• Growing focus on plant food

    For years home gardeners have known about Monty's Joy Juice: The small vials of plant food that have provided nourishment for their roses and house plants since 1997.

    But Monty's Plant & Soil Products is much, much more than help for the weekend gardener.

    For the past two years the company has been running a research farm on Mulberry Pike, leasing 75 acres from Paul Hornback, a faithful Monty's user.

    Now Monty's has added a distribution deal around the area with Southern States, giving its large-scale farm products yet another home.

  • WICHE: Crape myrtles are high-summer bloomers

    We should use more crape myrtles in Kentuckiana. They are not just for more warm, temperate climes. In fact, there are a great many that go unbothered by an average winter in our parts.

    There is often a lull in the garden at this time. Our early-summer blooms are fading, and our late-summer garden has yet to pop.

    But the crape myrtle can provide a colorful bridge between the two.

  • Famous old farm gets famous new owners

    Moving from England to set up shop in Shelby County’s historic Saddlebred industry makes perfect sense to the owners of Monnington Farm near Simpsonville.

    Weary from overseas travel to compete on the Kentucky circuit and feeling the need to be closer to the action, trainer Lionel Ferreira and his wife, Georgia Bulmer Ferreira, in early May opened their new public stable on the grounds of the original Crabtree Farms located off Colt Run Road, just west of Simpsonville.

  • 'Private' fair looking to make tweaks

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  • EARLIER: County fair has successful year

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  • WICHE: Dividing plants improves health, bloom

    We have all asked the question, “Why hasn’t my plant bloomed?”

    Sometimes the answer is as simple as not enough sunlight, not old enough, not cold enough or hot enough, etc. In fact it could be as simple as a little digging and dividing for some renewed blooming attitude.

  • WICHE: Succulents looking especially good this summer

    These are the summers that I am glad I have maintained a growing succulent collection for outdoor containers. It has been dreadfully hot this, and spending all my time watering containers is not m idea of fun.  

    If we removed the Ohio Valley humidity factor, this summer would be like a Zone 9, Mediterranean climate with pop-up thunderstorms. I bring up the Mediterranean because plants that thrive there have adapted to a weather pattern marked by, among other things, mild wet winters and warm dry summers.

  • World champ contenders highlight show's final night

    Though many competitors starred at the Shelby County Fair’s horse show, some shined more brightly than others.

    This annual event, which completed its 4-day run at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Saturday night, yielded blue ribbons in 73 classes and qualifications for some to the August world championships in Louisville.

  • Shelby County Fair Floral Hall results

    Floral Hall results Napkin Rings: Blue, Norma Beasey; red, Norma Beasey Jugs: Blue, Audrey Whitacre; red, Chase Likes Door Stops: Blue, Paula Moore

    Wall Pockets: Blue, Vicki Sutherland; red, Vicki Sutherland

    Milk Bottles: Blue, Jewel Raisor; red, Martha Hall

    Shelbyville Photographs: Blue, Grace Hall; red, Grace Hall

  • Sunny skies for first day of fair

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