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By Melinda Myers

COLUMN: Grow a nutritious garden in a pot

 Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle. Plant a container of nutritious vegetables and herbs.  Include a few planters on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door.

All that’s needed is some potting mix, fertilizer, plants and a container with drainage holes. A 15-to-24-inch diameter pot or 24-to-36-inch long window box is a good starting size. Bigger containers hold more plants and moisture longer, so it can be watered less frequently.

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4-H Calendar - April 16, 2014

 Cooking Club

The 4-H Cooking Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. April 17 at the Extension office.

 

Photography Club

The 4-H Photography Club will meet 2-3 p.m. April 18 at the Extension office. (Note date change.)

 

Rabbit Club

The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 5 p.m. April 21 at the Extension office.

 

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Farm News - April 9, 2014

Tobacco GAP Training
Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training is needed for those who grow tobacco for 2014. There will be a training session at the Elizabethtown Receiving Station 6 p.m. April 15. This is a private, company-sponsored meeting, but all growers are welcome if they RSVP by calling the Elizabethtown Receiving Station at 270-360-8436.


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COLUMN: Ear tags control flies

By David Harrison

 Insecticide-impregnated cattle ear tags release small amounts of an insecticide which are distributed over the animal in skin oils and during grooming or rubbing. Ear tags can provide long term control of horn flies and some reduction in face fly numbers. Some things to consider in selection and use follow.

Read the label before you buy. All tags are labeled for beef cattle, but not all are approved for use on lactating dairy cows. Also, check for any limitations for use, such as animal age.


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PHOTO: Potted Few

 After a winter hiatus, the Fort Knox Potted Few Garden Club met in March to welcome Spring. Renate Gosser and Linda Novak were hostesses. Gosser and Joyce Kelly presented a "Spring is Sprung" program on how to create an inside planter in a container. The next meeting will be 10 a.m. April 16 at the Glendale home of Bonnie Lush with Marilyn Ardisson as co-host. The program will be about "Fine Gardening" with Bob and Mary Ann Hines. Details are available from Ardisson at 270-307-8670. 


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PHOTO: 4-H Donation


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Farm Calendar - April 2, 2014

Fundraiser deadline
The deadline to turn in all Webb’s butcher block fundraiser orders is April 7.

4-H Council meets
The 4-H Council will meet 6:30 p.m. April 7 at the LaRue County Extension office.
 
Wranglers
The 4-H Wranglers Horse Club will meet 7 p.m. April 8 at the LaRue County Extension office.
 
Cloverbuds
The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the Extension office. The Cloverbud program is for youth ages 5 to 8 years old or K-3rd grades.


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The Rural Blog

Drug manufacturers commit to change

Drug manufacturers appear to be on board with proposed limitations to antibiotic use on livestock. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday “said 25 of 26 drug companies that were asked to phase out antibiotics to promote growth in farm animals have agreed to comply with the agency’s voluntary plan,” David Pierson reports for the Los Angeles Times. The 25 companies make 99.6 percent of the targeted drugs.


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PHOTOS: Agriculture Literacy Week


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COLUMN: Make tractor maintenance a routine

By David Harrison

A regular front to back inspection routine can help extend a tractor’s life. Move from the front to the back identifying key things to check.

Start with the front axles and steering. Is it time to grease those bearings and steering components?

Make sure nothing is loose or ready to fall off. Make sure the coolant levels are okay, and the fluid is all right. Make sure the radiator is not plugged up with debris.


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