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  • 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.

  • Worm castings help keep hanging baskets blooming

    We are safe from frost, so let the planting begin.
    It is warm enough for tomatoes, peppers and all sun loving vegetables.
    The strawberries are turning red, the iris are in full bloom and this Saturday I open the produce stand. In my book, that’s the beginning of summer.

  • Like eating? Plant more flowers to attract bees

    Well, you know it’s that time of year, when just a small, black hole in a blanket makes you think tick. I shake garlic powder on the dogs’ food to help them repel critters. I also give them the drops, like Advantax. I have to check myself every time I come in from working on the farm.
    And once you find one, you’ve got the heebie jeebies when anything touches your skin, like say, a thread. I know they must serve some purpose in our ecosystem, but I’m killing every one of those little parasites. Can you tell that I don’t care for ticks.

  • Avoid contracting foodborne illness from leafy greens, fruits

    Foodborne illness causes 3,000 deaths each year. About 128,000 people are hospitalized each year due to food borne illness. Although not hospitalized, about 1 in 6 (48 million) people in the United States are affected by food borne illness.
    It can happen to anyone, anywhere and from foods we might not expect. Children under age 5 and adults 60 and older are at highest risk.

  • Companion gardening keeps critters at bay

    Happy May, let the gardening begin.
    There is a chance that we could get another frost or cold snap, but it’s a slim chance. The tender leaves of new plants are the most vulnerable.
    It will take seeds a few days to emerge and that’s when you need to have covers available. Just like us, they sometimes need a jacket.

  • Community profiles help elected officials make good decisions

    The economy has been on my mind lately.
    Information about Anderson County is necessary to help elected officials, grant writers and the rest of us citizens make good choices.
    Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) has recently produced two page profiles for each county on the economy, healthcare, ag and food and the retail sector.
    You can find these profiles at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/cedick/CountyDataProfiles Information from the economic profile is below.