• It’s September; are your fall bulb orders in?

    Who doesn’t love bulbs, especially daffodils, a sure sign that we have made it through winter?

    You can fill an entire spring season with daffodils by choosing early-to-late bloomers. But if you want a more diverse display consider adding some other spring and summer bulbs to the garden this fall.

  • The heritage of ugly apples

    By Chris Coulter

    I handed the yellowish-green, oblong, spotty, and in-short, ugly, fruit to a colleague of mine. We were both connoisseurs of good-tasting fruit, and she was discussing some apples she had tasted on a trip she had made to Kazakhstan.

    Having lived in the region and having been in that former Soviet Bloc country, I also lamented the fact that much of the best-tasting fruit in the world wasn’t available in America.

  • Moss needs consistent moisture, shade

    Moss no longer carries the stigma of being an undesirable plant. Some still refer to it as a problem, but largely folks are accepting of this somewhat opportunistic plant. Moss likes it shady and moist and we don’t always have the moisture to maintain a nice lush garden of it. This year is certainly the exception.

    Moss is the perfect complement to a shade garden where the soil is compacted. Typically these clayey soils are also on the acidic side, which is a bonus.

  • University of Louisville to grow hemp for scientific, educational purposes

    The University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has begun growing industrial hemp to enhance its research in fuels and manufacturing.

    In partnership with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky Agriculture Department, U of L researchers have planted hemp in a 40-by-40-foot plot adjacent to the center offices in The Phoenix House on the Belknap Campus. Nearby plots will be planted with switchgrass and kenaf, two other plants that have similar potential as fuels.

  • Asters, the perfect fall perennial

    If you plan accordingly, you can have more than mums blooming in your fall garden. There are a considerable number of other “late-bloomers” to choose from for the perennial garden. Coreopsis, salvia, dahlias and helianthus continue to bloom well into fall just as the caryopteris, Japanese anemone, sedum, ageratum, golden rod and sweet autumn clematis start to show their color. Couple all these perennials with asters, and your garden will keep you entertained through October.

  • Sawflies strip dogwoods

    One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly. We had planted more than 100 white pine seedlings more than 30 years ago and, after a decade or so, we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another. Daddy charged me with inspection duty. Looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the county Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.

  • FFA, 4-H hold their first Hog Daze

    FFA and 4-H students had as much fun as hogs in mud when they got together at Wickland Saturday morning for the inaugural Hog Daze, an event to promote agriculture, education and healthy living.

    The day began with a 5K race that included the historic wooded trail behind the 19th century mansion. The race benefited two agricultural education groups, 4-H and FFA.

  • Kentucky hemp has growing market potential, panel told

    More than half of Kentucky’s industrial hemp crop this year can be traced to 19 counties, 58 farmers and one company in Winchester.

    With 23,000 pounds of imported hemp seed destined for 2,466 acres, Atalo Holdings is a superpower in hemp production and processing in Kentucky. Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) Executive Director Warren Beeler told the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee in July that the company’s hemp contracts this year cover over half the 4,500 acres planted statewide.

  • Gardening chores in the height of summer

    Chris Coulter
    Agriculture Columnist


    With the unusually wet summer we’ve been having, our main gardening concern lately has been the weed crop that threatens to spiral out of control. It has been too wet to do much weeding and cultivating, but it seems the main season crops are hanging in there and enjoying the abundant moisture.

  • Have some fun in the sun this summer with hydrangeas

    By Kristopher Fante

    Backyard Gardener

    When it comes to having fantastic summer blooming shrubs in the sun, look no further than hydrangea panicle “Paniculata.”

    I fell in love with these beauties years ago and accomplished great success with growing them with little to no issues with very limited maintenance.