• ‘Vanishing Act’

    Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has a major focus on community education, and a new exhibit is expected to reflect that. 

    The Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat is a traveling exhibit that comes from The Morton Arboretum in Illinois.

  • Mid-March is the perfect potato planting time

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Students participate in Soil Conservation art and writing contest

    Thie year, 1,310 students participated in the Soil Conservation Art and Writing Contest.

    The theme of the competition was “The Wild Side of Kentucky.” Awards were presented to school winners and finalists in the art and writing contest.

  • 4-H Nature Club kicks off

    Students ages 8-18 who are interested in connecting with nature can now do so through the 4-H Nature Club.

    The club, a cooperation between the Nelson County Extension Office and the Nelson County Public Library, aims to expose kids to topics such as forestry, geology and entomology through fun activities, while also developing a sense of leadership through weekly meetings.

    The club kicked off its year on Wednesday at the library with its first meeting, led by reference librarian Holly Lawrence.

  • Students promote agriculture license plates

    This month, Kentucky farmers have the option of making a $10 donation when they purchase or renew their license plate. This simple act can go a long way according to area program officials, as the donations from the tags benefit 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud programs.

  • Start your seeds indoors

    I have my orders placed for onion sets and seed potatoes, along with some of my favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm. I can barely stand the wait!

    I have just seeded out several trays of early season vegetables that like a cool start to the season. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are just beginning to push through the light potting mix.

  • Injured hawk released on Deatsville Road after months of recovery

    It was a beautiful sight Monday afternoon for Melissa Stewart to watch a sharp-shinned hawk take off from her hands.

    “That was a good release,” Stewart, facilities manager for Raptor Rehab, said.

    The hawk had been healing at Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky in Louisville since December, when it was picked up from a home on Deatsville Road.

    Marcia Hinton said she had just returned home from church one December night when she noticed the small, injured bird up against her porch.

    “He had a bad wing,” Hinton said.

  • Early spring bloomers

    True of most springs in Kentuckiana, one day is sunny and warm, the next cloudy and cold. It’s an anxious time of the year for most gardeners as we watch the sun coax open a little patch of crocus or catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops.

    Must we wait for the forsythia to bloom as we pray for warmth? No, there are plenty of other early bloomers to keep us content until spring truly arrives.

  • Set some goals for the garden

    Ten years ago, Andy I and set to the task of building a potager-style vegetable garden. It has largely been a success. Last year sort of swamped us, however. So, with a few months of winter’s rest behind us, we are ready to start planning a recovery of sorts.

  • City chickens cross code

    Nick Kipper is crying fowl.

    He claims it wasn’t his birds that flew the coop and were seen around town, but a code enforcement officer who was looking for those strays found his flock instead, and left a notice that he had to get rid of them.

    Kipper said Monday he will comply with the order, but he will try and change the ordinance.