Sunday, January 24, 2010

Beginning Farmer Program

Many people here in Pulaski County are rediscovering their roots by returning to the family farm. Some may not be moving back to their old homeplace, rather they are new landowners wanting to make a living on the farm. Regardless, being a farmer is cool once again.

Here in our area, we are offering a Beginning Farmer Program, which has been publicized as KyFARMSTART. It is for people who have less than 10 years farming experience. The program is very comprehensive.

Here's a link to my website where you can find more information on the program. Don't hesitate to call our office if you need more information 606-679-6361.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Beginning Beekeeping Course

I met with the local beekeepers the other night and between all of us, we put together a course for those interested in becoming beekeepers. The first class will be on Feb 9. We have to limit the number of people to 40, so register sooner rather than later. Here's a link to my webpage where you can get more information.

We've got some very, very experienced speakers who will be leading the sessions.

And I checked with the City of Somerset -- there are no ordinances that address keeping bees within city limits. You just need to be a good neighbor.

Insects are needed to pollinate about 1/3 of the food in humans' diets. Honeybees account for 80% of this. Apples, blueberries, strawberries, cucumber, watermelons, and muskmelon -- just think what it would be like without them. Not good.

Hope many of you get excited about honeybees by attending this short course.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Getting Educated Horticulturally Speaking

I came back from the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association Conference a little wiser than I was before. Here's a few tidbits of interesting horticulture information:
  • The infamous Callery pear was an introduction from the USDA Lab in Beltsville MD. Shame on them. Invasive pears are now ubiquitous around Washington DC. The Mama plant at the lab had to be cut down -- guess why? -- it was falling apart.
  • For every 1.8 degree F increase in temperature, our electricity use increases 2.4%. Urban trees are great at cooling the environment and should be used to help reduce energy consumption.
  • Sadly, budgets for urban forestry programs are down 40%
  • The US has the greatest diversity of ash in the world (and watch out, here comes emerald ash borer)
  • The Chicago Botanic Garden was built on a swamp and had to built up in a series of islands. They have a new building which is covered with rooftop gardens which are accessible to the public.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Learning a Lot in January

Did you know....
  • A Snuggie really does keep you warm and is very handy.
  • $120 toy from Santa is quickly un-played with 2 days after the big man came
  • My 5 year old knows about 15 species of birds by sight -- she is VERY into bird feeding this winter.
  • Why chicken manure can sometimes be less seedy than hog or cattle manure? -- only 2% of seed pass through a chicken whereas 25% pass through cattle and hogs.
  • They make silicon covers to put over a cat's claws
More useful, horticultural information to come....haha

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Who Says Gardening is Over?

On New Year's Day, I harvested a big handful of carrots from my lasagna garden bed at home. Yes, I did, I really did. My daughter is loving them, as are all of us, plus our guinea pig George.
He loves carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce the most. Now, the carrot is twisted like that for good reason. After I sowed the seeds, something dug some holes in my raised bed. I salvaged what I could but it ended up twisting the carrot's roots. Most of the ones I pulled from this bed ended up with a really cool twist.