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Agriculture

  • Fall leaves: Beautiful scenery, lackluster for lawns

    The presence of autumn arriving is an easy one to spot with brown, yellow and red leaves covering residential lawns, and once green trees becoming increasingly bare.

    While the fallen foliage may be a festive sight, lawn care professionals recommend homeowners remove the leaves for the betterment of their lawns.

    Shane Meeks, manager of lawn care at Bardstown Enterprises and son of owner, Anthony Meeks, said lawn preparations in the falls can keep your yard looking good in the spring.

  • Kentucky’s ColorFall 2013 helps public track leaf changes

    Fall has arrived, and with it the 2013 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.

    Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 28th year. ColorFall features a website, www. kentuckytourism.com/

  • Cool temperatures initiate some blooms

    How about this weather?

    I am anticipating a very good orchid season coming up because our temperatures have been so mild, especially with night time temperatures dipping into the 50s already. These cool nights are a piece of the puzzle in order to get some plants to bloom indoors in the winter.

  • Fall perennials anchor color in the garden

    There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late summer and fall performance. Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring.

    My mixed perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought). The black-eyed Susan’s, Russian sage, and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific, but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of year.

  • The sounds of starlings flocking usher in fall

    The other evening I was sitting outside under a tree babysitting our hens. We have only been letting them out in the evening under supervision until we can get a handle on some fox problems. (We are working on it!)
    As I sat and read, a sense of calm came over me and I was surprised to realize that it was triggered by a little flock of nasty starlings. Starlings start to flock up this time of year and I guess there was just some sort of Pavlovian response that said, “Yes, fall is just around the corner. The starlings say so.”

  • Hayden has reserve champion
  • Hayden has grand champion
  • Cover crops improve the garden as it rests

     This past weekend, we tackled some vegetable garden clean up. The hail storm a few weeks back destroyed most of what was left; subsequent wind and rain finished off the battered remains. 

  • Crabgrass has a culinary history

     Summertime is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species. Does it sound daunting? Well, I wouldn’t look at it that way entirely; let’s just say it is a challenge to keep it under control. 

  • Planning a fall vegetable garden?

    All right, I know, this last week already felt like fall but it really is only the end of August. This year may just be the perfect year to pull off the perfect fall garden as a result. Ample moisture and relatively mild temperatures mean that a second round of planting for a fall garden can get a good start. The challenge with the fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer. If we stay mild, we have a better chance!