February 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

February 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

February 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

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February 2023 Pulaski County Home Horticulture Newsletter

There’s a ton of info in this month’s newsletter. Have fun!


And please remember to REGISTER for the programs you’d like to attend by scanning the QR codes or clicking on the graphic.

Soils 101 program for all gardeners on February 20 at 4:30pm @ Pulaski Co Extension office
Living on a Few Acres Feb 10-11, 2023

Upcoming Events

Starting when you get this newsletter & while supplies last! — Complete the Seed Catalog Scavenger Hunt (see below) and win a prize!


Starting when you get this newsletter & while supplies last! — A new Grab n Go Kit is available, sponsored by the Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners. Scroll down to learn more.


February 2Groundhog Day!


February 10-11Living on a Few Acres, 5:30pm to 9pm (February 10) and 8:30am to 12:30pm (February 11), Pulaski Co Extension Service office


February 20Soils 101 for All Gardeners, 4:30pm, Pulaski County Extension office


February 20Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association meeting, 6:30pm business meeting, 7pm program. Pulaski Co Extension Service office


February 21-23Turf Short Course, Hardin Co Extension office


February 24Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 10am, Pulaski Co Extension Service office.


Late February — Mushroom Inoculation Party, TBA. Call the office for details, 606-679-6361.



Can you take a minute and complete a quick survey on horticulture programs? Thanks in advance!

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Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower seed can be started this month inside
Gardening Goals for the new growing season

Living on a Few Acres

This training is for anyone who owns a few acres. Maybe you already have a farm dream. Maybe you have no idea where to start. Do you want the farm to earn money? Or do you want the farm to just pay the taxes? Do you want your acreage to feed you and your family? Or is it just a hobby? Whatever type of situation you’re in, this training will point you to resources and help give life to your farm dreams.

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Living on a Few Acres flyer

Gardening Doesn’t Have to Stop in the Winter

Winter gardening is feasible even in the winter! Lake Cumberland Master Gardener Deborah Messenger tells us more in this article.

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Vegetable gardens can be year-round!

Seed Starting Video

February is when planting vegetable seed really starts happening. If you’re new to it or just need some pointers, watch this video.

Beth Wilson seed starting video

Ordering Seed?


Spring may be far away, but vegetable garden planning begins during the cold months of winter. Seed catalogs, store displays, and online retailers present a number of ….

Read more here

Deciphering the Seed Catalog

Sometimes seed catalogs are straightforward, but other times they are filled with acronyms that are just hard to understand.

Learn more here

Seed Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Send me your completed form along with the name of the catalog you used and WIN A PRIZE! (while supplies last)


Black History Month and Agriculture

George Washington Carver


George Washington Carver was a brilliant agricultural scientist who developed hundreds of products using peanuts (but sadly not peanut butter), sweet potatoes, and soybeans.


He promoted the practice of using compost to reintroduce nutrients and add organic matter to soil. His ahead-of-the-times ideas about self-sufficiency and sustainability are important contributions as well.

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Booker T. Whatley


Booker T Whatley (yes, Whatley, not Washington) wrote and published the book How to Make $100,000 Farming 25 Acres in 1987. He also introduced the idea of community supported agriculture (CSA).


We have him to thank for the local food movement and the concept of Know Your Farmer.

Learn More
Start onion seeds in mid-January

Vegetable Growing Season Begins!

OUTDOORS?!. Yes, this month, start your peas outside. Click below to access UK’s great Extension publication ID-128, Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky


Master Gardener Grab N Go!


The Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners have put together orange macrame bird feeder kits.This is a great little craft for kids or adults. Plus you’ll be feeding the birds.


Join Project Feeder Watch or the Great Backyard Bird Count and help count birds all winter.


Supplies are limited so come by and pick up your orange macrame bird feeder kit today!


Master Gardener Updates

Lake Cumberland Extension Master Gardener Kaye Hudson put together a little something called ‘Why I Became A Master Gardener’. (in 3 parts)


Part 1

When I was a child I helped with the family garden because my mother made me. As a young adult, my husband and I made small gardens for a few years with only limited success. Then, we quit gardening because other things occupied our time and energy.


I will admit that I still enjoyed watching things grow, but only from a distance.


Upon retirement, I began to enjoy having flowers in the yard, became interested in plants, began to visit the ‘big box’ stores in the area, buying the discounted ‘near death’ plants and bringing them back to life. Using Google became a habit.


Then one day I saw an advertisement from the Master Gardener program. #iwashooked, #signmeup


To Be Continued…..

Learn more about the Master Gardener Program
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Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays

HWW is on a hiatus but will return in mid-March 2023 with new webinars soon. In the meantime, check out the vast library of recorded webinars.

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Soil Test Now


Soil quality determines your success as a gardener. Pulaski County residents get 25 soil analyses for FREE. Soil probes are also available to loan out. Call our office for more details 606-679-6361

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Soil test now

Myth: Pine Straw Will Make Your Soil Acidic

A common garden myth is that when pine needles drop, they acidify the soil. more about the myth by clicking below.

Pine Needle Myth Busting
Pine Straw Sales Information

UK Forestry From the Woods Today

February topics:

  • Impact of Climate on Bourbon (Feb 8)

  • What is a Bird? Backyard Bird Count (Feb 15)

  • Fire Season, Tree of the Week, and Wildlife Sounds (Feb 22)


Webinars from the UK Forestry Extension team are available live every Wednesday at 11am. Sign up for email reminders, watch live webinars, or browse the recorded archive.

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Dressing for the Cold

Bundling up and staying dry are two of the best things you can do to stay safe from cold temperatures this winter. Wear layers to stay warm.

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Dress for cold weather

Recognizing Hypothermia

Do you know how to recognize someone who is experiencing hypothermia? Anyone exhibiting signs should be taken to a warm area immediately

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Signs of hypothermia

Recipe of the Month

Take a deep dive into all the UK Plate It Up Kentucky Proud recipes by clicking the button below.

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Cabbage Rolls recipe

Newsletter Archive

To access archived Extension newsletters, click here.

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