Lifestyles

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As a general rule, naturally aging vines are indirect indicators of pumpkin maturity. However, to ensure easy storage, mature pumpkins should be harvested prior to cold damage, which increases the likelihood of storage rots.

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Trees grow best from 70 to 85 degrees. Trees cool themselves by reradiating heat, transferring heat to the air and evaporating water from leaves. Heat injury is most prevalent during the midday and afternoon.

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Just as families prepare for the winter, so do insects. Insects have an instinct to survive and reproduce. To survive winter, they must prepare. Fall is an excellent time to disrupt fire ants.

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Hospitals across the nation have seen spikes in patient populations as COVID-19 numbers have risen because of the Delta variant. Delta is more easily spread than the original strain we first saw in 2020, but there are still plenty of things you can do to keep yourself safe.

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Farm ponds can be found on most large pieces of property in Polk County and they offer water for livestock as well as the opportunity for fun for the property owners.