• Get the best quality garden by limiting water intake

    As our vegetables gardens are taking off, it is typical to think that all vegetables will be the best quality only if they get adequate water throughout the growing season.

    While it is indeed important to water vegetables well while they are being established and during flowering, sometimes the best quality garden produce results when water is somewhat limited.


    Let me explain…

  • Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association convenes annual meeting

    The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) held the organization’s 86th annual State Meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Louis-ville, Ken-tucky May 14-16. More than 575 attendees from across the state, including 95 first-time participants, took part in the three-day meeting celebrating the theme “The Sun Shines Bright.”

    Five Homemakers and I attended the meeting from Carroll County. They included Patty Kost, Georgia Miley, Pat Kindoll, Marie Vandiver and Pat Watkins.

  • Fair exhibts accepted Friday; display opens Saturday

    Tomorrow marks Opening Day for the 2019 Carroll County Fair!

    This morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, Open Exhibits are being accepted at the Exhibit Hall on the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

    Exhibits will be judged this afternoon and open to the public for display at the Exhibit Hall starting Saturday, June 1 from 6-10 p.m.

    4-H/FFA/Open livestock shows being held over the coming week:

  • Wet soil poses fungus risk; use fungicides carefully

    Spring rains can create growing conditions that are devastating to most landscape plants. Wet soils are favored by a group of pathogens called water molds, or oomycetes, which cause a range of root and stem diseases.

    Water molds are found in most soils, but plant stress and high pathogen numbers can lead to severe disease. One common water mold is Phytophthora. This pathogen is common in Kentucky and has recently been diagnosed causing root rot on numerous plants, such as blueberry, arborvitae, and Colorado blue spruce.

  • 4-Hers get ready for county fair

    This past week end was a busy one for our Carroll County 4-H members.

    Getting ready for Carroll County Fair exhibits, the members used their creativity to decorate trash cans and bulletin boards that will be placed in the home environment category at the fair.

    Joe Hamilton and Terry Cauley taught the electricity class where the members made a galvanometer (an electromechanical instrument used for detecting and indicating an electric current).

  • Jacob offers tips for success in raising chickens

    Last month, Dr. Jacquie Jacob visited the Extension Office to discuss raising backyard poultry.

    Backyard chicken flocks are popular in all areas of Kentucky. Dr. Jacob offered to help you have a successful flock and produce your own eggs. Preparation and education are essential for success.

    Chickens require daily care. You must feed them, provide clean water, and collect eggs every day. This is a good opportunity to teach children responsibility, but make sure they can fit it into their daily routine and that you supervise them.

  • Am I saving enough for retirement?

    Making the decision to retire has huge financial implications. With the rising cost of living, increased medical costs and longer life expectancy, it is not surprising that outliving their retirement savings is second only to out-of-pocket medical expenses as the biggest financial concern of retirees. Proper planning can help you stay on track with your retirement savings.

    To determine whether you will have enough income to last throughout your retirement, you need to review your potential income sources, anticipated expenses and life expectancy.

  • Meal prepping saves time, frustration and calories

    Deciding what to have for dinner each night can be a daily conundrum for many of us.

    As a result, we may find ourselves in line at a fast food restaurant more than we care to admit. But it does not have to be this way.

    By preparing at least portions of our meals in advance, we can have home cooked, healthy meals on a regular basis.

    Research shows people who regularly do advanced meal preparation tend to consume more fruits and vegetables and eat an overall more balanced diet.

  • RiverView Farmers Market begins season Saturday

    Hello May! This month is one of my favorite months of the year—the threat of frost is coming to an end, flowers are in full bloom with more on the way, yards are green and gorgeous as well as our pastures, and fields are being planted. It is truly a beautiful time in our county and state.

    There are two great events that are taking place this weekend—the sun will shine bright on our old Kentucky home as the nation and world turn the eyes on Churchill Downs and the Run for the Roses.

    What is the other great event?

  • 4-Hers complete local projects

    The District 3 4-H Teen Council met April 19, at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension office for its monthly meeting.

    4-H members from Pend-leton, Henry and Carroll counties completed two service projects.

    The first project was sprucing up the butterfly garden at Cartmell Elementary School.

    Twenty-two teens placed 200 milkweed seeds in the garden in order to accommodate Monarch butterflies. The Monarch butterfly is almost extinct, so with these plants we should see many Monarchs emerge.