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Agriculture

  • Acclimate plants carefully to prevent burning foliage

    I made a big mistake last year and burned up my Kalanchoes- it took the entire summer for these cool succulents to recover.  I will not make that mistake again!

    After adding another crinkled-leaf variety to my collection, which I purchased from Gallrein’s greenhouses last week, I set to the task of resetting our patio with plants and seat cushions.  I was very mindful of providing some afternoon shade for my succulent collection.  

  • Ag report: May 2, 2014

    Georgetown College joins

    Farm to Campus program

    Georgetown College last Friday became the seventh higher education institution in Kentucky to join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to Campus Program.

  • Match mulching material with plant needs

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied – smothering roots and girdling trunks.  When done properly is can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature.  These things can be achieved using a variety of materials, but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Ag report: April 25, 2014

    KSU opens new

    High Tunnel Complex

     

    Kentucky State University in Frankfort today will host a ribbon cutting and open house for its new High Tunnel Complex. The open house will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the ribbon cutting at 11:30.

  • Hold off on pruning raspberries, blackberries

    The bramble patch is usually cleaned up by now but the cold winter has set us back with a few of our garden chores.  But it turns out that this may be a good thing after all. The University of Kentucky has sent out a “blackberry alert” urging gardeners to hold off on pruning blackberry and raspberry until new shoots begin to emerge.  They are expecting more than usual die back due to our cold winter season.

  • Ag report: April 18, 2014

    Grow Rural Education

    grant deadline is Monday

    The deadline is fast approaching for local school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000, through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Farmers can support their community and strengthen the school district’s application by nominating their local school districts.

    Nominations will be accepted until April 6, and school applications must be completed by Monday.

  • No planting yet, but farmers aren’t worried

    Shelby’s farmers say that they typically plant near the end of April, so they’re not too concerned about the spring crop season yet, but if the weather stays rainy and cool it could be a different story.

    “It’s not a big concern right now, but if it stays wet and cool for another two weeks, it will be,” said Paul Hornback, who is planning to put in 2,400 acres of corn and soybeans and 100 acres of tobacco.

  • Thin vs. fat asparagus, which is better?

    I was catching up on some magazine reading the other day and on two occasions I read the phrase “choose thin spears” and I got so frustrated. 

    These spring articles were about asparagus, and I would like to go on the record that when it comes to homegrown asparagus – and even the wild growing in the fencerows – fat is good!  The fat spears have always been tender from the garden; so don’t let anyone fool you on the fresh from the garden variety. They are particularly well suited for the charcoal grill.

  • Ag report: April 11, 2014

    USDA’s announces sign-ups for

    disaster assistance programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced this week that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs beginning Tuesday.

  • Cool season has slowed spring

    I want to say spring has sprung, but it hasn’t.

    I have 160 Freedom Ranger chicks coming in the mail next week and lambs hitting the ground – don’t worry, that’s shepherd talk for lambs being born. I want warm not just for the new 2-legged and 4-legged arrivals but also for my potatoes, onions and kale. I need warm before I can even think of putting a tomato, bean or cucumber out in the garden.