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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.

Tree Fest, farmers market opening next weekend

Easter will be here Sunday, and new life is all around us. But we have a bit of a warm-up left before the tulips start busting out all over. Then – watch out! A lot is about to happen.

Planning for moisture, gardeners plant fruit

It’s been lovely to watch more new growth come out this first week of spring – more daffodils blooming and tulips popping up, quince and forsythia starting to show some color – albeit with snow in the forecast.

As spring arrives, consider yard plants’ water needs

Unlike a winter that held back until the end, spring is not holding back.

Keep the lawn alive with a minimum of water

As the city of Wichita considers watering restrictions, The Eagle has been asking people about their own water use and how they might conserve water.

Drought’s influence seen at Outdoor Living and Landscape Show

Snow was on the ground and a chill was in the air as people made their way indoors for the first day of the Outdoor Living and Landscape Show on Friday at Century II. It was perfect weather to go looking for an early taste of spring, on display at the show in blooming tulips, baby ducks, tomato plants and deck chairs.

Garden show expanding this year

Wichita’s latest version of a garden show debuted last year and will expand just a bit this year when it is staged next weekend in Century II’s Expo Hall.

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