Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop. We rake and pile and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy: adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer.
At the farm raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (with reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.
As holidays go, Halloween ranks as one of the big events of the year. Over time, Halloween celebrations have changed, with a definite shift away from costumed kids walking through neighbors after dark with little to no supervision to the current emphasis on organized fall festivals and trick-or-treating during designated hours in business, community or downtown centers. This change also lessens the emphasis on overeating, since organized activities and sports, such as archery, are now part of some community festivities.
It looks like this late turnip crop is going to be an exceptional one. I will likely have some ready to harvest in honor of Halloween this year, too, which is quite apropos. What does the turnip have to do with Halloween you may ask? Well, they just may be more authentic than that pumpkin on the porch.
In an effort to provide more opportunities for consumers to access local foods, Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear and University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith unveiled the Kentucky and Local Food Resources Web page today at the American School Health Association meeting in Louisville.
Lilli Hanik, Trenton Goodlett, Courtney Jeffiers, Christopher Miles, Apryl Wood, Scott Jeppson, Bradley Thomas, and Dalton Stallings participated in the country ham project this year at the Kentucky State Fair.
When it comes to bulbs we don’t always meet with consistent success. And, before you blame the chipmunks, the guy who mows the grass or the bulb company for their lack-luster performance, consider some of the other factors that influence how well flowering bulbs flower.
Sunlight; crowded bulbs; pre-mature removal of foliage the previous season; or a winter rest period that wasn’t cold enough or long enough may play a role in poor performance. The life cycle of a bulb is different than other herbaceous perennials.
Because farmers are exposed to multiple hazards throughout extended careers, physical problems can start early. To maintain health, Kentucky farm workers, whose average age is 57, higher than the average worker, must pay attention, particularly as they age, to issues caused by their way of life.
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive more information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.
The Kentucky NRCS application ranking cutoff date for consideration for 2012 funds in this sign-up period is November 15, 2011.
Financial assistance is available to eligible applicants for the following Farm Bill programs: