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Agriculture

  • WICHE: Cranberry bogs bring in the harvest

    Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?”

    When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked liked the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • Barn art

    What better place for a tree with red and green leaves than Red Orchard Park?

    Even better, this tree really stands out because it’s nailed to a barn.

    How is that, you ask?

    The tree is a quilt pattern adorning a barn just inside the park’s entrance.

    The Kentucky Cover Lovers Quilt Guild, which encompasses seven counties, designed and constructed the quilt, which was hung on the barn on Nov. 4.

  • WICHE: Plant garlic now for 2011 summer harvest

    For most of us, garlic has become a cooking staple. You can give anything flavor by adding a little garlic to the recipe, and you can grow it yourself if you have a little space in the back yard.

    For centuries garlic has been enjoyed for its culinary, medicinal and spiritual qualities, including fending off evil spirits and vampires and acting as an anti-bacterial.

  • WICHE: It’s harder to carve a turnip

    I have a nice stand of turnip seedlings that I hope to harvest for their tops and roots before winter sets in. They were about the only thing I could get to germinate in late August as I prepared for the fall garden, so I feel an extra appreciation for them.

    And, this time of the year, approaching All Hallow’s Eve to be exact, I contemplate their esteemed role the tradition of carving a vegetable so you could use it to light your way!

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  • WICHE: Time to clean up and move on

    I spent most of last weekend tackling all of our mixed perennial borders. Quite frankly, things looked awful. In my defense this state of the garden has nothing to do with me, it’s the droughts fault.

    Crispy, wilted and barely blooming was about all my beautiful borders has to show for this October, so I made the decision to get to work early and cut back all the herbaceous perennials that were making me depressed instead of happy.

  • WICHE: Propagating trees from seed

    Some plants are prolific, and some are not.

    Dandelion seeds float through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer. Hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk. And you can just walk past some hairy cress, and millions of seed burst forth from the draft!

  • WICHE: Hold off on fertilization for now

    Our current weather conditions demand that we rethink some of our fall chores. Fall lawn and tree fertilization should come later this year then normal because of the drought conditions.

    An application of high nitrogen now would only burn up what little green grass you may have and force trees to work more then they should under stressful conditions.

  • WICHE: Managing the drought conditions

    It has not been a very forgiving summer when it comes to the heat, but what is of more concern to us now is the lack of rain.

    Some are in the throes of a severe drought, other threaten soon t be put on the list. If you are among them, I hope you have started to water, because we are seeing some unfavorable conditions for newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials.

    So, how much is enough when it comes to water? Well it depends on the plant.

  • WICHE: Managing the drought conditions

    It has not been a very forgiving summer when it comes to the heat, but what is of more concern to us now is the lack of rain.

    Some are in the throes of a severe drought, other threaten soon t be put on the list. If you are among them, I hope you have started to water, because we are seeing some unfavorable conditions for newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials.

    So, how much is enough when it comes to water? Well it depends on the plant.