• Don’t forget what’s in the cellar, freezer or pantry

    Perhaps this can be a reminder of the payoff of “putting up” the garden in spring, summer and fall:  we have extended our homegrown eating pleasure into the winter months with some basic preservation methods. If you froze, dried, canned or otherwise preserved fresh fruits and vegetables in 2012 do not forget about them (or horde them for some unreasonable time.)

  • Learn to accurately describe insects and diseases in plants

    In a time when all of us seek advice from experts, it is not only important to know what plants you have, but also to understand the nomenclature of symptoms caused by insect and disease problems. 

    “I’ve got this thing on my what-cha-ma-call-it” won’t get you very far with a Google search or in person. We need to know how to describe the “things” we find on our plant material so a proper diagnosis and treatment can follow.

  • Farming on a few acres

    Do you have a few acres of land?
    Are you looking for something that can help pay for your investment?
    Are you looking to increase your family revenue and do something with the land together?
    You are invited to take part in a a four-part workshop dedicated to exploring farming options, developing a plan of action, addressing potential liabilities, and looking into marketing options.
    You can register for the free series of classes by calling the Nelson County Extension Office at 348-9204.
    Class size is limited so call by Jan. 23.

  • Cost Share applications being accepted

    The  Nelson County Conservation District is now accepting Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Applications on a continuous basis. This continual sign-up is designed to make the program more “landowner friendly” and help address the needs of a landowner at any time during the year. As landowners plan conservation projects with the assistance of their local conservation district, they will be able to apply for financial assistance for those projects without having to wait for a designated sign up period.

  • Too good to be true?

    This time of the year subtle warnings come from professionals reminding consumers to be skeptical of mail order catalogues or advertisements that claim “new horticultural breakthroughs,” otherwise outrageous claims or mass quantities of things for bargain basement prices.

  • Nelson County third-grader wins statewide cabbage contest

    Holden Underwood of Cox’s Creek Elementary School in Cox’s Creek is the 2012 state winner of Bonnie Plants’ annual third-grade cabbage-growing contest.

    Holden’s cabbage grew to 20.5 pounds. He was selected at random out of 65 classroom winners from across the state. Underwood earned a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants, which delivered 21,516 cabbage plants this past season to third-grade students at 284 Kentucky schools.

  • Photo: Farm Bureau recognized
  • Quality and care help garden equipment last
  • Application cut-off for EQIP and WHIP is Jan. 18

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

  • Keep African violets in bloom all winter

    African violets are often purchased in a blooming state. Then, many of us wonder why they never bloom again. What have we done, or not done, to turn these dainty flowering plants into something that can only be appreciated for their fuzzy foliage?