November fertilizer – The most important time to fertilize fescue after September is November. This is preferable to fertilizing in early spring. It helps the grass green up earlier next spring and provide the nutrients needed until summer. It also should be quick-release applied at the rate of 1 pound actual nitrogen per 1,000 square fee. Spring fertilization often causes grass to grow too fast, with the fertilizer going to the blades rather than the roots, requiring more mowing. May is the earliest that fertilizer should be applied in spring.
African violet meeting – Soilless-mix recipes for African violets, fertilizers and lighting requirements will be among the discussion items at the next meeting of the Wichita African Violet Study Club, at 1 p.m. Friday at Botanica. Patty Daniel will address any questions concerning African violets and other gesneriads. Refreshments will be served. Guests and visitors are welcome; the meeting is free.
Roses-for-food exchange – You can exchange donations to the Kansas Food Bank for free roses this weekend and through November at select florist shops. Rio Roses for Food is an annual food drive featuring Rio Roses distributed by Valley Floral Co. Six free roses are given in exchange for five food-pantry items or a $5 donation.
Here are the participating shops and dates: Dean’s Designs at 3555 E. Douglas, Saturday; Susan’s at 4737 E. Douglas, Saturday and Sunday; Walter’s Flowers & Interiors in El Dorado, Saturday; and Via Christi gift shops, through Nov. 30.
Local Food Connections Workshop – A workshop for food businesses and consumers interested in local food will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. The workshop is designed to help businesses, producers and consumers connect on local food. Diana Endicott of Good Natured Family Farms, an alliance of more than 150 family farms within 200 miles of Kansas City, will speak in the afternoon. A panel discussion will feature a chef, a grocery and two family farms. The cost is $35, or $25 for members of the Our Local Food program, and includes lunch. Register at www.kansasruralcenter.org by Wednesday. For more information, call Natalie Fullerton at 402-310-0177.
Illuminations preview party – I think I’m counting at least three holiday-season happenings in the Home & Garden section this week. Another is coming up Nov. 15, when Botanica has a preview party for Illuminations. The cost is $50 to see the gardens all alight ahead of the official start for the holiday event the day after Thanksgiving. The preview party, at 6:30 p.m., will include food and music. Make reservations at botanica.org.
Project Beauty luncheon – Project Beauty will have its November luncheon on Nov. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Stephen Gleissner, director of special exhibits for the museum, will be the speaker. Guests are welcome and can make reservations by calling June at 316-744-0792 by Nov. 12.