Gardener’s almanac (May 3)

05/03/2014 8:16 AM

05/03/2014 9:54 AM

Plant – Beans, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, lettuce, okra, pumpkins (wait until mid- to late June for Halloween-timed harvest), sweet corn, tomatoes.

Lawn calendar – If you plan to water your fescue lawn this summer rather than letting it go dormant, fertilize in May (assuming you have not already done so). A slow-release form of nitrogen is ideal for applying 1 pound per 1,000 square feet, says Ward Upham of K-State. If you have to use quick-release, split the application into two, applying enough to give the lawn 1/2 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet in May and again in early June, Upham says.

Wild violets in lawns – If you are trying to get rid of wild violets in the lawn, many weed killers don’t cut it, Upham says; triclopyr is your best choice on fescue, though more than one treatment will probably be needed. Homeowners can buy it in such products as Turflon Ester and Weed-B-Gon Chickweed, Clover & Oxalis. But do not use triclopyr on Bermuda, or severe injury will occur, Upham says. Weed-B-Gon Chickweed Clover & Oxalis is labeled for buffalograss and zoysia, but lawns will likely show some temporary browning after application, he says. Spray only on calm days and when temperatures are below 90 degrees.

Garden events

Habitat improvement talk – Ardath Lawson, biologist with Pheasants Forever, will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about ways to improve wildlife habitat by planting native grasses and wildflowers. Her lunchtime lecture, at 12:15 p.m., is included in Botanica admission.

Rose sale and expertise – The Wichita Rose Society will be selling roses during Herb Day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. Types for sale will be easy-care Earth Kind roses, miniature roses, Drift roses and climbers. Society members will be available to answer questions about roses.

Mother’s Day at Bartlett Arboretum – Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine will be open on Mother’s Day afternoon on May 11 for a quilt show and concert. The quilt show in the depot will begin at 2 p.m., and the Cherokee Maidens and Sycamore Swing will perform at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Picnics are welcome, and food also will be for sale.

Mother’s Day at Botanica – Mothers and grandmothers will get in free to Botanica on Mother’s Day on May 11; admission is $5 for nonmembers. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be special events, including some with an additional fee.

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