KENTUCKY ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

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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MINDFUL GARDENING

Blessed be the gardens that bind us Story and Photos by Rebecca Stoner Kirts basilbecky.blogspot.com April always brings an awakening of new growth in the garden. It is a time when the greens seem so fresh and the first bits of color burst forth in all their glory. I love this time of year; it …

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DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED WINE

‘Spilled Wine’ weigela Story by Andrea Dee Spilled Wine weigela pours color and character into the landscape. Its magnificent magenta flowers carpet dark purple black wavy foliage from late spring into summer. The foliage holds its vivid color through summer into fall, contrasting nicely with companion chartreuse- and dark-green-leafed shrubs. Similar to other weigelas, hummingbirds …

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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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RED HORSE-CHESTNUT

Story and Photos by Andrea Dee For the garden that has everything, and a little space to spare, this spring show stopper is a fun specialty selection. Red horse-chestnut tree is a cross between red buckeye (A. pavia) and horse-chestnut (A. hippocastanum). Flowering with pink to rose red conical clusters and exhibiting coarse, dark green …

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TIGER EYES SUMAC

Story and Photos by Andrea Dee A rich, golden-leafed form of cutleaf stag horn sumac makes a bold statement in the landscape. Its upright branching form shows off draping deeply serrated chartreuse to yellow foliage and contrasting rose-hued stems. As if that isn’t dramatic enough, the foliage flames orange to red during the fall before …

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BITE-SIZED GOODNESS

Growing your own cherry tomatoes in Kentucky Story by Rodney Wilson There’s a lot to love about cherry tomatoes. For starters, the little orbs are ridiculously easy to grow, with one plant offering a seemingly endless harvest of bite-sized goodness. The fruit, which is in every way just a miniature version of the traditional vegetable, …

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STREET APPEAL

Eye-catching landscaping features that pull you in from the road Story and Photos by Rebecca Stoner Kirts basilbecky.blogspot.com Have you ever been driving around and spied that house, the one that makes you want to go in and see more right from the street? It is not really what is up by the house, it …

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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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