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Spring 2016 Featured Information

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Toolbox classes

Feb 4 -- DIY Mushrooms on Logs

Feb 8 -- DIY Succulent Container

Feb 18 -- Grow Great Lettuce

March 1 -- DIY Hypertufa Pots

March 15 -- DIY Apple Grafting Workshop

March 31 -- New Plant Introductions

April 19 -- Smart, Elegant Landscape Design Using Native Plants

May 3 -- Dignified Pruning of Trees and Shrubs

May 17 -- Growing Ginger

May 24 -- Junk to (Garden) Jewels

June 23 -- Intro to Aquaponics

July 12 -- Propagating Houseplants

August 18 -- Straw Bale Gardening

Oct 13 -- Grow Great Garlic

Oct 27 -- Alliums

Nov 29 -- DIY Christmas Centerpiece

Dec 8 -- Holiday Cactus

N E W !  State Horticulture Newsletter Lots of good information for January and March-April 2016.
N E W !   Pine Straw Available! Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners make pine straw available at a very reasonable cost. $7 per bale for up to 49 bales. $6 per bale for 50 or more bales. Call (606) 679-6361 for more information.
Spotted Wing Drosophila impacts

     small fruits

This new pest has the ability to do serious damage to raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries.  Here's a second pub. Commercial growers must take the necessary steps to control this pest.
N E W !  2016 Gardener's Toolbox text message updates Text '@gardenerst' to 81010 to receive text updates about the upcoming 2016 Gardener's Toolbox classes. To automatically sign up to receive email updates, click here.
Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association Lake Cumberland Beekeepers are an extremely active group promoting smart, practical beekeeping. They meet the 3rd Monday of each month January - October at 6:30pm.
2015 Beginner Beekeeping School Enormously successful program with up to 50 new beekeepers in 2015!!

  Pulaski Pollinator Garden Plant List

The pollinator garden was planted in 2014.  Plants include mainly natives with some non-natives mixed in.

 Emerald Ash Borer Information

Emerald ash borer has been detected in Pulaski County. It may be worth considering protecting highly valued ash trees with a spring treatment.

Landscape Plants for Honeybees

             Plant List

I spoke at several KY bee schools in 2014 (Allen Co, South East, and Bluegrass) on early- and late-flowering landscape plants for honey bees. This list is NOT all-inclusive. It is intended to give you some different ideas.
Living on a Few Acres

Come join us for this 6-part series that will provide you practical information about living on your small farm. Take a look at the full program here.

Farmers Market information

Three markets serve Pulaski County

Relevant publications



News article for April 24, 2016 Carpenter bees

Archive of articles can be found here.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug This is a new stink bug to Kentucky and is a known pest of fruit crops and vegetables. It's also a home invader.
UK's See Blue, Go Green Website from UK featuring how to be green in your home and garden (and other places)

Mobile Technology for Farmers

link to our 'Apps for Farmers' list


A list of some potentially handy apps for your mobile device
Pulaski County Home Gardening Blog

Join Hort Agent Beth Wilson for timely information

Beekeeping in Kentucky

If you see a bee swarm, please contact me or a known beekeeper.  We have a number of beekeepers who will gladly collect it.

Our local bee association meets each month on the 3rd Monday at 7pm at the Extension office.  You don't have to keep bees to come and learn! No meetings in Nov and Dec.

Tour the Children's Garden  

Virtual tour of the new Children's Garden at the Pulaski County Public LIbrary

Current Get Growing! Newsletter

Home gardening newsletter

Listen to Home Gardening Tips

 MP3 format


Home Gardening Commercial Hort MG Program

Go to Upcoming Events


Beth Wilson

Beth Wilson, Pulaski County Horticulture Agent

BS in Computer Science, Transylvania, 1989

BS in Horticulture, UK, 1995

MS in Horticultural Science, NCSU, 1997

Bethany G. Wilson

ISA Certified Arborist (R)


























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