Salad nights _ Sometimes it's hard to visualize, but as nights get cooler (anytime now), salad crops such as lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnips, mustard and other greens can be planted for a fall harvest, Ward Upham of K-State points out. As always in the fall (and in terms of the garden, that includes August), plant slightly deeper than you did in the spring. Water often as needed until seedlings emerge, which should happen quickly in the warm soil. Reduce watering frequency after plants emerge, Upham says.
English rose talk _ Diana Jones and Betsy Latta of the Wichita Rose Society will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about English roses. These roses combine the fragrance of old-fashioned roses with the prolific, repeat blooming of modern roses and can be grown as shrubs or trained as climbers. Diana and Betsy will give a lunchtime lecture at 12:15 about how to grow English roses in Kansas. It's included in Botanica admission or membership.
Topic: basic photography _ The next meeting of the Prairie Winds Daylily Society will feature a program by Glenda Webster on basic photography. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, and the public is invited; be sure to bring your camera and the owner's manual.
"We will have nice plants and are being extra generous with the bare root plants this year," Cathy Minkler of the club says. "If they are small, buyers will get more than two plants per package. Some members will also be bringing potted daylilies that may have more than two plants per pot. These pots may be $1 or $2 more than bareroot ones, but buyers will be getting the pot and soil as well as the plants, which will be sending out new roots in their pots by sale time.
"We will have our usual range of varieties featuring different colors, varying flower and stem sizes and bloom times (early to late). There will again be a special table of plants dug from our display beds at Botanica. There will also be a table of 'no names' _ good daylilies whose names have been lost and which are bargains at $1 each.
"Prices for named varieties range from $2 to $20. Most average between $3 and $7. Sometimes you can find a plant that retails for $50 marked $20 at the sale. What a deal!"
Planting calendar — Sow seeds of lettuce, spinach, radishes, mustards, Asian greens, turnips and salad mixes.
Plant a Row for the Hungry — If you have extra fruits or vegetables to donate, you can leave them at these locations during business hours: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas; Augusta Ace Home Center, 316 W. Seventh Ave. in Augusta; Brady Nursery, 11200 W. Kellogg; Hillside Nursery, 2200 S. Hillside; Hillside Feed and Seed, 1805 S. Hillside; Johnson's Garden Centers, 802 N. Ridge Road, 21st and Woodlawn, and 2707 W. 13th St.; and Valley Feed & Seed, 1903 S. Meridian.
Salvia and Screwdrivers — The cocktails will be of the screwdriver sort at the next Tuesdays on the Terrace at Botanica. The Soul Revolution will perform, while The Bar's Open will sell cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The gardens are open until 8. It's included in Botanica admission.
Fitness program at Botanica _ Fitness instructor Renaire Palmer of Fundamental Fitness will lead an eight-week basic fitness and exercise course designed for all levels on Thursday evenings from Sept. 9 to Oct. 28. It will feature stretching, strength training, cardio and more. The time will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $95, or $85 for Botanica members. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call Karla at 316-264-0448 to register.
Photography workshop _ Botanica will have a "Basics of Photography: Macro" workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The workshop is for photographers who want to learn how to show details of smaller subjects that will attract the attention of anyone who sees their photos. Jeff Cowell is the instructor. The fee is $45, or $35 for Botanica members. Call Karla at 316-264-0448 to register. —Annie Calovich