• WICHE: Composting makes fall clean-up easy and efficient

    Most gardeners today do understand the process of composting organic matter and the value of adding this material to their gardens, but there are still many who don’t do it because they think it is hard to get started.

    Well, fall garden clean-up, leaf raking and a little kitchen debris may be all you need to get a healthy compost pile started this season. Mother Nature will provide the material if you provide the management.

  • Ag Report: Nov. 30, 2012

    Boer goat showing rising with hundreds at NAILE

    An increase of the Boer goat market has lead to an increase in goat showing, with nearly 350 entries for the Junior Wether Goat Show and nearly 600 entries for the Open Boer Goat Show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), which is in Louisville.

    “Walking away with a championship banner is marketing that pays for itself,” said Chris Caudill of Waddy, NAILE market wether and boer goat superintendant, in a release.

  • WICHE: Cool plants for fall containers

    This time of the year we usually start to think about cleaning off the front porch, emptying containers of declining summer annuals and replacing them with something a little showy for the fall.

     We hope that the old standby of mums will persist through the onset of winter, but that depends on the weather and the shape the mums were in when we purchased them. I have seen some that still look largely intact and others that are ready to be pulled.

  • Ag Report: Nov. 23, 2012

    Dairy marketing meeting this week at extension office

    A dairy marketing and price risk management seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Shelby County Extension Office.

    The speaker will be Kenny Burdine of the University of Kentucky’s ag economics department, who specializes in livestock price risk protection, marketing and outlook.

    The program will address how to:

  • WICHE: Sweet potatoes not just for Thanksgiving anymore

    I am a huge sweet potato fan. My comfort food consists of roasted chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli. You can’t beat it.

    In the past two weeks I have had three different types of sweet potatoes:

  • Ag Report: Nov. 16, 2012

    Tuckers, Witt, Tingle to lead Southern States

    Two Shelby County farmers who have their hands in a lot of roles have added another.

    Ray Tucker and Gene Witt have been elected to the board of Southern States Cooperative during the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 2. Tucker will serve as the board’s chairman/president and Witt as vice chairman/vice president.

    Tucker has served in leadership positions on a variety of boards, including heading up the 2012 Shelby County Fair.

  • WICHE:Bark is better then bite

    There are certain trees that consistently remain my favorites. When I think about their common characteristics, one thing stands out: the bark.

    Interesting bark is always there, whether the tree is leafing out, blooming or showing dramatic fall color. Bark remains constant whether the tree is good, bad, pretty or ugly.

    Bark has become one of those things we look to when deciding on what to plant.

    But have you ever thought about the function of bark? What purpose does it serve, and how important is it to the health of the tree?

  • Ag Report: Nov. 9, 2012

    Simpsonville breeder

    joins Angus association

    Rankin B Dumesnil of Simpsonville is a new member of the American Angus Association, a national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

    The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

  • WICHE: A lady beetle invasion common this time of the year

    Some years are worse than others: I remember years when it was like a siege of lady beetles other years a few popped up here or there. Usually they sneak their way into our homes as a noticeable chill settles in.

    On sunny days they cling to the screen door on the south side of where I write. Presently they are displayed before me.

    I need not worry about them as they sun themselves. But the ones that collect indoors, well your best bet is a vacuum cleaner!

  • Wiche: Move peonies in the fall if blooms are scarce

    Our landscapes our constantly changing: from season to season and year to year. I love our seasonal changes in Kentuckiana. They keep us guessing. When I am tired of one season, the next is about to begin.

    But there are other types of changes that affect the way we enjoy our gardens: over time sunny spots become shady as trees mature and landscapes evolve.