One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly. We had planted over a hundred white pine seedlings over 30 years ago, and after a decade or so, we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another.
I was charged with inspection duty. Looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the County Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.
Corn has been a staple food for centuries. It was first cultivated by Indian peoples in Central America. In fact, the adoption of agriculture and the art of cultivating gave way to the grand cities of the Aztec and Mayans. What would the world be without corn and potatoes, both of which were first cultivated in Central America?
Many people fear snakes, but despite the fright they can cause, the majority of snakes are beneficial. Of the 33 varieties of snakes in Kentucky, only four are venomous (Northern copperhead, Western cottonmouth [water moccasin], timber rattlesnake, and pygmy rattlesnake).
Most snakes you encounter around your home are harmless. If you are scared of them, try to remember that they are useful—they keep the rodent population in check by eating mice, rats, chipmunks and even toads, insects and other pests.
I continue to stand by my belief that my best defense in the garden is me. In the morning, I go out and inspect my garden and smash insects and pick off diseased foliage, careful not to spread it to other plants by my own hand. I watch for the beginning of any abnormality and nip it in the bud. However, sometimes things slide by undetected, plus it is hard to determine bacterial brown spot from mosaic if you are not sure what you are looking for.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 25 that applications are being accepted for grants to eligible applicants to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes.
“These funds help limited-income rural homeowners improve their living conditions,” Vilsack said. “The costs associated with maintaining a home are a challenge for many rural homeowners and the funding we are announcing will be used by awardees to help low and very-low-income residents in rural areas maintain and repair their homes.”
The 2012 State Communications Day was held on Saturday, July 9th at the University of Kentucky Campus in Lexington. I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job!
- Junior General Demonstration: Blue Ribbon - Apryl Wood demonstrated Zeus’ Family Tree.
- Senior Presentation Software Demonstration: 2nd Place and Blue Ribbon - Darilyn Browning demonstrated How to Make a Soy Candle.
- Senior Team Demonstration: Red Ribbon- Haley Tucker and Karlee Payton demonstrated Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies.
The strawberry was first cultivated in the 14th century after a French spy collected a berry from Chile and presented it to France’s King Charles V who than planted in the Louvre’s Royal Garden.
By the 17th century this Chilean strawberry was crossed with some found in the Virginia colonies, which gave way to the large-fruiting varieties we enjoy today. But don’t be fooled, large does not always mean flavorful.