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Columns

  • Thoughts on preserving the fruits (and veggies) of your labor

    I’m thinking about canning, pickling and jams, and I haven’t even planted the first seed.
    I’m hoping for good production from my garden. I don’t want to put all the work into it and just get enough to eat fresh.  
    We have a wonderful publication on Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky ID-128. You can search it on-line or you can pick up a free copy at the Anderson County Extension Office.
    Limited supplies of the publication are available.

  • One word can help when stereotypes surface in conversation

    Biases and stereotypes are as common here as anywhere else.
    It’s challenging to know how to speak up without shaming the person who makes comments that are demeaning to groups of other people. After all, you don’t want to treat that person in an unfavorable way either.  
    I recently attended a seminar on effectively communicating respect and inclusion in today’s diverse business environment.

  • Listen to tree frogs for next storm forecast

    Those of us residing in the country have had the loudest of concerts, almost daily. It’s the peepers! Tree frogs have been making lots of noise, day and night, and it’s been wonderful! Did you know that peepers always get louder before a rain? True.
    There are more ways to predict rain. Spiders don’t weave their webs if it’s going to rain. Dewless mornings also predict rain.
    Dandelions and other flowers will close their blossoms before a rain.
    All are easy ways to lead you to the mower, instead of the lawn chair while the sun is out.

  • Now’s the time to get out and start getting your fingernails dirty

    As the sunshine-yellow blossoms of daffodils open, spring rolls in to warm our hearts and we get to roll up our sleeves.
    On March 20, the sun will officially shift into our vernal equinox, bringing the lively weather of spring with it. All I can say is expect everything, all four seasons, throughout the month.
    If nothing else, it will certainly keep us on our toes, as if the mud isn’t enough.

  • Corned beef always a hit on Saint Patrick’s Day

    I’m a member of the Anderson County Cattlemen’s Association.
    Every pound of beef I own is in the freezer, not on the hoof in the pasture. I produce good meals, not healthy calves and heifers. I’ll leave that end of the business to someone else.
    If you are interested in educational programs on beef production, please contact the Extension Office and consider joining the Anderson County Cattlemen’s Association.

  • Food safety tips to consider when anticipating severe weather storms

    In the aftermath of last Friday’s storms, we all have much to be grateful for in Anderson County.
    The storms convinced me to take shelter in a safe place when the warning is sounded. I’m not going to stand outside and look at it.
    In addition to having a safe room for shelter, it’s good to be prepared for a power outage. Follow these guidelines for food safety.
    Make a few simple preparations so you can put a plan into action when a tornado watch or severe thunderstorm watch is initiated.
    Keep the freezer full

  • Be ready for weather to drive you nuts

    Tree frogs in February? Honest to John, I heard them singing symphonies here on the farm last Thursday. I’m half expecting lightning bugs to show up next. This has certainly been a weird winter. I know we’re all itching to plant and I’m going to do just that.
    My peas, carrot and potato seeds and broccoli and cauliflower plants are going in just as soon as I get the time.

  • March means farm license plate, other renewals

    As we approach the busiest month of the year, I thought this month’s column should be about paying taxes and licensing your vehicles.
    The Anderson County Clerk’s Office strives to provide information that will better assist the consumer with their transactions in our office We want your experience to be as pleasant as possible.  Each year, the Department of Revenue places a value on your vehicle. Tax rates set by each taxing district are then applied to your vehicle’s value.

  • Eggplant is nutritional hit with seniors

    Eggplant is on sale, and a couple of women at the grocery asked me how to fix it.
    I had a recipe in my purse because I was getting the ingredients for Easy Cheesy Eggplant, which was part of my monthly program at the Senior Center.
    As I gave the recipe to one of the women, the other one asked me to just tell her the recipe, she would remember it.
    It’s easy to make and delicious. Most of the seniors liked it and many had never tried eggplant before.

  • Gardening bug ready to bite

    March might be cold, wet and snowy, but I still believe we have come out ahead this winter.
    I joked to someone the other day that this is the kind of winters I expected to have when I moved here 16 years ago.
    This is the time of year when I really hit the pantry. I tend to scrimp on using up my home canned stuff in fall and winter, fearing I’ll run out before the fresh stuff is harvested. Now, I can eat all I want of the stuff.