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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Bramble pruning late this year

    The bramble patch is usually cleaned up by now, but the cold winter has set us back with a few of our garden chores.

    It turns out that this may be a good thing after all. The University of Kentucky has sent out a “blackberry alert” urging gardeners to hold off on pruning blackberry and raspberry until new shoots begin to emerge. They are expecting more than usual to die back because of our cold winter season.

    Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth.

  • The chicken or the egg?

    Yes, the age old question about which came first springs to mind this time of the year as the stores start to stock the shelves with chicken raising paraphernalia. We have 130 chicks in brooders in the basement and garage.

    There are two sets including three-week-old Brown Leghorns and Araucanas intended to join our laying hens once they have fully feathered; another set of 100 Freedom Rangers intended for the pasture of the nut grove where they will range and grow to broiler weight for a May 7 appointment at the processors.

  • Ky. Cow Dog Trials draws participants from throughout the state, country

    Teaching his dog, Dan, to herd cattle and sheep was not an easy feat for Thad Fleming.

    “It takes a long time to train a dog,” the Missouri native said after his border collie competed at the Kentucky Cow Dog Trial Saturday in Bloomfield. “You don’t start nothing until they’re about a year old. It takes 60 to 90 days to get one under control enough that you can come out here.”

    In Fleming’s case, though, Dan can sometimes get a little too excited.

  • Prepare yourself for potato planting time

    Spring break from teaching at the University of Louisville falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil has held me up a bit this year. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.