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Gardening by the square foot and square bale

Dr. Rick Durham sets out main needs for successful gardening in small spaces with six principles to follow. Adair County Garden Club members made the class their regular monthly meeting. For those unable to attend, brochures outlining Dr. Durham's class are available at Extension Office.
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By Nick Roy

The "Gardening by the Square Foot & Square Bale" meeting was held at the Adair County Extension Office on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

The event was attended by 21 of Adair County's avid gardeners.


Guest speaker Dr. Rick Durham with the University of Kentucky covered several garden topics including square bale gardening.

Dr. Durham emphasized the 6 keys steps of square bale gardening:
  1. Use straw bales rather than grass to reduce weeds
  2. Choose a sunny spot. Bales are hard to move once wet
  3. Position the bale narrow side up so the strings are holding the side
  4. Add 2-3 inches of soil in areas where plants will be seeded or transplanted
  5. Water frequently, possibly 1-2 times per day
  6. Most importantly- condition the bales before planting. Conditioning includes adding a nitrogen sources and generally takes 10-14 days
Gardeners who were unable to attend the meeting can contact the Adair County Extension office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY, for copies of publications shared during the program.

- Nick Roy is Adair County Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources


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Dr. Rick Durham of UK used slides to illustrate gardening tips



2016-04-28 - 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Nick Roy, Adair County Extension agent.
Dr. Rick Durham of the University of Kentucky spoke to a group of 21 avid Adair County gardeners, many of them member of the Adair County Garden Club, at the Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY. His topic was "Gardening by the Square Bale and Square Foot," with tips on coaxing good yields from small spaces using some innovative ideas. The class was held on Thursday night, April 28, 2016, starting at 6pmCT. Those who missed the presentation can pick up easy to understand brochures at the Extension Office during regular business hours.

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