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Agriculture

  • Don’t forget about the birds and the bees in your gardens

    I am always a little annoyed when people ask me how to get rid of bees. Short of a deathly allergy all of us should be lucky enough to have a healthy population in the garden. I have tons out and about the landscape, in the clover where I walk daily, in the garden where I work, amid the flowers where I weed ... and I have never been stung. 

  • Specialty seed catalogs offer variety of plants

    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping. I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals.  I prefer the specialty catalog in which expertise reigns providing us with a good product and the information to grow it well. 

  • Easy Valentine blooms that keep on giving

    I have a handful of phalaenopsis about the house and three of them have just begun to shoot up a bloom spike that once in bloom (probably still about a month away) will bloom for months if I keep them out of direct sunlight. One plant is like 10 fresh cut bouquets and they are so delicately lovely you just can’t beat them as a nice Valentine gesture! 

  • Dairy Development Council meetings set

    The Kentucky Dairy Development Council and Alltech have announced this year’s “Winter CoverAll Dairy Series.” The meetings will be 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (all times) through Feb. 24.

  • Winter perennials are hidden beneath the snow

    Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ. There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting.  Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves. Others are beginning to emerge and will bloom soon. And others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact of being covered by 4 inches of snow and enduring days of freezing temperatures.

  • Conservation District cost share program announced

    The Nelson County Conservation District will accept requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program Feb. 1 through Feb. 28.

  • Tips on controlling insects on indoor plants

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the underside of the leaves of your orchid?  Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lackluster. Well, we can blame some plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in Kentuckiana during the winter.

  • Dairy series meetings set

    The Kentucky Dairy Development Council and Alltech have announced this year’s “Winter CoverAll Dairy Series.” The meetings will be 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (all times) Jan. 20-Feb. 24.

  • Consequences of plants due to late summer drought stress and winter salt

    As I write I am comforted by the snow that has accumulated on the boughs of my Nordmann fir and Serbian spruce. It is beautiful, yes, but more important the snow serves as an insulator against desiccating winds and frigid temperatures. We must not forget that evergreens, particularly broadleaf evergreens such as rhododendrons and American hollies, lose a great deal of moisture through their leaves in the winter. 

  • Local farmer chooses animal composting over landfill

    Bob Robinson’s 4-R Stock Farm in Cox’s Creek houses up to 1,800 hogs and about 100 cows. On a large farm, that unfortunately means that every week, several animals die, and Robinson needs a good way to dispose of them.

    Seven or eight years ago, he hit upon a solution.

    “I’m the lone wolf with that composter,” Robinson said, referring to the approximately 32-foot-wide, 16-foot-deep composting structure on his farm that was one of Nelson County’s first.