to mow more often.

The second number in the analysis is the percentage of phosphorus in the mix. For example, a bag of 24-8-4 would contain 8 percent phosphorus. Phosphorous aids in root development and increases flowering ability and bloom size. High-phosphorous fertilizer should be used when plants are being established in your garden – when sowing a new lawn or planting a new tree, for instance.

The third number represents the percentage of potassium found in the product. A bag of 24-8-4 has 4 percent potassium in the mix. Potassium has many functions: It guards the plant against diseases and aids in drought protection and cold tolerance. It also serves a role in improving root development and helps in the process of photosynthesis. You might consider using a high-potassium fertilizer at the start of winter and summer to protect crops from temperature extremes or when insects and disease have caused damage to your plants.

Now, if you’re a left-brainer, you’ve probably noticed that the sum of the percentages doesn’t equal 100 percent. That’s because there are other nutrients and filler product in fertilizer mixtures. This filler helps to apply the nutrients evenly over an area. So no need to double-check the math.

For more information, contact Bruce Schmidt, Ag & Natural Resources, 701-221- 6865.
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An Adventure Awaits You at 4-H Camp

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We are gearing up for another great year at the North Dakota 4H camp. There is a camp for everyone. Camp themes range from fishing to shooting sports to science to photography and a little bit of everything in between.

4-H camp is open to all youth, there is no need to be a 4-H member. Full camp descriptions can be found at https://www.ndsu.edu/4h/camp.  Camps in May and June receive the early bird discount before May 20, 2017. July camps receive this discount through July 1, 2017. These discounts will be applied automatically when you register online.

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience North Dakota 4H camp, sign up today!

The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. To learn more about 4-H or to see how you can be involved contact the Burleigh County extension office at (701) 221-6865 or by email at: Amelia.Doll@ndsu.edu

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