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Apple season in Georgia

Apple season in Georgia

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia apple season in here!  This means it’s time to make canned apples and make apple jellies and preserves. According to Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension, creating a delicious apple dish is a project the entire family will love.

To create your apple “masterpiece”, you must have the proper ratio of fruit, pectin (assists in gel creation), acid (needed for gel formation and flavor) and sugar (serves as the preservative for the product) or successful jellied products. Fruit low in acid or pectin may need additional acid or pectin added to ensure a proper gel formation.

According to Chester, the most common questions regarding how jellies, jams, fruit preserves, and fruit butters made have equally common responses:

Jelly is usually made by cooking fruit juice with sugar.

Plant a fall vegetable garden rich with super-foods

Plant a fall vegetable garden rich with super-foods

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fall is the ideal time to plant a super-food fall vegetable garden. The following gardening tips are provided by Rolando Orellana, Fulton County ANR Extension Agent:

Home vegetable gardeners in Fulton County have lots of great choices for growing their own vegetables in the fall.  Many of the so-called super-foods such as kale, collards and spinach are ideal cool season vegetables for September planting.  Just follow these simple suggestions and you can have a productive garden with healthful and tasty veggies for the months to come.

Plant pansies for fall curb appeal

Plant pansies for fall curb appeal

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is a helpful source of information for residents wanting to improve their curb appeal during the fall. With their colorful faces and cold-weather tolerance, pansies are an easy landscape addition if they are installed correctly. Experts from the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension provide tips to help the “do-it-yourself” gardener.

“Our relationship with the UGA is a true benefit for our residents,” said Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Because of this relationship, we are able to provide research based proven methods to help residents with gardening as well as many other topics that assist in helping to live improved, healthier lives.”

A few pansy-planting pointers:

Don’t plant more than you can maintain. Annual flowers are high maintenance and require a lot of care to keep them looking their best.

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the first thing in a home that can alert families to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke,” says Fire Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “As firefighters, we continually remind residents to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.”

The NFPA offers the following tips to help residents safeguard their homes from home fires:

Where do I put smoke alarms in my home?

Seniors tour Wheat Street Gardens during 'Celebrating Seniors Garden Party'

Seniors tour Wheat Street Gardens during 'Celebrating Seniors Garden Party'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Seniors from senior centers across Atlanta and Fulton County enjoyed a “Celebrating Seniors Garden Party” as May Older Americans Month activities continued on Thursday, May 22.

The “Garden Party” featured lunch, games, healthy cooking demonstrations and tours of Wheat Street Gardens, a beautiful network of flower and vegetable gardens. The party was hosted by Open Hand and Truly Living Well and supported by Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner, Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, State Senator Nan Orrock and local businesses.

Open Hand provides congregate and home-delivered meals along with nutrition education to Fulton County seniors through the Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Aging.

For more information about services available to seniors in Fulton County, call the STARline at 404-613-6000.

Gardening Tips Available at Fulton County Extension Offices

Gardening Tips Available at Fulton County Extension Offices

Spring is the optimum time for planting a variety of shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials and seeds but, before tilling the earth, it is important to consider your specific plant needs and your area's climate. Fulton County Cooperative Extension Agents are available to provide guidance to assist residents with growing successful gardens and beautifying their yards.

The University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UGA CAES) provide helpful tips on line to help you get started.

“Spring is one of our favorite seasons simply because we get to help budding gardeners achieve their dreams of producing a successful garden,” states Menia, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Whether it’s a flower garden or vegetable garden, our extension agents are able to provide expert guidance to county residents.”

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.