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Gardener’s almanac (Oct. 12)

  • Published Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Killing dandelions and other weeds — If you had dandelions, chickweed, clover and/or henbit go to seed in your yard earlier this year, chances are new plants will be germinating from the seeds this fall. Now into early November is the best time to control such broadleaf weeds. The plants will probably continue to germinate into early November, so waiting as long as you can will help you kill more of the weeds, extension agent Rebecca McMahon said. But you also have to keep an eye on the weather, because it has to be warm enough for the plants to take the poison to the roots. And you have to treat on a day that is above 50 degrees. Use an herbicide such as 2,4-D or combination products Trimec, Weed-B-Gon and Weed-Out that contain 2,4-D, MCPP and Dicamba. If the temperature is on the colder side when you treat, Weed Free Zone (also sold under the name of Speed Zone) will work better.

Grass-seeding deadline — Oct. 15 is the traditional deadline for overseeding a fescue lawn. Seeding after that poses a greater risk of the seedlings drying out through the freezing and thawing of cold weather.

Plant — Garlic, fescue grass seed, spring-flowering bulbs, pansies.

Arc garden in contest — The Rows of Sharin’ Garden at the Arc of Sedgwick County is one of 12 gardens trying to win the Good Cause Garden Giveaway Contest from High Country Gardens. The Rows of Sharin’ garden is tended by clients of the The Arc, which serves people with developmental disabilities. Their garden is the only Kansas nominee in the contest. The winner will receive a waterwise garden worth $2,000 designed by David Salman. The winner is determined by online votes; you can vote once at www.highcountrygardens.com/garden-contest through Monday.

Garden events

Prairie Pumpkin Festival — Hayrack rides, a hedge-apple launcher, a pumpkin-decorating contest and harvest activities will be part of the Prairie Pumpkin Festival on Saturday at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 to 15, with a $1 discount for arboretum members, college students and senior citizens. Extra fees will be charged for the barrel train and the hedge-apple launcher. Pumpkins and food will be available for sale.

BOOtanica — Botanica will celebrate Halloween on Saturday with spooky stories, a scarecrow trail, a spider’s lair, face painting, making a trick-or-treat bag and games. Admission is $7, or $5 for members; children under 3 are free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costumes are optional.

Garden-tips talk — Botanica staff horticulturist Janet Gordon will speak Monday morning at the meeting of the Suburban Garden Club at Botanica. She will give tips and techniques about gardening. Coffee and treats will be at 9:45 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. in the Fireside Room. The meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch will follow at the Old Mill Tasty Shop for those wishing to go.

Seed-starting talk — Master gardener Charlene Schneider will give a talk titled “Confessions of a Seedaholic” at 7 p.m. Monday at the meeting of the Derby Garden Club. The public is invited to the meeting at the Derby Library, 1600 E Walnut Grove.

Bird-feeding talk — Shawn Silliman from the Chaplin Nature Center will talk about feeding birds over the winter at the meeting of the Wichita Daylily Club at 7 p.m. Monday at Botanica. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Bird walk — A bird-watching walk through Botanica will take place between 9 and 10 a.m. Tuesday at Botanica. It’s included in Botanica admission.

Walking-trails talk — Richard Schodorf will speak about the themed walking trails that he developed for Wichita at a meeting of the Wichita Hosta Society on Tuesday at Botanica. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.; admission to it is free and open to the public.

Orchid talk — Max Thompson of the Kansas Orchid Society will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about growing and caring for orchids ahead of the orchid show and sale (see details below). The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission.

Daffodil sale — The Wichita Daffodil Society will have a sale of daffodil bulbs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out) Oct. 19 at Botanica. Admission to the sale is free; shop early for best selection. There will be about 80 varieties of bulbs, some from members’ gardens and others from special purchases. The society sells bulbs not normally found at garden centers.

Orchid show and sale — The Kansas Orchid Society will have a show and sale next weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Botanica. Floral exhibits will be on display, and vendors will have plants that often are not sold in Wichita, along with supplies. Admission to the show and sale is free.

Project Beauty lunch — Merry Bauman of Wyldewood Cellars Winery in Mulvane will be the speaker at a Project Beauty luncheon on Thursday at the Wichita Country Club, 8501 E. 13th St. The public is invited to attend. To reserve a spot, send a check made out to Project Beauty, Inc. for $17 to arrive by Tuesday to Nancy Garrett, 1300 Dry Brook Ct., Derby, KS 67037-2832.

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