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Agriculture

  • Some plants prefer to grown in wet locations

    There are some plants that demand good drainage: taxus, coreopsis, gaillardia and penstemon, to name a few. I have lost them all because they were poorly sited in the garden, but now that I know where water is slow to drain, I know where to plant those trees, shrubs and perennials that like wet environments. There is an up side to poor drainage for some plants, just be sure water is available when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver.

  • Sweet potatoes yield a bumper crop

    We are still eating from a fantastic harvest of sweet potatoes 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 six sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.

  • Farmers in Bardstown service center can sign-up for LIP

    The Bardstown Farm Service Agency, serving Nelson and Bullitt counties, is taking sign-ups for the Livestock Indemnity Program to eligible producers who suffered losses beginning Oct. 1, 2011, and subsequent years.

    LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law, including wolves and avian predators.

  • Bloomfield Farmers Market gets off to good, soggy start

    Rachel Young and her ag teacher, Mike Glass, held umbrellas over Brad Rogers’ head as he selected some impatiens and paid for them as the rain poured on the flowers, sellers and customers.

    The Chaplin resident was soaked, but smiling as he made his way through the muddy parking lot to his vehicle on the opening day of the Bloomfield Farmers Market.

  • Nazareth breaks into beekeeping

    There was a positive disturbance in the peacefulness of Nazareth Saturday as thousands of bees were introduced to their new hive boxes on the Sisters of Charity’s property.

    The bees, donated by the Walter T. Kelley Co. LLC, are allowing Nancy Endres and Peggy Masterson, residents and SCN associates, to further their interest in becoming a part of the beekeeping community.

    Endres and Masterson’s reaction to seeing the bees for the first time was a shared statement of “they’re beautiful.”

  • Tomato 101, for beginners and advanced gardeners

    “Tomato 101” is for beginners and advanced gardeners alike.

    There are many assumptions about the tomato that sometimes get passed on by the most well-meaning aficionado.

    I take my tomatoes seriously and have developed a routine to hedge my bets for a healthy summer harvest.

  • Big gardens, little gardens
  • Acclimate plants carefully to prevent burning foliage

    I made a big mistake last year and burned up my Kalanchoes. It took the entire summer for these cool succulents to recover. I will not make that mistake again.

    After adding another crinkled-leaf variety to my collection that I purchased from Gallrein’s greenhouses last week, I set to the task of resetting our patio with plants and seat cushions.

    I was very mindful of providing some afternoon shade for my succulent collection. As excited as we are for spring, we must be slow with our houseplants as we transition from indoors to out.

  • Match mulch with plants’ needs

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over-applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks! When done properly, is can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials, but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Cecil becomes member of American Angus Association

    Sam Cecil, of Cox’s Creek, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

    Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.