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Agriculture

  • 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
  • Cacti make good winter houseplants

    JENEEN WICHE

    IN THE GARDEN

    Syndicated Columnist

     

    Have you ever heard someone say, “All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti”?

    Have you ever wondered what the difference is?

    Well, in the most basic sense, cacti are succulents that do not have leaves. However, the mere presence of spines (the prickly part of cacti) is not the sole indicator that a plant is a cactus. The various families are actually determined by flower form (just like the orchid).

  • Tackling some garden chores now improves health later

    There are many gardening tasks that either must be done or are better done in the fall of the year, such as removing old plant debris, fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns, and protecting tender plants such as hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all important for good garden maintenance. Taking care of them now can vastly improve the quality of your garden later — and eliminate the disease problems that affect us the most.

  • Smart home improvements can save you money

    StatePoint

     

    During fall, many homeowners focus on small upgrades and improvements. The turning season is the perfect time to find and correct potential compromises in your home before they become larger, costly, renovation issues.

    “Whether it is routine home exterior checks or appliances purchases, there are many ways homeowners can conduct basic, inexpensive home maintenance,” said Harold “Bud” Dietrich, member of the American Institute of Architects Custom Residential Architecture Network.

     

  • Celebrating Halloween and fall affordably

    StatePoint

     

    With the beginning of autumn comes time to decorate your home for Halloween and harvest, stock the pantry with heartier foods and spruce up your wardrobe with seasonal fashions.

    Transitioning into fall can be easy by staying on a budget and the shopping experts at Dollar General are sharing ways to celebrate fall affordably:

  • Smart home improvements can save you money

    StatePoint

     

    During fall, many homeowners focus on small upgrades and improvements. The turning season is the perfect time to find and correct potential compromises in your home before they become larger, costly, renovation issues.

    “Whether it is routine home exterior checks or appliances purchases, there are many ways homeowners can conduct basic, inexpensive home maintenance,” said Harold “Bud” Dietrich, member of the American Institute of Architects Custom Residential Architecture Network.

     

  • Celebrating Halloween and fall affordably

    StatePoint

     

    With the beginning of autumn comes time to decorate your home for Halloween and harvest, stock the pantry with heartier foods and spruce up your wardrobe with seasonal fashions.

    Transitioning into fall can be easy by staying on a budget and the shopping experts at Dollar General are sharing ways to celebrate fall affordably: