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Agriculture

  • Spring peepers welcome us back

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers.  There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.  On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be.  Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.

  • Pending industrial hemp legislation could go to pot

    Two bills in state legislation for the legalization of industrial hemp could offer a transition crop for farmers in Nelson County.  Central Kentucky was the largest producer of hemp during World War II for rope production, but state officials say it isn’t legislation but law enforcement that will decide hemp’s future in the state or Nelson County.

     Hemp has been looked at as alternative energy source in the past, according to Nelson County Extension Agent, Ron Bowman.

  • Start some indoor plants while you wait for spring

    I am plotting and planning and placing orders for onion sets and seed potatoes and summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm ... I can barely stand the wait! I have two trays of seedlings that I started about two weeks ago and have begun another round of kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts in three more trays.

  • March 1 starts new fishing license

    This coming year presents some new opportunities to catch rainbow trout, blue catfish, redear sunfish, also known as shellcrackers and white crappie.

    Black crappie now dominate the population in Taylorsville Lake, and a good spawn last year should lead to good fishing for blacks in the coming years. Also, three years of white crappie stockings should lead to great fishing this spring.

  • Conservation contest winners to be named Feb. 23

  • Witch hazels already in bloom

     Gardeners get anxious this time of the year. Warm one day, cold the next, the sun coaxes open a little patch of crocus by the path or we catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops. This year the show is sure to come early and the forsythia are not the first to bloom, despite this oft cited sign of spring! There are other early bloomers to keep us occupied until spring truly arrives.

  • I can make anyone love Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts need a PR make-over — no one seems to like them. Old varieties have been greatly improved from those forced on you as a child.  Equally, cooking methods probably can stand some updating from the warm, mushy, bitter Barbie-doll-sized cabbage. Don’t boil them to death, try instead some quick roasting underneath the broiler. 

  • Gear up for orchard maintenance

    I am so grateful that my husband, Andy, is in charge of the orchard. Fruit tree maintenance, I am convinced, is an art. There are details to pruning that can make or break good fruit set, branch structure and ability to pick when the limbs are laden with ripe fruit. While I understand the basics I am glad Andy is the one who executes the task. 

  • Local student admitted to veterinary school at Auburn Univ.

    Natalie Meyer, Bardstown, has been admitted to the professional program at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the class of 2015.
    Meyer earned a degree in chemistry in 2005 from the University of Kentucky.
    The veterinary program at Auburn is the oldest in the South and the  nation’s seventh oldest.  More than 6,250 doctors of veterinary medicine have graduated since the first degrees were officially awarded in 1909.

  • Skunk season is now upon us