• WICHE: Crabgrass’s history reveals its multiple uses

    I heard someone lamenting their crabgrass the other day; they were convinced that this was the worst year ever.

    Maybe so, but usually by this time crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseed its self to ensure the continuation of the species.

    Sounds a bit sinister for a grass, I suppose, but it sure is difficult to control.

  • These goats are old hand at winning

    Sixty-five goats and counting. That is the number of goats that Howard “Cadle” Shelburne and his wife, Joann, have on heir farm outside Simpsonville. 

    “This is just a hobby,” Shelburne says. “My wife just won’t get rid of them. Yep, it is a very expensive hobby.”

  • Shelby Countians who won at Kentucky State Fair

     Shelby Countians who won at Kentucky State Fair

    As posted on kystatefair.org by Wednesday

      Egg show White

    1 Brandon L. Curtsinger, Bagdad

    3 Brandon L. Curtsinger, Bagdad

  • EARIER: McCleans -- 8 titles -- lead Shelby’s world champions

    Still basking in the glow of seeing eight more titles added to the Golden Creek Farm roster, Mary Gaylord McClean was asked if winning at the World Championship Horse Show ever gets old.

    “No, it just gets better,” she said.

  • More than a Baker’s Dozen of ribbons

    These Shelby County women didn’t have EZ Bake Ovens when they were kids, Most of them learned to cook using the “grown up” oven and by observing and helping their mothers. Evidently, they were good students.

    For they are among the state’s best cookers and bakers and, along with dozens of other Shelby Countians, stars of the 2010 Kentucky State Fair.

  • Shelby farmers get help with development

    Shelby County farmers will receive some cost sharing incentives -- $350,000 worth, to be exact.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced that distribution to the for Shelby County Agricultural Development Council as part of the state’s County Agricultural Investment Program.

    Though the decision was reached in June, the announcement came Friday in a release from the governor’s office.

  • WICHE: What will grow over septic field?

    Q: Is there anything I can "do" over a lateral (septic) field? A large section of my back yard is such, and I would like to be able to reclaim some of this lawn. If it matters, it has been in place and problem free for 12 years. I know I could do some container planting, but can I do anything more permanent? Could I put in gravel pathways? Raised beds, perhaps?

  • Credit company touts support for farmers

    Though many financial institutions across the nation have locked down lending in the wake of recent recessionary times, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America said at a recent local event it has filled the credit gap for its rural customers.

    This Louisville-based cooperative, which has an office in Shelbyville on Mount Eden Road, played host to about

  • WICHE: Bumper crops of peppers, squash are no sure thin

    You know all the jokes about people having bumper crops of summer squash? Squash shows up in people’s cars or in public spaces because there is so much that the gardener can’t even give it away.

    Well, some years are better then others, and this year I don’t seem to have an over abundance.

    This year the squash vine borer and blossom end rot dominate. Last year it was squash bugs and mildew.

  • WICHE: Various causes of plant distortions

    I am starting to appreciate anomalies in nature in ways I had never considered.

    I suppose I am getting more acquainted with things not going as you plan. I can’t expect a season in the garden to unfold in seamless perfection if nothing else in life does.

    So I am embracing an attitude of wonder instead of one of dismay when things start to distort, twist, stunt, grow nipples, galls or any other odd appendage.