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  • Be on lookout for vegetable diseases

    Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for bacterial spot of pepper this week. As the most common disease of pepper in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not actively using preventative practices will likely experience at least some bacterial spot.

  • Fixing problems, a pothole at a time

    Column as I see ’em …

    Sometimes getting a problem fixed is knowing the right person to call.

    I spent a couple of hours last week interviewing a fellow named Ashley Courchene, one of the residents who lives on Berdine Way, a dead end street across the highway from Honeysuckle Drive.

    Ashley, who motors around the community in a power scooter, called to let me know about a big pothole in the road and share his frustration in getting someone, anyone in county government to fix it.

  • Meeting a hero, close to home

     

    It used to be Superman,

    Johnny Bench and then George Jones.

    But lately I’ve been finding all my heroes

    Closer to home.

    —The Oak Ridge Boys

    I never met Mason Rucker until I was out of college, but he quickly became one of my heroes.

    If you ever got to know him, he’d be one of yours too.

  • Learn how to plant garden, grow flowers on the cheap

    Those rascally rabbits just ate 100 of my tomato plants. At least I hadn’t planted them yet.

    Those were my later tomatoes, but still. It was easy pickins, and my fault, because they were in a float tray, in a tub, on the ground. Oh well, the trials and tribulations of a farmer.

    There have been several new gardening tips come my way lately and I thought I’d share with you this week. Gardening does have its expenses, so any time I can find a way to save, I’m on it.

    Let’s start with flowers.

  • Not too late to plant a fall garden

    Can you believe June is almost over? If only winter would go by so fast.

    On the bright side, those of you who’ve been too busy to get that garden planted still have time. There are a lot of vegetables that can be planted right up to fall. So, let’s start with what you can plant in June.

  • Know facts about cedar-apple rust

    Cedar-apple rust is the most common and economically important rust disease of apple in Kentucky. Symptoms of this disease are beginning to appear across the state. The pathogen overwinters as galls on cedar and juniper. Removal of these pathogen sources on cedar can later reduce disease incidence on apple. Once apple trees become infected limited management options are available.

    Cedar-apple rust facts

  • The Good, Bad and the Ugly

     

    Column as I see ’em …

    After beating the heat over the weekend by watching Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino” (his best effort since “The Outlaw Josey Wales”), I’ll pay an homage to old Dirty Harry himself with my own version of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    The good: Anderson County Health Department

  • Gardeners need to beware of ticks

    Like most folks, I am a creature of habit.

    It’s comforting to know something will always be the same, so you can count on it. Change is something that likes to really mess with comfort. I know in my head, that change is good. It keeps us on our toes and forces us to learn new things. Lifelong learner that I am, I really like that last part, but unless I’m really interested in learning it, it usually takes a chair and a whip.

  • Growing peppers? Better be on lookout out for bacterial spot

    Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for bacterial spot of pepper this week.

    As the most common disease of pepper in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not actively using preventative practices will likely experience at least some bacterial spot.

  • Story behind the story

    When the story of the “mystery photo” (See page A1) landed in my lap a few weeks ago, I was in a spot that reporters rarely find themselves — a part of the story. Rather than simply stating the facts, asking questions and writing from an outsider’s standpoint, I found I was a character in the story.

    Of course, as all this was unfolding, I was never really certain if I had a story or not.