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Agriculture

  • Ag Report: April 22, 2011

    Farmer’s Market opens

    its season this Saturday

    Shelby County producers will bring their wares to you starting Saturday at the Shelby County Farmers’ Market, which opens its annual season in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

    The market will be open 8 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine, every Saturday until Oct. 29.

    The opening days will feature such spring vegetable as asparagus, green onions, lettuce, herbs, spinach and other greens.

  • Garden/art show hits fairgrounds

    It’s an 11-year-old rite of spring that helps you get right for spring.

    The Shelby County Master Gardeners are hosting their 11th annual Shelbyville Garden and Art Fair this Saturday, and they will have plenty of plants to help you get your yard in shape for the days when there’s no snow or the threat your house may wind up in Ohio – which they hope won’t happen Saturday.

    “We’re just praying we don’t get the storms,” show chair Carolyn Brenner said. “That would just devastate us.

  • WICHE: Get ready to celebrate Arbor Day on April 29

    This Friday is Good Friday and Earth Day, so we should all be in a good frame of mind to do our part to improve the world.

    Next Friday we can put it to good use and plant out some trees in celebration of Arbor Day.  Surely we can top the first Arbor Day in 1872 when it was estimated that 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska alone. 

  • Ag Report: April 15, 2011

    Bluegrass food summit

    to tout farm-to-market

  • 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.