KENTUCKY ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Kentucky-specific articles. Enjoy!

JASON VAUGHN

Tending a suburban oasis Story and Photos by Rodney Wilson The city of Highland Heights is situated just 8 miles from the Ohio River and, on the other side, the bustling city of Cincinnati. The northern Kentucky town isn’t exactly sleepy itself, with a plethora of interconnected neighborhoods, always-busy retail district, and the campus of …

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TO BASIL WITH LOVE

Tips for using the basil you’ve grown with love Story and Photos by Rebecca Stoner Kirts basilbecky.blogspot.com I think June is the best month for gardening. The gardens are looking their best, the weather is perfect, and all is good. But for me, the best thing about June is basil (Ocimum basilicum). Of all the …

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A GOOD START

Grow your own vegetable transplants Story by Rodney Wilson If you’re a gardener, you already know that vegetable transplants, or “starts,” are fairly inexpensive and widely available. One can, with minimal investment, purchase an entire season’s plot with ease and some expectation of success after transplanting the baby plants into the ground. I’ve absolutely done …

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DON’T MULCH IT … PLANT IT

What to plant underneath your landscape trees Story and Photos by Rebecca Stoner Kirts basilbecky.blogspot.com Great things can happen in the garden – whether it’s because you have a good plan, an accident, or maybe just luck. My gardens are excellent examples of all these. I have learned as much from my mistakes as my …

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A WISH FOR THE FOUNTAIN

‘Purple Fountain’ beech Story and Photos by Andrea Dee ‘Purple Fountain’ beech is a standout ornamental tree with a uniquely slender upright form and graceful weeping branches. Smooth dark plum/purple foliage hangs like ornaments draping downward.  This handsome specimen provides a dazzling four-season show of color in the landscape: leafing out copper in the spring …

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FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY

April showers bring May flowers … and butterflies Story and Photo by Amanda Ferguson Sears As we head into spring, we can look forward to flowers blooming, leaves unfurling, and butterflies fluttering. The monarch butterfly is probably the most talked about butterfly, because of its beauty, but also due to its habitat destruction. There has …

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BE GONE!

10 ways to keep critters out of your vegetable garden Story by Rodney Wilson Kentucky is home to numerous gardeners, which makes total sense when you consider the state’s deep agricultural heritage – we were born to get dirt under our fingernails. The Commonwealth also plays host to a rich tapestry of wildlife, from deer …

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BANANA PEPPER BASICS

Growing your own peppers at home Story and Photos by Andrea Dee Banana peppers, medium-sized yellow wax peppers in the chile family, have a uniquely tangy flavor and are good raw or pickled. Usually ranking under 500 Scoville units on the official heat scale, Banana peppers are considered mild chiles with a range of 0-500 …

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STAY A WHILE

Get cozy and comfortable in the garden Story and Photos by Rebecca Stoner Kirts basilbecky.blogspot.com It is quite unfortunate that many gardeners never take the time to enjoy what they have “sown,” and I am no exception. Last summer I had several groups touring the gardens, and of course, I nearly killed myself trying to …

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