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Today's News

  • WICHE: Take soft wood cuttings to propagate plants

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing, which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant.

    Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants, but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade.

    In this case we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant. 

  • WICHE: Dogwoods best planted in spring

    The search for replacement trees is on. After drought, wind and ice, we are all looking for something different and reliable to fill the void left behind by extreme weather.

    We plant trees all year round with no ill effects, but some trees do prefer being planted in spring.

    Usually soft-rooted species respond well to spring planting. It’s just easier to establish roots during the warm, rainy season, I suppose.

  • 10-year-olds impress in loss to Lake Cumberland

    When your first game of the State Tournament is against the team your coach considers to be the best team in it, it doesn’t take a victory to make the coach proud.

    Shelby County’s 10-year-old all-star baseball squad took on Lake Cumberland on Wednesday night to open their tournament in Scott County, and though his team lost, 6-1, Shelby Coach Troy Kuhl said the final score is by no means an indication of how the game went.

  • WICHE: Here’s your course in Tomato 101

    My annual “Tomato 101” is for beginners and advanced gardeners alike.

    There are many assumptions about the tomato that sometimes get passed on by the most well-meaning aficionado.  I take my tomatoes seriously and have devised a nearly perfect plan over the years!

  • WICHE: So what should you fertilize in the spring?

    I have long been taught that fall fertilization is preferred over spring fertilization for many plants, but there are some exceptions.

    We had a tough 2008 growing season with late-summer drought and a windstorm that only added insult to injury.  Add ice and a generally windy winter, and some plants are in need of a little energy boost.

    Summer drought and early fall leaf drop (or the severe desiccation that many deciduous plants experience from the windstorm) means that stored energy may be low.

  • WICHE: Potatoes, asparagus, onions first in the vegetable garden

    It is time to start preparing for the vegetable growing season in earnest. Asparagus, potatoes, onions and leeks can be set out now.

  • WICHE: Do you have problems with bramble?

    So much for the raspberries this year. Not the best crop we’ve seen. In fact each year it seems to get a little messier then the last.

    We typically cut the “Royalty” raspberries all the way to the ground each year and forgo an early crop to manage disease, but it doesn’t seem to be working that well this time around.

    It has not been a total loss, but about half the canes are dried up and diseased.   

  • WICHE: Powdery mildew common in summer

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around.  It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads. It likes humid and dry weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started.

    The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection and placement and adopting good cultural practices.  Most powdery mildew problems won’t do too much harm, but some plants suffer decline if it is a repeat problem. 

  • Post 37 wins one, loses one

    Even though it has been plagued with injuries, the Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team has been hanging tough against some talented ball clubs, beating a tough Oldham County team before taking a close loss the following night at Frankfort.

    The squad bested Oldham County on Tuesday, 9-6, in a game that coach Jim Wiley said was significant for more than just the “W” it added to their record.

    “The big thing is we’re going to play them again in the district tournament next week,” he said.

  • WICHE: Age, fertility two factors for bloom

    I have no complaints about plant performance this spring.

    It has been England-like with agreeable temperatures and ample rainfall, thus far.  A few steamy days have managed to snap me back to summer-in-the-Ohio valley-reality!

    Plants have preformed well and bloomed as they should here at the farm, but some gardeners continue to pose the question, “Where’s the bloom?”