• WICHE: Plan a fall vegetable garden

    All right, I know, this last week already felt like fall, but it really is only the end of August. This year may just be the perfect year to pull off the perfect fall garden as a result. Ample moisture and relatively mild temperatures mean that a second round of planting for a fall garden can get a good start.

    The challenge with the fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer. If we stay mild, we have a better chance!

  • Ag report: Aug. 16, 2013

    Shelby County farm tour

    to be offered in September

    The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service and Metzger’s Country Store are working to develop a Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21.

  • WICHE: Sawflies strip dogwood foliage

    One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly. We had planted more than 100 white pine seedlings some 30 years ago, and after a decade or so we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another. Daddy charged me with inspection duty: looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the county extension service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.

  • Kentucky State Fair: Champion goats rebound to show at fair

    A family that endured an horrific loss to their prize-winning goat herd in a barn fire this past March is preparing to take the survivors to the Kentucky State Fair.

    Howard and Joann Shelburne of Simpsonville, who lost 30 prize-winning Alpine Dairy goats – half their herd – have been showing goats for 45 years.

    The Shelburnes were devastated after the fire, as most of the goats that died were prize-winners, earning nearly 70 ribbons at last year’s state fair.

  • Ag report: Aug. 9, 2013

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market adds Wednesday afternoon hours

    New this week at the Shelby County Farmers’ Market will be a mid-week market held every Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This new market day, which began Wednesday, is in addition to the Saturday market, held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 1513 Midland Trail in Shelbyville.

    For more information, visit shelbycokyfarmersmarket.com.

  • WICHE: Bagworms are on the move

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks, and we wonder how it all happened.

    Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • Ag report: Aug. 2, 2013

    Shelby teams dominate 4-H team judging events

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has won the Stoeppell Award for High County Team Overall for earning the most total points in each of the three age divisions, clover, intermediate and senior. 

    The teams are coached by Corinne Belton, Adam Miller and James Riddell.

  • WICHE: Fireflies light the night for love

    Likely as a child, you too, collected fireflies in a jar and took them to bed to light up your room on a warm summer night. I remember getting my parents to puncture the lid of a mason jar, so the magical insects could breathe.

    Well, it turns out that all that light flashing wasn’t meant for our entertainment but rather about entertaining love.

  • Ag report: July 26, 2013

    Annual grasslands event this week at Oldham farm

    The 2013 Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Field Day will be held in neighboring Oldham County at Rivercrest Farm at  3 p.m. Thursday. Rivercrest Farm is located at 1904 Mayo Lane in Prospect.

  • WICHE: Harvesting and curing root crops

    Potatoes, garlic and onions: These tree vegetables are staples worldwide largely because of their versatility and their storage-ability.

    Late July and August is when our spring planted onions, garlic and potatoes reach maturity and are ready for harvest. If you want to harvest some new potatoes, onions or garlic before they reach maturity, enjoy them at the table in short order.