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  • Bibb lettuce has strong Kentucky roots

    Kentuckians may know that Bibb lettuce was developed by Major John Bibb in the backyard of his Frankfort home — Grey Gables (Bibb-Burnley House).
    He moved to Frankfort in 1856 and shared his seeds and plants with friends. Soon it became known as Bibb lettuce and became commercially produced in 1935.
    Soon you will be able to buy Bibb lettuce at the local farmer’s markets. The Anderson County Farmer’s Market opens Friday, April 26 at noon.

  • A band of cats invaded our garage, capturing my dogged devotion

    If you had asked just more than a year ago, I’d have sworn to you I was a dyed-in-the-fur dog person.
    I proclaimed my love for all animals — dolphins, dogs, elephants, frogs — but when it came to cats, I was uninterested. Never had a cat. Didn’t understand them — or their people, really. Required a preventative dose of Benadryl to stave off my sneezes when visiting their homes.
    But a funny thing happened when I got to know a few felines who were hanging around our neighborhood.

  • Manure tea and other tips to grow wonderful potatoes

    Cold weather wimp that I am, even I can work outside in this weather.
    Well, once the frost thaws.
    It was 26 degrees on the farm Good Friday morning  Great temps for the gravel truck to make it up my drive. I’ve been waiting since Christmas for the rain to stop and the clay like-mud to dry.

  • Planning is key to successful garden

    Gardening is not my area of expertise. However, I do have access to research-based information about gardening. Tommy Yankey, Anderson County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, will be conducting a home gardening class in conjunction with the food preservation workshop Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    You can register for the workshop by calling the Anderson County Extension Office at 839-7271.

  • No magic food to provide all you need

    A question was raised in the diabetes education class about which beans are healthier choices.
    Specifically the class member wanted to know if beans were all about the same in the total amount of carbohydrates.
    Several class members are starting to use carb counting as a method to improve their diet.

  • Take a class at Green Thumb University

    Spring snows are so funny. No one runs out for milk and bread. It just sort of appears in the air, always making us feel colder.
    I checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac and it was off by a week. Looking into April and beyond, I don’t see the word snow mentioned again, but “wet and cool” gets a lot of ink.

  • Send Easter egg hunt photos to the News

    I found the Easter egg nestled among clean clothes in my laundry basket.
    Not on Easter morning.
    Weeks later.
    An eight-hour drive later, after I was already back in my off-campus apartment in Seward, Neb.
    After I finally decided to put my clothes away because that’s what adults do after they’ve finished using their parents’ washer and dryer.
    Never fear; the egg contained individually wrapped candy, not a hardboiled center quick to stink and hasty to rot.

  • Singing tree frogs a sure sign of spring

    The tree frogs are out and those boys sure can sing.
    I love to listen to them but the other night it was wild. I have been taking hikes around the farm every day with the dogs and one night they were so loud I actually had to shout at the dogs so they could hear me.
    They always make me smile, though, because they’re the harbingers of spring.

  • Know warning signs of dating violence

    I don’t know that dating violence in Anderson County is much different than anywhere else in the state.
    It’s usually somewhere under the radar for parents, school administrators and church leaders.
    We just don’t talk about it. Kentucky is one of the few states that doesn’t allow the dating relationship to qualify for a protective order.

  • Raised beds prevent gardening problems

    Minute by minute and hour by hour, we keep getting more sunlight every day.
    I love it and even though we fell back an hour, I just feel like I have a little more time to do things. Only one more week to go and spring will officially be here. Yea, is all I can say. Another growing season is about to begin.
    As someone who has been getting a lot of mud on her muck boots, it’s hard to even imagine a drought right now. I’ve been squishing and slipping all over the place while walking the farm with the dogs. It’s an evening ritual, now.