The Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service’s 2013 Share Our Selves Program has begun.
SOS is a community education program sponsored by the Extension service. The program consists of people sharing their talents and knowledge with others.
With spring just around the corner, and with my brain a little mushy from a long cold winter, I thought it was time to brush up on some garden nomenclature. I have long been convinced of the value of understanding more about plants than the mere fact that they need sun, soil and water. The more we learn about what plants need and how to determine if they are getting it, the more we will enjoy the act of gardening.
It’s difficult to envision mowing your lawn this spring when frost or snow greets you nearly every morning. Yet that first spring mowing, usually in late March, begins your most important annual lawn duties.
The first mowing makes the lawn look spring-like and very attractive. Subsequent regular mowing hardens the grass for drought and heat stresses later on.
So when the first clump of grass grows above the mowing height, mow, even if a lot of the yard doesn’t need to be mowed yet.
Eleven members of the Spencer County 4-H Livestock Club attended the State Skill-a-thon that was held in Bowling Green on Feb. 16. This was the largest contest ever with more contestants and teams. We had several members attending this year for the very first time.
As apple flowering-season approaches, growers should begin thinking about management of fire blight. This bacterial disease can cause severe damage on apples, pears, and related ornamental plants during warm rainy spring weather. The following information has been provided by Dr. Nicole Ward, Assistant Professor of Extension, Department of Plant Pathology.
I managed to get through the whole season eating only our store of potatoes from the garden only because of the generous offerings of sweet potatoes from two other gardeners. I love it when I can go from harvest to planting and still have a few potatoes left in storage.
Homegrown potatoes, even the old ones in their slightly shriveled state, are far superior then the kind that come in a plastic bag. I am really ready to get my hands in the soil, and planting potatoes is just the thing to get the season rolling.
Spencer County 4-H has an opportunity to raise funds for Spencer County and statewide 4-H programs through the farm license plate voluntary donation program.
Beginning in February 2012, Commissioner of Agriculture James R. Comer announced all farm license plate voluntary donations would be split evenly among 4-H, FFA and the Kentucky Proud program.
Yes, the age-old question about which came first springs to mind this time of the year as the stores start to stock the shelves with chicken raising paraphernalia. We have a total of 130 chicks in brooders in the basement and garage. There are two sets including 3-week-old Brown Leghorns and Araucanas intended to join our laying hens once they have fully feathered and another set of 100 Freedom Rangers intended for the pasture of the nut grove where they will range and grow to broiler weight for a May 7 appointment at the processors.
Insecticide-impregnated ear tags are a popular means to control pasture flies (especially horn fly). Tags are inserted in late spring or early summer, and the fly control program travels with the animal. However, using tags containing the same class of active ingredient for several consecutive seasons can select for populations of the horn fly that are resistant to a whole class of related insecticides. This shows up in the form of a shorter than normal period of fly control, but lab testing would be needed to confirm resistance.