• Spring tour shows off Bardstown gardens

    Loretta Traw’s garden is full of both native and non-native plants and scattered Japanese pagoda decorations, offering visitors beautiful floral displays at every bend.

    “We’ve been working on this for 20-25 years,” Traw said. “It’s always changing.”

  • Groups offering free film screening of Farmers For America

    A public screening of the documentary, Farmers for America, and a panel discussion made up of local agriculture producers will be held Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at The Historic State Theater, 209 W. Dixie Ave., in Elizabethtown. This event is free and open to the public.

    Central Kentucky Community Foundation and Hardin County Farm Bureau are pairing up to sponsor a screening of the film. Narrated by Mike Rowe, actor and host of Dirty Jobs, the film was created to celebrate, inspire and support young farmers.

  • Many differences between potted and B&B trees

    By Kristopher Fante

    Have you ever been browsing your local garden center and you’ve noticed trees being grown in pots and others grown as B&B — balled and burlapped — and you asked yourself, what’s the difference?

    You might think the only distinction is price and immediately grab the container-grown tree. However, you should evaluate your options first.

    When selecting a tree to take home and plant in your yard, it helps to know the pros and cons of both B&B and pot grown trees.

    How they are grown

  • Loose horse causes crash

    A horse running loose on Louisville Road was struck and killed early Sunday morning, injuring two drivers in the process. The accident occurred around 5 a.m. in the 11000 block, according to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Patrick Briney, of Bardstown, was traveling south when he struck the horse, knocking it into the other lane of travel and killing it. Charles Shively, of Lebanon, was traveling north and did not see the dead horse in the roadway in time to avoid striking it. The impact caused Shively’s vehicle to overturn.

  • Peake named 2017 Outstanding Cooperator

    The Nelson County Conservation District held their annual awards meeting March 8 and named Paula Peake as its 2017 Outstanding Cooperator.

    Each year the district recognizes landowners who are taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost effective conservation techniques.

    Peake owns approximately 1,500 acres with 35 acres of pastureland, 1,215 acres of woodland and 250 acres of cropland, which is leased out to another landowner.

  • Using viburnums in the landscape

    By Kristopher Fante

    Agricultural Columnist

    Garden centers can be overwhelming with all the trees, shrubs and other plant. Deciding which plant to choose can seem daunting. Not only are you looking for the characteristics of a beautiful plant, but you also are concerned about the conditions from sun to shade, dry to wet, soil type and maintenance. With all of these circumstances to ponder, Viburnum may be the perfect shrub for your landscape.

  • 1,879 students participate in the Soil Conservation Art and Writing contest

    The theme of this year’s Soil Conservation Art and Writing Contest competition was “Water is Life! 100% Guaranteed.” Trophies, ribbons, T-shirts, certificates and cash were presented to the school winners and finalists in the art and writing contest.

  • Conservation art and writing contest school awards announced
  • Some Nelson County dairy farmers losing a way of life

    Last month there were seven dairy farmers in Nelson County.

    Soon there will be only three or four.

    After getting “the letter” from Dean Foods informing them the company would no longer be buying their milk, Terry Waldridge and his father, a dairy farmer for nearly 40 years, decided it was time to quit.

    Waldridge, 37, sorted out a third of his herd Friday morning to send to slaughter.

    “They’re going to be hamburger,” he said.

  • Spring pruner maintenance

    By Kristopher Fante

    Agriculture Columnist