Fertilizer assessment —"It is getting to the point in mid-summer where many vegetables are ready for another shot of fertilizer," extension agent Rebecca McMahon says. "You may want to judge if your plants are healthy enough and likely to produce yet this summer before deciding to spend more money on fertilizer. A relatively healthy plant that has not yet produced anything may not be worth fertilizing."
Bartlett Arboretum concert _ Australian bluegrass band The Greencards will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine to close out the 2011 Tree House Concert Series. Tickets are $10 at the gate, which opens at 3 p.m. Picnics are welcome, and food will be for sale too.
"Earth to Table" seminars — Johnson's Garden Center will offer a series of free seminars July 30 and 31 on how to preserve fresh vegetables and herbs (whether purchased or grown by you), make salsa and plant a fall-producing garden.
The seminar schedule and garden center locations:
* Drying herbs and vegetables, 9:30 a.m. July 30, 21st and Woodlawn.
* Planning and planting a fall garden, 11 a.m. July 30, 21st and Woodlawn, and 2 p.m. July 31 at 2707 W. 13th St. and 802 N. Ridge Road.
* Making salsa, 9 a.m. July 30, 802 N. Ridge Road, and 2 p.m. July 31, 21st and Woodlawn.
* Canning and preserving, 9 a.m. July 30, 2707 W. 13th St., and 11 a.m. July 30, 802 N. Ridge Road
* Drying herbs and vegetables, 11 a.m. July 30, 2707 W. 13th St.
Call to reserve a spot: 2707 W. 13th, 316-942-1443; 21st and Woodlawn, 316-687-5451; or 802 N. Ridge Road, 316-943-0494. (You can also just show up, but you may have to stand.)
Pollinators talk — Beekeeper Barbara Delhotal will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about the pollinators in Kansas, including how to attract them and their value to the economy. The talk, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., is included in Botanica membership or admission.
Cherokee Maidens at Botanica — The theme of Tuesdays on the Terrace this Tuesday will be Coreopsis and Cowboys, with live western swing performed by the Cherokee Maidens. You can buy drinks and listen to the music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner if you like. The gardens are open until 8, including the new children's garden.
Iris sale — The Wichita Iris Club will have its annual bearded-iris sale from 7 a.m. to noon today during Tomato Day at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Botanica. Admission to the sale is free.
Lunch in the garden — Next Friday's subject is tomatoes. Meet at 12:15 p.m. at the demo garden at 21st and Ridge Road.