• Safe to eat? Food safety myths

    Mayonnaise is not the culprit for food poisoning in the summer. It’s a myth that salads or any other food containing mayonnaise are a major source of food poisoning in hot weather.

  • How to establish late-summer forages

    The period from late summer into early fall in Kentucky is the best time to establish the common cool-season grasses such as orchardgrass, tall fescue, timothy and bluegrass for pasture or hay. These four grasses make up 95 percent of pasture acreage.

    To increase your success rate, remember these four points:

  • Something to sink my teeth into

    Recently a friend of mine had his wisdom teeth taken out and is still recovering from the procedure with the assistance of his new best friends: yogurt and Jell-O. It is only his second day of recovery and he is still telling anyone that will dare to listen about his overwhelming need for a cheeseburger.

  • August perfect for ‘hobo dinners’

    Well, it’s here. The eighth month has arrived, though August seems like the beginning of the end of summer. Complete with the start of school, there are some positives to the month.

    If ever there was a perfect month for outdoor summer events, this one is it. The daytime temperatures reach into the mid-80s, the nights cool off into the mid-60s and there are fewer rainy days.

  • Good deals available on garden supplies, tools

    Can you believe it’s the end of July? This month “swam” by. School starts in just two weeks and the school supplies are filling the shelves, but those aren’t the only things front and center when you walk in the door. Garden supplies are on sale now.

  • Satan at work here? Well, not exactly

    This past week, I had the opportunity to interview a mother with a very interesting story to tell — the ending was the most surprising of all.

    She called the news office and with a shaky voice explained that something very odd was happening around her property and her home. I could tell she was upset by the strange occurrences, and when I arrived on her doorstep early one morning to discuss her troubles, she quickly ushered me inside.

  • What works to repel mosquitoes

    With all of the wet weather over the past month, several folks have been calling complaining that they now have a mosquito problem. I have tried to answer questions about controlling mosquitoes, what repellents are effective as well as listing trade names as you attempt to purchase products. Please call our office at 839-7271 if you have additional questions.

    The Asian tiger mosquito (ATM) is a common pest around home landscapes.

  • Farmers suffering from wet weather woes

    The good news is that it’s actually healthier to let your grass grow long this time of year. Experts say 3 inches is a good height. They don’t say anything about 6-12 inches. Oh, these rains.

    Typically in July, our average monthly rainfall is 4 inches. Guess it just wanted to be an overachiever this year. At least we don’t have to water the trees and shrubs to help them handle these hot July temperatures. Geez-o-pete. It’s like Mother Nature took a water pill and has to pee every 20 minutes.

  • Feeding hay? Know the facts about blister beetles

    Blister beetles are plant-feeding insects that contain cantharidin, a toxic defensive chemical that protects them from predators.

    Accidentally crushing a beetle against the skin can result in a painful blister, the source of the insect’s common name. In sufficient quantity, cantharidin in the bodies of living or dead blister beetles can be toxic, especially to horses. In some cases sheep and cattle may be affected.

    Blister beetle poisoning

  • Salads, wafers a hit during bridal shower

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a bridal shower for my sister. I asked her beforehand if she preferred a potluck style meal or a lighter meal, consisting of salads and finger foods.

    She chose the latter, and boy did I have fun preparing the menu and the food. This week, I’d like to share with you what was served.

    Chicken Salad

    2 large chicken breasts, shredded

    Mayonnaise to suit

    1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt

    1/8 tsp. black pepper

    Several dashes of cayenne pepper

    1/2 tbsp. honey