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Agriculture

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 frost-free days

    Once again we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May and by early November we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods! Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetable.

  • Students lead lesson in agriculture, food sources

    Students became teachers at Nelson County High School recently when they were asked to plan agriculture-related lessons to teach area kindergartners and preschoolers.

    The event, Food for America, has been held at the high school for more than 20 years, said ag teacher Mike Glass, and is a way to get children thinking about where their food comes from.

  • Nelson County Conservation District promotes Soil and Water Stewardship Week

    As a part of Nelson County for 69 years, the Nelson County Conservation District wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts is celebrating the 60th year of Stewardship Week April 26 through May 3. The 2015 Stewardship Week is themed, “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators.”

    During Stewardship Week, The Nelson County Conservation District will share educational material to third and fourth graders.

  • Planting season means sharing the road with slow-moving vehicles

    Planting season has returned to Kentucky’s farming communities, and with that annual activity there is also an increased likelihood of drivers encountering slow-moving farm equipment on the roadways. Kentucky Farm Bureau urges all motorists to slow down, stay alert and patiently share the road with farmers this spring.

  • Why grow French green beans?

    I have loved green beans ever since I grew ‘Tenderette’ in the fifth grade for my 4-H project at Simpsonville Elementary. Now, I primarily grow the filet types of green beans, or what many call French beans or haricots verts (“green bean” in French).

  • Ag department prepares students for future

    Sometimes learning involves “dirty work.”

    At least, that’s one requirement in Nelson County High School’s agriculture department, which is preparing students for various career paths related to feeding the public. Classes run the gamut from raising plants in the greenhouse to studying food science and biology.

    “Our goal is that every student will graduate the program and be considered career ready,” said ag teacher Jacob Ball.

  • Greenhouse plant sale begins May 2

    The Agriculture Department at Nelson County High School will host its annual greenhouse plant sale beginning Saturday.

    The plants have been raised by students in the floriculture and greenhouse class and include several varieties of vegetables and flowers.

    Vegetables include tomato and pepper varieties, squash, cucumbers, cabbage, spinach and lettuce. Flowers include petunias, coleus, begonia, impatiens, sweet potato vine, salvia and more.

    There will also be petunia hanging baskets for sale as well as a “create-your-own” basket option.

  • NCHS FFA thanks Conway-Heaton for support

    The Nelson County FFA has wrapped up another successful year of the Kentucky FFA Ram Truck Sweepstakes, selling more than 300 tickets. The Nelson County FFA has participated in this event for over 10 years, and Conway-Heaton has sponsored the chapter each year. P 

  • Take advantage of spring gardens

    STEPHANIE GRUDZIELANEK

    Lincoln Trail District Health Department

    Sunny skies and warmer weather make for the perfect opportunity to start spending more time outdoors. A great way to spend that time is creating a home garden. Home gardens are the perfect way to provide fresh, local vegetables for your family. They also provide an outdoor, weekend activity that the whole family can get involved in.

    Start small. Choose two to three vegetables your family uses often. Some great options to plant in April include broccoli, carrots, onions and beans.

  • Guidelines for pruning spring flowering shrubs

    June 1 is the official cutoff that marks the difference between a spring bloomer and a summer bloomer. Does it matter that you know? Yes, if you want to properly prune, because pruning after June 1 could result in no blooms next year.

    This spring was a great one for spring bloomers: lilacs, viburnums, azaleas, rhododendrons and many others were all able to do their thing without a major frost or freeze here at the farm. Many of our favorite spring bloomers, however, invariably grow out of control so the question arises, “When is the best time to prune?”