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Agriculture

  • A gardener’s Christmas poem

    Every couple of years, I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem, inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas.’ The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • Holiday greenery has symbolism

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans, when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • African violets’ long-lasting bloom

    I have always managed to do well with African violets. I generally keep them in bloom year-round. Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades, the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage. Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year. The key is to create a favorable growing environment.

  • Hidden in the Hollies

    Nature lovers got into the spirit of the holidays this week with Bernheim’s December Lunch & Learn program: Hidden in the Hollies.

    During the two-and-a-half hour program, guests hiked inside the forest’s renowned Hubbuch Holly Collection, named for Bernheim’s first horticulture director, Clarence E. “Buddy” Hubbuch Jr.

  • Winter’s checklist part 1: Preparing garden for winter

    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year. Things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas. These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

    Cleanup

  • Seeking fresh ideas to shape the future of food

    (StatePoint) No matter if you live in a suburban, urban or rural area, new farming innovations are putting food on your plate, clothes on your back and fuel in your tanks. And whether or not you’re a foodie, a gardener or a large scale grower, you’re benefiting from visionary leaders across the country who are changing the way we grow food, fuel and fiber.

    America’s farmers, ranchers and rural leaders face what experts call a daunting task: growing the food an expanding urban population needs and making sure they’re able to continue.

  • Kentucky FFA Foundation distributes funds across the state

    The Kentucky Farm License plate program continues to grow and impact FFA and 4-H members across Kentucky. The program pioneered by Kentucky Commissioner of agriculture James Comer has generated a total of nearly $500,000 for Kentucky FFA since beginning in 2012. When a person purchases a Kentucky Farm License plate, they have the opportunity to donate $10, which is divided equally between Kentucky FFA, Kentucky 4-H and Kentucky Proud.

  • Cool start best for bulbs

    Don’t jump the gun when it comes to planting spring flowering bulbs this fall! Spring bulbs are best planted once soil temperatures cool to about 55 degrees, so wait until we have had at least two weeks of sweater weather. If it is too cool outside without a jacket, then it’s just right for planting bulbs.

  • Compromise lets you keep some leaves

    Jeneen Wiche

    IN THE GARDEN

    Syndicated Columnist

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fell swoop! We rack 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.

  • Nelson County FFA chapter of Bardstown named Three Star Chapter for 2015

    The Nelson County FFA chapter of Bardstown has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization.

    The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.

    Chapters received Star ratings during judging July 26-Aug. 1 and were recognized at the 2015 National FFA Convention and Expo, Oct. 28-31 in Louisville.