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August 8, 2014

Gardener’s almanac

Gardener’s almanac (Aug. 9, 2014)

A fall salad garden – Lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnips, mustard, kale and other greens can be planted from mid-August to early September for a fall harvest, Ward Upham of K-State says. Plant slightly deeper than you do in the spring. Water often until seedlings start to emerge, which happens fast in warm soil. You can prevent a crust from forming on heavy soil by sprinkling the row lightly with peat moss, vermiculite or compost, Upham says. “Reduce watering frequency after plants emerge,” Upham writes in the Horticulture 2014 newsletter. “Plants may need to be protected from hungry rabbits and insects.”

Beets also can be planted now.

Dead canes in lilacs – If you have a lilac that has canes that wilt and die in late summer, following evidence of frass around the base of the plant early in the summer, your lilac probably has lilac borers, Upham says. It’s too late to spray, but remove and destroy dead canes to help reduce numbers next year, he says.

You may want to spray for the insect next spring, first when the Vanhoutte spirea is in full to late bloom, probably by about May 1, followed by a second spray four weeks later. Thoroughly spray the lower portion of the stem of lilac or privet, Upham says. Permethrin (Hi-Yield 38 Plus and Hi-Yield Garden, Pet, and Livestock Insect Control) are labeled for borer control, he says.

Garden events

Rare and exotic cactus show this weekend – Refreshments, a free cactus for children 12 and under, and a display of the cactus collection from the Midwest Cactus guru will be part of the 17th annual Rare and Exotic Cactus Show and Sale this weekend at the Plant Shoppe at Karma Konnections, 1123 E. Douglas. Smaller rare and exotic cactuses also will be for sale. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Native-plants talk – Master gardener Denice Craig will talk about using native plants in your landscape plants on Monday at the meeting of the Derby Garden Club. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove. The public is welcome to attend.

Rose trivia, Q&A and ice cream – The Wichita Rose Society will have an ice cream social at its meeting Tuesday at Botanica. It will feature homemade ice cream and other goodies, followed by a game of rose trivia, and a question-and-answer session with consulting rosarians. The social half-hour starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7. It’s free and open to the public.

Tuesdays on the Terrace – Marigolds & Margaritas is the theme of the next Tuesdays on the Terrace at Botanica. Wayne Long & Arthetta Faye will provide the music, and drinks will be for sale, as will food from Papa Murphy’s. Hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; gardens are open until 7. Cover is $7, or $3 for members.

Talk on photographing flowers – Local photographer and instructor Barney Tull will be at Botanica on Wednesday to show some of his flower photos and explain how to photograph flowers. The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission.

Taste of India program – The Taste of India garden at the Extension Center will be the focus of a Saturday Sampler program at 9 a.m. Aug. 16. Extension agents will teach about vegetables common to Indian cuisine that can be grown in Kansas, and also will give cooking and nutrition tips, timely gardening tips and a tour of the demonstration garden at 21st and Ridge Road. The event is free, and will be taking place during the farmers market in the parking lot.

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