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Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 15

Volunteer locally in the annual winter bird count held across the country every year The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will conduct the annual Choctawhatchee Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Monday, Dec. 15.  Volunteers are needed to assist experienced leaders as recorders or spotters; no experience necessary.  This is the 108th annual winter count since ornithologist Frank Chapman, in 1900, proposed that counting birds should replace the custom of shooting birds during the holidays. Today, over 55,000 volunteers from all 50...

Dog Talk: Socializing your puppy

Socializing an important part of raising your new pup Question We just got our first puppy and we are of course trying to learn everything possible about doing things properly with her so we get a good family dog. What advise can you give us? Patricia, Shalimar Answer Well Patricia you omitted to mention what breed of puppy you have although with this questions it is not actually relevant. I say that because right now the nature versus nurture question...

Cottages for Kids auction Nov. 29

Cottages are now on display for play Cottages For Kids is an annual auction of upscale children’s playhouses that builder’s and architects come together to create, construct, decorate and donate for auction. The proceeds of the auction goes to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. CVHN, HEALTHY HAPPY KIDS, is a faith-based 501(c)3 organization, established in 2005 in direct response to Walton and Okaloosa counties’ large population of families who are unable to access high quality health services due to...

Eat your vegetables!

Fall and Winter tips and recipes from Off The Vine Produce While many organic fruits and vegetables are available year-round, we enjoy some only briefly and eagerly anticipate their return from year to year.  At Off the Vine, eating seasonally means enjoying the ripest and freshest food at the height of its natural harvest time. It means supporting local organic farmers who transport their goods the shortest distance to your plate. It also means experimenting with delicious foods you might...

The South Walton Garden

What’s happening in your garden? Fall is a great time to plan for next year in your garden, also an excellent time to plant everything. It gives the plants a chance to establish a good root system, so that they are ready for their first hot, hot summer. 1) Take a close look at your garden/ landscape.   What do you expect from it?  Do you need curb appeal?  Do you want shade/ more sun?  Is their an area that’s giving...

North Walton garden tips for November

Fall garden tips from the DeFuniak Springs Garden Club • There is still time to plant wildflower seeds thru late December. Our Florida native ecotypes will perform the best. Seeds are available through Wildflowers Matter 850.859.0096 • Coreopsis, Black-Eyed Susans, Blanket Flower, Phlox, Coneflower and Standing Cypress • Plants and lawns, though not actively growing still need water every couple weeks if the weather is very dry. •  Tender plants will withstand a freeze better when well watered • Prepare...

United Way Coats for Kids drive in full swing

Help kids stay warm when the weather turns cold outside We often take things for granted as the winter months draw near. Winter clothing can be an expensive purchase for those on a tight budget. Consider cleaning your kid’s outgrown coats and donating to The United Way Coats for Kids Drive. Drop off used coats (in good condition) or new coats through Dec. 5th at the following locations: Publix – 110 Watercolor Way, Santa Rosa Beach Publix – 725 Grand...

Walton County Extension Service identifies plants

What is that plant? Plant identification is an important feature of the Walton County Extension Service.  As volunteers with the Extension Service, the Master Gardeners are willing to help out with the process of plant identification.  In order to for them to be effective in helping you they will need the following plant information: When you collect a specimen, collect as much information about the plant as you can.  If you cannot take an actually specimen (it is on the...

Fall garden tips

Fall garden ideas from from Off The Vine Produce The weather is cooling off, and fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. They will have the winter season to get there roots established before new growth in the springtime.  Fall is also a great time to plant vegetable crops like spinach, lettuce, kale, carrots, radishes, sugar snap peas, and cabbage, to name a few. Stop in and get your Seeds of Change organic seeds; they are GMO...