• Shelby County Fair Horse Show results June 24, 2010

    Wednesday’s results   Horse, owner, rider Amateur 5-Gaited 1. Thunderstorm Warning, Martha Pope, Lauren Pope 2. Shame on You, Holt Oaks Farm, Lisa Holt 3. Last Serenade, Vicki Reed, Vicki Reed 4. Roseridge’s I Will, Maryta Montgomery, Maryta Montgomery 5. Right Laine, Denise/Ashley Dickinson, Ashley Dickinson   Jr. Roadster Pony 1.

  • EARLIER: Fair's ways are changing

    The 148th edition of the Shelby County Fair may look a little different, but it’s all still there.


    The fair opens Thursday and wraps on June 26, and though the schedule has changed somewhat, the fair is growing to meet the expanded wants and needs of the county.


  • Shelby County Fair Dairy Show results

     Open Dairy Show

  • WICHE: Tending the summer tomatoes

    I have some healthy looking tomato plants in the garden this year, which is refreshing after last year’s diseased lot. Nothing is ripe yet, but all in all things look promising despite the pop-up down pours and the 90-degree weather.            

  • WICHE: Fire blight in ornamental pears

    This past winter we cut down a handful of old apple trees in the orchard because they were so diseased from fire blight. Two large White House ornamental pears and a few crabapples are slated for removal, as well.

    I have noticed additional cases around town that brings us to the question, what is causing so much die-back in ornamental and orchard tress?

  • WICHE: Sweet Potatoes ready for the garden

    Sweet potatoes should be happy in Kentuckiana this season…they love the heat.

    In fact, mail order and local sources are only now getting their slips in for sale. Sweet potatoes are tropical by nature but can be grown successfully in Kentuckiana as long as we wait until it is warm (nighttime temperatures in the 60s) and as long as we have at least 150 frost-free days.

  • WICHE: Lily species fill the garden

    The first lilies of the season are in bloom in the perennial bed. Short and orange, they are the beacon that summer has arrived for me. These Asiatic hybrids are among the most common lilies we see, with upward facing blooms atop a straight leaf-whorled stem.

    Though I am no lily expert, I do have a new fascination with them as I add more variety to the garden. Up until now the only variety that existed was between the shorter Asiatic and the towering Oriental hybrids.

  • WICHE: Roller coaster of wet, cool, dry and hot

    According to our weather forecasters, it looks like we are getting ready for another swing in our weather.

    The cool, wet weather pattern was great for my peas, greens and potatoes; but I am starting to think maybe I should have waited one more week before putting the tomatoes and peppers out.

    Our roller-coaster ride from hot and dry to cool and wet and back again is good news for some and bad for others.

  • Plowing new ground

    With the snow melt and the first few days of warm weather, thoughts naturally turn to the hope of spring and the warm days of summer and perhaps the fresh ripe tomatoes, sweet corn and succulent strawberries that come along with them.

    And even if you don’t have a farm or a garden to call your own, you now can have a stake in this year’s harvest.

  • WICHE: Cedar-apple rust cycle begins

    After the rains hit a few weeks ago, enough moisture settled in to trigger the development and “ripening” of some really freaky looking appendages.

    It is called cedar-apple rust, and many gardeners where curious about the large, orange gelatinous spore horns hanging from their cedars like Japanese lanterns. They strike awe and dread from me because they are fabulous looking creations of nature but they also forewarn a rust problem in the orchard for next year.