• Tips for choosing veggies in your garden

    The weather has been a crazy roller coaster over the past two weeks, but one thing remains constant—the first day of spring is just a handful of weeks away. Planning for our gardens begins now, when seeds are ordered.

    Looking through a seed catalog, store rack, or online product offering can be overwhelming, since there are so many varieties available for each crop. So, how do we choose from the plethora of options?

    Aside from tradition, another reason to select a particular variety is disease tolerance or resistance.

  • New club teaches 4-H students about wood science

    Thanks to Marvin Scott Conti, Carroll County 4-H has added a new club called wood science. Through this program Mr. Conti has had a power point presentation at every session, which is a history lesson as well a forestry lesson. Our first project was preparing their wood to make a walking stick. To date, accomplishments include:

    • Identifying wood by bark, wood color, and aroma

    • Classifying wood as soft or hard in order to make decisions about end use.

    • Selecting wood for their walking cane project

  • Physical activity during cold weather is achievable

    Old man winter has finally made his appearance in the Bluegrass. And while his return may have you spending more time indoors, it does not mean you have to give up physical activity until warmer weather returns.

    Exercising outdoors during the winter can have benefits in addition to the burned calories. It exposes you to sunlight, which will give you some vitamin D and can help improve your mood.  It can boost your immune system, which is important during flu and cold season. Plus, there is no heat and humidity.

  • Caring for livestock in cold temps

    With the very cold temperatures this week, it is natural to think about the care of our livestock in these conditions.

    The major livestock species we have in the county is beef cattle. Cattle feel the most comfortable when the temperature is between 25 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They can function normally at lower temperatures because of their dense winter coat, working rumen, and an average temperature of 101 degrees.

  • Students season hams for state
  • 4H’ers to compete at state Teen Conference

    Last week I received word that all of our achievement winners not only were selected as winners in District 3 but will continue on to the state level and all Carroll County youth will receive district and state awards at Teen Conference in June. Since Andrea Searcy already had her gold award, she will be returning to interview for Emerald.

    Receiving their gold award and continuing on to interview for the Emerald achievement award are Madeline Watts and Kinley Huesman.

  • Ways to save on winter heating costs

    With the winter we have had thus far, chances are you’ve seen at least one or two high heating bills. While home heating costs can put a strain on your wallet during the winter, you can do certain things to save money on these expenses while still keeping your home warm.

    Sunlight, even in the winter, is a great way to add natural, free warmth to your home. Open your blinds and curtains during the day, particularly on south-facing walls as they get the most exposure to the sun. As the sun sets, close them to help trap in the warmth.

  • When bringing in firewood, check for insects

    Winter is in full swing in the Bluegrass, along with the chilling temperatures. For those people in the county who rely on firewood for a heat source, it is important to consider the uninvited “guests” that may set up shop inside the home.

  • Last year’s record rainfall, cloudy weather is having a negative impact on Kentucky cattle

    Record rainfall in 2018 has had major impacts on cattle health. Despite relatively mild temperatures this winter, Dr. Michele Arnold, Ruminant Extension Veterinarian at the UK Vet Diagnostic Lab, says lab submissions and telephone conversations with veterinarians and producers confirm cattle are losing body condition and some are dying of malnutrition.

  • Resolve to improve financially in 2019

    The new year is a great time for a fresh start. More than half of us will make a resolution. This year, think about resolutions you make to help improve your financial well-being.

    Taking stock of your current financial situation is a good place to start. Ask yourself these questions:

    Am I comfortable with my current financial situation?

    Do I stress over my finances?

    Do I find it difficult to pay all of my bills each month?