Early morning-entering Booneville, KY in Owsley County.

By: Tanya Begley

Now that we are wrapping up a very busy month of May with our many springtime celebrations, events, and holidays. I want to pause a moment on this Memorial Holiday and reflect on our nation’s past, and present military veterans. Their service and honor for our country and defending its freedoms will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service, your dedication, and the sacrifices you make and have made for our great nation!

Looking toward June. Summer is but mere weeks away! Crops have started and the summer growing season is finally here. What a great time to enjoy natures beauty, as we watch our community thrive with the natural grown goodness our creator has provided.

In this May 2022 edition of our blog, I encourage you to take a moment to enjoy (or even share with us) your own summer growing goodness. As we do each month, we will give growing season tips and tricks for new or existing crops, and planting and maybe I’ll throw a recipe, craft or “life hack” in the mix. We hope that you enjoy them and that they are beneficial to you and yours.

Every season we wish to spotlight happenings, goings on’s and events around the county.  As well as local resources, and farmers that want to invite you to come see what they have available. Please feel free to contact me at tanya.begley@owsley.kyschools.us  if you or your group or event would like to be featured in our blog.

Summer growing tips

By: Alan Taylor

* Soil testing should be completed. If not, you still have time. To complete the soil test, take 10-12 soil samples from different parts of the garden. Take these samples to your local extension office for analysis ( see link below) . The results will help you to determine how much fertilizer that you need to apply to your garden.

*Late April/early May was a great time to plant sweet corn and you can still put it out. Potatoes can be planted if they are not already planted, as can any of the cold crops such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.

* Beans, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, and muskmelon can be planted beginning mid-May-Early June. The average last frost should have pasted around May 3 and May 18.

*Owsley County Extension office directions link: https://owsley.ca.uky.edu/content/directions


Local events & Reminders

By: Tanya Begley

The Owsley County Farmer’s Market will officially Open for the season every Tuesday & Saturday, June through September at 9 a.m. You can keep up with the Farmer’s Market on their wonderful Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/people/Owsley-County-Farmers-Market/100057258197449/

There will be a Balloons Over Booneville event June 10th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Owsley County Fair Grounds. See more information here: https://www.facebook.com/BoonevilleKentuckyEvents/photos/a.144041167160983/547347443497018/

We hope you have enjoyed this month’s Owsley County Farm To School -Grow Appalachia Blog. We would love to feature local farming and events around the community. Feel free to reach out and let us know what you have going on. We will close with a recipe link for some yummy & refreshing Mango Salsa! Perfect for your summer events and gatherings or to enjoy it all to yourself!  https://www.fifteenspatulas.com/mango-salsa/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.fifteenspatulas.com