• Nelson County honored in Kentucky Farm Bureau excellence Program

    Nelson County Farm Bureau was honored as one of the five winners in the 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence program. All five recipients of the award were recognized during the Dec. 5 general session of KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.

  • Deer runt or Wiley Coyote?

    3 a.m. and Finca the Great Pyrenees is barking in earnest outside our bedroom window.

    When you have livestock guardian dogs you learn quickly when a bark really means something.

    In my sleepy stupor, I am thinking it is deer but I got up to investigate to be certain it wasn’t anything more menacing to our ewes and lambs. I neglected to grab my glasses off of the nightstand so ultimately the raucous remains a mystery.

  • ‘Journey of joy’

    Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss

    (printed on the back of Judy Creech’s retirement celebration program)

    Laughter and tears accompanied the stories friends told about Judy Carney Creech on her last day as a Nelson County 4-H assistant.

  • Favorite holiday spices have tropical roots

    Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration in the 15th century, it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world. From Southwest India to Southeast Asia, we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.

  • PHOTO: Thomas Nelson FFA team earns silver in national competition
  • Brambles ready for some pruning to stay healthy

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch.

    To maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.   Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth.  Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer, will bear next summer’s fruit.  Repeat the same thing next year.

  • Female holly needs male pollinator

    The American holly, Ilex opaca, is celebrated for its berries in shades of red, orange and yellow, it’s glossy green foliage, and perfectly pyramidal shape.

    The deciduous holly (Ilex decidua) and the winterberry (Ilex verticillata) lose their leaves but reveal thick clusters of berries along their stems for dramatic winter effect through much of the winter.

    Once the berries come ripe enough for the birds to eat in February, they are usually gone in a day!

  • TNHS FFA team competes for national honors

    When Louisville hosted the FFA National Convention last week, Thomas Nelson High School posted yet another first for the county’s newest high school.

    The TNHS FFA Chapter was sent to national competition the first team of any kind from the high school.

    Team members Kyle Schenck, Michelle Hanson and Payton Carter vied for national honors with the marketing plan they created for Joe Hill’s Automotive Center in Bardstown. The chapter adviser is John Hammond.

  • This fall, instead of raking, save your leaves

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy, because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop.

    We rake 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.

  • Climate determines a tulip’s behavior