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Today's Features

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  • If you are interested in exploring new cultures, you may want to consider participating in the Kentucky 4-H International Program. The program is looking for two individuals or families to host Japanese students for the next school year. The host does not have to have children living in the home to participate in the program.

    The Japanese students will arrive in August and stay with the hosts through May. While here, they will attend school and participate in extracurricular activities like an average American teenager.

  • Have you ever gotten blamed for something you haven’t done?  Most of us have experienced this and it is a dreadful feeling.  Well, there are a great many things we blame erroneously on one thing or another, and lichens are one of them. Lichens, often described as barnacles by worried gardeners, usually show up on woody plants after some sort of thinning or decline has occurred.  They are not the problem, only the result of a change in the plant’s environment.

  • Kentucky farmers may apply Sivanto Prime under a Section 18 Emergency Exemption to control the sugarcane aphid in sweet sorghum, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced.

    “Some sweet sorghum growers have reported a total crop loss because of this destructive pest,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Growers now can move forward with the certainty that this product will be available to protect their crops.”

  • Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Fun Day on July 4

    Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Mt. Eden, will be holding a Community Fun Day on July 4th following the Mt. Eden 4th of July parade. The event will include food, watermelons, music, a greased pole, bouncy house, water slide, soapbox derby, toilet races, an archery contest, horseshoes, corn hole, a hay bale throw, watermelon seed spitting contest and games for children. There will be photo opportunities and the entire event is free.

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  • I hope you’ve seen all the lightning bugs lighting up the fields and yards the past couple of weeks. There seem to be more this year than the last few years, which is a good thing.

    Do you remember catching lightning bugs and putting them in a jar as a kid?  I think we all did that at some point.  A few lightning bugs, a little grass for them to eat, and there was magic in a bottle.  Except they usually didn’t last long. Who knew lightning bugs don’t eat grass?  They are carnivores, eating worms and snails.

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  • It’s been hot and humid the last few weeks!  I was hopeful that this summer was going to be idyllic…at least we got pop up rain storms to keep things hydrated. These ninety-degree days, however, are putting us on track for some serious heat and some of our vegetables will love it and some will not.  I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a ninety-degree day, but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.

  • Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens.  But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it.  

    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table.