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  • 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.

  • Lawrenceburg home to Derby winner?

    Was the Montrose farm named after Montrose, the Kentucky Derby-winning horse?
    Could be coincidence.
    Could be that the Labold brothers — Alexander and Ike Labold of Cincinnati, Ohio — bred and trained the 1887 Derby champion thoroughbred right here in Anderson County.
    Or not.
    That’s where you, the reader, come in.
    I’m no equine Sherlock Holmes. Although I’ve devoured pretty much every Agatha Christie mystery ever written, my mouth falls open dumbstruck every time the killer was revealed on the page.  

  • A broccoli twist on traditional Kentucky country ham recipe

    Everyone at the Anderson County Senior Center enjoyed Kentucky country ham and broccoli grits when I served it there last week. They scraped the pan clean.
    Country ham is a Kentucky tradition. Only six states produce country hams – Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Missouri.

  • Skip tilling when planting watermelons

    My potatoes and lettuce are growing! I haven’t really put anything else out. I should have put my broccoli and cauliflower out, but then it rained before I could.  Spring rains will complicate our gardening life, but we can’t do it without them.  We just have to be flexible with our schedule.

  • Prepare your trees for new breed of fruit-killing fly this spring

    I love the smell of fresh cut grass. To me, it carries the scent of watermelon, which always sends my brain to warm summer days and plenty of sunshine. Smell is the strongest memory trigger we have and that red fruit transforms me to childhood days of running through sprinklers and seed spitting contests. Summer isn’t here yet, but it is coming.
    Two of my most favorite holidays are coming, too. Earth Day will be here on the 22nd and Arbor Day is close behind on the 26th. This year, I’ve gotten a head start on my festivities.

  • Guarantee your child is prepared for school by starting at home

    Is your child ready for school?
    Child assessments are revealing that the majority of Kentucky children are not ready for success in school. Statewide only 28 percent of children are ready for kindergarten without additional support. Anderson County didn’t participate in the pilot screening so no local information is available for 2012.

  • Patience is a virtue, even for gardeners

    Patience. I’m pretty sure that’s what we all need right now.
    It is the middle of April and while a decade into our future we may be planting at this date, climate change has not taken us there yet.
    Our typical planting date here is right around Derby day. That does not mean that you can just sit around and wait.

  • 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.