• >> Conservation contest winners

    2014 essay winners were Machaela LeClear, Gillian Stoutt and David Vincent. Emily Snellen was not present for picture. 2014 senior division essay winner  was Anna Jane Thomas. 2014 poster winners, were Bryleigh Clutts, Eva Morley and Olivia Walton. 

  • Be mindful of air temperature and soil moisture

    So how do precipitation and temperature effect plants? Well, in every way possible.

    Excessive precipitation, especially in poorly drained soils, can restrict oxygen intake by roots. Oxygen is vital for all other processes to occur that impact growth and vigor. In years, when we have experienced excessively wet springs, we typically see stunting and yellowing in herbaceous plants.

  • Nelson County students named winners in poster and essay contest
  • The romance of mulch — choose carefully

    I know, many of you would think that a trailer load of mulch is not a very romantic present from your husband on your 46th birthday … but I absolutely love it!

    We missed our window of opportunity to get mulch down in our big perennial beds last spring, so Andy was motivated by my birthday to get it done in 2015. It looks great. (Until the chickens show up and do their scratching. Oh well.)

  • No-till philosophy makes sense

    One of the most anticipated rites of spring is dusting off the tiller and heading out to the vegetable garden for a little soil play. It is one of those things you can’t plan for, though. It becomes a waiting game because we can’t do it if the soil is too wet; we don’t want to do it if it is too cold and we only have the time to do it when the weekend rolls around.

  • Conservation art and writing contest school awards announced

    The Nelson County Conservation District had its annual awards meeting Feb. 12.

    At that meeting, the schools with 100 percent participation in the Art and Writing Contest were awarded $200 to be used for the continued efforts and interest in educating youth on environmental and related issues.

    Those schools receiving the 100 percent award were: Bardstown Elementary, Bloomfield Elementary, Bluegrass Christian Academy, St. Ann Elementary, St Catherine Academy and St. Gregory Elementary.

  • Fringe trees are also a sign of spring

    The beacon of spring in these parts is undoubtedly the native dogwood. But, because of disease problems, especially dogwood anthracnose, people are seeking alternatives to Cornus florida. There are other notable dogwoods, such as Cornus kousa and Cornus mas, but look beyond the dogwood for small, spring flowering landscape trees. What about Halesia or Chionanthus.

    What, you ask? The Carolina silver bell and the fringe tree, respectively.

  • Ides of March making way for spring and weeds

    Do we still teach children about Brutus’ betrayal of Caesar and to Beware the Ides of March? Well, I hope that this year the Ides of March on March 15 will mark a not so foreboding future. After this last blast of winter weather, we are due for spring. My onion slips and seed potatoes should be arriving in the mail; in addition to a March 20 arrival date of 200 Freedom Ranger chicks and the first of our lambs to be born on the first day of spring!

  • District names Roger Ballard 2014 Master Conservationist

    The Nelson County Conservation District named Roger Ballard as its 2014 Master Conservationist. This award honors those farm owners who have applied and maintained 90 percent of all government and voluntary conservation practices on their farm.

    Ballard and his wife, Donna, own 34 acres near Bardstown. They have a beef cattle operation that consists of 20 cows, 20 calves and one bull.

  • Farmers can take nuisance deer, feed the hungry

    Deer — to some, they are beautiful animals. To out-of-state sportsmen, Kentucky whitetails are the stuff of which dreams are made. To farmers here in the state though, they are often a nuisance or worse, gobbling their way through soybean fields at a rapid and alarming rate.