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More Quick Bites: Free Extension sessions for July


Jan Swoope



Once again, Mississippi State University Extension Service will soon offer up an assortment of timely topics for the public in condensed midday doses. In July, Quick Bites programs will range from florals in art, to drought-tolerant plants and eradicating garden diseases. Three sessions will be available via interactive video from noon to 1 p.m. on designated Thursdays at area county Extension offices. Interested individuals must contact their county office in order to participate in any interactive video program. 




July topics 


  • July 6 - Art in Bloom. Florals are an art form in themselves, but taking florals and translating them to mimic or interpret a piece of art can challenge the creativity of a designer. Lynette McDouglad of Mississippi State's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and University Florist, presents this hour with flowers and art. 


  • July 13 - Drought Tolerant Plants for Hot Dry Times, with Consumer Horticulture Specialist Lelia Kelly with the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center. Even though the Triangle has had abundant rain so far this year, it's safe to say that hot, dry times are coming. Sign up to learn more about drought tolerant plants that will grow in Mississippi summers. 


  • July 27 - Diseases of Backyard Fruits and Vegetables, with Rebecca Melanson, assistant Extension professor with the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. Each year, commercial producers as well as home gardeners in the state are affected by plant diseases that attack crops, gardens and trees. These diseases can significantly affect the outcome of a harvest. An Extension plant pathologist, Melanson will discuss disease development, diagnostic process and disease management in vegetables, fruits and nuts. The information will help prepare home gardeners for tackling disease problems in their own backyard. 


    County Extension offices wanting to sign up for the video programs can do so at Sign up using the online county sign up system. (From the Distance Education dropdown menu, click on the County Schedule Signup). Or, counties may email to [email protected], or call our MSU Extension.  


    Area individuals interested in registering for one of July's programs should contact their county's Extension office: 662-328-2111 (Lowndes): 662-323-5916 (Oktibbeha); or 662-494-5371 (Clay). Sessions will also be held in Bost 409 for those on the MSU campus.


  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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