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Columns

  • Tilling garden now gives head start to garden

    I know it’s March. Tournament basketball is on TV. So, where is that spring weather?

    Tomorrow is officially the first day of spring, and I believe we are all looking forward to a little more warmth.  But the “old man” just doesn’t seem to want to go. On the bright side, the Earth is shifting, so warmth will eventually get here. When the mercury does rise to the upper 90s and people start complaining, I’m going to speak two words to them. (No, not those two words.) I’ll simply say, “Beats winter!”

  • Fresh green beans best when picked before seeds develop in pod

    By Joan Martin

    Guest columnist

    There have been a few days lately when it looked like it might be time to start gardening, or at least tilling.

    Frozen vegetables are OK when there’s nothing in the garden, but I love fresh veggies. Green beans, also known as snap or string beans, are the most popular edible pod bean in the country. I prefer to grow bush beans because I don’t want to bother with supports.

  • Come up with a family safety plan before tornado season hits

    Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year in the United States. In Kentucky, peak tornado occurrence is March through May, with secondary tornado maximum occurrences in September through November. Tornadoes occur at all hours of the day and night but are most likely to occur between 3 and 9 p.m.

  • Faced with skunk stink? Use this handy recipe

    The tree frogs are singing! Halleluiah! The vernal equinox arrives in just eight days. We’re up to almost 12 hours of daylight, with the sun coming up earlier by the minute, every day! I’m in the mood for some heat.
    I have never felt the cold so much in any winter. It’s like such a luxury to be warm with the heating bills taking away from the grocery bills. I even yearned for an electric blanket at one point! I wouldn’t have one, but I have a lovely memory of one.  

  • Tips for teenagers on dealing with Type 2 diabetes symptoms

    Dealing with Type 2 diabetes can be difficult at any age, but it can be especially troubling for teenagers, who must also deal with the pressures of youth including self-image and self-worth.
    As a parent, you can do some things to make managing this disease easier for your teen and your entire family.
    Obesity is one of the leading causes of Type 2 diabetes. Helping overweight teenagers with diabetes reach and maintain a healthy weight may help them feel physically and mentally better and may improve their glucose, or blood sugar, levels.

  • What’s on my mind: kids and first jobs

    Teenage years are an interesting time of transition between childhood and adulthood.
    As teens we begin to develop skills, set some goals, must have a wireless data plan, and of course, most want their own automobile. Seems these “necessities” of today are much more costly that those of the yesteryear.

  • Got cabin fever waiting for spring? Try container gardening

    Well, my hibernation time is almost at an end. I’ve rested up, stayed in shape and kept my mind busy with puzzles, books and CDs. I’ve successfully ignored those things I didn’t want to do, like wash the walls and dust the Hoosier cabinet down. I have a list of garden chores just ready and waiting for the right time. Now what?

  • A more involved father results in a healthier child

    Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives. Fathers are not disposable. I was very fortunate to grow up in a home where I was always around my parents. We had a child-friendly family business. I was always with my parents until they sold the business when I was 10 years old.
    Think about the many things you learned from your father. I learned how to drive, use a few tools, solve math problems, read and make friends. There were many other things that I learned from my father but this is enough to list here.

  • A little nitrate goes long way for fruit trees

    I love it when the temperature is a little closer to my age now than when I was born. Wowzer. What a winter we have had so far. I went 10 days without driving up the drive. It sure got me in shape.
    You can be sure that I’m going to take advantage of this warm spell to restock and reload. Carrying a 40-pound bag of dog food or 3-gallon box of water, up a 60 percent grade, on slippery snow and ice, is not my idea of a good time.

  • For health nuts, cauliflower should be new go-to vegetable

    Cauliflower is low in calories and carbs. It has crunch that contributes to a sense of fullness when we eat it raw. When compared to a potato, ounce for ounce, cauliflower has fewer calories (15 per half cup compared to 74) and carbohydrates (2.5 per half cup compared to 17.)  Cauliflower is fat and cholesterol free just like potatoes, very low in sodium and low in calories. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and a good source of folate.