• Cranberry bogs bring in the harvest this season

    Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?” When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World, they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked liked the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • Travel with caution: The annual deer rut is on

    Just last week my own local paper, The Sentinel-News, had a cautionary article about deer and their movements this time of the year. It’s a dance that can cause injury to car, body, or storefront in some cases. It seems there is a story at least once in which a deer walks into a local business or busts into someone’s living room. I am here, however, to remind you that your young trees are vulnerable too; love and hormones can make for some crazy behavior and the deer rut has begun. 

  • Conservation art and essay contests deadline is Dec. 1

    The Nelson County Conservation District art and writing contests deadline for 2010Dec. 1. The subject of this year’s contests is Kentucky’s Soil – All Hands In.  The top three entries from each school, along with the Principal’s Report Form, should be delivered to the Conservation District Office, at 2001 Buchannan Blvd., Bardstown.

  • It’s back: Attack of the Asian lady beetles

    It is that time of the year again: the attack of the lady beetles. Usually they sneak their way into our homes before now but the mild weather has kept them at bay.  The chill is here so people are asking, “what do I do about all the lady bugs in my house?” Well, the short answer is seal up the house well and get out the vacuum cleaner.

  • Plant your garlic now for a 2011 summer harvest

    For most of us garlic has become a cooking staple. You can give anything flavor by adding a little garlic to the recipe and you can grow it yourself if you have a little space in the back yard. 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.