Gardener’s almanac (Aug. 30, 2014)

08/27/2014 9:49 PM

08/27/2014 9:49 PM

Plant – Lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnips.

Have a nice nap, peonies – Peonies are essentially dormant by Sept. 1, even if they’re still green, Ward Upham of K-State says. That means you can cut them back now, as they usually aren’t looking that great this time of year, he says. “Cut leaves off close to the ground and compost or discard,” Upham writes in the Horticulture 2014 newsletter.

Plant a Row for the Hungry – If you have fruit or vegetables from your garden at their peak that you would like to give to the needy, you can take the produce to these locations during business hours:

Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas; Augusta Ace Home Center, 316 W. Seventh, Augusta; Brady Nursery, 11200 W. Kellogg; Hillside Nursery, 2200 S. Hillside; Hillside Feed and Seed, 1805 S. Hillside; Johnson’s Garden Centers, 802 N. Ridge Road, 21st and Woodlawn, 2707 W. 13th St.; and Valley Feed & Seed, 1903 S. Meridian.

Garden events

Sunflowers & Scotch Sours – That’s the theme of the next Tuesdays on the Terrace at Botanica. Timmy Jonas & the Whiskey Militia will provide the music, and food and drinks will be for sale. Hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; gardens are open until 8. Cover is $7, or $3 for members.

Daylily talk – Sherryl Fitzpatrick of the Wichita Daylily Club will be at Botanica on Wednesday ahead of the annual daylily sale next weekend to give the lunchtime lecture on how daylilies can enhance your yard. She’ll talk about how to choose the best daylilies for your landscape. The lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission.

Smart Pot seminar – Paul White of P&P Seed & Bait will have a seminar on soft-sided Smart Pots at 2 p.m. Saturday during this weekend’s Black Arts Festival at McAdams Park, 1329 E. 16th St. White will have some of the pots to give away. A $3 button gets you into the festival.

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