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Around Grant County

  • US 25 Yard Sale

    The third annual U.S. 25 yard sale begins on June 5 and wraps up on June 7 with vendors lining Dixie Highway from Covington to Georgia.
    Judy Wigginton, of Williamstown, got the idea for the U.S. 25 yard sale from the popular U.S. 127 yard sale held in August.
    “This is an opportunity to showcase our community and get something going, especially for downtown Williamstown,” Wiggington said.  
    Rental spaces are available from residents, businesses, churches and organizations.

  • Cool nights initiate blooms for holiday cacti

    It looks like we are in a cool weather pattern, which got me thinking about some of my orchids and holiday cacti.  When attempting to grow tropical plants we are met with the challenge of mimicking their native habitat, which is difficult inside our homes. We can allow Mother Nature to take care of some of this, outside, for now.  
    Move some of your orchids, holiday cacti and clivia outdoors for the remainder of the season because we can initiate bud set through managing day length and nighttime temperatures.  

  • Rachael’s Recipes

    Orange
    Zucchini Bars
    ½ pound lean ground beef
    1 cup grated zucchini
    1 cup sugar
    1 ½ cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
    2 egg whites
    ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
    4 tablespoons cooking oil
    1 ½ teaspoons grated orange peel
    2 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • Rachael’s Recipes

    Quick Calzone
    ½ pound lean ground beef
    1 cup spaghetti sauce, divided
    1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese or low-fat cottage cheese
    ¾ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    1 tube crescent rolls
    1. Preheat oven as directed on package of crescent rolls.
    2. Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, breaking into small pieces, until brown throughout. Drain excess fat from meat. Mix about ¼ cup of spaghetti sauce into meat.
    3. In a separate bowl, stir cheeses together.

  • Favorite fall perennials

    There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late summer and fall performance.  Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring. My mixed perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought- and please ignore the weeds!)  The black-eyed Susan’s, Russian sage and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of the year.

  • Alpine Hills Dairy, Country Pumpkins accepted into roadside farm program market

    Alpine Hills Dairy and Country Pumpkins of Grant County is one of the 91 certified farm markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2017 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.
    In joining the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Alpine Hills Dairy and Country Pumpkins has committed to offering quality products and service to its customers. Its acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that this market meets the highest standards of quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

  • Golden rod not the allergen you think

    I am allergic to many things and it is not just seasonal pollen…so trust me when I say don’t blame your late summer sneezes on this lovely perennial.  There are about 100 species of golden rod in North America, 20 of which can be found in Kentucky.   So, it is no surprise that Solidago, or golden rod, is Kentucky’s official state flower.  

  • Summer drupes on the fringe tree, paper lanterns on the silverbell

    The beacon of spring in these parts is undoubtedly the native dogwood.  But, because of disease problems, especially dogwood anthracnose, people are seeking alternatives to Cornus florida.
     There are other notable dogwoods like Cornus kousa and Cornus mas, but look beyond the dogwood for small, spring flowering landscape trees that prove to have interest well into summer. Consider the Carolina silverbell (halesia) and the fringe tree (chionanthus).

  • Rachael’s Recipes

    Slow Cooker Swiss Steaks
    2 pounds boneless round steak

    8 medium new potatoes
    2 cups baby carrots
    1 medium onion
    Cooking spray
    1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • Indeterminate or determinate?

    I received a letter from a reader years ago that asked somewhat of a philosophical question regarding determinate tomatoes.  Yes, philosophical, because she asked why would we plant a tomato that sets its fruit, reaches a certain point, stops growing, ripens nearly at once and then dies?  
    Our love affair with homegrown tomatoes would more logically dictate that we grew only indeterminate tomatoes that reached monstrous proportions and yielded fruit into a first killing frost.