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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: 4-H state communications day a success for local students

    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.

  • COLUMN: Strawberries a versatile, delicious fruit

    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.

  • COLUMN: Praying Mantids: Alien invaders or beneficial insects?

    One afternoon last week while I was out walking my dog, I was inspecting some wave petunias and marigolds that my family had planted in a large pot next to our garage.  I was making sure that they had plenty of moisture and that there weren’t any bugs eating on them.  Moisture was fine and didn’t see any bugs so I began to “deadhead” the flowers or pulling off the old blooms.  

  • PHOTO: Local students have fun at 4-H camp

    Several Spencer County 4-H members attended 4-H camp July 4-8. Pictured you will see all of the campers, teens, camp staff, and most of the adults that attended Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp with Spencer County. A great week was had by all, according to 4-H Extension Agent Mollie Tichenor. Anyone interestsed in attending 4-H camp in 2012 should contact the Extension Office next spring for additional information.

  • 4-H, FFA hog enthusiasts gather for fair show

    The Spencer County Fair 4-H and FFA Hog Show was this past Saturday, July 16.  A good time was had by all with Warren Beeler from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture judging.

  • Local student places in FFA quiz

    Morgan Mayer placed third in the State FFA quiz contest held at FFA Leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg on July 15.

  • COLUMN: Curing root crops essential for storage

    Potatoes, garlic and onions: these three vegetables are staples worldwide partly because of their versatility and partly because of their storage-ability.
    Late July and August are when our spring planted onions, garlic and potatoes reach maturity and are ready for harvest. If you want to harvest some new potatoes, onions or garlic before they reach maturity, enjoy them at the table in short order, but if you want to store them, it is important to harvest them at the correct time.

  • PHOTOS: Local FFA members go to leadership camp
  • When is a geranium not a geranium?

    If someone asked me what my favorite perennial was, I could only say that it changes with each passing year. This year the answer is the Hardy Geranium, known around these parts as the Cranesbill. My fascination with Hardy geraniums has grown steadily as I have discovered the countless varieties that exist. In European gardens they are as commonplace as phlox is in American perennial gardens.
    Most of us think of geraniums as an annual that we plant in our yards or in pots to add color to our patios during the summer months. Well, this plant is actually a Pelargonium.

  • Rain causes late start for local gardeners

    Heavy rains in April and May delayed the home gardening season this year, forcing many gardeners to wait later than usual to plant or transplant seedlings into the garden. And June’s moderate temperatures have continued the early trend of slow growth. But as more sun hits garden plants and accelerates growth, vegetables should begin to flower, develop fruit and, eventually, ripen.