There are many gardening tasks that either must be done or are better done in the fall of the year. Removing old plant debris; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas. These chores are all important for good garden maintenance. Taking care of them now can vastly improve the quality of your garden later. And eliminate some of the disease problems that affect us the most.
Spencer County’s 4-H Shooting Sports Club was right on target at the 2013 4-H State Shooting Sports Competition, bringing home first place team trophies. This two-day competition was at the Bluegrass Sportsman’s Club in Wilmore on Saturday, Sept. 14, and at the Kentucky Wildlife Management Center in Berea on Sunday, Sept. 15.
How about this weather? I am anticipating a very good orchid season coming up because our temperatures have been so mild, especially with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 50s already. These cool nights are a piece of the puzzle in order to get some plants to bloom indoor in the winter.
As the fall season progresses, many folks obtain large amounts of leaves and other yard wastes that need to be removed from their property. Composting is a practice that is beneficial to the environment and at the same time allows property owners to get rid of these different yard wastes in an effective manner.
Kelly and Jack Baird recently exhibited their Jersey Heifers at the Kentucky State Fair 4-H and FFA Dairy Show. Jack was second in showmanship and his heifer was third in class. Kelly participated in showmanship and was eighth with her heifer. Pictured, from left, are Jack Baird, Bland Baird and Kelly Baird.
Bradley Thomas participated in the Kentucky State Fair Tractor Driving Contest on Aug. 22. Blake Karrer, pictured above, and Makayla Karrer participated in the state fair lawn tractor contest on Aug. 21 Blake placed fifth in the junior division in the state.
There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late summer and fall performance. Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring. My mixed perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought). The black-eyed Susan’s, Russian sage and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of the year.
The Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service is proud to be one of the host sites that will be presenting the Fall Forestry Webinar Series, which is presented by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry. This is a 5 part series that allows you to be a part of as many of the 5 sessions as you would like.
The program begins Tuesday, October 1, and all of the programs will run from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. or so. You must pre-register by either calling our office at 477-2217 or you can register online at spencerextension.com.
The other evening I was sitting outside under a tree babysitting our hens. We have only been letting them out in the evening under supervision until we can get a handle on some fox problems (we are working on it). As I sat and read, a sense of calm came over me and I was surprised to realize that it was triggered by a little flock of nasty starlings. Starlings start to flock up this time of the year and I guess there was just some sort of Pavlovian response that said, yes, fall is just around the corner, the starlings say so.