Happy April! What a beautiful month, and the weather is once again on the upswing. Let's hope for no more freezes.
Overseed It's time to overseed the lawn and build a thick, healthy turf that keeps out weeds. If using a crabgrass preventer on newly seeded areas, use one with siduron. It can be applied before, during or after seeding.
Plant Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, peas, onions, spinach, strawberries, turnips, beets.
Fewer but bigger free tomatoes The supplier who was to provide the free tomatoes to attendees of the Harvey County Home & Garden Show had some kind of problem and won't be able to do so. As an alternate, there will be 50 coupons offered today and another 50 on Sunday (one to a family) for a free tomato plant, first come, first served. The coupons will be available from Countryside Plants' booth at the show.
Admission to the show is $1 (free for children under 12). It will feature a farmers market, door prizes, garden antiques, an art display, exhibitors, garden seminars and a new 2011 master gardeners' cookbook. Also at 2 p.m. both days, kids can make a gourd birdhouse. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the National Guard Armory, 400 Grandview.
Container gardens and new plants talk Ron Marcum of Dutch's Greenhouse will be at Botanica on Wednesday to show plants, including new varieties, to use in container combinations. The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in admission. Truffles will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $7.
African violet meeting The Wichita African Violet Study Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at Botanica, and the subject will be what to do when you get your new African violet home. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Daffodil show You can see a wide array of daffodil types, sizes and colors when the Wichita Daffodil Society has its annual show from 1 to 5 p.m. April 9 at Botanica. Show admission is free.
Art at the Arb The first event of the season at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine will be April 9 and 10. Music and art will be planted amid the Victorian landscapes as Belle Plaine celebrates the century-old Tulip Time. Gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and admission is $5.
Thirty artists will showcase twig furniture, vintage garden antiques, photography, handmade birdhouses, artifacts and more.
Barbecue, Freddy's Frozen Custard and Java Villa Coffee will be available for sale, but picnics are welcome too.
Music begins at noon both days. Performing April 9: Wichita Community Concert Band, Elliot Road, Rachelle Coba and The Mudbugs.
Performing April 10: Delores & the Pickin' Fretter, Riverside 65, The Crowsons, Cherokee Maidens with Sycamore Swing.
Waterlily sale Botanica will have a selection of water lily tubers, freshly divided from the pond, for sale from 1 to 3 p.m. today. The cost: $10 each.
Monthly weed and feed You can volunteer to help Botanica with tasks in the gardens and receive a free lunch on Tuesday. To attend, contact Holly Laird at 316-264-0448 or e-mail email@example.com.