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Agriculture

  • WICHE: I do like snakeseebut sometimes they’re not welcome

    I keep telling myself that I do like snakes…and really I do, just not in the kitchen.

    Yes, there was a snake in the kitchen one afternoon when I came home from work.  My cat, Parc, helped me wrangle it.

  • WICHE: 2009 tomato trials: Weather wasn’t a blessing

     Well, we can certainly say it was a pleasant summer season, so I am definitely not complaining…but it wasn’t the best year for tomatoes.  Cool and wet is good for some but not for the prized tomato.

  • WICHE: Cool temperatures initiate bloom

    How about this weather!

    I am anticipating a very good orchid season coming up because our temperatures have been so mild lately, especially with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 50s already. These cool nights are one part of the puzzle in order to get some plants to bloom in the winter indoors.

  • WICHE: Stars of the late summer border

    There are just some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late-summer and fall performance.  Plant them in your garden now because you will over look them in the garden centers come spring missing out on yet another year! 

    Honestly, my mixed perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought or hurricane-force winds).

  • WICHE: Too much mulch not a good thing

    It literally pains me to see so many trees out in home landscapes smothered by volcano mounds of mulch.

    Last year some oaks were planted along the road I live on. They had been planted properly…not too deep with some apparent root flare at the base. This year their leaves were small, which is not unusual as the trees focus their energy on developing their root systems.

  • WICHE: Get ready the fall vegetable garden

     

    This could be the best fall vegetable year ever! Ample moisture and relatively mild temperatures mean that a second round of planting for fall garden can get a good start.  The challenge with the fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer. If we stay mild we have a better chance!

  • County farmers get $334,513 in grants

    Shelby County farmers can expect to get some help from the state’s County Agriculture Investment Program again this year, and the money might even go a little farther than in the past.

    The Shelby County Agriculture Development Board was approved Friday by the state for a $334,513 grant this year, about $75,000 more than in past years.

    This means that once again just about any farmer in the county can apply for a grant to help subsidize production – for both this year and – now – years beyond.

  • WICHE: How to preserve your harvest for later

    I have perfected my preservation techniques when it comes to a bumper crop of some of our favorite garden vegetables.  Some simple recipes allow us to freeze or can that which we can not manage to eat or give away while fresh.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

  • WICHE: Late summer is the time to renovate lawn

    I have a pretty relaxed attitude about the lawn.  I don’t mind some weeds or letting some areas just grow.  In fact, I would prefer to maintain as small a turf plot as possible, but our 18 acres that still translate into quite a bit of grass. 

  • Shelby among 20 counties quarantined for ash borer

    State officials have issued a quarantine for 20 counties, including Shelby, regulating the transportation of firewood and ash tree products in an effort to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer.

    The quarantine, announced last week by State Entomologist John Obrycki, “prohibits the movement of all firewood derived from hardwood species, ash nursery stock, green ash logs and any other materials that present a threat of the artificial spread of the emerald ash borer.”