• Hammond participates in state agriculture program for teachers

    John Hammond of Thomas Nelson High School participated in the Kentucky Master Agriculture Teacher Program Sept. 14-16 in Lexington. He was one of 12 selected from more than 240 agriculture teachers in the state selected to participate in the two-year leadership academy.

  • Holes in your potatoes? Wireworms may be to blame

    I have a decent harvest of potatoes this year. Most of them are clean as a whistle; a few have a tinge of green (because a little sun shone down on them when they were curing on the veranda of the barn — fault); and best of all, none have the tiny holes left by the dreaded wireworm.

    If you do have lots of tiny holes in your potatoes, you likely saw the tough little yellow or rust colored worms when you were digging your crop.

  • Grow your own pumpkins

    The pumpkin has become a symbol of not only Halloween, but the fall season in general.

    While youngsters often look forward to picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve or decorate, another family-fun activity idea is to grow your own pumpkin patch.

    Growing your own pumpkin patch is a great way to get kids involved in the gardening process with a goal in mind — to have your very own, homegrown pumpkin by the time the season comes around.

    To do this, Kyle Mills of MVP Gardening Center, offers some advice.

  • Need help with any home improvement project?



    In this day and age of digital technology, there are several platforms one can use to help ease the process of home improvement.

    There are several smart phone or smart device applications on the market that have been specifically designed to make the home improvement process easier and more efficient.

    Whether it’s something as simple as a level bar or as intricate as matching colors to furnishings or seeing how new furniture will fit into existing spaces, there is an app for almost everything.

  • Cleaning tips to help rid your home of autumn allergens


    Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues. Mold and ragweed are common fall allergy triggers, as well as dust mites, which are naturally more prevalent in the home during the drier months.

    “You can turn your home into a safe haven from fall allergens with regular, strategic cleaning and a few preventive measures,” said Robin Wilson, an interior design expert and an ambassador with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

  • Five reasons to replace your old AC in the fall


    Before you turn off your AC system for the season, consider having it checked out by a certified contractor. If it’s older or has been giving you problems, you might want to replace it.

    “It may not be top of mind, but fall is actually the ideal time to think about your home’s cooling system,” said Frank Landwehr, VP of Marketing at Emerson Climate Technologies.

  • How to control ant infestations at home


    Few things elicit the ire of homeowners more quickly than insect infestations inside a home. Though many types of insects can find their way into a home, ants tend to be especially skilled at such invasions, causing many a headache among homeowners hoping to send their uninvited houseguests packing once and for all.

  • Stray seed, odd fruit

    Over the past couple of weeks, I have had half a dozen people come up to me with stories of amazing vegetables appearing in their yards and gardens.

    My mother, for one, has what she calls a French squash growing by the sidewalk around a newly planted serviceberry.

  • NRCS announces application deadline for Environmental Quality Incentives Program

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

  • Tips to make fall lawn care easier


    A beautiful lawn is important for a lovely home, but when those autumn leaves begin to fall, some extra effort is required to keep things picture perfect. This once meant firing up noisy machinery and piling up bag after bag of yard waste. Now that we live in more environmentally-conscientious times, this might not seem like such a responsible idea.

    Doing things by hand doesn’t have to lead to a sore back. Learning some helpful hints can make your lawn really stand out this year and help you get the job done in a breeze.