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Aquaculture on tap

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By Steve Moore

 

Aquaculture will be the theme for the July Third Thursday Thing. Held at the KSU Mills Lane farm just south of Frankfort, beginning at 10 a.m. this Thursday, the 17th, participants will be able to learn about many different aspects and enterprises relating to fish production.

Topics will include Catfish production, Marketing all Aquaculture Products, Largemouth Bass Production, Aquaponics, Pondside Water Quality Testing Demonstration, Koi and Koi/Goldfish Hybrids, and Pond Weed Control and Disease Management.

If you have an interest in any type of fish production as an agriculture enterprise, this edition of the Third Thursday Thing is a must attend. The sessions are always informative and informal, and the staff at KSU will provide a nice sponsored lunch.

FORAGE FIELD DAY

The Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council Annual Field Day will be held this Thursday, July 17 in Breckinridge County from 3 – 8:30 p.m. For complete details on tours, times, speakers and activities, see the UK Forage website at www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage.

PLANNING FOR FALL VEGETABLES

It’s time to start planning how you can continue to enjoy your garden and even add new plantings. You can plant a variety of produce in Henry County gardens in the coming weeks allowing fresh items to be available well into the fall.

The cooler nights experienced later in the year as these vegetables mature may increase the sugar content of many crops and thus increase their quality. Cooler nights also slow growth, so crops can take longer to mature than in the summer.

Late July or early August would be the time to make a last planting of bush beans, carrots, sweet corn, kale, collards, Bibb lettuce, turnips and cole crops such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. For late August and into September try planting mustard greens, spinach greens, radishes, turnip greens and leaf lettuce.

If the previous crop was well fertilized and grew vigorously you may need to add little if any additional fertilizer, otherwise apply about two to three pounds of a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 per 100 square feet of planting area. Remember to keep fall gardens well watered as this tends to be a fairly dry time.