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The Grapevine (Feb. 15)

  • Published Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at 7 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.

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Gardening With Insects event

Pesky insects, beneficial insects and ways to reduce spraying insects in the food garden will be the subjects of a symposium March 1 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston.

Speakers from around Kansas will speak at the symposium, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, is $45, or $35 for arboretum members. Register by calling 620-327-8127. For more information, go to the website dyckarboretum.org.

Speakers and topics:

• Mary Liz Jameson, professor of entomology at Wichita State, on evolutionary patterns and species diversity; insect and host-plant interactions; biotic response to climate change; and a review of Entomology 101.

• Jim Mason of Great Plains Nature Center, on the life history of Kansas butterflies and their host plants.

• Reno County extension agent Pam Paulsen, on horticulture and community gardening and native-plant gardening.

• Rhonda Janke, professor of sustainable cropping systems at K-State, on which insects to worry about and which are beneficial and organic methods of control for insect pests.

• Geary County extension agent Chuck Ottee on achieving garden success using chemicals or not, 10 best and worst insects, insecticides and alternatives to consider.

• Deborah McSweeney, small farmer and beekeeper in Peabody, on a sustainable model in small farming.

Designer Q&A

Q: Can you offer some suggestions on making my living room feel not so dark? All the furniture is dark to medium wood, and the sofa is brown. The wall paint color is gray/blue. What should I start first?

A: Switching your brown sofa for a lighter one would instantly lighten up the space. If it’s not an option, consider painting some of the wood in lighter colors such as ivory or taupe. The sofa would be the biggest game-changer, though. Also go with white or ivory unlined curtains, hung from the ceiling. Mix in large white accessories throughout the space, such as trays and vases.

Washington Post

Gardening tip

Winter weeds are waiting for mild March weather to flower and seed; pull or hoe such pesky species as chickweed and henbit. Stay out of beds that are waterlogged.

Washington Post

Indoor market at Extension

The Kansas Grown Farmers Market moves indoors for the winter on Feb. 15 at the Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge. Fresh produce will include organic spinach and cilantro, several varieties of lettuce and Asian greens. Meat, baked goods, other foods and crafts will also be for sale. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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