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Agriculture

  • WICHE Q&A: More about raised vegetable beds

  • Ag Report: April 8, 2011

    Sign-up time is here

    for CSA food program

  • WICHE: Raised beds in the garden are a good way to go

    One dilemma facing many aspiring vegetable gardeners is sub-prime soil, shall we say.

    Compacted, clayey soil is not uncommon in Kentuckiana, but it is especially common in newer developments. One way to off-set the problem is to employ a system of raised beds.

    Raised beds are practical for many reasons, and they are not just for the clay-challenged!

    They are practical because you do not have to till, dig, double dig or battle clay in a raised bed. The soil has been added by you, so it is as good as you want it to be.

  • Ag Report: April 1, 2011

    Gallrein Farms named
    to roadside market program

    Gallrein Farms of Shelby County is one of the 98 markets across the Commonwealth recently accepted into the 2011 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Gallrein Farms has committed to offering quality products and service to its customers. Its acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that Gallrein Farms meets the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • WICHE: Early blooms not just forsythia

    True to most springs in Kentuckiana, one day is sunny and warm, the next cloudy and cold.
    It’s an anxious time of the year for most gardeners as we watch the sun coax open a little patch of crocus or we catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops.
    Must we wait for the forsythia to bloom as we pray for warmth?
    No, there are plenty of other early bloomers to keep us happily occupied until spring truly arrives.

  • WICHE: A first-time gardener’s guide to how to plan a vegetable plot

    A first-time gardener’s guide to how to plan a vegetable plot

    If you have never had a vegetable garden before, this year is the year to do it. Grocery prices are encouragement enough. But gas prices are high, and grain reserves low so food prices won’t be coming down anytime soon.
    Plus, growing your own provides a degree of satisfaction that is hard to come by otherwise.

  • Shelby County planting a new future on the farm

    This is National Agriculture Week, a time for assessing and appreciating our nation’s farms and the crops they produce for us.

    But as you look around Shelby County, you’ll find that those crops are coming under heavy rotation, that our farms aren’t what they used to be.

    Those bucolic images of dairy cows roaming the pastures and tobacco growing tall and green in fields and hanging in rustic barns are evolving into a future of new livelihoods that might surprise you a bit.

  • Ag Report: March 18, 2011

    Conservation program sign-up is under way
    Eligible persons can begin offering land under the general Conservation Reserve Program.

  • WICHE: Pre-emergent weed control measures start now

    Controlling certain weeds takes some strategic planning, and mid-March the game begins.

    I personally don’t care about weeds in the lawn, but I do try to keep them out of the landscape beds and the vegetable garden. I also prefer to approach the whole affair with as little chemical input as possible, so I have developed a well-timed strategy of hand-weeding, mulching, using corn gluten as a pre-emergent and a little flame throwing.

    I’ll explain.

  • Ag Report: March 11, 2011

    Kentuckians celebrate Ag Day on Wednesday

    Wednesday is National Ag Day around the country, and Kentuckians are embracing the celebration.