Clipart of a carton of chocolate milk with a straw.Chocolate milk still has the same healthy nutrients, like calcium, protein, vitamin D, potassium, and magnesium, that white milk has.

But it has added sugar.

Added sugars give us extra calories that can lead to weight gain.

Chocolate milk can be part of a healthy diet, but if your child likes white milk, serve that most of the time and chocolate milk occasionally.

When you serve chocolate milk, choose fat-free or 1% chocolate milk.

Adapted from Iowa Department of Public Health.

Two rose events are happening in October:

Clipart of Everything coming up rosesRoses are a desirable addition to any garden, even here in the Mojave Desert. With about 100 species and thousands of cultivars to choose from selecting the right rose for the right place may seem daunting.

Let Master Gardener and Rosarian Judith Kafantaris teach you about the attributes to look for in roses that will do well in our dry climate during the Oct. Gardening in Small Places workshop.

Rose photography entries in Rose Shows has become a very popular event in the last several years. If you every wonder how to display your pictures in Rose Shows, Christina Ropeter will show you where to buy the picture frames and how to mount the photographs during the So. Valley Rose Society’s October  workshop.

Watch for upcoming information on the 1st annual Rose Show on Nov. 18!


Enter to win bannerNevada students are invited to showcase their artistic talents and promote radon awareness by entering the 2018 Nevada Radon Poster Contest, offered by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program.

The contest ends Oct. 31.

The contest is open to all children ages 9 to 14 years old enrolled in public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense and home schools.

Children can also enter through a sponsoring group, such as art, computer, library, reading, science, scouting, youth or 4-H clubs.

Details can be found on the website.

MulchClipartIn all seasons, one of the most important things that a gardener can do is mulching, putting a layer of some material on the soil surface.

In the winter, it keeps soil a little warmer, which limits chilling stress on tender plants.

When temperatures rise, it insulates the soil, keeping it slightly cooler.

It may help to think of mulch as similar to insulation in the attic.

Mulch can be almost any substance that lays on the surface of the soil, but some things are more beneficial and practical than others.

Read more about the importance of mulch in your garden!