Vegetable Garden Preparation

The following Horticulture article printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Looking Forward to the Vegetable Garden

Spring is almost here. Take advantage of the last few days of winter to plan your garden. After exploring the seed catalogs and deciding what you want to grow, map out your garden on paper. This is a good way to determine how much seed to order for the vegetables you want to produce. Whether you are growing a new garden or one you have been using for several years, planning will help improve the quality of your harvest this year and future years.

  • Plan your garden on paper before you begin. A map showing where each vegetable is grown allows you to space your plants for good growth. This plan will help determine your crop rotation for following seasons to reduce the carryover of vegetable disease and insect pests in the soil.
  • A good gardening site has full sun for at least eight hours each day and is relatively level, well-drained, and close to a water source. Watch for possible shading as landscape trees mature.
  • Test your soil every two to three years. Prepare the soil properly and add fertilizer and lime or sulfur according to soil test recommendations.

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  • Plan only as large a garden as you can easily maintain. It is easy to overplant and then fail because it is hard to keep up with the tasks required.
  • Grow vegetables that will produce the maximum amount of food in the space available. The bush varieties are best for small spaces and generally yield a lot of vegetables.
  • Plant during the correct season for the crop. Crops are either cool season or warm season types. Choose varieties recommended for your area. Controlling weeds and watering when needed will keep the plants less stressed and improve your production.
  • Harvest vegetables at their proper stage of maturity. Store them promptly and properly if you do not use them immediately.

A well-planned and properly kept garden should produce 600 to 700 pounds of produce per 1,000 square feet and may include many different crops.

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Finally, the closer the vegetable garden is to your back door, the more you will use it. You can see when your crops are at their peaks and can take maximum advantage of their freshness. In addition, keeping up with the planting, weeding, watering, and pest control will be easier.

The 2017 Vegetable Gardening Guides are now available. Contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service office or download the publication “Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky” online.

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Based on article by Richard Durham, Extension Horticulture Specialist, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Edited by Oldham County Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice and Oldham County Staff Assistant Lauren State.

Farmer Resources

The following Agriculture and Natural Resources article printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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Resources for Beginning and Experienced Farmers

Winter is a time when many farmers make business decisions as well as planting decisions – sometimes that means a call to the extension office. An extension agriculture agent’s main job is to give advice on production practices that have been proven through repeated research trials. Our goal is to give farmers the best chance for success no matter what agriculture enterprise they are engaged in.

All agriculture agents have areas of farming expertise we want to share. Plus, we have access to specialists at University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University to help with questions we cannot answer. It may surprise you that many questions directed to ag agents are not about production practices at all. And often there are other agencies best suited to answer those questions. Below are some of the most common.


Q: How do I get a farm tax I.D. number and/or a farm sales tax exemption?
A: Kentucky Department of Revenue: 502-564-5170 or revenue.ky.gov


Q: Where can I find federal tax information for farms?
A: Internal Revenue Service Farm Tax Guide: www.irs.gov/publications/p225/index.html


Q: How do I get/find out if I already have a farm serial number (FSN)?
A: Farm Service Agency: 502-845-2820 or find your county office: offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator

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Q: Where can I find technical advice on pond construction/repair, sinkholes, or other conservation practices?
A: Contact the following conservation agencies.


Q: Where can I find information on EQIP, WHIP, and other conservation cost-share programs?
A: Contact the following conservation agencies.

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Q: Is there an agency that provides low-cost tree seedlings for residents?
A: Kentucky Division of Forestry: 502-564-4496 or forestry.ky.gov


Q: Is there an agency that gives away trees on Earth day or Arbor Day?
A: Sometimes, Oldham County Conservation District: 502-222-5123


Q: Who can evaluate a timber stand for desired species, management, and/or harvest?
A: Kentucky Division of Forestry: 502-564-4496 or forestry.ky.gov

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Q: Where can I find trapping and hunting season information?
A: Kentucky Fish and Wildlife: 800-858-1549 or fw.ky.gov


Q: Are there trappers who will trap nuisance wildlife for me?
A: There are several entities that offer this service.

  • Kentucky Fish and Wildlife: 800-858-1549 or fw.ky.gov
  • Local Pest Control businesses


Q: Is there a tire amnesty/recycling program in my county?
A: Solid Waste & Recycling: 502-565-1007 or www.oldhamcounty.net


Q: Where can I find a list of farmers markets, CSA’s, and Kentucky Proud products?
A: Kentucky Department of Agriculture: www.kyagr.com and click ‘Promotional Programs’


Q: Where can I find information on product-specific regulations for farmers markets?
A: Kentucky Department of Agriculture: www.kyagr.com/marketing/farmers-market.html and local farmers market guidelines.


Q: Is my property zoned for agriculture use?
A: Property Valuation Administration: 502-222-9320 or oldhampva.com

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Q: How do I apply for CAIP cost-share programs?
A: Contact your county extension office. Each county has a council that decides when applications for cost-share will be taken and awarded. Oldham County’s application period has not yet been set. General information on CAIP and other KY Ag Development Fund cost-share is available at agpolicy.ky.gov.


Q: I’ve heard there are grants for…?
A: There are several agencies that may offer cost-share or grant funding related to agriculture.


Q: Are there agencies that provide low-interest farm loans?
A: There are several entities that may provide low-interest farm loans


Q: How can I find county ordinances relating to chickens, livestock, leash laws, etc.?
A: Oldham County Fiscal Court: 502-222-9357 or www.oldhamcounty.net


And sometimes, there are questions we just can’t help with. A guy called here one time asking to reserve a tee time and seemed a little confused that I couldn’t help. As it turns out, “Oldham County Cooperative Extension” is listed in the phone book right above “Oldham County Country Club.”

Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Support OC 4-H

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Reality Store Volunteers Needed

The 4-H Reality Store program is a budgeting simulation for high school students. Reality Stores will be held on March 31 at South Oldham High School and on May 5 at Oldham County High School.

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We still need volunteers to make these events possible. If you can help out on either day, please contact the extension office at 222-9453.

Support the Kentucky Ag Tag Program

The Kentucky 4-H Foundation is proud to be part of the Ag Tag Voluntary Donation Program. When renewing their license plates, Kentucky farmers can make a $10 donation which is split equally among Kentucky 4-H, FFA, and Kentucky Proud. This year is the fifth year for the program and the 4-H Foundation asks all farmers to make the donation when they renew their farm license plates in March.

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The 4-H share for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, was $184,237. These funds benefit all levels of Kentucky 4-H. The Kentucky 4-H Foundation splits the donations equally between the county from which the funds originated and the Foundation itself. The Foundation uses its half to support state level programs. The other half of the Ag Tag donation stays in Oldham County to fund programs and activities that teach youth about leadership, citizenship, science and technology, communications, public speaking, agriculture, and much more.

Spring OC 4-H News

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Attention: 4-H Participation Forms Due

Please do not forget all 4-H members must be registered with Oldham County 4-H by April 15, 2017 in order to qualify to compete in any 4-H events. This requirement applies to all 4-H competitions including Horse Show, Horse Contest, and Dog Show as well as the Oldham County 4-H Fair.

State 4-H Achievement Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following Oldham County 4-H members for earning State Achievement Awards:

Bronze Award
Maggie Anderson
Keirstin Kennedy
Emmett King
Ruby Mason
Coral Schulte
Ethan Willis

Silver Award
Noah Anderson
Beth Huffman

Gold Level Interviews
Hannah Anderson
Sarah Griffin
Molly Logsdon
Olivia Minor
Karmen Woods

Gold Level Interviews will be held on Saturday, March 4, in Clark County. Interviewing is the final step of the Gold Level Achievement Award. Gold Level Honorees will be announced the second week of March.

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Upcoming 4-H Dog Program Dates

Take your dog to camp. Dog Camp is the perfect opportunity for 4-H’ers to work with their dogs one-on-one and in group instruction situations. The 2017 Kentucky State 4-H Dog Camp will be held at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp from May 19 to 21. If you would like to receive registration information, contact the Oldham County Extension office at 222-9453, and we will send the information to you when it becomes available.

The 4-H Dog Volunteer Certification Program will be available twice this fall. Volunteers can attend training on September 23 at McCracken County Extension office or November 4 at Wolfe County Extension office.

Qualifying for Competitive 4-H Horse Events

4-H members who would like to qualify to participate in any 4-H Competitive Horse Event (this includes 4-H Horse Shows) must complete six hours of instructional training taught or approved by their 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader. Please meet with your leader now to ensure completion of the six required hours of instruction prior to April 15th. Documentation must accompany your registration or show paperwork.

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Note upcoming competition 4-H horse events. The District 4-H Horse Show will be held June 2-4. State Horse Judging is June 14 with the State Horse Contest on June 15. The State Horse Show will be July 2-8.

Start Thinking About the Oldham County Fair

The 2017 Oldham County Fair will be August 1-5. Projects will be entered on July 27 at the Oldham County Extension office and will be available for pick up on August 5 at the Oldham County fairgrounds. Registration forms are due to the extension office by July 6. Remember, to be eligible to exhibit projects in the 4-H categories during the county fair, youth must be a registered 4-H member by April 15. Fairbook available online. Note major changes in Arts & Crafts and Photography categories.

4-H Speech Program

The following 4-H Youth Development article printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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4-H Speech Program Inspires Confidence

Public speaking is often one of our biggest fears. 4-H presents the opportunity for youth to conquer this fear at a young age by participating in the public speaking program. Public speaking skills help youth develop the confidence, organizational skills, and composure to become the influential leaders of tomorrow.

It is important for young people to give 4-H public speaking a try. The earlier children begin the program, and the longer they stick with it, the stronger their public speaking skills will be. Youth are encouraged to deliver speeches on any topic they find interesting. The search for more information on the topic promotes valuable research skills. Composing the speech with proper structure teaches organizational skills. Young speakers also learn to use creative techniques to grab their audience’s attention.

Competition begins at the club level, qualifying for the county competition on March 27. County winners advance to the April 15th district tournament. District champions advance to the state tournament in July at the University of Kentucky. Judges evaluate presentation and ability to clearly deliver a message.

It’s not too late to get involved in a 4-H speech program! Call 222-9453 for details. Speakers can register online.

HELP!! We need judges for the 4-H Communication Competitions on March 27 and April 15. Interested in volunteering to judge a speech or demonstration contest? Please contact Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, at 222-9453. We need your help to make this a rewarding experience for our 4-H’ers!

Amazing Pancakes Recipe

The following Family & Consumer Science article first printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

amazing pancakes recipe

Amazing Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flours, sugar, cinnamon, and nuts.
  2. In a separate medium bowl, mix sweet potatoes, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.
  3. Pour liquid mixture into flour mixture; stir until dry ingredients become wet. Be careful not to over stir.
  4. Preheat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Drop heaping tablespoon of batter onto prepared griddle. Cook until golden brown, turning once with a spatula when the surface begins to bubble. Continue cooking until the other side is golden brown. Repeat process, making 12 pancakes.

About Amazing Pancakes

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes 6 servings
Serving size: 2 pancakes
Cost per recipe: $3.45
Cost per serving: $0.58

Nutrition facts (optional nuts not included) per serving: 260 calories, 8 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 95 mg cholesterol, 320 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 9 g protein, 170% Daily Value (DV) vitamin A, 10% DV calcium, 10% DV iron

Source: Brooke Jenkins-Howard, Curriculum Coordinator for Kentucky Nutrition Education Program, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

Find other healthy recipes on the Oldham County Extension website.

Spring FCS Classes

The following Family & Consumer Science articles first printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Spring Learning Oppotunities

Savvy Sellers & Bargain Hunters can help one identify items that could be sold and determine which outlet would be the best fit to sell personal items. This lesson will be presented by Jane Proctor, Trimble County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, on Thursday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m.

Consumer fraud, a topic that is in the news almost daily has become more sophisticated with the expansion of the Internet and direct-marketing techniques. Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, for Let the Consumer Beware, taught by Allison Lewis, Spencer County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent.

Sign up for Canning Boot Camp! Come learn or review the safest methods to safely preserve the wonderful vegetables and fruits that are produced in our county this summer. Oldham County Family and Consumer Science Agent Chris Duncan will teach two sessions: 6:30 p.m. on June 8 and 10:00 a.m. on June 9.

Come Sew With Us

Master Clothing Volunteer Angela Morris will teach three sewing classes at the extension office this spring:

The project of the day is not required; participants are encouraged to bring their own projects to work on. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Call (502) 222-9453 to reserve your seat.

OC Homemaker Spring News

The following Family & Consumer Science articles first printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Celebrating Cultural Arts in Oldham County

On February 3, Oldham County Cultural Arts and Heritage Day was held at the John Black Community Center. Thirty-nine homemakers entered one hundred entries, a sizable increase from last year’s event. Forty-nine blue ribbons were awarded.

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The Crossroads & Poplar Grove homemaker clubs hosted a card making party. Over one hundred valentines were made for local nursing home residents!

On Friday, February 24, Cultural Arts Winners from the county level will compete in the Louisville Area Cultural Arts competition at the John Black Center. Entries must be pre-registered. Viewing will be 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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Winners from the Louisville Area Cultural Arts competition will advance to the state competition which takes place during the KEHA meeting on May 1 through 4 in Owensboro. “Mapping Our Future” is the theme for this year’s state meeting. Visit keha.org for more information.

Louisville Area President Elect Announced

Congratulations to Dottie Crouch, President Elect, for the Louisville Area Extension Homemakers. Dottie has served as president of the Crossroads Homemakers, Homemaker representative on the Oldham County Extension Council, and is presently serving her second term as Oldham County Extension Homemaker President. She has successful chaired numerous committees that include fundraisers and membership drives. Dottie is an outstanding leader and tireless advocate for UK Cooperative Extension.

Oldham County Homemakers Save the Date

Save the date! The 2017 Oldham County Extension Homemaker Annual Meeting will be Thursday, May 18, at the John Black Community Center. The Yarnovers and Suburbanites will announce more details at the Homemaker Council meeting on March 23.

New Homemakers Clubs

Painting Club have their next meeting on Tuesday, March 21, and plan to meet the third Tuesday of each month from 1:15 to 4:00 p.m. Bring your brush, paints, and projects to the Extension Office to improve your skills, be more creative, and enjoy companionship. Call Barb Lynch, at (502) 243-1386 for more details.

The Wednesday Quilters plan to meet every Wednesday at the Oldham County Extension Office. This group is for all skill levels. Please join us between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Bring your lunch and have fun quilting! Contact Cheryl Kuprion at (502) 741-9744 if you have any questions.

Leader of the Year Nominations

The following article first printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Extension Leader of the Year Nominations Being Accepted

The Extension Leader of the Year Award recognizes a volunteer leader for outstanding service and commitment to the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service. Please think about leaders you know in your clubs and councils, and consider nominating someone today. This award will be presented by the Oldham County Extension District Board during the Fiscal Court Appreciation Brunch this spring.

Past Extension Leaders of the Year include Jon Bednarski, Oren Clore, Pat DeChurch, Terri Griffin, Kathy Hockersmith, Faye Korthaus, Joyce McKinney, Ron and Bettie Miller, and Peggy Townsend.

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Based on the following criteria, nominate someone you feel is worthy of recognition for contributions to the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service:

  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities and a positive attitude.
  • Dedicates numerous service hours on behalf of Oldham County Extension.
  • Serves in such a way that some aspect of Extension would have suffered without their service.

To make a nomination, mail the following information to Oldham County Extension, 1815 N. Hwy 393, La Grange, KY 40031 or email lauren.state@uky.edu.

  • Name of Nominee and Club Name, if applicable
  • Program Areas involved (4-H, Ag, FCS)
  • Nominated by
  • List the nominee’s leadership roles and community service activities.
  • Describe the nominee’s contributions to the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service, including the significance and impact of these contributions.

Deadline for nominations is April 14.

Winter Oldham County 4-H News

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Achievement Award Recipients Recognized at 4-H Banquet

The 4-H Achievement Program recognizes members beginning in the sixth grade. The application is a detailed resume of the member’s 4-H and community involvement. Scholarships are available at each state level achieved. Congratulations to the following 4-H members who have completed a Clover Achievement Level:

Clover Level 1
Adelle Minor
Caroline Olds
Izzy Perez

Clover Level 2
Rebekah Anderson
Lilly Crook
Ella Olds

Clover Level 3
Maggie Anderson
Keirstin Kennedy
Emmett King
Ruby Mason
Coral Schulte
Ethan Willis

Clover Level 4
Noah Anderson

Clover Level 5
Rebekah Degnan
Beth Huffman
Olivia Minor

Interviewing for the Gold Award
Hannah Anderson
Sarah Griffin
Molly Logsdon
Olivia Minor
Karmen Woods

Those members who achieved Clover Level Three, Four, or Five will advance to the state level for judging. Good luck, 4-H’ers!

Santa’s Workshop 2016

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Moms and Dads, do you need a little bit more time to get those last few presents wrapped or to shop for the last gift on your list? If so, send your kids to the extension office to have some fun and make gifts they can give to their friends and family.

Santa’s Workshop will be held at the Oldham County Extension office on Monday, December 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will make holiday gifts for friends and family. The $25 supply fee includes lunch. Open to boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Call 222-9453 to register.

4-H Communications Program Gets Underway in January

Youth develop organizational and critical thinking skills by learning the logical way to prepare a speech or present information through a demonstration. Competitive events give youth the opportunity to practice what they have learned and receive positive, constructive suggestions to improve.

Standing up and delivering a speech or presentation develops independence and confidence in youth. These experiences help youth overcome the fear of speaking in public. Members know that success is due to their preparation and presentation skills. Speaking in front of a large group or only a few individuals with ease gives people a sense of belonging and the opportunity to bond with other youth and adults. Many doors are opened in terms of personal friendships and professional advancement.

After mastering skills, gaining independence, and developing a sense of belonging, youth want to share what they’ve learned. They may initiate and lead a service project in the community or help their peers in various other ways. Generosity such as this is an innate part of all aspects of our 4-H Youth Development program.

A broad range of communications expertise is vital for today’s youth and tomorrow’s adults. 4-H Youth Development helps youth improve their quality of speech and association with others, whether one-on-one in a job interview or a keynote address in a banquet hall. Contact the Oldham County 4-H office at 222-9453 or amy.logsdon@uky.edu if your child is interested in participating in the 4-H Communication Program.

Source: Dr. Mark Mains, Kentucky 4-H Youth Development Assistant Director.

Attention Horse Club Members

In order to qualify for participation in any 4-H Competitive Horse Event, including 4-H horse shows, 4-H’ers must complete 6 hours of instruction taught by their 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader. The 6 instructional hours must be completed before April 15th and be documented by the Certified Horse Club Leader.

Please meet with your 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader now to ensure you will have your completed and documented 6 hours of instruction prior to April 15th. Members must also have their 4-H enrollment form submitted to the extension office on April 15th. Documentation of hours completed must accompany your registration or show paperwork.