Gardener’s almanac (April 20)

04/20/2013 7:25 AM

04/20/2013 7:30 AM

Slow spring – Spring has definitely slowed down, but everyone is at least happy that last week’s ice storm seemed to preserve, not destroy, our spring blooms. And we’re getting some moisture.

Given the continued cool weather, it’s hard for me to believe that Herb Day is only two weeks away, on May 4.

Keep on top of weeds – The moist soil means we don’t need to water, and the cool weather makes for ideal weed-digging. This is the time to establish weeding habits that can carry us through less-favorable times.

Full moon fever – Heads up: The moon will be full Thursday.

Planting calendar – Collards, chard, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach, turnips, beets. It’s still too early to plant tomatoes and any vining crops, extension agent Rebecca McMahon says, especially since spring weather has been so reluctant to arrive. And there’s a chance that beans could rot in these conditions, she says.

Garden events

Container-splash program – The Prairie Winds Daylily Club will have a meeting Sunday that will include a program on adding splash to gardens with containers, including unusual containers and using succulents and herbs. The meeting, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Botanica, is free and open to the public.

Talk on fragrant roses – Diana Jones of the Wichita Rose Society will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about new and traditional varieties of fragrant roses. The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission.

Plant exchange and neighborhood artists – The second annual Porter Street Artists & Friends will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Porter in Riverside. It will include a plant exchange and a variety of artwork by people who live on the block and in its environs. Other features: a used-art sales room “for whoever has art that doesn’t work for their decor anymore,” and a box to accept canned or boxed food donations for Victory in the Valley. Coffee and pastries will be for sale in the morning, and a food truck will set up for lunch.

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