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Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, January 10, 2019 Yard and Garden: Keeping Fall Garden Produce Through Winter By Richard Jauron and Willy Klein, ISU Extension Vegetable gardens may close down for the winter in Iowa, but gardeners can still enjoy the vegetables they have grown. Many vegetables keep for months in cold storage when provided the right conditions. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information on vegetable storage. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at 515-294-3108 or at hortline@iastate.edu. My acorn squash are turning yellow. Why? The problem may be improper storage. Acorn-type squashes should be stored at a temperature of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Some acorn-type squashes will turn yellow when stored at temperatures above 55 F. High storage temperatures may also cause the flesh to become stringy. Why are my potatoes beginning to sprout? Potatoes should be stored at a temperature of 40 F and relative humidity of 90 to 95 percent. Tubers often begin to sprout if storage temperatures are above 50 F. Also, don't store potatoes with apples or other fruit. Fruit produce ethylene gas. Ethylene promotes sprouting of potatoes. My sweet potatoes have become dry and stringy. What caused this? It's likely the sweet potatoes were not cured and stored properly. After harvest, sweet potatoes should be cured for seven to 10 days at a temperature of 80 to 85 F and relative humidity of 85 to 90 percent. (Since it's difficult for most home gardeners to provide these conditions, a good option is to place sweet potatoes in perforated plastic bags and set the bags in a warm (70 to 75 F) location in the home. Extend the curing time to 14 to 21 days.) Curing promotes healing of minor cuts and bruises, prolonging the storage life of sweet potatoes. Curing also improves the flavor of sweet potatoes as starches are converted to sugars during the curing process. After curing, store sweet potatoes at a temperature of 55 to 60 F and relative humidity of 85 to 90 percent. Sweet potatoes stored at temperatures above 60 F will shrivel and become dry and stringy. Sweet potatoes may develop an off-flavor and the flesh may become discolored when stored at temperatures below 55 F. My onions don't store well. Why? The storage life of onions is largely determined by the variety (cultivar) and storage conditions. When properly stored, excellent long-term keepers, such as 'Copra,' 'First Edition,' 'Stuttgarter,' and 'Redwing,' can be successfully stored for several months. Poor keepers, such as 'Walla Walla' and 'Sweet Spanish,' can only be stored for a few weeks. Onions should be placed in mesh bags, crates or wire baskets and stored in a cool (32 to 40 F), dry location. If storage temperatures are too warm, onions may sprout. Rotting may be a problem in damp locations. Inspect stored onions on a regular basis in fall and winter. Discard any that are starting to rot. Photo Printing is a full commercial printer located in Carlisle, Iowa. If you have a flyer, letterhead, envelope, brochure, magazine, newsletter, book, etc that you would like to have printed, give us a call for a Free Estimate. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. 1st Street Carlisle, Iowa 50047 515-989-3251 Three Things Retirees Should Ways Stress Takes a Toll Consider When Deciding on Your Body Whether to Rent or Own a Home Did the latest challenge at work bring on a Home ownership has long held an honored position tightening in your stomach? Does constant worry as an integral part of the American dream, about a loved one's health make you physically ill But when retirement time comes, rethinking that yourself?. Everyone at some point feels the effects of dream could be in order. Sometimes renting a house stress. Not everyone deals with stress in the best way, or apartment is the better bet both financially and though. in terms of the retiree's changing lifestyle and health, "Often stressed-out people seek relief through alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, but that just makes says Eric Kearney (www.erickearneyadvisor.com), an investment advisor for Retirement Wealth. matters worse," says Richard Purvis, a health and wellness practitioner and author of Recalibrate: Six "When people plan for retirement, they focus on things like how much they have saved, how much Secrets to Resetting Your Age (www. Social Security will pay, and whether they have richardpurvisauthor.com). "Instead of relieving stress, those toxic substances tend to keep the body pension," Kearney says. "But as you get older, you also need to think about such issues as whether you in a stressed state, causing even more physical can keep mowing the lawn or handling other day-to- problems." day chores that homeownership requires. If you must April is Stress Awareness Month, a good time to hire someone to do them for you, how much will that reflect on how the demands and anxieties of daily eat into what may already be a tight monthly life put a strain not just on our minds, but on our budget?" bodies as well. Stress, of course, is not always a bad The truth: There's no answer that will fit everyone's thing. It does serve a positive purpose. situation, he says. So retirees, or those approaching "It can keep us alert and prepares us to avoid retirement, should weigh their personal pros and danger," Purvis says. "But stress becomes a negative cons. factor when a person faces continuous challenges "There's a lot to think about," he says. "Should you without any time mixed in for relief or relaxation." sell the house you raised your family in and downsize As a result, he says, people become overworked, to something more suitable for just the two of you? If and stress-related anxiety and illness can occur. The you're planning to move to somewhere else in the strain leads them to suffer from such ailments as country to enjoy your retirement, is it more prudent headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. to buy in that new location, or is leasing the way to go to give you more flexibility if it doesn't work out?" Purvis says a few examples of how stress can play Some things retirees should think about as they havoc on our bodies include: ponder the own vs. rent question include: -Musculoskeletal system. When we experience stress, it's natural for our muscles to tense up. "It's Maintenance issues. When you own a home, every leaky faucet, electrical problem or faulty appliance the body's way of guarding against injury and pain," is yours to handle as best you can. If you can do it Purvis says. Usually, the muscles relax once the yourself, great; but often, these household repairs stressful event passes. But chronic stress keeps the mean calling in a professional at a sometimes muscles in a constant state of guardedness. "When exorbitant cost. When you rent, it's up to the landlord muscles are taut and tense for long periods of ime other reactions in the body are triggered," he says. or the property management company to take care of the repairs. Chronic muscle tension in the shoulders, neck, and Mobility. Selling a house can be a long and head can lead to tension-type headaches and complicated process, and you never know what the migraines. market might be like when the time arrives. Whereas -Respiratory system. Stress causes people to breaking a lease is much simpler. "If your children breathe harder. "That's not a problem for most are scattered all over the country, you may want to people," Purvis says. "But if you suffer from asthma move closer to one of them," Kearney says. "Also, if or a lung disease such as emphysema, getting your health takes a turn for the worse, selling a home essential oxygen can be difficult." He says some can be a significant burden on your family." studies show that acute stress events - such as the The inheritance. For many people, a house is the death of a loved one - can trigger asthma attacks in most valuable asset in their estate and they might which the airway between the nose and the lungs want to leave it to their children in the will. Once constrict. Also, rapid breathing associated with stress - or hyperventilation - can result in a panic attack again, it's a matter of weighing the pros and cons. in some people. "Having a home to pass down to the children is a -Gastrointestinal system. Sometimes people who noble gesture, but it is not always feasible," Kearney says. "Before considering whether owning or renting is the right option," Kearney says, "it's essential to review all the intricacies of your situation and decide based on your finances and your overall health and well-being." 2019 Winter Bald Eagle Watches Iowa is one of the best places in the country to watch large convocations of Bald Eagles. During the winter they move away from their nest sites and gather around open water to hunt and fish on Iowa's biggest rivers, particularly the Mississippi and Des Moines. It's a thrilling sight and to make sure as many people as possible get to enjoy this yearly phenomenon, several organizations around the state hold Bald Eagle watch events. To find a list of Bald Eagle watch events, visit https://www.iowadnr.gov/ Conservation. In.Floor ~ Geothermal Heating "Insured & Certified" SALES - SERVICE - REPLACEMENT BATHROOM REMODEL are stressed will eat much more than usual. Sometimes they will eat much less. Neither is healthy. "You can get heartburn or acid reflux if you eat more food: or different types of food or if you increase how much alcohol you drink or tobacco you use," Purvis says. When you're stressed, the brain sends alert sensations to the stomach. Your stomach can react with ' utterflies," nausea, or pain. "Severe stress can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation," he says. "If your stress becomes chronic, you might develop ulcers or severe stomach pain." So what's to be done? Purvis points out that stress is a natural occurrence in life and happens to everyone. "Since you can't avoid your job, bills, or other life experiences, the best thing to do is learn to manage stress," he says. ' /ou won't avoid stress entirely, but it is possible to minimize the effects by eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking care of yourself in general." 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