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NEW YEAR NEW HOME

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SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A HOME?

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COMING HOME: A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

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3 SIMPLE WAYS TO WAKE UP YOUR WINDOWS

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EXCELLENCE KEEPS MOVING CASEY COUNTY SCHOOLS

2021 New Year's Addition


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ome of you know me by Amanda Richards, I am happy to say that I am now Amanda Merkel. I married my husband Kris, in October of 2020, after a long wonderful 8 years together. It was finally time! It was the best thing that happened to me in 2020. We have three beautiful children one of our own and he has two of his own. I wanted to share with you a bit about me as this is my first magazine I will be putting out and I would like each of you to know a little about myself. A few years ago, I wasn’t sure where I would be or how long it would take for me to get to where I always thought in the back of my mind I may want to end up. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to that feeling. I want to feel satisfied with whatever I choose in life, including personal experiences and the path my career takes me. Ambition and motivation to do better for myself along with setting an example for my children is just one of the rewards I can achieve by being blessed with my new business and the ability to gift all of you with this magazine. I never really felt like I belong anywhere in one certain career choice until I started work at our local news-

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paper. Working there opened my eyes to let me see what all was out there, and the opportunities that where so close to home that I was just always too afraid to take advantage of and do anything about....until now. So, I took some advice from a local businessman whom I like to call, “Daddy” and just jumped in. I’d like to take credit for all that I have done so far, an accomplished but the truth is if it wasn’t for him telling me to go for it and just do it, I would probably not have gotten this far. In my experience the best part of my job is going out and being able to meet with people one on one and develop relationships with people that I would have never thought possible. I remember as a child my dad would take me on gate trips. We always went house to house or farm to farm peddling gates. He truly is a great example of who I inspire to be. My job is so rewarding in so many ways I get to learn new things about people as well as the community and how people provide for their own families. Recently, my husband and I have been blessed to start our own business called, Merkel Marketing, LLC. this is more than just advertising to me, it’s a way of life for us all. To me being able to be a part of something

bigger and bolder such as representing other businesses for marketing purposes really does make you a stronger person. People put their trust in us to do what we feel is right for them, and to suit their individual needs. We listen to their concerns and then follow through with a plan or an idea for them. We all have stress in our lives one way or the other, especially in times of today’s world. I’d like to think that I am doing my part in my community to help businesses grow. All our local business owners far and wide are the hardest working people I have ever met. I’ve got a lot of people around here to thank for the inspiration they have given me to go out on a limb. In this magazine particularly, you will find ways to updo and decorate your loving homes and you will even find recipes in here that are delicious and inviting. You will see articles from community leaders about their experiences as well as their thoughts on our community. Please acknowledge that all our local businesses are here to support you as well. Let them know that you have seen their ad in here and that your glad to have them in your community serving you and other around you. 2020 was a stressful year for all and we still need to give them our warmest thoughts and support. But moving forward... here is to 2021! May it bring us comfort, peace and prosperity for all. Check out our website for a list of services as we will be opening it soon. We would love to help serve you! Also, feel free to leave comments and feedback on your thoughts. Thank you all for reading. We hope you enjoy. Appreciatively Amanda Merkel Owner/General Manager Merkel Marketing, LLC


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THE BEST NATURAL PEST CONTROL

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REMODELING PROJECTS BEST LEFT TO THE EXPERTS

VINTAGE LIGHTING KITS: 2 BRILLIANTLY SIMPLE LIGHTING PROJECTS

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SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A HOME?

COMING HOME: A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

PALLET PROJECTS

MINI POT PIES

EXCELLENCE KEEPS MOVING CASEY COUNTY SCHOOLS HOW TO MAKE CHALK PAINT

REFINANCING CONSIDERATIONS

WOOD LOOK FLOORS

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO WAKE UP YOUR WINDOWS

VERY VEGAN VANILLA CUPCAKES

FIND THE BEST REALTOR FOR YOUR HOME

DIY COMPOSTING MADE SIMPLE

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DIY EASY BATHROOM MAKEOVERS

CHEESY CORNBREAD

CREATING A WELCOMING FOYER

FINDING LIBERTY

HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH SUCCULENTS

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contributing writers Heather Cundiff Patricia F. Danflous Michelle Fouchi Esneault Suzanne Fox Christina Leidenheimer Amanda Merkel Ilene Godofsky Moreno Liz McGehee Nellie Palmer Michele Robert Poche Liz Genest Smith Caitlin Watzke Karrell Wilkinson

art director Suzanne Polk Fox

design/production Claire Thomas The information contained in Home & Garden is intended for educational purposes only. A reader should never substitute information contained in Home & Garden for the advice of a health care professional. Jumpstart Publishing, LLC and publishers of Home & Garden, do not endorse or promote any of the products or services described in the pages of Home & Garden and the publishers do not verify the accuracy of any claims made in the editorial or advertisements contained in Home & Garden. Readers should not use the information in Home & Garden for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. Readers should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or have or suspect they have a health problem. V1

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co-owner/general manager Amanda Merkel

co-owner Kris Merkel

office manager Sandy Davis


So You Want To Build A Home?

Home Builder Jason Yancey

By Suzanne Fox

HOME BUILDER JASON YANCEY GIVES US THE LOW DOWN ON WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

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uying a home is one thing, but building a home is a whole different ball game. We met with home builder Jason Yancey to find out just how difficult it is. We discovered that if you are prepared with a little know-how, things can go very smoothly for you. First, know your budget. Get pre-approved. It’s that simple. If you know how much you have to spend, you can focus on a home in your budget. No one wants to build a home without knowing what it is going to cost. The same goes for hiring a builder or contractor. They need to know how much you want to spend before they help you with plans or selecting a neighborhood. Once you are pre-approved, you can research neighborhoods you like. Chances are, when you find a neighborhood, you may also find a builder. Some builders buy lots in particular neighborhoods in order to build custom homes for buyers. That same builder may also have spec homes in the neighborhood. These homes have been built with the intention of selling them. Ask the builder if they have a spec home in

the neighborhood. You may find one that suits you. When choosing a builder, make sure to consider how they lay their foundation. Have them explain their process and possibly show you a house that is having the foundation laid. According to Yancey, a sound foundation is the most important part of home building. Have the builder show you homes in different stages of construction so you can see the quality of their work. The finishing touches really set builders apart. Make sure the finishes you like are available within your budget. Show the builder pictures of homes you like to see if they can build that type of home. If they can, they probably have plans for you to choose from. It’s easier for you and the builder if you know what you want. Consider your family's needs when choosing a plan. Will your family expand, or will your children soon leave on their own? Will you require a guest room, craft room, office, hobby room or play room? Make sure you don’t spend money building rooms that never get used. More families are going with open

floor plans where everyone gathers in living, dining and kitchen areas instead of formal dining and living rooms. Don’t forget storage space! A good builder can help you with all of these decisions, but it is easier if you have a list of your requirements. Your final walk-through can be very exciting. Don’t get caught up in the moment by overlooking items that require attention from the builder. Make a list of things that should be completed or corrected before you sign the final dotted line. Attention to detail will leave you and the builder more satisfied with your home.

TIP: If you see a home builder’s home for sale, consider buying it. The upgrades, attention to detail and high-quality construction are well worth the price!

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DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME

REMODELING PROJECTS BEST LEFT TO THE EXPERTS BY MICHELE ROBERT POCHE

D-I-Y.

In the fields of home renovation and repair, these letters are thrown around pretty casually. Homeowners are always looking for new ways to stretch a dollar, but the fact is not every home job can or should be done independently. In addition to the risk of home damage and personal injury, the cost of operating autonomously can actually be greater than that of hiring a professional. Experts buy their materials in bulk and can often get them at reduced rates. Additionally, any faulty work that needs to be corrected adds to the bottom line. So what projects are best left to the pros? Only you know your full abilities, but here are a few things to

consider before biting off more than you can chew.

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Electrical Wiring. House fires, electrical shock, hefty fines and failure to pass home inspection are just a few of the risks associated with DIY electrical work. GFIs, phantom voltage, busbars, pigtailing … there are just too many ways to go wrong. Natural Gas Pipes. Improper work in this area could literally explode in your face. Avoid it at all costs and hire a trained expert for gas appliance repairs and installation as well as other related work. Roofing. If you make even one error, you compromise “the roof over your heads” putting everything within your home at risk. And I don’t

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House fires, shock, hefty electrical fi failure to pa nes and ss home inspection a re just a few of the risks ass ociated with DIY electrica l work

mean figuratively. When you factor in the danger associated with climbing around your rooftop, you’ve got two great reasons to hire a pro. Plumbing. Yes, there are simple jobs, such as toilet installation, but the vast majority of this work involves a complicated network of pipes and drain lines that, if installed incorrectly, could result in leaks causing mold, structural damage and other major problems. Asbestos Removal. Older homes (built between 1940 and 1980) often contain this harmful building material. Specialized equipment and training are crucial to the removal process, otherwise you could put yourself at risk for a life-threatening illness. Remember that most of these jobs require permits, licensing and certifications. These safeguards are put in place for your protection. Respect them.

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2 BRILLIANTLY SIMPLE LIGHTING PROJECTS BY SUZANNE FOX Whether you want to add a vintage touch to a modern motif, or continue an already-established rustic design aesthetic, these charming do-it-yourself projects are an easy, inexpensive way to put a personal stamp on your home. Vintage lighting kits are available at any craft or home improvement store. The wire lamp shades allow you to get the full ambiance of the vintage bulbs.

Mason Jar Kit

We took the mason jar kit and made three types of lamps. You can either leave the jar empty for a clean look, or fill it with decorative items or whimsical artifacts -- such as sea shells, marbles or race cars, as we did -- to reflect your personal style or the theme of the room. Filling it with sand from your seaside wedding ceremony or favorite beach vacation is a great way to commemorate those special occasions. Other ideas we came across were corks from your favorite wines, rocks or pebbles your kids have collected, colorful gemstones or any small collectible you want to display. Want to start a collection, but not sure what to do? Try these ideas: • When you are celebrating with champagne or wine, write the occasion and date on the cork, and save it in your mason jar lamp. • If you are hosting an event, have your guests sign a shell or pebble, and save them in your jar lamp. Write the occasion and date on a plaque and attach it to your lamp with twine.

Wine Bottle Kit

Use a wine bottle from a special occasion, or simply use one that has a unique shape. The kit has a cork with a light bulb attachment, so it is the easiest project ever! Simply place the cork in the bottle, add your favorite vintage bulb and wire lamp shade, and you have a memorable lamp under $10.

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Coming Home, A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

BY HEATHER CUNDIFF

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eing a native of the small community of Phil, just South of Liberty, I always considered myself part of Liberty and Casey County. As an adult, I ventured out to experience living in Richmond, KY; Boston, MA; Deneba, Ethiopia; and Tempe, AZ. Returning home to take on the newly established position of Tourism Director of Liberty was a dream I had not yet envisioned. Having seen much of the world, I returned to my hometown with a fresh perspective. Over the past year, I have learned more about my county than I ever imagined. Casey County has events and scenery that I longed for when I was away. Our rolling hills, untouched forests, and flowing waterways make any season’s country drive breathtaking. People travel from all over the world to visit our Amish and Mennonite communities in South Fork. We are home to the Casey County

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Apple Festival with the “World’s Largest Apple Pie.” The Central KY Ag/Expo Center is a popular spot for equestrian events, tractor pulls, go-cart races, the 127 Yard Sale, and the Casey County Fair. Nevertheless, the true beating heart of Casey County is its people. Throughout my first year as director, I have had the pleasure of working with various groups, volunteers, and individuals devoted to the future of Liberty. One of the incredible perks of living and working in a small town is seeing us unite with a common goal. Our Trail Town Task Force has been devoted to planning and organizing river, hiking and biking trails throughout the county. We have been working to officially earn Liberty a Trail Town designation, a status acknowledged by the state. This process is long and daunting, but we are devoted. One of our most recent accomplishments was the approval of a 1-mile loop trail at Lake Liberty, construction to begin early 2021.

Since beautification projects require volunteers, the Task Force formed a Facebook group called, “Liberty/Casey County KY Community Volunteers.” This public forum notifies potential volunteers of activities and opportunities. All are welcome! Throughout 2020, community volunteers banded together with the help of local donations to beautify the Doughboy statue in front of the Casey County Courthouse. This project received the People’s Choice Award for the, “2020 Beautify the Bluegrass” contest. Other projects have aimed to clean-up, repair, and improve. While we have big goals for Liberty, we are starting small. We hope these modest changes and enhancements will provide a better experience for both residents and visitors alike. I look forward to a brighter future for my home with more outdoor experiences, more colorful murals, and more community pride. We hope you can visit us soon!


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REFINANCING CONSIDERATIONS

Should you or shouldn’t you refinance your home? It isn’t prudent to rush to a yes-orno, quick-and-easy answer. Your house may be the most valuable asset in your financial portfolio, so you should carefully consider whether or not to refinance. Essentially, refinancing is paying off an existing mortgage to create a new one – with all the paperwork involved in the original home purchase. And if you remember, that was not a simple process.

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To help you with your planning and decision-making, The Federal Reserve Board offers several refinancing pros and cons.

CONSIDER REFINANCING IF IT HELPS YOU:

• Lower your interest rate • Increase or decrease the length of your mortgage • Change from an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage • Negotiate an adjustable-rate mortgage with better terms • Get cash from the equity built up in your home

(Note: If you are looking to consolidate debt through refinancing, you may want to talk with a certified financial adviser before you choose this method of paying off creditors. There may be more beneficial options.)

IT MAY NOT BE A GOOD IDEA TO REFINANCE IF: • You’ve had your mortgage for a long time. • Your current mortgage has a prepayment penalty. • You plan to move from your home in the next few years.

Not everyone with home equity is eligible for refinancing. Lenders review your income, credit score, debts, assets and the current value of your property along with the amount you want to borrow before making a decision to approve your refinancing loan. If your credit score has improved, you may be able to get a loan at a lower rate. If your credit score is lower now than what it was for the original mortgage, the interest could be higher. Also keep in mind that refinancing is not free. Most lenders have fees ranging from three to six percent of the outstanding principal. This is added to any prepayment penalties and any other penalties or costs associated with refinancing. If you plan to refinance, do shop around. Different lenders offer different terms, rates and fees. However, you may want to start with your current lender. That lender will want to retain your business, and may be willing to reduce or eliminate some of the associated fees. Your bank, homestead or financial advisor can provide additional information on refinancing a mortgage. The Federal Reserve Board’s free "A Consumer's Guide to Mortgage Refinancings," is available in print and PDF (www.federalreserve. gov/pubs/refinancings).


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A bright new rug and decorated room partition add a splash of color to a white palette.

DIY

EASY BATHROOM MAKEOVERS BY MICHELE ROBERT POCHE

Are you tired of looking at the same old wallpaper and antiquated fixtures in your bathroom? You don’t have to break the bank to breathe new life into this very personal space that should reflect the tastes and character of your home and family. For the do-it-yourselfer, let’s examine a few simple techniques to give your bathroom a fresh face.

REPLACE THE MOVABLE ACCENT PIECES.

Sometimes all that’s needed is a trip to the bath store. Consider the impact you can make to the theme and color scheme by changing out the following items: • drapery • shower curtain/rod/rings • rugs • towels • counter pieces (toothbrush holders, soap dispensers, soap dishes) • trash can • baskets/storage pieces • wall art

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Sometimes all that’s needed is a trip to the bath store.


A new faucet and sink is an inexpensive makeover with a huge impact. Pastel wallpaper and a flea market dressing table painted white give this bathroom a bright yet soft new look.

REPAINT OR REPAPER.

Choose from neutral tones that allow you to add splashes of color with your accent pieces or bold tones if you’re going for a stronger statement. Pastels (preferably from the cooler palette) make for a more relaxed environment. If wallpapering, remember that vertical patterns will make your room appear taller while horizontal ones will make it look wider.

UPDATE THE FAUCETS AND HARDWARE.

One of the easiest things you can do to upgrade your

bathroom is replace the hardware on your faucets, drains, cabinet/drawer pulls, hinges, doorknobs, wall hooks, towel racks or toilet paper rack. These little updates yield immediate results and usually only involve a screwdriver and your hands. versatility, install a dimmer on these fixtures so you can dial it up or down as Ideally, your bathroom desired. should offer more than one Sure, you can replace source of light. The brightest illumination should surround the shower stall, lay a new the vanity mirror area. Soft- floor or even gut the whole er, less direct lighting can be room, but, before you shell out the big dollars, conmounted in ceiling fixtures sider implementing a few or wall sconces. For more

DON’T FORGET THE LIGHTING!

Softer lighting can be mounted in ceiling fixtures or wall sconces. of these ideas. Whether your goal is to step up your home’s resale value or simply create a more updated space of your own, don’t be afraid to tackle your bathroom. It’s the most utilized room in your house. Shouldn’t it be the best?

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PALLET

Projects! BY SUZANNE FOX As far as do-it-yourself projects go, pallets are still the number one goto for wood. Probably because it’s super easy to find free pallets! After scouring craigslist and calling your local hardware store, simply take your pallets apart and start building! Here are two easy-to-make pallet projects that won’t take all weekend to make.

From minimalist to elaborate, space-maximizing shelving, there are a number of ways to approach your DIY pallet headboard. For a simple headboard, measure the top of the bed frame before building the headboard so that there is room to drill holes for the bolts to attach to the frame. 2-3 wooden pallets (find pallets that are similarly sized)

Screws Drill Saw Hollow wall anchors Untreated oak boards or extra timber Paint of your choice  Clean pallets with water and let dry. If your pallets have splinters, you may want to sand the side that will face away from the wall so you don’t get snagged.  Measure your mattress and determine your desired headboard size

my taping lines on the wall.  If your desired width is more than one pallet, cut the missing width from second pallet using a saw. Use scrap board to segment the back of the pallet with screws.  Paint with base coat. Look for a paint with built-in primer to save time. Feel free to stain and seal to match the bedroom.  Enjoy your new headboard!

Similarly, you can build a bookshelf as simply or elaborately as desired.  Wooden Pallets (find pallets that are similarly sized) Screws Drill Hollow wall anchors  Untreated oak boards or extra timber Paint of your choice C ut pieces of untreated oak boards to desired length of your shelves. Paint them the color of your choice. U sing the bottom of the pallets, place your painted wood pieces on the long end of the pallet (where you would like the shelves to go), and then using a drill screw attachment add screws in the back to keep them from shifting. You want the shelves to be secured so they hold a good amount of weight.  Place your largest pallet on the bottom and the smaller one on the top if they are different sizes. If not put one on top of the other.  Look for a stud, then drill into the pallet and wall. 2-4 long screws and wall anchors should do depending on how heavy the wood is.  Enjoy your new shelf!

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Bamboo is naturally amber colored but can be stained or carbonized to achieve a darker look.

LOOK FLOORS BY LIZ MCGEHEE

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ith an average cost of $9 to $12 per square foot, wood floors are quite an investment. While there are many benefits to owning real wood floors, such as easy maintenance, durability and added value to your home, there are other things to consider before taking the plunge. Hardwood floors tend to be cold, loud, expensive, require regular cleaning and make it hard for pets to move around the home. There’s no denying the beauty of hardwood flooring, but is there a way to get the look without the price tag? There are a few alternatives:

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Vinyl Planks This is by far the most prevalent wood alternative. Unlike cold hardwood, this material is warm and soft. You can walk around the house barefoot and pets

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won’t go sliding across the floor like a bowling ball. This material realistically mimics the hardwood-look. Vinyl comes in a number of colors and textures so you can easily customize your floors. It also tends to be waterproof depending on the vinyl.

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Laminate With easy installation, resistant to moisture and fading, resilience and affordability, Laminate makes an excellent wood alternative. This material comes in a number of looks, but you can get laminate that mimics real wood. It’s scratch resistant so it’s pet and kid friendly. The only downside is that most laminate, like wood, is not waterproof and requires specialized cleaning products.

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Porcelain Tile When you think of tile, you might think of stains. You’re probably thinking of ceramic tile, which is what

many people are accustomed to. Porcelain tile, however, is fairly resistant to tinging and water damage. While the installation is trickier, porcelain is more durable than ceramic and aesthetically versatile.

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Linoleum Linoleum is making a comeback. That’s right. The stuff you likely saw on the gymnasium floor at your high school is having a renaissance of sorts as more people discover its benefits. A more ecofriendly substitute for vinyl, linoleum is extremely customizable and is capable of more designs and patterns than the above-mentioned wood alternatives.

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Ecofriendly Alternatives Bamboo grows very quickly and is quite strong. The natural patterns in the stalks create attractive patterns as well. It is naturally amber colored but can be purchased stained or carbonized to achieve a darker look. Like Vinyl, cork is both tepid and lenient on the feet. An innate insulator, cork not only soundproofs your home, it also saves money on heating and air conditioning. Cork can be stained as well as painted or left natural. Just make sure you do your research first! Hgtv.com is a great resource for weighing your flooring options.


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MINI POT PIES By Liz McGehee

INGREDIENTS • 1-2 boxes of pie crusts • 1 small onion, chopped • 3/4 cups beef or vegetable broth • 1 1/2 cups of mixed veggies (peas, carrots, corn) • 1 cup of chicken, ground turkey or ground beef • 3 cups of refrigerated mashed potatoes • Salt and pepper • Cupcake pan • Round cookie cutter

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll crust to 12 inches in diameter. Cut with 4-inch round cookie cutter. Should get 6 from each crust. ❷ Sprinkle flour in cupcake pan to keep from sticking. Bake for 10 minutes until golden. ❸ Cook meat and onion in a pan. Then drain and add vegetables, broth and desired spices. Place in piecrustlined pan. Dab with 1 ½ tablespoons of mashed potatoes. ❹ Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool then serve.

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3 SIMPLE WAYS TO WAKE UP YOUR WINDOWS

One of the quickest ways to freshen up a room is to update your window treatments. While the results are instantaneous, finding just the right style, color and material can be challenging. Many options can prove to be incredibly expensive, while shopping for more reasonably priced choices frequently means settling for a painfully limited selection. That’s where DIY hacks come in handy! 22

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REPURPOSE HOUSEHOLD LINENS

If you have flat sheets or large tablecloths just lying around taking up space, why not do what clever DIYers have been doing for years? You can simply hang them on rods with ring clips, or add a simple stitch or ribbon ties for extra flair. If your linen closet is bare, you can shop your local discount departments

stores, thrift stores and flea markets for affordable deals. But why stop with sheets and tablecloths when fabric shower curtains can open up another world of color and pattern possibilities? You can even transform a pillowcase into a shade by removing the stitching, pressing flat and fusing a ribbon down the middle. Anything with color and texture that strikes your fancy is fair game for repurposing.


Anything with color and texture that strikes your fancy is fair game for repurposing.

Adding streamers to the front of your curtains changes the look without a lot of fuss or sewing.

PERSONALIZE PLAIN CURTAINS

There’s certainly nothing wrong with the cleanness and simplicity of solid sheers or panels, but for those who like a little extra panache, basic curtains can become the perfect blank canvas for creativity. From geometric patterns to paisley to pineapples, your favorite craft store is bound to have a selection of stencils and fabric paints to appeal to your particular aesthetic. You can also customize your curtains by gluing or stitching on some embellishments, such as beads, silk flowers or decorative trim.

on furniture, floors, people and energy bills. In addition to its tinted practical purpose, it has now become a popular means of maintaining privacy and/or expressing personal style. This clingy glass-enhancement product comes in wwa wide array of styles, ranging from elaborate stained glass to a simple frost effect to naturescapes and everything in between. Most large home improvement and bed and bath stores offer a generous selection of options to browse through, many of which come in sheets or rolls that you can cut to your specific measurements and -- with a little patience and care -- you can install yourself.

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lot in there. Remove everything that doesn’t belong. Foyers often become a depository for mail, shoes, coats and other items that get dropped the minute we walk in the door. Take down anything on the walls and remove the furniture.

 REMOVE THE CLUTTER. Though it is usually the smallest room in the house, we manage to pack a

 BRING IN A LITTLE COLOR. Now that it’s empty, freshen up the walls with a new coat of paint. If you can see adjacent rooms, coordinate the colors. Lighter colors make a small room seem bigger. Don’t forget the front door! You can either paint it a

othing says “Welcome Home” better than a beautifully decorated foyer. It’s often the first room your guests see when they come to visit, but it’s usually the last area to get a little tender loving care. Here are some quick and simple ways to make sure your foyer makes a good impression.

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complementary shade, or give it some style of its own with a pop of color. Add a pretty coordinating rug!  ADD STORAGE. Make the most of the small space by using a table with drawers or with room underneath for baskets. You want it to have a presence of its own, so don’t put a dainty table there. Add a bowl or basket for keys and other small things. If your family finds themselves taking off their shoes in the foyer, add a basket for shoe storage. Use an armoire that hides


create a focal point with a mirror over the table

anything you need to store. A smaller area might be the perfect space for a storage bench.  CREATE A FOCAL POINT. Create vertical interest by hanging art or a mirror over the table or bench. It can be one large piece or a grouping. Just make sure it is visually the same weight as the furniture and it is hung at eye level.  A PLACE TO HANG YOUR HAT. If you don’t have a coat closet, hooks or a coat rack neatly organizes jackets, purses and umbrellas.

to brighten the room and add a lamp or two for a more intimate glow.  ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH. Place something special in the room: a vase of flowers, an interesting collection or a small sculpture. Create a beautiful, functional foyer by playing around with the furnishings and accessories until you find an arrangement that works for you. Keep the clutter to a minimum and don’t be afraid to mix it up occasionally to keep things fresh and seasonal.

 LET THERE BE LIGHT. Update your overhead lighting fixture

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n behalf of the Casey County Board of Education, I would like to take a moment to introduce you to our school district. I have served eight years as Superintendent of Casey County Schools and have been able to work with amazing teachers, principals, and school staff that are highly focused and dedicated to excellence in all they do. Casey County has earned a reputation for academic excellence and creating boundless opportunities for students beyond the classroom setting. We strive to provide exemplary opportunities, working with our community and school partners to enrich and support learning experiences for all students, at all levels. Our staff and students enter the classrooms excited and motivated to learn every day. Casey County has consistently been a district on the move. State Accountability scores have consistently improved with Casey County scoring in the top tiers at all levels. Our mission statement “Excellence Keeps Moving’ demonstrates our determination for continual improvement, and our students exemplify those expectations. Our Schools: Liberty Elementary, Jones Park Elementary, and Walnut Hill Elementary, with Casey County Middle, Casey County High, and the KYTECH Casey County ATC share the vision to graduate students who feel valued and have academic, social-emotional and communication skills to persistently meet challenging personal and professional goals. Collectively, Casey County schools developed our “Profile of a Graduate” in which we want our students to “RISE”. From the first day of preschool until our students walk across the stage to graduate, we

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believe they can reach their highest potential by providing an academic curriculum that challenges and supports individual differences and learning styles. The “Profile of a Graduate” identifies some cognitive, personal and interpersonal competencies at key transition points in our students’ educational career that they should possess before they graduate from our high school. It is our responsibility to prepare our students to be Resilient, demonstrate Integrity, be Service-minded, and exude Excellence. Our core purpose is to instill these values and embody these behaviors every day. Please visit www.casey.kyschools.us to view our “Profile of a Graduate” Casey County currently offers 23 career pathway choices for our students, partnering with several post-secondary partners such as Campbellsville University, Georgetown College, Somerset Community, and Murray State University. Our students can earn in excess of 32 Dual Credits in conjunction with Advanced Placement courses offered in Mathematics, Science, English and History. These phenomenal offerings begin as students in the elementary levels explore STEM rotations each 9 weeks and can qualify for extended services through our gifted and talented programs through our mobile Innovation Nation fully equipped school bus that exposes students to a variety of learning opportunities in Math, Science, English, and related Arts. Casey County Schools offers numerous opportunities outside the classroom to include leadership opportunities through various school based clubs and organizations such as Y-club, FFA, HOSA, JAFROTC, YCC, and Junior YCC. Archery, Band, Cheer, Drama, Choir, and

our competitive varsity sports of Basketball, Baseball, Fishing, Football, Golf Softball, Soccer, Track and Cross Country and Volleyball all help provide our students an educational foundation that ensures successful transition to college and career. Our community, parents, and staff have always been connected and an integral part of our improvement and programs. Thank you for your unwavering support. I encourage you to find a way to be part of the great things going on in Casey County Schools, as Excellence Keeps Moving.

Marion Sowders, Superintendent, 1922 N US 127, Liberty, KY 42539, Phone (606)787-6941, Fax (606)787-5231, www.casey.kyschools.us BOARD MEMBERS: Michael Turner, Chair-Vernon Clark, Vice-Chair-Melissa Richards, Darrell Barlow and Nell Duggins

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Marion Sowders-Superintendent The Casey County Board of Education meets the second Monday of each month at 7pm at the board office or in the local schools. Contact the office for more information on meeting places or check www.casey.ky-schools.us WHE Matt Knight

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Total time: 55 minutes Active time: 15 minutes Makes: 12 cupcakes

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By Ilene Godofsky Moreno Wasn’t it just the most exciting thing ever when someone would bring cupcakes to school on their birthday? This recipe is a throwback to the vanilla-on-vanilla childhood birthday fun.  Ingredients VEGAN “BUTTERMILK” ® 1 cup nondairy milk ® 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar DRY ® 2 cups spelt flour ® 1 cup coconut sugar ® 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder ® 1/2 teaspoon baking soda ® 1/4 teaspoon salt WET ® 1 /2 cup vegan butter or coconut oil, melted ® 1 tablespoon vanilla extract VANILLA FROSTING ® 3 cups powdered sugar ® 1 cup vegan butter ® 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ® Splash of nondairy milk, as needed to blend TOPPING Vegan sprinkles

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 Directions P reheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin tin or line it with baking cups.  I n a small bowl, stir the nondairy milk and apple cider vinegar together to create vegan “buttermilk.” Let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes.  In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.  Stir the wet ingredients into the small bowl with the “buttermilk” mixture. Transfer the contents of the small bowl to the large bowl, and mix until the wet and dry ingredients are smooth.  Spoon the batter into the muffin wells, until each is about three-quarters full. Bake for 25 minutes, until lightly golden.

 While the cupcakes bake, prepare the vanilla frosting by combining all the frosting ingredients together in a blender or in a bowl with an electric mixer.  Remove the cupcakes from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack. Let them cool completely, then top them with the frosting and sprinkles and serve or store in an airtight container.


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oming from a family that seldom left the county, let alone the state, we can often spot someone new a mile away. And I wonder‌"What's brings you to Liberty?" Over the past couple of decades I've noticed more and more people moving in to Casey County. I ain't shy. I'll come right out and say, "You ain't from around here, are ya?" Lucky for me they usually love to talk too and I get to know our neighbors. It's the burning question in me. I guess I expect people to say that their grandparents are from here or something like that but they don't. I dig deeper. Where are you from, why did you move here, how did you even find Liberty? I've learned there are various reasons as one couple was placed here during Hurricane Katrina and decided they liked it and wanted

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to stay. I didn't expect that by no means. I am glad they chose our community after having to just pick up and leave. Then I've come to know a very nice couple that have owned property here for over 10 years and getting their little Home Away from Los Angelos to their perfection for when they retire. As you know me by know, I said "How did you find Liberty?" Well, come to find out they were on vacation in Nashville. They rented a car and left the hustle and bustle of Music City and drove through the country until they ended up in central Kentucky. They fell in love immediately without meeting a soul. They just knew this is where they wanted to be and have not regretted their decision. After that another couple from California came to visit them and lo 'n behold they are now my next door neighbors. It doesn't stop there. I've learned of families

buying old farms moving in from upstate New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Delaware that I have yet to find out their story. But I will. I can't imagine just planting roots and starting over like they have. Just this year some fine folks lost everything in the California wildfires and now they live just across the ridge from me. Coming in to Louisville, checking out property around Elizabethtown and loving Kentucky more and more the further they drove until they ended up Finding Liberty. It's quaint and slower paced, they say. It's the tranquility of the rolling hillsides, the hunting, fishing and being able to relax. I agree that Kentucky is a convenient location and the roads can take you anywhere. I'm glad to learn that All Roads Lead to Liberty and we can share the beautification with others. It brings us such nice folks to get to know along the way. #findingliberty #smalltownusa


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HALK PAINT, THE NEW CRAZE, IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT. Chalkboard paint made its splash a few years ago. When a surface is painted with chalkboard paint, you can write on it freely with chalk, wash and repeat. It can be used to paint kids rooms so they can draw on walls to spark creativity. Chalk paint is used to paint furniture and surfaces without using primer and/or lengthy prep work. The paint adheres to glossy surfaces, eliminating the need for primer and oil-based paint altogether. Chalk paint is easy to use, easy to make, and very durable , according to our paint expert, Paul Carpenter. Carpenter says, making your own chalk paint can save you lots of money on your remodel project. Name brand chalk paint is expensive and the colors are very limited. By

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CHALK PAINT INGREDIENTS • One quart, any type of latex flat paint, any color • A small jar of Plaster of Paris from the hardware store or pottery plaster from a craft store • Cold water • Paste Wax making your own, you can buy the cheapest paint available, plus choose any color you like. Here are some more tips from Carpenter for your chalk paint home projects: Beware of Biters! If you are painting baby furniture, be sure to use a safe sealer that will not harm children if they chew on the furniture. Tape Test It! If you are trying to decide whether a piece of furniture needs sanding prior to painting; take a piece of blue painter's tape and apply it to the surface. If paint comes off with the tape, you must sand the furniture before re-finishing with any type of paint. Will Clog Do not use chalk paint in your paint sprayer. The sand in the plaster

is sure to clog your nozzles. Weathered Out Use an exterior sealer on outdoor furniture instead of waxing. Small Batches Carpenter suggests making one quart at a time because the paint does not store for long periods. Try to use your chalk paint within 30 days.


CARPENTER'S STEPS TO MAKING YOUR OWN CHALK PAINT ARE SIMPLE: Step 1 Make sure your surface is dry and clean. Sanding is like insurance to help you get better coverage, but not at all necessary. That's the benefit of chalk paint, to save time and money. Step 2 Add 6 tablespoons of pottery plaster to Âź cup cold water to make a paste. Step 3 Add the paste mixture to 1 quart of flat latex paint. Step 4 Stir paint with plaster until it is the consistency of pancake batter; nice and velvety. Some paints are thicker than others, so adding small amounts of water or plaster to achieve the right consistency is sometimes necessary.

Step 5 Using a nylon polyester brush made for latex paint; brush on liberally, covering all areas with no regard for brush strokes. Step 6 For a distressed look once dry, use 80 grit sandpaper to sand the entire surface applying more pressure in certain areas to reveal the under paint. After distressing, use 150 or 220 grit fine sandpaper on the entire surface. If you want a clean, all over paint look, skip the distressing process and proceed directly to the fine sanding. Step 7 Brush away all dust from sanding and apply paste wax with a cloth in small sections, rubbing into the surface. Buff with a lint free cloth for a final finish.

Send pictures of your projects to editor@hgdecorator.com We will post your pictures on the projects page of our web site and may feature them in our next issue!

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FIND THE BEST REALTOR FOR YOUR HOME BY MICHELE ROBERT POCHE

Selecting a physician, an accountant, even a hair stylist … these are all decisions we take seriously. Choosing the right real estate agent is no different. After all, you entrust your realtor to sell your most prized possession, your home, and to find you a new one. What can you do to make sure this individual is the best for the job?

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Talk to his past clients. Were they satisfied? What was the original asking price versus the selling price? How long was the house on the market? The

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more recent the transaction, the better the indicator of his current work. Ask how long she’s been in practice. Five years is a good benchmark, but not all agents are created equal. Less experience can mean she’s hungrier for sales, while more can mean greater knowledge of and connections in the area. Check out his current listings. Are they in your desired neighborhood? How similar are they to your own? Does he have enough business to demonstrate a healthy practice but not so much that you’d get lost in the shuffle? Put her to the test. Ask her about another listing in the same locality. A dialed-in realtor should really know the area, street by street, and be able to provide a few

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“If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” - Red Adair

details about any of its properties off the top of her head. Find out if he belongs to the National Association of Realtors. All members are required to abide by the Realtor Code of Ethics, a document that outlines their responsibilities to

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clients, the public and other realtors. Avoid part-time agents and friends or relatives. You want someone who can show your home or take you to a new property at a moment’s notice. And you don’t want someone giving unsolicited advice or, worse, holding it back.

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HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH SUCCULENTS By Nellie Palmer

DREAM KITCHENS BEGIN

SUCCULENTS ARE KNOWN FOR BEING BEAUTIFUL, HARDY AND LOWMAINTENANCE PLANTS. HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME SIMPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR CARE SO THAT THEY THRIVE FOR YEARS. SUCCULENTS REQUIRE A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT THAN FLOWERS OR HOUSEPLANTS, BUT SEPARATE TYPES OF SUCCULENTS AND CACTI HAVE SIMILAR NEEDS REGARDING SUNLIGHT, WATER AND SOIL.

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ucculents thrive in plenty of sunshine, but try not to scorch them. Prolonged direct sunlight and heat can burn their tender leaves. Once these leaves are damaged, they either need to be removed or fall off on their own. For indoor succulents, filtered sunlight from a window that gets sun most of the

day will be sufficient. For outdoor plants it is best to put them somewhere they will get full sun for at least half of the day. Succulents also do well growing under trees which will provide some shade from strong sunlight. If a plant has been indoors for a while, be careful moving it outside because it needs to slowly adapt to the stronger sunlight or it can burn. In contrast,

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if a plant is not receiving enough light it will begin to etiolate. This means that the leaves will no longer be compact on the plant and it will stretch out to reach the sunlight. This isn't harmful to the plant, but eventually fewer leaves will grow, so finding the perfect sunny spot for a succulent is important for a compact and beautiful plant! These unique plants should


also be watered thoroughly, but only when their soil is dry. Always grow succulents in a container with a hole in the bottom so the water can drain properly. Water the plant until the water begins to seep from the bottom of the container. Over watering these succulents can result in rot which causes the plant to die. It is important to thoroughly check succulents periodically for signs of rot and pests. Some species of succulents prefer to be watered very rarely, so it is important to pay attention to the individual needs of the plant. Most of the time it is best to under water a succulent rather than over water it. Succulents flourish in a specific variety of soil that is well-draining and nutrient dense. Some brands make compost mixes specifically for succulents but it is not always necessary to buy those. Perlite can be used as a mixing agent with any soil to promote draining, while sandy, rocky mixes also work well.

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COMPOSTING MADE SIMPLE Composting is the process of collecting and storing organic waste, allowing (and even assisting) it to decompose, then recycling it as soil fertilizer. We’ve all read about it for years, but how many of us have actually tried our hand at cultivating our own homegrown compost?

THE BENEFITS ARE NUMEROUS:  It’s free. Everything comes right from your home.  There are no unnatural chemicals involved.  Healthier soil has better moisture retention, so water is conserved.  Less waste is sent into the landfills.  Composted soil yields plants with fewer pests and diseases.

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STEP 1

Get a container. For the urban dweller, there are many small kitchen-counter composters available, but for those with more real estate, larger outdoor models enable you to recycle much more material. Or you can create your own compost bin by using something as simple as a plastic container, a pail or even a coffee can. The important thing is that your receptacle is fully lidded. Not only will it keep pests out, it will also keep odors in, and help maintain the proper moisture levels.

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Start collecting your compostables. From the kitchen: fruit/ vegetable remnants, breads, grain, pasta, rice, spices, herbs, boxed pantry items, coffee grounds, tea leaves (without bags), eggshells (crushed), etc. From the house: cardboard, paper towels, tissues, cotton balls, newspaper, junk mail, paper (not glossy or waxed), etc. From the yard: grass clippings, leaves, weeds, vines, small branches, etc. Avoid adding meat or fish scraps for the inevitable odors (and flies!) that will result.

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Promote rapid decomposition. Ideally, your compost materials should always remain slightly moist. An overly dry mixture will stall the decaying process while an overly wetted one will become a slimy mess. Help your compost pile along by consistently adding a diverse blend of new materials to the concoction to “feed” it. And it’s a good idea to turn it (that’s composting lingo for stir) every few days to reintroduce oxygen to the buried areas and get things moving.

Every compost pile has its own “best by” date. By nurturing your blend according to the tips outlined above, you’re sure to create beautiful, brown, nutrient-rich earth to support all of your planting efforts.

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r i A t s e The B Filter Ever! PET DANDER, DUST MITES, INSUFFICIENT VENTILATION, MOLD…OH MY! THESE ISSUES, ALONG WITH OTHER COMPOUNDING FACTORS, COULD BE CONTRIBUTING TO POOR AIR QUALITY IN YOUR HOME. DON’T DESPAIR— THERE IS ONE SIMPLE THING YOU CAN DO TO TODAY TO DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE AIR YOU BREATHE.

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ome specific indoor plants may facilitate the removal of toxic substances from the air, according to results of the NASA Clean Air Study1, which was conducted in 1989 by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA). In fact, the natural filtration system these plants provide may even help neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome (SBS), a term that was coined in a 1984 World Health Organization report. The report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subjects of complaints specifically related to poor indoor air quality. These complaints ranged from headaches and eye, nose or throat irritation to difficulty concentrating. Surprisingly, many SBS complaints are related to new construction. However, whether you have a new home

(post-construction), newly remodeled home (post-renovation) or an older home, toxins could be culminating in the air, causing you some measure of discomfort and adversely affecting your health. So, how can you start improving your indoor air quality today? Start by adding indoor plants to your home and/or office, and let them do their air cleaning magic! Not only is indoor greenery aesthetically appealing, the symbiotic relationship between humans and plants is one that contributes greatly to health. According to a University of Agriculture in Norway study, indoor plants can go to bat for us, reducing fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent. Not only do they improve physical health, they also improve mood; various studies suggest that being around plants can make us feel happier and calmer. Harness the power of plants by


adding an English ivy to your office space or a bamboo palm to your living room or bedroom. Decorating with living plants is fairly inexpensive, revitalizes indoor air, reduces the risk of various ailments, and makes you smile, all of which are exceptional reasons to take advantage of the best air filter ever! According to the NASA Clean Air Study the top 10 plants most effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air are:

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THE BEST NATURAL PEST CONTROL BY CAITLIN WATZKE Not only are ladybugs the cutest insects in the animal kingdom, they are one of the most effective ways to naturally rid your garden of pests. Ladybugs are beneficial insects, which means they eat bad bugs that feed on garden plants. They have an especially voracious appetite for aphids, which are tiny, soft-bodied insects that multiply quickly and feed on sap. They also eat mites, lice, insect eggs and other soft-bodied insects. According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, a single ladybug may eat as many as 50 aphids a day or 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.

HOW TO ATTRACT LADYBUGS TO YOUR GARDEN (AND KEEP THEM THERE) Plant ladybug food. Ladybugs love floral plants that provide nectar, so try planting flowers like geraniums and herbs like cilantro, dill, fennel and caraway. Order them in bulk online. When they arrive, store them in your refrigerator to calm them down. Release them during the early evening

hours, when they are less likely to fly away. They will be thirsty, so make sure they have enough water. Set up shallow dishes with pebbles and fill them with water. The ladybugs will perch on the pebbles to drink the water. Say no to pesticides. Resist the temptation to spray if you see pests. If there are no pests for the ladybugs to feed on, the ladybugs will fly away.

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