Features http://www.spencermagnet.com/features/todaysfeatures en Agriculture - Curing onions, garlic and potatoes http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agriculture-curing-onions-garlic-and-potatoes <p> We harvested some fantastic looking potatoes and garlic over the weekend. I am so excited about the garden this year, because it is performing so well.<br /> <br /> We need to wait a few more weeks on the onions, as we wait for their &ldquo;tops to flop,&rdquo; which allows them to store better.<br /> <br /> We have enjoyed some fresh green onion and bulbs, but for the bulk of the crop, we want to harvest and cure them properly so they will store well.<br /> <br /> Agriculture - State plan aims to raise honeybee populations http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agriculture-state-plan-aims-raise-honeybee-populations <p> Honeybee populations have been declining in recent years, with a 40 percent loss of bees in some states last year, compared to a rate that hovered around 5 percent in the 1970s, state beekeeper Tammy Horn Potter said.<br /> <br /> A day at the zoo http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/day-zoo <p> Last week, I mentioned a trip to the zoo.&nbsp; Well, the rain held off and we did get to go.&nbsp; It was hot, late in the afternoon, but we made it.<br /> <br /> For me, seeing the leopards and the giraffes was a blast, and I assumed that would be the case for my grandson. Shows what I know.&nbsp; He starts chasing the robins and sparrows we see every day.&nbsp; And a squirrel?&nbsp; Look out!<br /> <br /> Church Happenings - Week of July 20, 2016 http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/church-happenings-week-july-20-2016 <p> Mt. Eden Christian Church Homecoming to celebrate 173 years<br /> <br /> Church Happenings - Week of July 13, 2016 http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/church-happenings-week-july-13-2016 <p> Knights of Columbus chicken dinner<br /> <br /> Ark Encounter opens to rave reviews http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/ark-encounter-opens-rave-reviews <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ark_photo_7.jpg" alt="The Ark Encounter opened last week in Grant County. The lifesize replica of Noah’s Ark is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the area." title="The Ark Encounter opened last week in Grant County. The lifesize replica of Noah’s Ark is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the area." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Thousands of people descended on Grant County for the official Ark Encounter ribbon-cutting and media day held on July 5 and the grand opening to the public, which took place as planned on July 7.</p> Agriculture - Harvesting blueberries and blackberries http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agriculture-harvesting-blueberries-and-blackberries <p> Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky.<br /> <br /> Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October.<br /> <br /> These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.<br /> <br /> Agriculture - Prune most hydrangea after blooms fade http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agriculture-prune-most-hydrangea-after-blooms-fade <p> This year the hydrangea display is proving to be spectacular.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the big-leafed, or French hydrangea that elicit the most attention because of the volume and size of the blooms. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Hydrangea macrophylla got its common moniker because they were predominately cultivated in France, starting in the early 20th century. Hydrangea macrophylla prefer cool, moist and shady conditions, and the temperate climate in France proved favorable to the native Japanese species that was brought to the West.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br />