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Today's Features

  • The 2009 Kentucky Dairy Development Council / Alltech Barn Meetings throughout the Commonwealth are being held Jan. 20 through Feb. 24.  The next meeting is Monday, Jan. 26, at the Taylor County Extension Office, located at 1143 S. Columbia Avenue in Campbellsville.

  • One of the best things about January is all the good catalogs that come in the mail.  It is much easier to believe that spring will come again when you have a stack of catalogs that show glossy pictures of fruits, vegetables and flowers.  The extra time spent indoors by the fire also allows us to spend some time plotting and planning what we want to add to the garden in 2009.

  • I was wondering how the sales of the animal tags were going in the City of Lebanon, so I stopped in city hall to check. I was shocked at the answer. "Ninety" was the reply that I received. Although the city ordinance went into effect the first of the year, I was surprised with the number since there has been limited publicity of these new laws. This weekly article, our time slot on Mike FM 100.9 (every Friday at 7:40 a.m.) and the local news coverage from our media friends have been the only ways Lebanon residents have learned of the new laws.

  • The farm looks like a storm hit recently but it's really just my husband's new deer deterrent technique.  It seems to be working.

    In the past, we have forgone the Irish Spring soap, human hair and coyote urine for more reliable barriers. Tomato cages, tobacco stakes, wire, spiral plastic trunk wrap, and, yes, an occasional arrangement of lawn chairs have created distance between rutting and browsing deer.

    This year seems to be the worst ever so our anxiety was high after the New Year.

  • The new 2009 Spring Wheelbarrow Series gardening classes are set to start in March.

    This year I have tried to put together an array of topics to have something to interest most gardeners.

    Like last year, the series will run in the spring with classes coming every two weeks from March through June with all but one class meeting at the Washington County Extension Office.

    It costs $5 to attend any or all of the classes however some of them do have additional charges for supplies.

  • My automatic response to snow flurries is to make a pot of soup. It's warm and comforting and making it is my way of fighting the cold.

    I used to love snow when I was younger, but not so much now. It is beautiful though.

    Last week, when it snowed I made chicken soup from a new recipe and it turned out great. My family really liked it.

    She what yours thinks.

    Chicken Soup #3

    2 T. oil.

    2 onions, finely chopped

    2-3 large carrots, thinly sliced

    4 stalks celery, thinly sliced

    4 cloves garlic, minced

  • PET OF THE WEEK - Chloe is a playful beagle already spayed and ready to go into a loving, caring home. She is a senior at 7 years old but such a sweety and still playful. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com. The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals. The shelter is located off of KY 208 and is open from noon until 5 p.m.

  • Here at the Marion County Animal Shelter we are starting to receive calls concerning the welfare of outside animals. No sign of being fed, water bowl stays empty or dirty, no shelter and "chained up in a mud pit..." we get all kinds of complaints concerning all types of animals from all types of people. If you are an animal owner and your animals are where someone can see them, they will call on you if you are mistreating them.

  • Many of our tropical houseplants aren't so happy indoors during the winter. Low light levels and low humidity are contrary to there tropical nature.

    There are some plants in the house, however, that don't seem to be phased by indoor winter conditions.

    If you have moderate light you can maintain a nearly non-stop bloom cycle with African violets. Their fleshy, fuzzy leaves are their defense against lack of humidity; and with adequate sunlight, some fertilizer and well-drained soil you can keep them blooming all year round.

  • This week's recipes are delicious ways to get that favorite of Popeye's, spinach, in your diet.

    Fresh spinach is best, whether in the Hot Spinach-Cheese Dip or the Spinach Pie.

    The dip is great, with crackers, chips or veggies. It makes a nice appetizer party food.

    Even so-called spinach haters will like this.

    Marge Craddock is from my hometown of Sidell, Ill., and her recipe for spinach pie is really easy and good.

    It's a terrific meatless dish.

    You'll like it if you try it.

    Hot Spinach Cheese Dip