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The Adams (2ounty Record Garden Comer Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by Myrna Weikal mweikal@mtecom, net 355-5829 t Page 9 Lest you think there is nothing for a gardener to do this time of year, I have some stiggestions for your idle time. Enjoy your houseplants, If you had been withholding plant food during December and January you can start feeding again. This regimen allows plants to go into dormancy, with a result of encouraging new growth as the days get longer. Clean away dead leaves and remove sick-looking growth, and/or give the whole plant a haircut if it has become leggy. Save up for spring and summer planting. Recycle yogurt cups for seedlings; save waxed cartons to help you grow upright, pale green celery; collect egg shells for calcium- hungry plants, such as tomatoes; save milk jugs to use as bug traps on your fruit trees (recipe for the solution to follow in a future column). Prune fruit trees in Nutrition & You Over the next few weeks I'll be discussing a frightening trend in America: Obesity among adults and children. Obesity among adults and children in America is at epidemic propor- tions. Obesity is defined as a person whose weight is 20% or more above normal; or whose body mass index (BMI) is 30 or above. A person who is 5' 9" and weighs 169 to 202 pounds is overweight; a person of the same height and weighs 203 pounds or more is obe,~e. Adult obesity statis- tics for 2011 reported by the National Council of Health and Fitness show that 12 States have obe- sity levels above 30%; 20 years ago no State had obesity levels over February - March. Don't forget what I told you about cleaning up all the pruning debris. Get some exercise now so that you don't throw your back out the first time you try to turn a shovel-full of dirt. A little weight training in winter will go a long way towards keeping you in fine gardening fettle all summer. There is nothing more discouraging than to eagerly await spring's fine gardening weather only to wreck your back the first day outdoors. At Christmastime Stan and I were looking for some new houseplants to put in the gorgeous plant stand he made for me on his forge. The plant selection at the hardware store was a sorry lot, having been exposed to uneven temperatures and over- or under-watering for months, but we found a couple for the plant stand, plus I rescued a couple others out of pity. 15%, today, 38 States have obesity levels over 25%. Idaho's obesity rate is 25.7%. Childhood obesi- ty statistics are even more alarming. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) publication "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011" sites a survey "2007 National Survey of Children's Health" that reports obesity rates in children aged 10 to 17 years ranged from 9.6% (Oregon) to 21.9% (Mississippi). Idaho's child obesity rate was between 10 and 15%. The trend in child- hood obesity has only increased since 2007. Children are currently being treated for the same chronic diseas- They are all beginning to show signs of recovery from neglect, I'm pleased to say, but not because I have been following the label directions. Most of the tags said to water 1 2 times a week. Whose stupid idea was that? That would drown them for sure! There are very few houseplants that want to stay wet all the time, and in my house there's only one that meets that description, and that is the new African violet, which likes DAMP (not wringing wet) soil. I have pretty good success with houseplants following the rule of thumb - or I should say index finger. Push your index finger into the soil down to the middle knuckle. If the soil touching the tip of the finger is dry, then it's time to water the plant all the way around the stem and sufficiently so that you see water come out the bottom into the catch- tray. It is okay to leave a es that plague obese adults. Obesity is a serious medical issue. A per- son who is obese is at great risk of developing chronic (and mostly pre- ventable) diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes or heart and circulatory disease. Obesity also affects the respiratory system, joints, sexual function, blood pres- sure, cholesterol levels and basically every sys- tem of our bodies. Obesity also threat- ens America's finan- cial, national and pub- lic security. George Voinovich of the Chillicothe Gazette, reports, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that annual spending related to overweight and obese plant standing in a little water, but it should be absorbed within a day or you've given it too much. The only other care a houseplant gets here is to get hosed off in the shower once or twice a year to wash the dust off the leaves. Think "benign neglect". At long last I can report that the Midvale School/ Community Partners greenhouse project will soon be underway! The greenhouse, built by Tuff Greenhouses out of Salt Lake City, was delivered to the school last week. I am so excited and eager to see it all come together, but we will need to wait for the thaw to do the site preparation. Mr. Ledington, Ag teacher, is heading up the project for Midvale School. The funds which made the project possible came from a grant from Northwest Farm Credit Services, and Midvale Community Partners. by Linda Taylor, Nutritionist, ACHC Americans is more than $264 billion, exceed- ing what we spend on tobacco-related illnesses each year." "F as in Fat" reports that one third of Americans aged 17 to 24 are too fat to join the military; studies also suggest that over 1.1 million incoming and current firefighters are overweight and one third are obese. The good news is that each person has the tools and ability to end this epidemic. The one thing each of us has control of is what we feed ourselves. Through education and lifestyle changes the obesity trends can be stopped. The next installment of "Obesity" will discuss some of the reasons for this frightening trend. Nominations Planning by Tony Tooke--Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination Applications to serve on a newly-formed advisory committee to guide management of our national forests and grasslands are now available. Members selected to serve on the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System. Land Management Planning Rule will advise and give recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. The 45-day nomination period closes Feb. 21, 2012. Additional details on the committee and the application form are available at the U.S Forest Service website or by calling 202-205-0830. Further information is also available in the Federal Register Notice calling for nominations. Note that the nomination period has since been extended to Feb. 21, 2012.) The committee will be comprised of up to 21 members with diverse backgrounds, who represent the full range of public interests three categories of interests: Up to seven members who represent one or more of the following: Represent the affected public at-large; Hold State-elected office (or designee); Hold county or local elected office; Represent American Indian Tribes; Represent Youth. Up to seven members who represent one or more of the following: National, regional, or local environmental organizations; Conservation organizations or watershed associations; Dispersed recreation interests; Archaeological or historical interests; Scientific Community. Up to seven members who represent one or more of the following: Timber Industry; Grazing or other land use permit holders or other private forest landowners; Energy and mineral development; Commercial or recreational hunting and fishing interests; Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation interests. The committee will provide advice and recommendations on issues such as planning rule directives for implementation, best practices, effective monitoring practices and ongoing collaboration efforts. The announcement of in management of this committee builds the National Forest on the Agency's efforts System lands and who to develop a new Land represent geographicallyManagement Planning diverse locations and Rule for the National communities, within Forest System. each of the following Cambridge Senior Chatter Ij by Janice Cawyer 257-3358 We had about 75 people come out for our taco feed on Friday evening, and I think everyone had a good time. We even had a few tables of pinochle going on in the back room while the Jammers played and others danced. I would like to thank our volunteers who also helped move furniture and chop food and clean up. They are, in no particular order: Charlie Caruso, Dave Craig, Bonnie Reinke, Gary and Lorraine Bonzelet, Lola Ader, Shirley Atteberry, Jack and Elsie Coburn, Beth Bramble and Ed Hargis. Thanks guys, we couldn't have done it without you. Have you gone outside at night lately? It's like a whole different world with the snow on the ground and the moonlight reflecting back into the atmosphere. When I was coming home from work on Saturday night, as I turned from Stagecoach road onto Dixie creek, the view of the valley was spectacular. Cuddy Mountain seemed so much larger and higher than usual; the lights of Cambridge were nestled at its base and there was so much light being reflected back from the snow, the sky was blue. The snow on the roadside sparkled as ff it were scattered with diamonds in the light of my car's headlamps. I was so in awe of the view, I just stopped my car and spent a few moments just taking it all in. These are the moments that just nearly take my breath away; moments when I'm so thankful to be alive on this earth and privileged to be a witness to its glory. I don't really have a lot to say today, so rather than take up any more (paper) space; I think I will call it a day. I hope you can find some time to get outside and enjoy the sights of our community in the evening; it's a totally different perspective. 15th AnnualBullSale Vale, Oregon Selling over 200 head of Black Angus and Hereford Bulls! All bulls tested BVD PI Negative Free feed until May 1st For more information call Deanne at 541-473-2108 9 The Lower Weiser be the regulating River Cooperative Weed authority, when does it Management Area and go into effect, and most Washington County important who will it Weed will host an affect? Terminology applicator seminar on such as Notice of Intent, Thursday, February 16, Pesticide General Permit 2012. Class will begin and the Clean Water at 6:00 p.m. and will Act will be covered. conclude at 9:15 p.m. This seminar will help The program for the applicators determine evening will be NPDES if the new NPDES permits. Items of regulations will affect the discussion will include way they do business. how this requirement This information is came to be, who will extremely important Add an Integrated DSL Wireless Router startin9 at t to anyone who makes pesticide applications. Light refreshments will be served. Three ISDA recertiflcation credits will be offered for licensed Idaho applicators. The seminar will be held at the Washington County Weed Department, 1118 E. Court Street, Weiser, Idaho. Class size is limited so please RSVP to the Weed Department at 414-1950. Call or stop by today for more details 257-3314