About krjack4

Extension Agent for Horticulture Serving home gardeners and Green Industry professionals, including commercial fruit & vegetable producers. Advisor to: Christian County Master Gardener Association; Downtown Hopkinsville Farmers Market.

Attracting Hummingbirds

We will start with some hummingbird facts.  The hummingbird is the smallest species of bird in the world!  They are cable of hovering, flying backwards, and are the only avian species that can fly upside down and backwards.  Most people think there are several different types of hummingbirds in Kentucky but actually there is only one, the Rubythroat that lives east of the Mississippi river. The male rubythroat is the one with the large red spot on its neck and breast.  The male rubythroat weighs only 3.03 grams or as much as 2.5 paperclips!

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Termite Season

Springtime brings warmer temperatures and more abundant rainfall, and it’s typically when many winged termites emerge inside homes and other structures. Termites swarm from their colony to disburse, fall to the ground, find mates and start new colonies in the soil. 

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Spring Lawn Tips

Fescue lawns in Kentucky can struggle by the end of the summer with drought, disease, and even insect problems.  Often our fescue lawns are thin and needing some nitrogen by the time fall arrives.  September and October are the best times to overseed and fertilize your lawn but some maintenance practices can be done in the spring.

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Building a Self-Watering Raised Bed

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Building a Self-Watering Raised Bed with Kara Back, County Extension Agent for Horticulture in Taylor County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.

Register for the meeting here: https://tinyurl.com/UKYHortWebWed21

See what other webinars are coming this season here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-two/
View Season One webinars here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-one/

Starter Fertilizer and Lawn Establishment

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Starter Fertilizer and Lawn Establishment with Brad Lee, Extension Specialist for the University of Kentucky. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.

Register for the meeting here: https://tinyurl.com/UKYHortWebWed21

See what other webinars are coming this season here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-two/
View Season One webinars here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-one/

New Plants for a New Year

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on New Plants for a New Year with Amy Aldenderfer, County Extension Agent for Horticulture in Hardin County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.

Register for the meeting here: https://tinyurl.com/UKYHortWebWed21

See what other webinars are coming this season here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-two/
View Season One webinars here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-one/

Pruning Brambles

On Wednesday, February 3, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Pruning Brambles with Shawn Wright, UK Horticulture Specialist. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.

Register for the meeting here: https://tinyurl.com/UKYHortWebWed21

See what other webinars are coming this season here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-two/
View Season One webinars here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-one/

Pruning Apple Trees

On Wednesday, February 17, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Pruning Apple Trees with Daniel Becker, Extension Associate for Vegetables and Fruit. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.

Register for the meeting here: https://tinyurl.com/UKYHortWebWed21

See what other webinars are coming this season here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-two/
View Season One webinars here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-one/

Vegetables in Small Spaces

On Wednesday, February 10, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Vegetables in Small Spaces with Beth Wilson, County Extension Agent for Horticulture in Pulaski County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.

Register for the meeting here: https://tinyurl.com/UKYHortWebWed21

See what other webinars are coming this season here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-two/
View Season One webinars here: https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-one/

Frost Flowers

While taking a walk last December, I noticed a strange looking icy, foam-like material that appeared to be “growing” near the tree line. Upon further investigation, they were some type of ice formations. Although I did not know it at the time, I had stumbled upon was a patch of frost flowers, which are also called ice fringes, ice ribbons, or rabbit ice. They can take on strange, beautiful shapes. 

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