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Agriculture

  • Cool start best for bulbs

    Don’t jump the gun when it comes to planting spring flowering bulbs this fall! Spring bulbs are best planted once soil temperatures cool to about 55 degrees, so wait until we have had at least two weeks of sweater weather. If it is too cool outside without a jacket, then it’s just right for planting bulbs.

  • Compromise lets you keep some leaves

    Jeneen Wiche

    IN THE GARDEN

    Syndicated Columnist

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fell swoop! We rack and pile, and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy; adults can still rake a little, children can still play, and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer.

    At the farm, raking leaves is passé. We let them stay where they fall (with reason, of course), which is usually beneath their canopy.

  • Nelson County FFA chapter of Bardstown named Three Star Chapter for 2015

    The Nelson County FFA chapter of Bardstown has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization.

    The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.

    Chapters received Star ratings during judging July 26-Aug. 1 and were recognized at the 2015 National FFA Convention and Expo, Oct. 28-31 in Louisville.

  • Asian lady beetles love the sunny south side

    Some years are worse than others. I remember years when it was like a siege of lady beetles, other years a few popped up here or there. Usually, they sneak their way into our homes as a noticeable chill settles in. On sunny days, they cling to the screen door on the south side of where I write. A few weeks ago, they showed up in droves! I need not worry about them as they sun themselves; but the ones that collect indoors, well, your best bet is a vacuum cleaner.

  • Plant garlic, dig sweet potatoes

    There are two categories of garlic to consider: Allium sativum, or softneck garlic and Allium ophioscordon, or hardneck garlic.

  • Pets of the Week: Oct. 13, 2015
  • UK Forestry webinar series kicks off Oct. 20

    University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forestry webinar series on select evenings from Oct. 20 through Dec. 1. The series is designed primarily for woodland owners, but anyone interested in woodland, timber and wildlife topics is welcome to participate.

  • Are you nuts? Squirrels are busy this year

    The odd thing about living in the country is that squirrels are rarely the nuisance they can be to urban folk.  I think country squirrels are wilder than city ones, but it also turns out that we are likely experiencing two different squirrel species altogether.  

  • Beekeeper talks about hive care, operation through the season

    Doug Brink has been keeping bees for about three years now and it’s a hobby that started because of his love of honey.

    “We probably use a quart of honey a month,” he said.

    With six hives at his Bardstown Home on Caney Fork Road, Brink — President of the Nelson County Beekeepers — said a lot to beekeeping is observation.

    Recently, Brink performed routine hive checks, looking for any issues in the hive that could be detrimental for the upcoming winter.

  • Take care of trees before winter

    Autumn is when you prepare your yard for spring, but don’t forget to take care of your trees too, say landscapers.
    Chris Medley of Mamma’s Touch Nursery near the Washington-Nelson County line, said trees need to be mulched and fertilized before winter. He uses a Triple 10 fertilizer and a device similar to a post-hole digger to put the chemicals deeper into the ground in four or five places around the tree.
    Then, he said, it’s time to put down the mulch.