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Agriculture

  • Great turnout for 4-H shooting sports tourney

    On Saturday, May 19, Spencer County 4-H Shooting Sports hosted the Fourth Annual Spencer County Invitational Shooting Sports Tournament at the Spencer County Fish and Game Club. This year over 300 youth, ranging from ages 9-18, competed in this event, representing 13 counties.

  • COLUMN: The nematode: The unseen hero of the garden, I hope

  • COLUMN: Early, warm, dry spring impacts horticulture crops

    Many Kentuckians appreciated early spring conditions in March and April; the state’s horticulture crops, however, not so much.

  • Spencer shines in Fashion Revue

    Three Spencer County 4-H members got to experience being in a Fashion Revue thanks to Shelby County 4-H!  On Thursday, April 26th Rebecca Panepinto, Bailey Cranmer, Kelly Baird, Karlie Acker, and Jenna Thompson represented Spencer County very well and modeled the clothes that they had made in 4-H sewing.  Thank you to Pat Douglas, Shirley Thomas, Virginia Smith, and Vicky Rego for all of their help guiding these young sewers in the completion of their projects.  We could not have had this opportunity for our youth without you all! 

  • Communications Day winners advance to state

    The 2012 Louisville Area Communications Day was held on Saturday, April 28th at the Shelby County Extension Office.  I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job.

    Junior General Demonstration:  1st Place and Blue Ribbon - Apryl Wood demonstrated Egyptian Mythology: The Legend of Osiris and Isis.

    Junior Science & Natural Resources Demonstration:  1st Place and Blue Ribbon - Brant Muddell demonstrated How to Catch Bass With Class.

  • COLUMN: Peonies are a long-lived flower in the garden

    A couple of weeks ago, in mid-April, one of the prettiest flowers in the garden started to bloom. This great cut-leaf Japanese peony, Paeonia tenuifolia, opened its simple ruby-colored petals to reveal bright yellow stamen. The finely cut foliage, reminiscent of the most finely cut foliage of a Japanese maple, allows the plant to be interesting in the mixed border the rest of the growing season, too.

  • COLUMN: House plants and hanging baskets benefit from the outdoors

    Moving houseplants outside in late spring or early summer is good for them; they get better air circulation and light exposure. This also is a good time to repot your container-bound plants.
    Wait to move plants outdoors until at least mid- to late-May, or when the weather is consistently warm. Since most houseplants have a tropical origin, temperatures below 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit might damage them.

  • COLUMN: Pruning chores after the big spring bloom

    June 1 is the official cutoff that marks the difference between a spring bloomer and a summer bloomer. Does it matter that you know? Yes, if you want to properly prune because pruning after June 1 could result in no blooms next year.

  • COLUMN: No-till philosophy is easier on the soil

    One of the most anticipated rites of spring is dusting off the tiller and heading out to the vegetable garden for a little soil play. It is one of those things you can’t plan for, though. It becomes a waiting game because we can’t do it if the soil is too wet; we don’t want to do it if it is too cold; and we only have the time to do it when the weekend rolls around.

  • COLUMN: It’s time to think about termites

    Springtime, with its warmer temperatures and more abundant rainfall, is typically when many winged termites emerge inside homes and other structures. Termites swarm from the colony to disburse, fall to the ground, find mates and start new colonies in the soil.
    From now through May, you might see swarms of winged termites, called swarmers, inside your home, signaling an infestation that can cause extensive and costly damage. Since swarmers are attracted to light, you often see them, or their shed wings, around windows, doors and light fixtures.