They also need to be fertilized after planting outdoors. Fertilize with a starter solution and continue to fertilize every two to three weeks until harvest, Upham says. Both buttoning and bolting are irreversible, he says.
This will be the 25th year for the free day of gardening advice sponsored by the Hutchinson Horticulture Club. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 407 E. 12th, west of the Cosmosphere.
Here’s the schedule of talks:
“Water Conservation in the Home and Garden,” by Reno County extension agent Pam Paulsen, 9 a.m.
“Organic Vegetable Gardening,” by Melvin Epp of Whitewater, 10 a.m.
“New Prairie Star Annuals and the Truth About Echinacea,” by Alan Stevens of K-State, 11 a.m.
“Perennials With Pizzazz,” by Janet Gordon of Botanica, 1 p.m.
“Getting Excited About Shrubs Again,” by Jason Griffin of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center in Haysville, 2 p.m.
“Gardening With Purpose,” how plant selections can attract butterflies and other pollinators and why it’s important, by retired biology instructor James Taylor, 3 p.m.
The clinic is for kids who want to earn a summer income mowing lawns. They’ll learn about mower and lawn care and how to present their business. The cost is $5 by Friday or $10 at the door or after Friday. Payment and an information sheet containing a parent’s consent (at sedgwick.ksu.edu) should be sent to MG Coordinator, 7001 W. 21st St. North, Wichita, KS 67205. Or call 316-660-0138.
Morning topics: getting started with a new garden (9 a.m.), choosing what to plant (10 a.m.) and common garden pests and problems (11 a.m.). In the afternoon: growing heirlooms and saving seed (1 p.m.), raised beds and containers (2 p.m.) and success with squash and vines (3 p.m.) or basic food preservation (1 p.m.), cooking veggies for picky eaters (2 p.m.) and equipment for food preservation (3 p.m.). The cost is $5; register by March 20 online at growgoodfood.eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100.