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Agriculture

  • How does your garden grow?

    Lee’s Garden Center Florist and Gift Shop has been around for a long time – 28 years, in fact – and is going to be a stop on the AGstravaganza tour on Aug. 9.

    The greenhouse and florist will serve as the foliage stop on the tour.

    According to Robin Lee, co-owner and wife to Scotty Lee, the business’s founder, visitors will be able to tour the greenhouse and see the plants and flowers learn about the growing process and see how the operation works.

  • Like a Rock

    The last year has been far from easy for Rock Brothers Dairy, but the family-owned farm is ready to bounce back, according to Chris Loyall, current farm caretaker and son-in-law to Gary Rock, the farm’s owner.

    Last June, a tornado came through the area and destroyed one of the main milk barns on the farm. According to Loyall, the family moved the cows that survived the storm to another farm, owned by Mike Hatcher in Russell County.

    Just weeks later, Gary suffered a devastating accident when he lost both legs in a silage chopper.

  • Homestead has history

    The second annual AGstravaganza will offer residents a chance on Saturday to experience the best of local agriculture. Several farming operations are opening their doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The award-winning event is sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau.

    Visitors who tour a farm will receive a ticket to the night’s final event, a free supper and concert by country music artist J.D. Shelburne.

  • PHOTO: Straw bale gardening

    Hailey Speakman, 12, stands in front of her grandfather’s straw bale garden. Tim Speakman of Hodgenville experimented with growing tomatoes in straw bales – after having problems with blight in his garden. The bales have to be conditioned with water and fertilizer before the plants are added. When harvest is complete, the straw can be composted. Tomatoes have been plentiful in the “straw pot,” while squash did not produce well.

  • PHOTO: Blackberry lily

    This blackberry lily was spotted growing in a field on Miller Road. The perennial has orange blooms with red dots. The flowers turn into seed pods which split open in late summer. The pods resemble a blackberry.

  • Be safe when canning food

    How long will canned food keep? If properly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place, home canned food should keep for up to two years. However, for best quality, use within a year.

    Canned food stored in a warm place may lose some of its quality in a few weeks or months, depending on the temperature. Dampness may corrode metal lids, causing leakage and spoilage of the food.

  • Zinnia Fest is successful

    Steve LaRue

     

    Zinnia Fest two is now one for the history books.

    A fun day was had by all Saturday at Groundhog Hill. Anniversaries were celebrated (Marge and Bill Handley). Local celebrities stopped by (Mother of the Year Wilma McDowell), and lots of zinnias were gifted.

  • Pesticide container collection is Aug 6

    The LaRue County plastic pesticide container recycling project will be conducted again this year. Commonly called “rinse and return,” the program provides farmers a free, environmentally friendly way to dispose of used plastic pesticide containers.

    Local farmers and other users were encouraged to rinse the containers as they were used and to store them until the collection date on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Other eligible plastic products can be recycled at the county’s recycling center.

  • Farm Calendar - July 23, 2014

    Farmers Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be set up from noon to 6 p.m. July 24 and 31, at 2533 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville (beside Lincoln Jamboree). Several new vendors have been participating and meal options are available. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

     

    Farm Service Agency County Committee nomination

  • 4-H Calendar - July 23, 2014

    Rabbit Club Fundraisers

    The LaRue County Rabbit Club is holding several fundraisers to send club members and their families to the National Convention and Show of the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association in Fort Worth, Texas in November. The club will host a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. July 26 at the LaRue County Extension office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville.

     

    Forestry Field Day