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April 12, 2014

The Grapevine (April 12)

As we visit master gardener Everett Price’s garden in Haysville this week, we find:

This week in the garden

As we visit master gardener Everett Price’s garden in Haysville this week, we find:

• The first signs of new growth on the blackberry vines.
• An explosion of growth in mustard and other greens.
• The planting of green onions.
• The uncovering of asparagus, a bit late, revealing some good-size spears. As soon as spears start getting big, the rate at which they grow speeds up, so keep an eye on it and harvest when spears are 5 to 10 inches long. Snap them off near the base, or cut them at the soil level or just below. Snapped ends dry quickly, so refrigerate or use soon after harvest, Ward Upham of K-State says.

SEE VIDEO ON PLANTING GREEN ONIONS AT KANSAS.COM.

Earth Fest VI

Electronics recycling, vendors, talks about water use, free plants and vegan food samples, children’s activities and demonstrations of solar cooking, tai chi and yoga will be part of Earth Fest VI on April 19. It will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Herman Hill Park, 101 E. Pawnee. Musical entertainment will continue until at least 6 p.m.

Earth Spirit Kansas, a volunteer-based eco-spiritual coalition, puts on the free fest in cooperation with the city of Wichita. The schedule includes a tai chi demo at 10:15 a.m., a yoga demo at 11:30 a.m., a talk about municipal water use at 1:30 p.m. and a talk about state water use at 2:30 p.m.

Booths will feature rain barrels, the Sierra Club, Wichita Independent Neighborhoods and American E-Waste Recycler. Electronic items will be accepted for recycling for no charge, except for old TVs up to 26 inches ($30) and microwave ovens ($10).

In bloom at Botanica

Tulips, including the pictured Synaeda Blue, in the Beverly R. Blue Teaching Garden.

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