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  • There’s a secret to a bountiful garden

     By Melinda Myers

    Spring is here and the garden centers are filled with beautiful plants.

    Many of us are making our way to one or more of our favorite garden shops. We leave with a car full of beautiful flowers and healthy vegetables with hopes of a bountiful harvest.

    But before that first plant goes into the ground, make sure your soil is properly prepared. Though not the most glamorous part of gardening, it is the first and most important step in creating a beautiful and productive garden.

  • Livestock fly control guide can help

    Altosid (methoprene) and Rabon (tetrachlorvinophos) are insecticides that are available as minerals or feed supplements for beef and dairy cattle fly control.

    These oral larvicides are consumed and pass through the animal’s manure at concentrations that kill fly maggots. With this approach, the only sources of horn flies and face flies in pastures are treated.

    There are some important things to keep in mind when using this approach.

    The target is pasture flies

  • Don’t preach what marriage isn’t, model what it is supposed to be

    Ideas are not formed in a vacuum. Every book we read, every song we hear, every thought we think has been influenced by someone else.

    For example, a parent’s influence on their children has been formed by how they themselves were raised, which itself was a product of their own parent’s upbringing.

    Conversely, young people looking for a sense of belonging often will adopt the style and values of their peers rather than their parents, especially if the value system they see in their parents is not consistently, although imperfectly, lived out.

  • Americans think they are smarter than average

    A YouGov study released last week found that 55 percent of Americans think they are smarter than the average American, also citing that education and income influence one’s view of intelligence.

    According to the YouGov study, 51 percent of people with post graduate degrees think they are “much more intelligent” than the average American.

  • Anderson recycling: a closer look at plastics

    Currently, Anderson County accepts Type #1 and Type #2 plastics at the recycling trailers located throughout the county. Let’s take a closer look at what this means, how the recycling process works and what products are made from this material.

    What this means

    Plastics #1 and #2 are the most common type of plastic used for containers. They are identified by a number stamped inside a triangle, usually on the bottom side of the container.

  • Send those garden pests packing

    You know how there is always this big upsurge in babies being born, after a long, cold winter?

    Well, I guess bugs have to keep warm too. They’re everywhere! If the cold really did kill of a bunch of bugs, the survivors are making up for it. In spades!

    Now, let’s deal with them.

    Starting with ourselves, there are lots of ways to keep insects from bugging us.

    There are commercial products with DEET. Not my cup of tea.

    There are dryer sheets, when tucked into your pockets and collars, to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

  • Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Anderson County 2 years ago

    As agriculture agent, many calls come into our office regarding Emerald Ash Borer.

    This insect is transferred largely through firewood and has become a very destructive pest. Emerald ash borer has killed millions of trees since its discovery in 2002.

    As of April 3, quarantine regulations for the emerald ash borer changed in Kentucky to include the entire state.

  • No matter how you spin it, abortion is murder of human life

    No matter how you spin it, abortion is murder of a human life

    A year ago, Kermit Gosnell was found guilty in the deaths of three infants and a female patient, subsequently receiving a life sentence for his actions.

    His arrest and trial served as a wake-up call concerning the monstrous methods that are being used to abort millions of babies each year.

  • UK Extension Service classes offer great education about depression

    By Joan Martin

    Depression can be fatal. No one would let a broken leg go untreated.

    However, any number of people will say that depression will pass so why should I do anything. The truth is that, while depression might lift after a period of time, symptoms will return more quickly next time and may be more severe.

    The University of Kentucky Extension Service offers a six-session series on depression. Each session targets a specific group and can stand alone as a presentation.

    The program objectives are to help participants:

  • Pay attention: protective measures against ticks help protect against disease

    By Tommy Yankey

    Ticks are climbing on low growing vegetation in and along trails in wooded areas as they seek their first blood meal of the year.

    Many tick species can carry diseases. The incidence of tick-borne diseases in Kentucky is low. However, reducing exposure to ticks, using available protective methods, and regular inspection for, and removal of, ticks are good habits and key actions to protect your health.

    Preventative Measures

    To re-duce the possibility of being bitten by ticks and other blood-feeding arthropods, you should: