Bring out your piles of junk

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 19, 2008

For everyone that has junk and old waste lying around the house you need to put next Saturday, Nov. 1 on your calendar in big red letters.

Adams County will be hosting a household hazardous waste collection day at the MSU Extension Service at 75A Carthage Point Road, which is also the location of the old International Paper mill for those not familiar.

This will be a day of free disposal for any of the following items that may be stuffed in sheds and garages around the house.

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Items include: any old paint, aerosols, ammonia, anti-freeze, auto cleaners, batteries, swimming pool chemicals, gasoline, old herbicides, pesticides, poisons, fertilizers, old appliances, computers, TV’s, tires, other chemicals, etc.

It will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and sponsored on by Complete Environmental Co. out of Hattiesburg.

They will not accept ammunition, syringes, explosives or radioactive materials.

For more information on this event call Complete Environmental at 1-800-689-5656 or the extension office. This is a great way to properly eliminate old waste lying around the house that could have negative impacts on the local environment if improperly disposed of.

Also for all the horse enthusiasts keep Nov. 15 on your calendar for the First Annual Sandy Creek Farms St. Jude Trail Ride and family night. It will be an amazing day of fun to benefit a great cause. Anyone is welcome to come and ride, look out for more details in the coming weeks.

Q: I am trying to make my summer tomatoes last longer but seem to be having more insect issues. Why is this?

A: As the temperature begins to lower gradually and daylight shortens tomatoes will begin to ripen slower as well.

This increases the opportunity for fruit worms, stink bugs and other creatures to harvest your crop as it slowly matures. These insects feed on many other plants but as others are maturing quicker this leaves the tomatoes more vulnerable and a better source of food.

Often a daily hand removal of insects is enough to protect the fruit but have other methods of control handy.

Q: My cabbage is not looking as vibrant as it usually does, what could be the problem?

A: August planted cabbage is currently forming heads. Now is a good time to apply a judicious amount of fertilizer to encourage healthy growth if the formed head is still small and loose.

If the head is larger than two fists and is starting to resist compression, do not apply any fertilizer.

Don’t apply granular fertilizer to the developing head since the cupping leaf structure may trap the particles and prevent them from reaching the soil. Harvest any cabbage that displays leaf breakage at the top of the head.

This is frequently an indication of seed stalk formation.

David Carter is the director of the Adams County Extensions Service. He can be reached at 601-445-8201.