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  • Steps to give your summer garden new life

    Summer’s heat and weather can take a toll on your flower garden. But with a little extra care, it is possible to bring it back to life for a few more weeks of vibrant color and texture.
    It’s always important to make sure annuals and perennials get plenty of water this time of year, especially in later summer.  Annuals, in particular, will start to decline without an adequate supply of water to keep the ground moist.

  • Home canning tips

    Now is a great time to start canning. You can preserve some of your own fruits and vegetables or take advantage of the bounty of locally grown fruits and vegetables at your county’s farmers market. Home canning can save money, provide gifts for family and friends and leave you with a great feeling of accomplishment. For the best canned products be sure to follow USDA recommendations.
    l Start with fresh fruits and vegetables. Spoilage and loss of vitamins and nutrients begins right after harvest so you want to can fruits and vegetables at their peak. 

  • Delicious Kentucky peaches

    There is nothing better than a fresh ripe peach. The peach is a member of the rose family. It was first cultivated in China and revered as a symbol of longevity. The image was placed on pottery and received as a gift with great esteem. Travelers along caravan routes carried the peach seed to Persia before it was cultivated in Europe. In the early 1600s Spanish explorers brought it to the New World and by the 1700s missionaries had established peaches in California. The United States now produces 25 percent of the total world market for peaches.

  • Preventing hay fires

    You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moistures and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay. Generally, hay will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, you should monitor the hay to make sure it doesn’t reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • At the farmers market: brambleberries

    It’s berry season in Kentucky. At the grocery store and Farmers Markets, many of our growers have a great selection of berries, including blackberries and raspberries, now available.
    These two berries, along with boysenberries, are collectively known as brambleberries. They get that name from the thorny, tangled vines from which they grow.  Brambleberries are harvested from June through August in Kentucky.

  • Challenge your teen’s brain over summer vacation

    While many adolescents look forward to summer vacation, it is not uncommon for them to quickly grow bored. Bored teens often turn to television and electronics. But, with a little encouragement, a teen can transform a bored brain into one that is healthy and active, and in turn, create a most memorable summer vacation. Activities that can keep your teen happy, fit and healthy include:
    Spend time as a family. Go on vacation or create “stay-cations” and explore your own community or state.

  • Take control of weeds in the vegetable garden

    Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens. But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it. 
    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table.

  • Safety tips for pedestrians

    Walking and running may seem like two of the simplest ways to get healthy, but it’s important to remember to stay alert when you exercise on sidewalks and along roadways.  
    Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, it’s vital for you to be cautious and courteous to others. Remember not one group has sole rights to the road. We must share it with others. Here are some safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.
    Pedestrians:

  • Dealing with homesickness

    Summer camps and overnight stays with friends and family are on many of our children’s agendas for this summer. While many of these activities often result in fond memories, they can present challenges for children who experience homesickness.
    Homesickness can occur with anyone at any age, but is especially prevalent in children who are spending time away from their parents for the first time. Homesickness often results in the person feeling sad, lonely and scared. Some people even get stomachaches or headaches as a result.

  • Snacking smart this summer

    Many preteens and teens are left home alone while parents work during the summer. With no direct supervision, it is easy for kids to grab chips and candy. Help make the healthy choice the easy choice this summer by offering children healthy snacks within arms reach. Having veggies and fruits already prepped and in sight is one of the best ways to encourage healthier snacking.