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Agriculture

  • WICHE: Peonies are long-lived in the garden

    A couple of weeks ago, in mid-April, one of the prettiest flowers in the garden started to bloom. This great, cut-leaf Japanese peony, Paeonia tenuifolia, opened its simple ruby-colored petals to reveal bright yellow stamen.

    The finely cut foliage, reminiscent of the most finely cut foliage of a Japanese maple, allows the plant to be interesting in the mixed border the rest of the growing season, too.

    There are four peony classifications based on bloom type:

  • Ag Report: May 4, 2012

    Poll identifies state’s 10

    most influential ag people

     

    Who are the most influential people in Kentucky agriculture today?

    Would the farmers in western Kentucky have the same people on their top ten list as an individual involved in the equine industry? Would a beekeeper list the same top ten as a cattle producer? Does an agribusiness owner's list look anything like that of a commodity leader?

  • Master Gardeners offer wares, advice

    You can get annuals and perennials to enhance your home gardens from the county’s own Shelby County Master Gardeners this weekend.

    The folks who bring the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market at the Shelby County Fairgrounds from April to October will host their Art and Garden Fair this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

    The event is free, but plants and other items will be for sale.

  • Ag Report: April 27, 2012

    Farmers’ Market opens Saturday

    at Shelby County Fairgrounds

    The Shelby County Farmers’ Market opens its 6-month run at the Shelby County Fairgrounds this Saturday.

    The market, which continues through Oct. 27, is 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday in the barn immediately off Midland Trail on the western side of the property.

    Vendors from Shelby and surrounding areas offer several varieties of season produce, plus eggs, jams, jellies, flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees.

  • WICHE: Pruning chores after the big spring bloom

    June 1 is the official cutoff that marks the difference between a spring bloomer and a summer bloomer. Does it matter that you know? Yes, if you want to prune properly, because pruning after June 1 could result in no blooms next year.

    This spring was a great one for spring bloomers: lilacs, viburnums, azaleas, rhododendrons and many others were all able to do their thing without a major frost or freeze here at the farm.

  • Ag Report: April 20, 2012

    Grayson County man

    named state’s beekeeper

  • WICHE: No-till philosophy easy on the soil

    One of the most anticipated rites of spring is dusting off the tiller and heading out to the vegetable garden for a little soil play. It is one of those things you can’t plan for, though.

    It becomes a waiting game because we can’t do it if the soil is too wet, we don’t want to do it if it is too cold, and we only have the time to do it when the weekend rolls around.

    Well, what would you say if I told you that you were off the hook when it comes to spring tilling?

  • Ag Report: April 13, 2012

    Robertson to kick off new

    sale venture in Shelbyville

     

    With the famed auction house Tattersalls closing its doors in Lexington Jimmy Robertson, a longtime Saddlebred breeder and trainer, said he started thinking about filling that gap. The auctions had become largely Saddlebred during the past few years, with fewer and fewer Standardbreds being offered at the Teaters’ auctions.

  • WICHE: Cedar-apple rust cycle begins

    Predictions for this season include a high incidence of both fire blight and cedar apple rust. The signs of fire blight (scorched-looking foliage and stem tips) are rather boring compared to the freaky looking appendages that “ripen” with cedar-apple rust.

    Get ready to start seeing large, orange gelatinous spore horns hanging from cedars like they are decorated with Japanese lanterns.

    They strike awe and dread from me because they are fabulous looking creations of nature, but they also forewarn a rust problem in the orchard for next year.

  • WICHE: Asparagus is a big garden investment

    I am only now recovering; it has been four days since Andy and I planted out 100 asparagus crowns.

    Planting asparagus is an investment on all accounts – time, labor, money, patience – and then the big payoff, which is fresh asparagus for 2 months each spring right from your own garden.

    This is the second time I have a participated in an asparagus-planting extravaganza (I told Andy when we were finished that two times in a lifetime is enough for me!).