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Agriculture

  • Hired hands

    Late Monday afternoon, Randy Calvert and his father, Larry Calvert, were nailing down what was left of the plastic that a weekend storm had torn off one of their tobacco greenhouses.

    There’s always plenty of work to do on a farm, and the hundreds of young plants inside some of the greenhouses are ready to set, and the ones in another soon will be. But the farmworkers haven’t yet arrived to help the Calverts during the growing and harvesting seasons.

  • Pets of the Week: Wednesday, May, 4, 2016

    The Humane Society of Nelson County is in the back of the Nelson County Fairgrounds. For more information, call the Animal Shelter at 349-2082 or visit ncanimalservices.org.

  • In the Garden: Tomato 101

    “Tomato 101” is for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. There are many assumptions about the tomato that get passed on by the most well-meaning aficionado. I take my tomatoes seriously and have developed a routine to hedge my bets for a healthy summer harvest.

  • Ease into gardening with a raised bed 

    MELINDA MYERS

    Raise your garden to new heights for easier access and greater productivity. Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix, plus make gardening time more comfortable thanks to less bending and kneeling.

    Whether you purchase a kit or build your own, there are a few things to consider when creating a raised bed garden.

    Locate the garden in a sunny area if possible. Most plants require at least six hours of sun, and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and melons produce best with a full day of sunlight.

  • Mowing high keeps lawns healthy

    I don’t worry about my lawn so much. I see all the weeds, yellow dandelions and purple violets as food for our growing lambs. As the grass grows, I think, “Where will I move them next?” I do understand, however, that this is not the point that most people are operating on.

  • Buggy business

    Things got a little buggy Wednesday at the Nelson County Cooperative Extension Office as the 4-H Nature Club learned about dissection and collection.

    “With 4-H, you have projects you can get done and one of them you can enter into the fair is a bug collection,” said extension agent Danielle Hutchins, who led the program.

    The group started off talking about the different sections of an insect, and then learned the proper way to preserve and pin insects for a bug collection.

  • Mulch matters

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks. When done properly it can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Familiarize yourself with rust that travels between host plants

    Last year, our serviceberry was afflicted with a whimsical-looking disease. The beautiful blue berries that appear in the summer looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book.

    In a good year, the cedar waxwings usually flock in and eat the berries as they ripen. Not so last year. The strange, white tubular protrusions that the berries were covered in not only looked funny, but they kept the birds away, too.

  • Kentucky Division of Conservation offers equipment loans

    The Kentucky Division of Conservation administers the Equipment Revolving Loan Program, which has been in effect since 1948. During this time, $62 million has been loaned to 2,320 individuals and conservation districts for the purpose of purchasing specialized equipment. Equipment eligible for loans through the program include dozers, backhoes, no-till drills, precision applicators for agriculture chemicals and other equipment suited for conservation work.

  • All you need to know about native and hybrid magnolias, big and small

    The magnolia family is diverse and April is the month that some of them begin to show their blooms in a most dramatic way.

    Among the native evergreen species are the southern magnolia (M. grandiflora) and the sweet bay magnolia (M. virginiana). The sweet bay magnolia has undoubtedly been over-used. I have seen them planted smack-dab against people’s homes on countless occasions. The southern magnolia, on the other hand, has a reputation for being marginally hardy here, so it may suffer from under planting. Selecting the right variety can solve the problem.