Gardener’s almanac (Jan. 5)

01/05/2013 7:43 AM

01/05/2013 7:44 AM

Finally, some moisture — I just noticed the other day that my watering cans were still sitting outside. I don’t think I’ll be using them anytime soon. I guess I’ll get them put away on the next “warm” day. At least we got some moisture, if not enough, over the holidays. Here’s hoping the chances of rain and snow come through next week.

Watch your mulch – It’s good to have mulch on the garden now, but the Washington Post had this recent tip, too: Check that accumulated leaves or mulch are pulled clear of the trunks of trees and the base of multi-stemmed shrubs to prevent the composting action of the organic matter from damaging the trunks.

“Thick layers of material also provide unwanted winter shelter for mice and voles, which feed on bark and roots.”

Garden events

African violet demo — You can learn how to repot your African violets and receive one to take home Friday at the next meeting of the Wichita African Violet Study Club. The meeting will be at 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Botanica. Clarice Byers and Patty Daniel will talk about violet potting techniques, and visitors are invited to attend. One African violet will be potted up per person free of charge. Attendance is free. For more information, contact Daniel, who is now on the board of directors of the African Violet Society of America, by e-mailing patty@ppa.kscoxmail.com or calling 620-402-6282.

Rose-shopping program — The Wichita Rose Society will discuss sources for buying bare-root and potted roses — locally and on the Internet — at its meeting Tuesday at Botanica. Diana Jones and Cindy Vadakin will lead the program, and rose society members will talk about their favorites. Guests are invited to attend the free meeting and join in the discussion. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting and program will start at 7 p.m.

Lunchtime lectures to resume — Botanica will reopen Monday after a holiday hiatus, and its first lunchtime lecture of the new year will be Wednesday. The subject: Crock-Pot cooking, by Kay Neff of Neff Family Farm. The lecture will be at 12:15 p.m. and is included in Botanica admission or membership. Truffles Catering will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $7.

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