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Columns

  • Moved your iris, lilies and other perennials yet? Better get busy

    One of my most favorite things about the farm is the view that I have at sunset. The air has cooled to a pleasant degree and watching the sun send up its last horrah fills the sky with ribbons of color to rival any masterpiece.
    The dogs love to run and romp in the yard, taking turns to come say hello and get a good scratching. It clears my mind of the day’s events and helps me appreciate all that I have.

  • Time is ripe to put pumpkins, apples to good use

    Pumpkins and apples are at the Anderson County Farmer’s Market now. You can also purchase them directly from several local farms.
    A good carving pumpkin doesn’t usually make a good eating pumpkin. The carving pumpkins are tough and a little bland. Pie or sweet pumpkins are best for cooking and baking, as they have a more tender rind and are less fibrous.

  • October’s here so don’t forget to harvest next year’s seeds

    Happy October. The 10th month is upon us and it’s a very seedy time. It’s all I can do not to trim the faded flowers from the hydrangeas, echinacheas, cup plants and the myriad of other once blooming flowers that grace the farm. They look scraggly, but the birds love them. I got to enjoy the blooms all summer and fall so it’s only fitting that wildlife get to enjoy them now.

  • ‘Hypocrites’ on school board know they’re wrong on prayer

    I find it interesting that Roger McDowell, Anderson County School Board member, doesn’t know the teachings that his Bible teaches him.
    Matthew 6:6 is clearly against praying in public and that is straight from the big man’s mouth.
    “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly”
    The Bible is very clear; it even says that folks that pray openly are hypocrites, but who am I to judge?

  • Enjoying the fading days of summer

    This Sunday marks the beginning and the end. The autumnal equinox arrives to say goodbye to summer. It has been a remarkable summer. Across the country it was the wettest since 2004.
    Those of us who lost garden plants to flooding need to come up with some solutions. I vote for raised beds.
    Cement blocks, rocks and old barn wood make great raised beds. If you know someone with a sawmill, those outside bark boards are really good, especially if they are cedar trees. The cedar helps repel insects. Mine lasted over 10 years.

  • Tired? Learn more about sleep Oct. 17

    Do you remember when you had a good night’s sleep?
    Dr. Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, from the University of Louisville Dept. of Neurology, will talk about sleep health on Oct. 17 in Anderson County.
    Here are some tips on getting a good night’s sleep. She will provide extensive information on sleep health which will help you or other family members from young children to seniors.

  • Enjoy fried green tomatoes at Christmas

    Well, it’s the eleventh day of September and we have 11 more days of summer! I do believe that it was the wettest summer I’ve ever had since I moved here. While all that moisture caused a few problems in the garden, I still had a pretty good season. Actually, I’m still having a pretty good season.

  • Conservation easements provide tax benefits

    To the editor:
    As part of a tax bill negotiated in January of this year, Congress extended until Dec. 31 the enhanced tax benefit that helps all of us who are interested in protecting working family farms, clean water, and natural areas.
    The law enhances the federal tax benefits for landowners who donate voluntary conservation agreements to organizations like Shelby Area Rural  

  • As fall looms, learn to store root crops

    Happy September. We now have 18 days until summer turns to fall.
    The orange and green farmer’s almanac already predicted a wet and chilly winter. The original Old Farmer’s Almanac with the pretty yellow cover won’t make their winter prediction until October. Though both were off with their predictions for last year.

  • Understanding violence and children

    In Duncan, Okla. three teens have been charged in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old man from Australia. The 15- and 16-year-old boys will be tried as adults and face life in prison without parole if convicted on the murder charge. The 17-year-old boy was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. If convicted the 17 year old may receive a sentence of two years to life in prison.