• Tulipomania and the need for some chilling time

    Spring bulbs popping up everywhere as temperatures roller-coaster from the teens to the 60s have left many scratching their heads; there is not much we can do to fool Mother Nature so we must be patient and hope that we have a decent display come March.  I have some foliage that has turned to mush but the bulb and bloom are still safe beneath the soil surface; the bulb will send up fresh foliage in due time. The real issue with the crazy weather is that our bulbs need sufficient dormancy and chilling time in the ground in order to bloom well. 

  • Discovery Child Care participant in the USDA food program

    Discovery Child Care LLC, 104 Keystone Ave., Suite 3, Bardstown, KY 40004 is a participant in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Family, consumer sciences extension agent here to help

    By Dayna Parrett
    Extension Agent


    As your new Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent in Nelson County my job is to work for all of you. I’ve been here in Nelson County since May when I started as an intern with Extension. On Nov. 1, my job became official and I’ve been working hard ever since.

  • Winter perennials have summer-like foliage

    Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ. There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting.  Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves. Others are just beginning to emerge and will be blooming soon.  And others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact it is winter in Kentuckiana.

  • Tea leaves and herbal concoctions

    We visited friends in Boulder, Colo., during the Christmas holiday and had an opportunity to visit the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company that is headquartered there. In fact, this one factory produces all of its tea sold worldwide. 

  • How to name a species

    Most of us are not fluent in Latin so distinguishing between an Aesculus parviflora and an Aesculus pavia may take some extra effort. Throw hybrids and cultivars into the mix and our plant choices may increase with our confusion. 

  • Reflecting on a new year in the garden, on the farm

    Hope you don’t mind that I take this opportunity to reflect a little. Another year is gone and I remember my elders marveling over this and how quickly time goes by and I get it now. I have learned some this year but I don’t necessarily feel smarter; I have aged some but don’t necessarily feel older; and I have made new friends who have taught me that there is always potential which has made me excited about the rest of my life.

  • The meaning behind that holiday greenery

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • New DVD helps beginners learn common Kentucky birds

    One in every five Americans watches birds, according to a recent report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For those just getting started with the hobby, the experience can vary from exciting to frustrating. In the beginning many new species are observed, yet some can be difficult to identify. A new DVD — “Better Birdwatching in Kentucky and Tennessee” — makes the learning process easier by focusing on about 150 of the most common birds.

  • Photo: Master Gardeners donate new books to library