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Farm and Home

  • Cost of food remains affordable

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, American consumers spend, on average, just over 10 percent of their disposable income for food. That means the average household will have earned enough disposable income, that portion of income available for spending or saving, to pay for its annual food supply in about seven weeks, said Kentucky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney.

  • Onions are good crops for Kentucky farmers

    By Tim Coolong
    UK Vegetable Specialist

    Although we’re in the midst of winter, it is never too soon to think about next growing season. This is particularly true if you want to grow onions.
    Onions are a good crop for Kentucky farmers. Typically in late winter, it takes eight to 10 weeks to produce a reasonably sized transplant. If you want to plant in late March or the beginning of April, you should have seeded your transplants in late January.

  • Specialty seed catalogs offer variety

     

     

  • It’s time to re-seed lawns

     

     

  • It’s time to control fruit diseases

     

     

    Winter, believe it or not, is a good time to prepare fruiting crops for the season ahead.

    On the next warm day it is very important for us to get some work done to insure a nice fruity harvest this summer. Many fruit diseases can be partially controlled by being vigilant with cleanup and fungicidal sprays at proper times.

    Also, remember pruning should take place in late February on fruiting trees.

  • Easy Valentine blooms keep on giving

     

     

    I have a handful of phalaenopsis about the house and three of them have just begun to shoot up a bloom spike that once in bloom (probably still about a month away) will bloom for months if I keep them out of direct sunlight.

    One plant is like 10 fresh cut bouquets and they are so delicately lovely you just can’t beat them as a nice Valentine gesture!

  • Winter perennials hidden beneath the snow

     

  • Add edible plants to landscape

     

     

  • Sign up for grassland program

    Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP). Although GRP applications are continually accepted, the application ranking cutoff date for 2011 is March 31.  Applications received after March 31, 2011 will be deferred until the next ranking cycle.
    The Grassland Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners and operators the opportunity to protect grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources.  

  • Get free trees with membership

    Residents of Kentucky can receive 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation.
    By becoming a member of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, you will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two goldenraintrees.
    “These beautiful trees will give your home in Kentucky lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.