Gardener’s almanac (June 8)

06/04/2013 3:00 PM

06/04/2013 3:00 PM

Fertilizing annuals — Annuals generally bloom best if they’re fertilized throughout the summer. Ward Upham of K-State recommends applying a high-nitrogen sidedressing four to six weeks after flowers have been set out, and then every four to six weeks afterward if the weather is rainy or the annuals are in beds that are irrigated.

Plant — Tomatoes, beans, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, winter squash, pumpkins (wait until closer to July 4 for a Halloween harvest).

Crabgrass preventer — If you put a crabgrass preventer on your lawn earlier this spring, make the second application by June 15.

Garden events

McPherson garden tour — The McPherson master gardeners and their friends will have their annual June Bloom Garden Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in McPherson. Four home gardens, a demonstration garden and a school courtyard will be on the tour. Tickets are $5, available at all the gardens, along with maps. The McPherson trolley will be available for free rides from the demo garden to the five others. On the tour are Ron and Val Mork, 1407 N. Grimes; Bill and Barb Tieyah, 615 S. Maple; Wendy Paul, 1026 S. Old Highway 81; Mike and Kelli Dossett, 610 S. Walnut; the Master Gardeners & Friends Demonstration Garden, 600 W. Woodside; and the Washington Elementary School courtyard, 128 N. Park.

New this year will be a Great Garden Matchmaker scavenger hunt offering prizes for people who match photos to the gardens.

Presentation on garlic and shallots — Extension agents will present a free Saturday Sampler program on growing and cooking with garlic and shallots from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road.

Bartlett Arboretum concert — The Claire Lynch Band will perform Sunday at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert is at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Picnics are welcome, and food also will be for sale.

Prairie Winds daylily show rescheduled — Because of the coolness of the weather, the Prairie Winds Daylily Society has rescheduled its daylily show to July 6. It will be at the Extension Education Center, at 21st and Ridge Road, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Daylily meeting — Door prizes, refreshments and a program on how to select, transport and prepare blooms for the daylily show will be part of the Wichita Daylily Club’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Botanica. The meeting is free and open to the public. The club’s daylily show will be from 1 to 5 p.m. June 23 at Botanica.

Derby garden club tour — The Derby Garden Club will gather at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Triangle Park, 310 S. Derby, to see the work that members have done at the park, and then will tour the gardens of three club members. Directions to the gardens will be given at that time. The public is welcome to attend.

Winfield trip — The Suburban Garden Club will be travel to Winfield on Monday to visit Patty’s Plants and Antiques and go to Neives’ Mexican Restaurant for lunch. For more information, call Sherryl at 316-721-4810.

Tuesdays on the Terrace — The Haymakers will perform Tuesday at Botanica for Tuesdays on the Terrace. Wildflowers and Whiskey Sours will be the theme, and drinks and dinner will be for sale. Hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the gardens will be open until 8. Admission is $7, or $3 for members.

Rain barrel talk — Peter Daniels of Wichita Rain Barrels will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about the benefits of rain barrels and how to install one. He also will have rain barrels for sale. The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission.

Preserving the Harvest workshop — K-State food specialist Karen Blakeslee will be in Wichita on Wednesday to teach methods of food preservation, from jelly to salsa and drying foods to pressure canning. The fee is $25 and includes lunch. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the teaching kitchen at the Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road. To register, call Anita at 316-660-0127.

Kansas City urban farm and garden tour — The non-profit Cultivate Kansas City will have its biennial tour of Kansas City farms and gardens that grow food on June 22 and 23. Tickets are $8, or $20 for a family. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. You can buy tickets online and read descriptions and see the locations of about 60 tour sites at www.cultivatekc.org. Other events, including a talk by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, will be held the week before the tour.

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