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Master gardener prunes hibiscuses into tree form

Now this is the way to start seeds. Around mid-February, grab a glass of wine and a book. Lay the seed atop some potting soil and spritz. Sit down to read, and sip, and by the time you reach the third chapter – voila, the seed has germinated.

Naked ladies, toads return with the rain

I’ve been wondering a couple of things this week:

Wichita gardener rekindles his passion for cactus 30 years after thief stole his collection

Wichita gardener rekindles his passion for cactus 30 years after a thief stole his collection.

Summer switches gears

Somebody pinch me.

Shared plot welcomes Kenyans, Sri Lankans

Kenyans and Sri Lankans join in cultivating plants for sharing with others.

Get ready for Tomato Day

When you’re out in your garden in the next couple of weeks, be on the look-out for tomatoes you can enter in Tomato Day contests on July 27 at the Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road.

Rain barrels, ‘smart’ irrigation examined

Wichita is trying to encourage water conservation in the wake of the drought, and, in the garden department, a recently introduced rebate program carries incentives for people who want to buy rain barrels and “smart” irrigation controls as part of the effort.

Gardening in the heat? No sweat

I can’t believe it when I find myself gardening in white.

Summer brings carefree trips to the country

I was taking a walk one recent evening when I ran into my friend Tim and his daughter in their front yard.

Spring rain brought different problems for Wichita trees — fireblight

While bare branches on some trees around town are signs of last year’s drought, browned and blackened leaves on other trees are signs of this spring’s rainfall.

Keep conserving water regardless of city’s decision to hold off on usage fines

As we continue to get more rain (thank heaven!), the Wichita City Council has delayed raising water rates or imposing fines for high water usage, though the restrictions will be revisited, perhaps in July.

Everything’s coming up rosy

Between worrying about the effects of last summer’s drought and the prospect of new water restrictions, it was like a miracle to look up this past week and see roses blooming their hearts out all over town.

What will gardeners do with proposed water restrictions, fines?

Do you know how you’ll react if the City Council approves a proposed $1,000 fine for people who use more than 310 percent of their average winter water usage?

In search of evergreens for Kansas

There’s nothing like a couple of years of drought to get us wondering just what kind of evergreens we can plant in the Wichita area.

Garden tour shows ways to landscape across a spectrum of yards

I forgot that I was heading for Surrey Lane until I slowed toward the stop sign at 45th Street and Maize Road and saw a horse in a pasture scratch his chin on a fence post.

Parsley, sage, elderberry and thyme

Every spring seems to bring new ideas for ways to use herbs. And, of course, new varieties to try.

Swiss chard: a miracle in the garden?

I’m a note-taker. And not just because I’m a newspaper reporter. I usually write a fresh to-do list every morning, and, if I’m in the mood, I keep track of daily goals. (I’m usually not in the mood.)

Going native for landscape relief

As director of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Scott Vogt hears from people who are looking for alternatives to the traditional landscape they’ve been trying to keep alive through the drought.

Gardener corrals plants into themed container combos

He hasn’t done it for years, but Ron Marcum of Dutch’s Greenhouse decided to name his container gardens this year.

Annie Calovich: Daffodils equal spring

Spring brings so much joy.

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