• Photo: 4-H builds turbines
  • Brrr. . . Time to winterize with Old Man Winter knocking at the door

    It’s time again to prepare for a long winter ahead. The harsh weather can have detrimental effects on unprepared houses. Very few homeowners thoroughly prepare for winter, causing a gradual decrease in the overall stability and value of their homes.

  • Bring warm scents, colors into the home for fall

    Warm orange tones, scents of cloves and cinnamon, berries and multi-colored leaves — the outdoors is aglow with the sights and smells of autumn, and it’s time to bring the season indoors.

    “You change your clothes for fall. You change your shoes for fall. You change your purse for fall,” said interior designer Barbara Mattingly, owner of Barbara’s, Etc., in downtown Bardstown. “You wouldn’t walk down the street with summer clothes for fall, and you look at your house the same way.”

  • Plant garlic now for 2012 summer harvest

    For centuries garlic has been enjoyed for its culinary, medicinal and spiritual qualities, including fending off evil spirits and vampires and acting as an anti-bacterial.  There was evidence of garlic in King Tut’s tomb when it was discovered so obviously the ancient Egyptians were growing it as far back as 2100 B.C. That’s some serious culinary history.

  • 4-H will explore renewable energy, green architecture

    Nelson County 4-H will harness the power of wind at the fifth annual 4-H Appreciation Lunch 11a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Bardstown Farmer’s Market. The lunch will be in recognition of National 4-H week.

    Members of 4-H will assemble and operate a miniature wind turbine that will generate electricity. The wind turbine project is a part of the 2011 4-H National Science Experiment, “Wired for Wind.”

  • Chinese chestnuts ready for harvest

    As the vegetable garden winds to an end I turn my harvest chores to the figs, persimmons and Chinese chestnuts. Our nut grove is now a sheep pasture which is perfect for them because they have pasture and shade from all sorts of nut trees. As it turns out it looks like my ewes and I share a favorite in the Chinese chestnut. After they eat their daily grain ration they snack on chestnuts that have fallen to the ground. 

  • Photo: Great pumpkin
  • Naturalize the landscape with colorful sumacs

    You have probably noticed them in early fall along roadsides in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The red, orange and purple color of the sumacs usually begins to show earlier than others and it usually hangs around a little longer, too.

    You would be hard-pressed to come up with a plant genus that is better for fall color than the sumacs. Whether you’re a flameleaf, staghorn or smooth sumac, fall color is your middle name.

  • Tough year for tomatoes

    Farmers at the Bardstown Farmers Market reported a good harvest overall, this season but abrupt changes in weather hurt tomatoes and caused minor problems with fungus in other crops.

    Tomatoes share some qualities with people, according to Rebecca Essex, a farmer from St. Francis who sells her produce at the Bardstown Farmers Market.

    “They didn’t like the weather no more than we did,” Essex said. “They are temperamental when it comes to changes in weather.”

  • Cover crops serve multiple purpose

    I spent most of the day one Sunday in the vegetable garden. It was beautiful and melancholy because of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.  This helps me stay on task actually ... quiet contemplation and physical work is a good combination. I was motivated to get the garden cleaned up and replanted with some fall crops such as turnips, beets and lettuces. The remaining empty beds were planted with a cover crop.