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Columns

  • Facts show eight years under Obama anything but suffering

    The sentence I’ve heard repeated most since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered eight years under Barack Obama.” 

    Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

    The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled, closing at 21,414.

  • Don’t let wet weather ruin garden

    I believe this is the rainiest summer we’ve had in a while. I do appreciate Mother Nature doing my watering, but it sure slows me down on farm work.

    I’ve resigned myself to the fact that the place will not ever look kept until I retire. My off-the-farm work just keeps me away too many hours for it to look groomed.

  • Tomato spotted wilt virus can damage other crops, too

    Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) has caused more problems than usual this year, particularly in high tunnel tomato. This disease can affect tomato, pepper, potato, eggplant, lettuce, beans and cucumber along with more than 170 other plant species. TSWV may occur in the field, greenhouse, or high tunnel. Prevention, early identification, and management will help reduce plant and yield losses.

    Here are the symptoms to look for, preventative tactics, and brief suggestions on how to reduce incidence in crops once disease is confirmed.

  • Tasty quinoa kale muffins for breakfast, lunch or dinner

    There is no better feeling in the world then enjoying the benefits of truly hard work.

    The gratification of walking into my garden in July and seeing all the potential for healthy, fresh eating.

    The smell of tomatoes on the vine, the cucumbers waiting to be picked, the kale bursting upward and the beans and peas crisp and plentiful.

    I tried two new plants this year; Ichiban eggplant and edamame. I’ve already eaten the eggplant, it’s long and thin and delicious.

  • Check under your own hood first, governor

    Column as I see ’em …

    Like most of you who follow politics, I’ve taken notice during the past month or so of Gov. Bevin’s bare-knuckle brawl with a couple of TV stations and the daily papers in Lexington and Louisville, questioning their biases against him.

  • Keep your hay from going up in smoke

    You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moistures and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay.

    Generally, hay will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, you should monitor the hay to make sure it doesn’t reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • Good wine, leftover BBQ chicken and a sweet treat

    I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July.

    I live out in the county, and although I love it, I wish the new firework ordinance applied out here.

    One of the things that make people move so far from town is peace and quiet. Not at this time of year. I must say it has been a little better this year. My dog would disagree.

    Not wanting to be a party pooper, I’ve got some great summer salad and drink ideas this week. Also, a great way to use leftover BBQ chicken.

  • Why you can’t cross the road for chicken

    Column as I see ’em …

    “Why in the heck can’t I cross over the median in front of Bojangle’s?” I asked myself soon after the chicken joint opened a few weeks ago.

    I would imagine you’ve asked yourself the same, so I snooped around for some answers this week, fully reminding myself that no matter what, I’d refrain making any idiotic chicken-crossing-the-road jokes in the meantime.

  • Enjoying summer flowers, starry nights

    It’s summer. I love our warmest season and we get three whole months of it. From todays Summer Solstice until the Autumnal Equinox in September, these are the longest and warmest days of the year. Surely we can find some time to just sit and enjoy Mother Nature each day or night.

    Admiring the beauty of flowers is pleasurable, but knowing a little something about them is even cooler. There are lots of books and online sources that will give you the history of specific flowers, as well as the facts and myths associated with them.

  • Striving to make Kentucky work ready