Today's Features

  • 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

  • I can't believe it's almost 2009! I've lived in Kentucky now for 35 years. I bought land in 1973 from a want ad in Mother Earth News magazine. It was right across the Taylor County line on Tallow Creek Road.

    I lived there in a little A-frame house in the woods for several years.

    I had been working in Champaign, Ill., at the university for a long time and really wanted to move to the country.

    Boy, did I get the country!

    We didn't have running water at first and an outhouse was a short walk from the back door.

  • Plant and seed catalogs will be jamming the mailbox any day now. I always feel like January ushers in a clean slate for the garden: optimism abounds among the fresh ideas and new goals; and promises never to repeat a crop busting mistake are sharp in my memory.

    Sometimes the slate stays clean; sometimes it doesn’t.  Either way the next couple of months can be used to plan and prepare for the next growing season.

    Don’t get over whelmed by (or over indulge in) all the catalogs until you actually decide on what you want to accomplish for the year.

  • I discovered tomatillos on a trip to Mexico in 1973. I saw them in an outdoor market and they were so unusual looking, like little green tomatoes enclosed in a husk. They looked like miniature Chinese lanterns.

    I bought some and asked the lady what to do with them (in very bad Spanish.)

    I didn't understand exactly what she was telling me, but I know it included onions, garlic and chicken.

    When I got back home, I looked for recipes and started to collect quite a few.

  • Most of us know that the popular spice ginger comes from the root of the plant.

    Well, really it is a rhizome, and the hot and pungent flavor has more to it then just a taste sensation.  

    Ginger got its name from the Sanskrit word sringavera which means "root shaped like a horn." It has been used by the Romans, the Chinese, Europeans and others for thousands of years and has been endowed with an herbal and medicinal reputation.