by: Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
Rain is most generally a welcome blessing for any gardener or farmer. However, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. Excessive rain on plants can cause plenty of trouble in the garden. Overly wet weather causes diseases via bacteria and fungus caused by long term moisture on foliage and root systems. Our gardens have recently been hit by plenty of rainfall recently. You might be wondering how to garden in wet ground and what are the effects of wet weather on the garden.
Excessive rain on plants promotes disease often evidenced in stunting, spots on foliage, decay on leaves, stems or fruit, wilting and, in severe cases, death of the entire plant. Extreme wet weather also keeps pollinators at bay affecting bloom and fruiting. Insects don’t fly as often or fly as far having to struggle against the rain. They pollinate fewer blooms and without pollinated blooms, your plants can’t produce vegetables. Many plants can pollinate using wind but heavy rain can knock the pollen from the blooms and cause the blooms to fall off. So all of our recent rainfall can heavily affect your garden and flowers. Other bugs, such as slugs, also begin to be seen in the garden as well. It is very important to remove them as soon as possible. If weather allows, make sure to spray an insecticide to kill and prevent other insects from damaging your plants.
The larger reason for no or slow vegetable production is that too much rain will saturate the ground and displace the air spaces in the soil. The roots then suffer from oxygen deficiency. Like you and me, plants can’t breathe under water. When a plant's roots are damaged it is hard for them to survive the hot summer days when a drought does occur.
When we get a lot of moisture on foliage for a period of time, and then we get the right weather conditions, you may see leaf spot diseases and other problems occur. When you see disease symptoms, it’s too late to spray. You have to have those fungicides on the plant before the problems occur. The best thing to do in that case is to pull off any of the diseased leaves, eliminate them from the garden because of potential secondary infection, and hopefully the new growth won’t be as affected.
Another big issues with excessive rainfall that gardeners may be experiencing is weeds, whose growth is aided by rain and warm temperatures. It’s very important to get out there and pull those weeds before they go to seed. If you let weeds go to seed, you are going to cause more problems for yourself next year. Once you get the weeds cleaned out, you can use a pre-emergent herbicide like Preen, mulch or newspaper in between your rows and around plants. Use something that is going to prevent future weed growth from occurring
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Shop At Home Carpets recently donated $500 in honor of Tim Hendricks to the Humane Society of Edmonson County for the Hoedown for Hounds fundraising event scheduled for June 15, 6 p.m., at the Brownsville Community Center.
"Tim was a beloved friend and co-worker at Shop At Home Carpets," said the company in a released statement. "Tim loved animals with all of his heart."
He passed away from complications of cancer in January 2018.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A new southern gospel quartet with some familiar ties is set to release a brand new album in a special free concert event this Saturday, June 8th.
The group "United," made up of former members of the now retired Crossmen Quartet, have reassembled for a new sound and outlook on singing.
"After the retirement of the Crossmen, we took some time to reflect on what we wanted to do," said tenor singer Scott Flener, a resident of Morgantown. "While we felt like retiring the Crossmen was the best route to take, we were able to rejuvenate some old friendships with some former members and create something new, once the timing was right."
The group is not looking to "hit the road" again, in the same manner for which the Crossmen were once known.
"We're all very happy with our careers, our families, and the roles we have in our own churches," Flener said. "This is a new way to share our God-given talent with others as our schedules allow. We enjoy singing with each other and singing about the Lord."
The group is made up of Flener, baritone Darren Lawrence, bass Jason Brooks, and lead Darren Doyle. Their repertoire is made up of originals with a few old classics and obscure covers mixed in. All members of the group are originally from Butler and Edmonson Counties.
The concert is being held at Crossland Community Church, located at 600 31W Bypass in Bowling Green at 7pm. There is no admission and the album will be available there for the first time. Doors will open at 6pm.
The group's music will also be available on all major download sites and streaming services.
by Julia Wilson, Edmonson County Extension Office:
Grills are so versatile for preparing a variety of foods including fruits and vegetables. Grilling fruits and vegetables has many benefits. You can add new flavors to some of your favorite dishes, increase your family’s fruit and vegetable intake, and they typically take 10 minutes or less to cook. This summer, enjoy some of your favorite healthy dishes fresh from the grill.
Fruit and vegetables will be at their peak of freshness at different times throughout the growing season. Shop your local farmers market for the freshest offerings. Remember to arrive early to get the best selection as many popular produce items tend to sell out quickly at the market.
Stone fruits like peaches, cherries and plums do extremely well on the grill as do apples, strawberries and bananas. Select firm fruit that is not too ripe, as over-ripe fruit can end up too soft when grilled. You can enhance their flavor by applying olive oil or lemon juice before placing them on the grill.
Firm vegetables like corn on the cob and asparagus are easy to prepare on the grill. Place them right on your grill’s cooking grid. Frequently turn vegetables to keep them from burning on the grill. You can grill smaller or chopped vegetables by wrapping them in aluminum foil and then placing them on the cooking grid. Season your vegetables with olive oil and fresh herbs in the aluminum foil. Grilled vegetables taste great as a side dish or dipped in hummus.
You can even involve your family in preparing fruit and vegetables for the grill. Preparing fruit or vegetable kabobs is a fun hands-on activity. Have your children help you chop up fresh fruits and vegetables of your choosing into large chunks. Place the chunks on a skewer and grill.
More information on grilling and nutrition is available at the Edmonson County Extension office.
Source: Heather Norman-Burgdolf, Assistant Extension Professor
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Local Company Offering $25 Off Any Service Call
Local plumber Shane Elmore and his company, Shane Elmore Plumbing has expanded their business as they continue to grow. While they are in the process of branching out into an additional office in Bowling Green, Shane and his team are still ready to serve their local Edmonson County customers.
Shane Elmore Plumbing celebrated being in business 14 years this past April and he has more than 26 years experience in the plumbing business.
Now proud sponsors of the Edmonson Voice, they are offering a special deal to their local customers with $25 off any service call: just call the number in the ad below.
"Shane Elmore Plumbing loves to serve our community. Don’t take chances when it comes to your home’s pipes and plumbing," the company said in a statement. "Clogged drains, leaky faucets, broken pipes, faulty water heaters, and outdated plumbing fixtures are not only a nuisance but can lower the value of your home. Stop living with faulty home plumbing and see the difference Shane Elmore can make for you. We work hard to make sure your plumbing job is done the right way and on-time. We’re your neighborhood plumber. Call Shane Elmore Plumbing today at (270) 235-6597."
The family company also offers their services for new construction for both residential and commercial projects as well as renovations and remodels.
Shane can be found working along side his other team members, usually around the clock. He and his wife, Melanie reside in Edmonson County, along with many other company employees.
Mickey's Towing and Garage has announced a recent partnership with Freddie Wayne Jaggers and Bee Spring Service Center. Both garages have merged into Mickey's Poplar Springs Road location.
Owner Mickey Johnson said the business now offers complete mechanic services that include everything from a simple oil change, to a complete engine or transmission replacement, even welding and fabrication.
"Freddie is a knowledgeable technician with tons of experience," said Johnson. "He's also great at customer service and parts knowledge. We've known each other for a long time but our sons playing baseball together has brought us closer together. We're excited to combine our garages in an expansion with our 24/7 towing service and we know that Freddie is a great addition to our business."
Used parts are also available at Mickey's salvage yard and you'll also find used cars for sale at the location.
Johnson said discounts are available for service if Mickey's tows your vehicle. They also offer discounts for veterans and first responders. Johnson and his wife, Elysia not only run their family business, Mickey helps as an assistant ECHS baseball and football coach, and Elysia is an assistant Lady Cat softball coach. Freddie also volunteered for ECHS baseball for a number of years and now Freddie's son, Matthew, also helps the coaching staff of the Wildcats.
Check out the above ad for all their info and to visit their Facebook Page.
Primitive moving sale-- Tons of primitives and everything must go!
THIS FRIDAY June 7th and SATURDAY JUNE 8th at
1251 Pig Rd, Smiths Grove, KY.
Don't miss this big event!