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Columns

  • Real Key lime juice is key to wonderful pie

    I’m teaching a class on American regional cooking. In this column I usually use recipes that feature Kentucky products.
    However, everyone in the class loved this recipe and it does make a very nice dessert for summer. It isn’t low in calories or high on good nutrition but it does taste good.     

  • Organic isn’t always certified organic

    I love a good rainstorm, especially at night.
    We sure got some rain last week. The night of the big blow I ended up with over 2 1/2 inches. It thundered and rumbled and lit up the sky and I slept like a baby. In Arizona, I sometimes used a CD of rainstorms to help me fall asleep. Arizona rarely has what we call thunderstorms. It is a desert.

  • Support, understand teenagers in distress

    Teens in distress need support and understanding from family members and other trusted adults.
    Whether you are a parent, grandparent or other trusted adult, you may be someone who cares about a teen who harms himself/herself.
    This behavior is very distressing for the adult who cares for the teen. The purpose of this column is to help the trusted adult know how to best help the teen who self-harms.
    This is also the topic of the Family Caregiver Health Bulletin for July 2013. I encourage you to read it on the Anderson County Extension Office website.

  • Consider pets while celebrating Fourth of July

    Have you noticed the extra daylight hours that we have now that summer is officially here?
    There’s more time for everything. We can still be out mowing at 9 p.m. The extra light makes things grow faster, too, but my favorite part is having a little time to just sit outside and enjoy the view. When the sun goes down the lightening bugs come out, like little fireworks. Better than fireworks though because there are no loud noises to go with it.

  • Go beet-crazy this summer with salad recipe

    Joan
    Martin

    Guest columnist

  • Dance to light of super-silvery moon

    Besides the warm weather, do you know what I love most about summer? It’s the most colorful time of the year. Everywhere I look, whether it’s in the wild or around the lawn, beautiful blooms abound.
    Here on the farm, I have a bumper crop of hairy vetch and honeysuckle. That beautiful purple spire of the hairy vetch sets off the yellow and cream blooms of the honeysuckle covering the banks. As the heat and humidity rise, the scent of the blooms fill the air. I love summer, and it’s almost here.

  • Read hose label before using it on garden

    In life, it’s the little things that matter. People say that all the time and it’s true.
    As a gardener, there are all kinds of little things that matter. Good soil, suckering your tomato plants, thinning the lettuce and watering the plants are all little things that matter. It’s that last one that I want you to pay attention to right now.

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  • Defend your garden’s bounty with baby powder, onion spray

    Happy June. I think I squeezed every minute out of May. I didn’t get everything done, but I never do. For some reason, I keep thinking of new projects as I play in the garden. I did get some new trees in the ground to add a little color to the front yard. The next step is to landscape the front of the house. Oh boy!

  • Don’t have your garden in yet? Well, it’s time to get cracking

    Here it is, the end of May already. The roses are popping and so are the strawberries. Wildflowers splash colors by the roadsides next to the blooming brambles reaching for the sky
    I love this time of year. School is out and the stand is open, let summer begin.