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Agriculture

  • New mantra: Woulda, coulda, shoulda

    As I was mowing the garden the other day (that’s right, mowing — don’t judge.), the following thought occurred to me: This year’s garden at Groundhog Hill is both the prettiest and the ugliest garden I’ve ever tended.

    Beautiful zinnias planted in hedge-like rows. Check. Stately sunflowers about to bloom. Check. Johnson grass. Check.

    Rows of marigold overgrown with crabgrass. Check. Squash plants dying of wilt. Check. Rows of basil that never came up. Check.

    Pumpkin plants that still hold promise. Check.

  • Heat wave is affecting corn pollination

    Much of LaRue County’s corn crop is pollinating (or did pollinate) as daytime temperatures reached the highest for the season. According to the LaRue County Mesonet site, temperatures have peaked out in the upper 80s to low 90s for several days. This is causing some concern regarding pollination of corn during these high daytime temperatures.

  • Farm News -July 24, 2013

    Conservation program for tornado damage

  • Sisters pursue family farm in Hodgenville

    A trip down memory lane for Holly and Sierra Enlow is a ride in an old pickup truck along the bumpy dirt roads throughout their 800-acre Hodgenville farm.  

    A family tradition since 1901, the LaRue County property has been a lifelong refuge for the 20-something Enlow sisters, who remember long days in the fields with dad, playing in the creek and selling pumpkins from their pumpkin patch. Now grown and college educated, the two are hoping to plant their future in the same soil as their roots.  

  • Fairy rings crop up around county

    Nancy Devers, of Hodgenville, does not just have a large “fairy ring” in her yard – as they are called, she has a circle of 23-and-counting mushrooms.

    Several of the fungi are over half a foot wide in diameter, making for a rather impressive display. Other, newly sprouted fungi are rather small.

  • Environmental lawyer urges caution by landowners when dealing with legal matters, signing documents

    Landowners and residents who attended a meeting Thursday night on the planned Bluegrass Pipeline shared what they had learned about the project from their neighbors and heard from a leading environmental lawyer about what they should do to safeguard their property rights and other interests.

  • Easy recipes to use with seasonal corn

    Microwave Corn on the Cob
    Place ears of corn, still in the shuck, in a single layer in the microwave.  Microwave on high for one to two minutes for every ear of corn in the microwave, turning the ears halfway through cooking time. Allow corn to rest several minutes before removing shucks and silks.

    To Grill Corn

  • Supreme heifer
  • Farm News

    Gardener Toolbox classes
    Gardener Toolbox classes will be held at the Hardin County Extension office, 201 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown. “Composting in the Home Garden” will be July 23. No charge to attend. Call 765-4121 to register.

    Farm Field Day

  • The glory days of summer hit the Hill

    The first of the sunflowers are in bloom, so now is an exciting time at Groundhog Hill.

    One sunflower is so tall that a stepladder is required in order to cut it.  Since, I have no stepladder handy, I’m just leaving it to bloom where the honeybees can enjoy it to their little hearts’ content.

    The zinnias are going gangbusters, as well. My sister-in-law, Laura, gifted me with many packets of new seed this past Christmas in an effort to get me to grow a color other than red (the theme of 2012, I tried to explain).