January 2024 Home Horticulture Newsletter

January 2024 Home Horticulture Newsletter

January 2024 Home Horticulture Newsletter

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January 2024 Pulaski County Home Horticulture Newsletter

Winter is here.

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

Winter Tree ID graphic

Upcoming Events

January 2 - 4, 2024 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Bowling Green KY.


January 17Winter Tree ID, Pulaski Co Extension office, 4:30pm. Please register!

Participants will get some reference booklets. Make sure you register so I have enough for everyone!


January 23 — Cut Flower Production, 5:30pm, Laurel Co Extension office, London KY.


January 30Winter Native Plant Sowing Workshop, Pulaski Co Extension office, 5pm. Please register!


January 31 - February 1 — Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association Green Industry Winter Conference, Marriott Louisville East, Louisville KY.


February 3 — Whimsical Birdhouse Workshop, 11am, Pulaski Co Extension office.


February 20 - 22KY Turf and Landscape Short Course, Elizabethtown KY.


March 2 — Birds & Blooms, 11am, Pulaski Co Extension office

Whimsical birdhouse workshop flyer

Kristy’s Home Tweet Home Birdhouse Competition

As part of the Lake Cumberland Master Gardener’s 2024 Annual Kristy’s Home Tweet Home Birdhouse Competition, Master Gardeners invite you to a series of programs/workshops about birds!  


The February workshop is described in the graphic above.  The one in March is described in the graphic below.


Birds and Blooms flyer
UK Home Vegetable Gardening publication

UK Home Vegetable Gardening publication

Yes, vegetable gardening does begin in January! If you’re like me and like to grow onions from seed, then January is the time to sow them.  


Be sure to get them under lights after the seed has germinated. Onions may take up to 12-14 weeks to make a decent transplant.


What to do with your tree after Christmas?

Since we live on Lake Cumberland, recycling your tree for fish habitat is a no-brainer. Call 606-677-4096 for more info.


Or click on the graphic below for other ideas.


New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

USDA has issued the latest Plant Hardiness Zone (PHZM) map based on the previous 30 years of data. The majority of Kentucky is now in Zone 7, with northern and eastern Kentucky still well in Zone 6.


Understand, these maps are human constructs we’ve put plants in. Plant hardiness is much more complex than saying ‘Now I can fill my yard with all the Zone 7 plants I’ve been envying’. No. Take a step back.


The USDA PHZM is one of the best tools we have to make good, data-driven decisions on what plants will survive in a particular area.  The maps correctly reflect the temperature data over the last 30 years. But read more about it and you’ll see how the map was made and why it’s not infallible.


How the map was made

How the map was made

Why the map isn’t perfect

Why the map isn’t perfect


Spotted Lanternfly Winter Identification

Spotted lanternfly is the newest invasive insect that has come to Kentucky. The life stage you will see at this time of the year is the egg stage. Eggs look like an epoxy-like substance. They can be laid on tree bark but may also be found on unnatural objects like cars, patio furniture, firewood, and even stones.


Come by the Pulaski Co Extension office and pick up credit card-sized ID and info cards.


Hort Webinar Wednesday taking a break

As always, the archives may be accessed at  your convenience.

HWW Archives

HWW Archives


Master Gardener Updates


Ten Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Trainees have finished up their classroom training and will be putting in 40 hours each of volunteer time during the next 12 months through Master Gardener and Extension Service programs.


You’ll see these volunteers working in community beautification projects, manning tables at various events, or teaching programs.


The Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners ended their year of hard work with a relaxing lunch at The Chalet (photo at right).  Old and new EMGs had a good lunch and good fellowship.


EMG Kaye Hudson loves to spend time with the residents of Sky Hope Rehabilitation Center, teaching gardening and doing crafts. In the photo to the right, Kaye is showing them where luffas come from.


And they picked the coldest day so far in December to plant natives and hardy bulbs at The Neighborhood, an assisted living facility in Somerset.  Marvin Kinch, who passed away in 2021, was an EMG and a resident at the facility, who had planned the garden.


If you’d like to be included on future mailings concerning the Master Gardener Program here in Pulaski Co, click the link below.

Coming soon program
Master Gardener Kaye show Sky Hope residents the wild world of luffa gourds
Master Gardener volunteers planting at assisted living facility
Learn more about the Master Gardener Program

Learn more about the Master Gardener Program

signs of hypothermia

Winter Precautions & Preparedness

The coldest part of the year will be the next two months, January and February (averaging 35 and 39 degrees F, respectively). Be ready for it by dressing appropriately and being aware of the signs of hypothermia.


Also, be sure your vehicle has extra blankets, jumper cables, and several other items (see graphic above) in case of inclement weather.


Got leftovers? You can easily regrow...

  • onions

  • carrots

  • celery

  • lettuce

  • potatoes & sweetpotatoes

  • pineapple

Kitchen Scrap Gardening

Kitchen Scrap Gardening

Use leftover seeds to grow...

  • herbs

  • lettuce

  • sprouts

  • radishes

  • and more!



It’s Always a Good Time to Soil Test


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

Call the office now

Call the office now



Learn More

Learn More


Recipe of the Month

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

More Recipes

More Recipes

Recipe card for Super Crunchy Salad

Newsletter Archive

To access archived Extension newsletters, click here.


Non-Discrimination Policy

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Organization with respect to education and employment and authorization to provide research, education information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.  

Reasonable accommodation of disability may be available with prior notice. Program information may be made available in languages other than English.  

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other related matter should be directed to

Equal Opportunity Office, Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment,  University of Kentucky, Room S-105, Agriculture Science Building, North Lexington, Kentucky 40546,  

the UK Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity, 13 Main Building,  University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0032 or  

US Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,  1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.


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