Oldham County 4-H Summer Clubs

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Kids Cooking Camp

June 26 and 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is the All American Kids Cooking Camp! Boys and girls between the ages of nine and twelve will learn beginning cooking skills in his fun, hands-on program.

Registration is limited, taken on a first-come first-served basis, and cannot be completed without payment. The $20 supply fee includes lunch. Go online to oldham.ca.uky.edu/Kids-Cooking-Camp for further information.

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Summer Gardening Club

Boys and girls ages nine through thirteen, get in the garden with 4-H! We have four club gardening days planned for this summer:

  • Vegetable Gardens on June 19
  • Butterfly Gardens on June 26
  • Pizza Gardens on July 10 (For this project, you will also need to bring a container at least 24 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep)
  • Butterfly Houses on July 24

To signup for 4-H Summer Gardening Club, send the flyer, 4-H participation form, and $25 supply fee to Oldham County Extension, 1815 North Highway 393, La Grange, KY 40031. Registration materials available online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-horticulture-club.

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Love Chickens?

Oldham County 4-H is currently organizing a Poultry Club! The club will focus on learning about chickens, although you do not need to own one yourself in order to participate. Would your child like to join? Are you interesting in volunteering with the club?

For more information, please contact 4-H Agent Kelly Woods via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu.

Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

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2018 Oldham County Master Gardener Classes

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources article originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Master Gardener Classes

We are gauging interest for the next Master Gardener volunteer program, anticipated to begin in September. The program includes 12 classes that meet weekly, covering botany, soils, entomology, plant pathology, and other foundation topics. The cost for the program is $100, and partial scholarships to cover this fee are available. If you are interested, please call our office or send an email to lauren.state@uky.edu.

Master Gardener classes are designed for those who wish to become certified volunteers. Graduates complete 40 hours of service work and continuing education within one year of class completion in order to become certified Master Gardeners.

In subsequent years, Master Gardeners must complete at least 20 hours of volunteer service, plus 10 hours of continuing education to maintain certification.

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Master Gardener volunteers may choose to join the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. The association is a great networking resource and facilitates completion of volunteer hours. Oldham County Master Gardener Association also organizes and helps teach gardening programs for the public. Learn about upcoming Master Gardener programs at: oldham.ca.uky.edu/OC-Master-Gardeners.

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

Upcoming Oldham County Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Upcoming Extension Events

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at Extension offices.

March Extension Events

1 Oldham County Extension District Board, 9 am
1 Chickens 101 (Part 1), Shelby County Extension, 6 pm
1 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
2-3 Organic Association of Kentucky Conference, Lexington
5 Dicamba Training for Grain Producers, Shelby County Extension, 10 am
5 4-H Robotics Club
6 Growing Succulents, 6:30 pm
7 4-H Budget Committee
8 Registration due for Needlework Workshop
8 Chickens 101 (Part 2), John Black Center, 6 pm
9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
10 Produce Growers Best Practices, 9 am
12 Green Thumbs Garden Club, 9:30 am
12 4-H Cloverbud Club
13 Needlework Workshop, Shelby County Extension
15 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
15 Improving Garden Soils, Oldham County Arts Center, 6:30 pm
16 Market Scale Certification, 10 am – noon
16 4-H Camp Teen Leader Interviews
17 Oldham County Master Gardeners, 10 am
16 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
19 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
20 Evening with Extension, John Black Center, 5:30 pm
22 Homemakers Lesson: Couch Potato Challenge, 10 am
22 Homemakers Executive Board, noon
22-24 4-H Leadership Summit
23 Louisville Area Homemakers Council, 8 am – 3 pm
26 Come Sew With Us: Monograming, 3–8 pm
26 Oldham County 4-H Communications Event
27 4-H Teen Club
29 Oldham County Extension Council, 9 am
29 Oldham County Extension District Board, 10 am
29 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
31 District 4-H Teen Council

April Extension Events

1 Homemaker Scholarship Applications Due
9 Green Thumbs Garden Club
9 4-H Robotics Club
10 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
11 Nutrition Basics for Diabetics, 10:30 am
12 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
13 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
14 Tree Seedling Giveaway, Oldham County Conservation District
14 District 4-H Communications Event
16 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
17 Fairy Gardens, 6:30 pm
19 4-H Council
20 SOHS 4-H Reality Store
23 Come Sew With Us: Gardening/Outdoor Accessories, 3–8 pm
26 Homemaker Lesson: Gardening in Small Spaces, 10 am
26 Homemaker Executive Board, noon
26 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
30 4-H Cloverbud Club

May Extension Events

3 Oldham County Extension District Board, 9 am
5-7 KEHA State Meeting, Louisville
7 4-H Robotics Club
8 Native Shrubs, 6:30 pm
10 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
14 Green Thumbs Garden Club
14 4-H Cloverbud Club
17 Oldham County Homemakers Annual Meeting
17 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
21 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
22 4-H Camp Teen Leader Training
28 Memorial Day, Extension Office Closed

Classes on Cooking, Gardening, Sewing & More

The following Family & Consumer Sciences articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Homemaker Lessons – Open to the Public

Louisville Area Needlework • March 13, Shelby County Extension

Learn about Silk Ribbon, Cross Stitch, Basic Needle, Crewel Embroidery, and Creative Stitchery. Pick up an information packet at the Oldham County Extension Office, or contact us for the registration materials. Registration is due Thursday, March 8, to the Bullitt County Extension Office.

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Couch Potato Challenge • March 22, 10:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension

A 12-week set of walking challenges based on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes’ walking plan, this program helps you get started walking at a pace that is comfortable for you! RSVP via (502) 222-9453.

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Gardening in Small Spaces • April 26, 10:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension

Gardening is one of America’s most popular hobbies, and rightly so. Gardening activities help promote healthy habits. The physical activity of working in the garden burns calories. As well, consuming home-grown vegetables is good for your health. Lesson taught by Traci Missun, Oldham County Extension Agent. Save your seat by emailing lauren.state@uky.edu or calling (502) 222-9453.

Come Sew With Us

Sewing classes are free and open to the public! All ages welcome — youth must be accompanied by an adult. The project of the day is not mandatory; you are encouraged to bring your own project to work on. Project supply lists are available online. Please call and reserve your seat.

Monograming • Monday, March 26, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gardening & Outdoor Accessories • Monday, April 23, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Cooking for Diabetics & Everyone Else Too!

Making healthy food choices is part of managing diabetes. At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, learn about cooking healthy, easy meals that are both economical and tasty. This free class takes place at the Oldham County Extension Office. Call (502) 222-9453 to reserve your seat.

Looking Ahead to Summer

Mark your calendars! Canning Boot Camp will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on June 7, to be repeated at 10:00 a.m. on June 8.

Jefferson County is hosting this year’s Louisville Area Homemakers Annual Meeting on Monday, June 25. The meeting will be held at Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing, located at 7410 Moorman Road in Louisville. Watch your email for more details.

Kids’ Cooking Camp is scheduled for June 26 and 27. Further details to be announced.

Written by Chris Duncan, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, and Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Spring Seed Choices

The following Horticulture article originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Spring Seed Choices

Spring is coming, and it’s time to choose flowers and vegetables for our gardens. A good way to narrow down the thousands of seed choices is to look for the All-American Selections. These varieties have been grown and evaluated in test gardens in many regions throughout the United States and proven choices. The All-American Selection website allows you to sort and view varieties using different filters including year, type, and region. Information about performance is also available.

Among the 2018 All-American Selection vegetable winners for 2018 is Sweet Corn American Dream. An excellent germinator with tender, super sweet kernels, American Dream matures slightly earlier than other sweet corn varieties. The vigorous plants produce cobs that have a good fill of bi-color kernels.

One of the flower winners was French marigold Super Hero Spry. Super Hero Spry is compact (10-12 inches) with dark maroon lower petals and golden yellow upper petals setting on top of the dark green foliage. The blooms are more uniform with a stable color pattern, bloom earlier, and require no deadheading.

The All-American Selections are identified in the seed catalogs and have been staples in gardens for many years. It is fun browsing through the many seed catalogues, checking out all the choices, looking for something different to grow. The All-American Selection is one of many tools to help make seed choices.

Written by Michael Boice, Oldham County Horticulture Extension Assistant. Edited by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Spring Gardening News

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Two Problem Weeds – Control Them Now

Poison hemlock and Buttercup are two problem weeds that can be controlled in March with herbicide sprays. An herbicide containing 2,4-D as the active ingredient is usually the most economical spray choice that will give good control.

Poison hemlock can be found in pastures, hay fields, and on roadsides. It has a biennial life cycle, meaning each plant lives for two years. This weed spreads by producing many seeds. While mowing can prevent seed formation and spread of this weed, the plant is toxic to livestock. So care should be taken to control it in pastures and hay fields. The poison hemlock in this photo was growing around an old tree stump, adjacent to a hay field. Spraying this patch now will save headaches down the road.

Buttercup is a problem mostly in overgrazed pastures. There are several types of buttercup in Kentucky, and leaf shapes may look different than what’s pictured here. Buttercup is also toxic to livestock. Best control is achieved when sprayed before these plants begin blooming, which is tricky since these may go unnoticed until flowering. Scouting pastures by walking diagonally or zigzagging through each will give a good overview of what’s growing.

When it comes to toxic plants, it’s important to note that animals usually don’t choose to graze these unless they are limited on good forages. But sometimes they don’t read the book and may graze on these plants out of curiosity.

The UK Weeds page is a great resource for more information, including videos and weed identification guides: weedscience.ca.uky.edu/forages

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Has Changed

Kentucky Extension agents are in the process of being certified to teach the new ‘Produce Best Practices Training‘ which replaces GAP training for vegetable and fruit growers.

Note that video training is no longer available. Any producer needing this training must attend a live presentation, given by a certified trainer. If you completed GAP training in the past, your diploma is valid until January 1, 2019.

Please help spread the word to fellow growers. Check the new Kentucky Farmers Market manual online for details. At time of print, there are currently two trainings scheduled here and nearby. Call (502) 222-9453 to register or to get information on other sessions in other counties.

  • Oldham County Extension Office March 10, 9:00 a.m.
  • Shelby County Extension Office April 12, 9:00 a.m.

Interesting Insect Pests

A client recently sent this photo for identification. While cultivating the soil in his vegetable high tunnel, he found these insect pupae about four inches deep in the ground. University of Kentucky Entomology confirmed that these are the pupal stage of the tomato hornworm.

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There are typically two or three generations of this pest each year, with the final generation overwintering in the soil and emerging as a moth in spring. The adult stage of this pest belongs to the insect family often called Sphinx or Hawk Moths. This family also includes the unusual hummingbird moth.

During the caterpillar stage, the tomato hornworm feeds on tomato plants and fruits and can cause substantial yield loss. Tips for controlling hornworms and other garden pests are included online in the UK Home Vegetable Gardening Guide. Print copies of this guide are available at the office.

Photos of the caterpillar and moth stage of the tomato hornworm are available online at UK Entomology or by searching ‘Kentucky Critter Files.’

Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Ag Agent.

Fall 2017 Ag Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

September Ag Calendar

1 Master Gardener classes begin
4 Office closed for Labor Day
7 Growing Daylilies, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.
8 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
11 Green Thumbs Garden Club, carpool leaves extension office at 8:30 a.m.
16 Oldham County Master Gardener Association meeting, 9:00 a.m.
16 Indoor Tilapia, Shrimp, & Aquaponics, Kentucky State University, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., details/RSVP via kathryn.mitchell@kysu.edu
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
25 Regional Beef Field Day, Todd Rand Farm, Bedford
27-28 Kentucky Grazing School, Versailles, Kentucky

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October Ag Calendar

5 Landscaping for All Seasons, Oldham County Arts Center, sponsored by Oldham County Community Education, 6:00 p.m.
9 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
13 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
17 Kentucky Grazing Conference, Lexington
19 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 6:00 p.m.
23 Monarchs in Mexico, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.

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November Ag Calendar

9 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 9:00 a.m.
10 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
13 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
17 Master Gardener Graduation Celebration, 9:00 a.m.
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

Oldham County Sunflowers

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

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Sunflowers

This year a large field of sunflowers located next to a busy road attracted a lot of attention. Large plantings of sunflowers are not new to Oldham County but most are not as visible. Often considered one of the prettiest crops, sunflowers provide a colorful display, especially when the plants cover several acres. The show lasts roughly 21 to 25 days, so you will have a limited time to get that perfect picture. Note that the flowers face east towards the sunrise, making mornings a good time for taking photos.

In some areas, large sunflower crops are harvested like corn with a specially designed harvester. The seeds’ many uses include oil, food and snack products, animal feed, and of course bird seed. If you grow your own sunflowers, the seed can be harvested by hand. Remove the seed from the flower head by pushing the seed to the side. It should fall right out.

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Written by Michael Boice, Oldham County Horticulture Assistant. Edited by Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Summer 2017 Ag Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

June Ag Calendar

1 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
8 County Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
8 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
8 Equine Farm & Facilities Expo, Lexington, University of Kentucky Extension Forages
9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
12 Green Thumbs, contact office for details
15 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
20 Ag Development Council, 7:00 p.m.
24 Master Gardener Association Meeting and Rain Garden Work Day, 9:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension Pavilion

July Ag Calendar

4 Office closed for Independence Day
6 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Henry County Extension
6 I Love Roses, 6:30 p.m., Oldham County Public Library, La Grange. Guest speaker Janet Miller of the Louisville Rose Society. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
10 Green Thumbs, Contact office for details
14 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
17 How Flowers Flirt and Flourish, 6:30 p.m., Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Goshen. Guest speaker Tavia Cathcart Brown, Wildflower Expert and Author. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
18 Oldham County Cattlemen, 6:00 p.m.
20 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Shelby County Extension
31 Ag Exhibits Entry for County Fair, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., (NEW LOCATION: Oldham County Extension office)

August Ag Calendar

3 Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening, 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker Jeff Wallitsch, Wallitsch Nursery and Garden Center. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
3 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
10 Rinse & Return for Pesticide Containers, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
16 Master Gardener/Green Thumbs Outing, Streamcliff Farms

2017 Master Gardener Classes

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

Master Gardener Classes Begin in September

Master Gardener classes will be offered Fridays, beginning September 1 through November 17. Classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the extension office. The cost for this program is $100 to cover class materials. Registration forms are available in our office as well as online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/OC-Master-Gardeners.

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What is a Master Gardener? A Master Gardener is someone who has successfully completed Master Gardener classes offered by an extension office. Classes provide research-based information on core subjects ranging from botany to soils to plant pests. Trees, turf, and landscape plant growing principles are also covered. Master Gardener volunteers take the knowledge learned through these classes and put it to use in their communities – sharing knowledge informally with others, teaching, and doing various gardening-related work in public areas.

How do I become a Master Gardener? Complete classes offered at the extension office and complete 40 hours of volunteer service within one year of course completion. Volunteers complete 20 service hours annually in subsequent years to maintain active Master Gardener status.

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Where can I volunteer? There are several ongoing volunteer opportunities at Yew Dell Gardens and Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, plus one-time opportunities that are announced throughout the year. Participants may help with an existing project or begin their own. A project can be as simple as helping plant or maintain your church’s landscape or providing plant recommendations for a neighborhood association common area. The possibilities are endless.