While it seems like everything around us is closing, gardening and working in your yard is still open for business! So while you may be spending a little extra time at home the next couple of weeks, now would be a good time to learn more about horticulture.
There is a lot of information, both good and bad, out there. So where do you turn to find more information about your yard and gardening?
Below I have put together a good resource list for beginning and advanced gardeners. I have provided website addresses, but the publications can also be accessed by googling the name of the publication with the words Kentucky and extension after it. If you do not have access to the internet, we will be more than happy to provide you with any of these publications.
Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/id/id128/id128.pdf
Gardening in Small Spaces: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/ID/ID248/ID248.pdf
Residential Rain Gardens: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/HENV/HENV205/HENV205.pdf
Insect Pests for Vegetable Gardens: http://entomology.ca.uky.edu/vegetable
Home Composting: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/ho/ho75/ho75.pdf
Kentucky Garden Flowers: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Horticulture/gardenflowers/
Culinary Herbs: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/ho/ho74/ho74.pdf
Propagating Plants In and Around the Home: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/ho/ho67/ho67.pdf
Wondering about sick plants? Check out the University of Kentucky Plant Pathology list of publications. You can find pest management guides as well as information to help you solve horticultural mysteries such as "Why did my tree turn brown?". Plant Pathology Publication website can be found at: https://plantpathology.ca.uky.edu/extension/publications
The University of Kentucky Forestry Department has a plethora of publications ranging in topics from snake identification, logging, shiitake mushroom production, agroforestry, Christmas tree production, wildlife management and control and native plants. http://forestry.ca.uky.edu/forestry-extension-pubs They also offer a podcast called "From the Woods" which can be found here: http://forestry.ca.uky.edu/FromtheWoodsKY
Everyone wants a perfect lawn! But a lot of factors go into making it happen. The UK Turfgrass website has a home lawn section with a lot of excellent information on topics such as a weed control, seeding lawns, fertilizing and they offer a calendar of lawn care. There are also a lot of videos including how to kill moles: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/ukturf/lawns.html
Do you like bugs? Or do they give you the willies? UK's Entomology website has a lot of interesting information about insects in our state. Remember, 90% of insects are either beneficial or not hurting anything: https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/
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