Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kinda Creepy

Well, when you get to looking at stuff in the garden, sometimes you never know what has materialized over the winter. Look at this:

It's a concrete face among the parsley! I don't remember that being there last year, but here it is now. It's serene yet creepy all at the same time. There's probably better adjectives to describe it but that's all I got.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Emerald Ash Borer -- Know It & Abhor It

Abhor is such a strong word....but we will all really, really, really not like this critter very much in the near future. I just came from presenting a program to our local Rotary Club on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). It's relevant enough that I'll update you on its movement.

Kentucky has 11 counties infested with the EAB.

So far, Pulaski County is not an OFFICIALLY infested county. But think about it....we get a few Ohio visitors each year. These visitors may bring infested firewood with them. Ohio has had this pest for a couple of years already.

Or maybe a shipment of ash trees for a landscaping business or nursery comes in already infested. That's all it takes for these insects to get started.

During late April or early May, EABs will emerge and begin doing what insects do best -- eating, mating, and flying. Maybe all of them at once!

We need help in tracking this insect, so I simply ask you keep your eyes open. If you see any of the symptoms (found on the website links above), please call me at 606-679-6361.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Home Vegetable Gardening

This time of year, many people in Pulaski County are thinking of their gardens. For some, growing their own vegetables has been a lifelong tradition. To others in the county, it may be a new thing. Or maybe you used to help tend a garden but have been removed from it for some time.

If you want to learn about growing vegetables at home, come to a class at the Pulaski County Extension office on April 15 at 5pm. We hope to share a bunch of information that will help you be a better gardener.

You can always go to our website and check out our other events as well.

Hope to see you at the home vegetable gardening class!

Friday, March 26, 2010


Yep, it's sprung here at the Extension office. We've got daffodils galore, the yellow really stands out well. You can see them a mile away.

Then we've got our Harry Lauder's Walking Stick whose catkins are dangling in the breeze.

And then I noticed a little purplish mound making its way up through the leaves. It's our perennial Agastache or hyssop.

Great stuff. Good to be alive in the spring.