• The proper nutrients are key to your harvest

    We have spent more than 10 years improving our vegetable garden by adding composted horse manure, composted sheep manure and composted chicken manure at the end of each season. The result is a seriously well-drained plot that has the capacity to retain moisture and slowly feed what we plant. I am so looking forward to the vegetable garden this year, because last year was such a disappointment.

  • Take appropriate measures to make room for beneficial insects

    Chris Coulter

    Agricultural Columnist


    Everybody seems to have a different level of tolerance to weeds. For those with the golf-course mentality, there shouldn’t be a weed out of place, and all blades of grass should measure within a half inch of each other. A stray dandelion in a field of green would be cause to haul out the herbicide tank and bring down chemical Hades. If the dandelion were especially menacing, it may even have to be attacked with napalm. I’m not in that camp.

  • Serviceberries make a great addition to any landscape

    By Kristopher Fante, Backyard Gardener

  • Bardstown Garden Tour blossoms this weekend

    Gardeners struggling to find new ideas to make their lawns look attractive or individuals who just want to admire the green thumbs of others will want to give the Blooming Bardstown Garden Tour a look. It takes place this Saturday.

    Robbie Smith, county extension agent for horticulture, said the garden tour serves as an idea exchange for gardeners. 

  • G & J Angus joins American Angus Association

    G & J Angus, of Bloomfield, are new members of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo.
    The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.

  • Lundy joins American Angus Association

    Tyler Lundy, Bardstown, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, 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.

  • Experiment, enjoy edible flowers

    I think about food so much this time of the year because vegetables abound and broilers and lambs are on pasture. I have a deep appreciation for homegrown food, and this includes making it look pretty when it is served for a meal, especially when we have guests.

    Any successful festivity needs food, friends and flowers. The food and flowers can actually complement each other because there is a wide range of flowers that are edible. Why limit flower use to decorating tables? They can also decorate food without the threat of choking or poisoning your friends.

  • Most gardening methods grow out of basic principles and advice

    Chris Coulter

    Agricultural Columnist


    Gardening advice is a lot like the weather, it comes in a lot of different forms, and it changes often. New gardening methods emerge and promise to produce an incredible amount of vegetables in an incredibly small space, with an incredibly small amount of labor. These claims are sort of, let’s say, incredible.

  • ‘The flowers are happy’

    It’s a Kentucky tradition that by Derby Day, the tomato plants are in the ground, but Nora Ballard is late getting hers planted.

    On the other hand, she still has some lovely Swiss chard and kale.

    The Bardstown Farmers Market, where Ballard sells her produce, along with farm fresh eggs and jams, is off to a slow start this year, although it’s been open since the third Saturday in April.

    “People just ain’t been out a whole lot yet. They’re all waiting for corn and tomatoes,” she said.

  • Tall grass at state park is to prepare for return of horses

    The lawnmowers aren’t broken, and the workers aren’t lying down on the job. In fact, they’ve been working hard on landscaping the grounds of My Old Kentucky Home State Park for the peak summer tourist season.

    The field of tall grass in front of the mansion, however, has some tongues wagging.

    “We seem to be the talk of the town,” said Matthew Bailey, the director of the state park.

    The tall grass, he said, is a “visual change” that many people have noticed, but most don’t understand.