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Gardener’s almanac (July 12)

Plant for a fall garden — Beans, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower can be planted now. Plant slightly deeper and more thickly than you would in the spring, and thin the seedlings later, advises Ward Upham of K-State. Protect plants from rabbits with fencing if necessary.

Memorial Peace Garden at Wichita VA nurtures bodies, souls

If there’s a veteran out there who needs to feel supported, there are a lot of people who hope that he or she will visit the new peace garden at the VA.

This week in the garden: The corn is wearing socks

More rain fell in the garden this week, followed by a couple of days of cool weather. Master gardener Everett Price of Haysville picked his first tomato of the season – a Jetstar – along with the first cucumbers, jalapenos and even a blackberry.

Gardener’s almanac (July 5)

Fourth of July tomatoes — After wondering last week whether any gardeners had picked Fourth of July tomatoes yet, I received a “yes indeed” from a reader in Potwin. In fact, Fourth of July produced tomatoes in June for this gardener, who plants seedlings of that variety the last week of April, covering them early on when the nights get cold. The tomatoes are somewhat small but are still very welcome this time of year. A tip that this tomato grower learned this year: Stick a marker flag (the wire-stem type from a farm-supply store) right alongside the stem when you plant. This helps stymie cutworms.

The Grapevine (July 5)

Q: How can you make an outdoor space feel cozy? It seems like my patio space is so spread out that it’s not very intimate, and I’m not sure I have enough money for more furniture.

Let image lead when framing art

How you frame art, whether it be posters, photographs or a rare oil painting, can enhance the look of your home. Details matter. Just ask Mark Leithauser, senior curator and director of design at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

There’s still time to plant pumpkins, tomatoes

This is the tipping point in the summer, when you can still plant tomatoes by the Fourth of July — while wondering if anyone’s spring-planted Fourth of July tomatoes will be ready for harvest by their namesake holiday.

The evolving outdoor kitchen is taking backyard cooking to the next level

For years, it was enough to park a barbecue grill next to a picnic table on a patio and call it an “outdoor kitchen.” But over the past decade, Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a new level, adding elaborate cooking islands, outdoor sinks and refrigerators, even outdoor TVs.

The Grapevine (June 28)

Here’s a way to save water: When washing produce, fill a pan with water and rinse the fruit and vegetables in the pan instead of under a running faucet. Then, use the rinse water to give houseplants (or outdoor plants) a drink.

How to deal with poison ivy

If you’ve had one allergic reaction from poison ivy, more will likely follow with each new exposure. For those of you yet to experience this misery, don’t gloat … your time may still be coming. My mother-in-law experienced her first allergic reaction to poison ivy this past week.

Nine ideas for making your hallway more interesting

Hallways don’t need to be wasted space. Use these ideas to fill them with interest.

Gardener’s almanac (June 28, 2014)

Plant — Tomatoes, pumpkins.

Creativity in bloom on Hesston garden tour

You know you’re going to love someone’s yard when the first thing you see, under a tree in the front yard, are the pots you have in your own garden.

Gardener’s almanac (June 21)

Happy summer! — Saturday is the first day of summer. The longest day of the year: bliss. The beginning of shorter days Sunday: Let’s not think about it.

The Grapevine (June 21)

Q: I see lots of outdoor rooms with artwork, candle sconces, etc., hung on the exterior walls of houses pictured in magazines. However, those walls are all flat. What about walls that are vinyl siding? Would you still recommend hanging things on them?

Male president adds color to Prairie Quilt Guild

You won’t see many quilts adorning the walls or the backs of couches in the house of the president of the Prairie Quilt Guild in Wichita.

This week in the garden: harvesting onions, making collard-green wraps

“This is the time of year that onions grow and develop rapidly,” Ward Upham of K-State writes in the Horticulture 2014 newsletter. Light fertilization along with watering as needed help to maximize growth.

Koi, waterfalls and plants star in next weekend’s pond tour

Koi, waterfalls and plants star in next weekend’s pond tour.

College Hill historical tour to hit North Roosevelt houses

The 200 and 300 blocks of North Roosevelt will be the destination for this year’s College Hill Garden/Architectural/Historical Tour on June 21.

This week in the garden: a tomato support system

As tomatoes grow higher along his livestock-panel trellis, master gardener Everett Price of Haysville removes the small cages around the plants and starts attaching the tomato vines loosely to the trellis with bungee cords.

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