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September 4, 2014

Gardener’s almanac (Sept. 6)

Roundup of garden tasks, where to donate produce and garden events.

Plant – Lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnips.

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.

Care of asparagus and rhubarb — Asparagus and rhubarb plants are now building up reserves for the next year, Ward Upham of K-State says. Water during dry spells and keep weeds away. Leave the foliage until all green is gone, then you can either remove it or leave it to help collect snow for moisture for the plant, Upham says.

Emerald ash borer on the move — Emerald ash borer has been found in Leavenworth County, in addition to Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas, Upham says. The counties are under quarantine for anything that is at risk of spreading the pest. An adult borer was caught July 16 in a trap on K-5 southeast of Lansing, Upham says.

Garden events

Daylily sale this weekend — The Wichita Daylily Club is having its annual daylily sale this weekend at Botanica. The sale is over two days this year – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The daylilies will be divisions from beds at Botanica and members’ gardens. Shop early for best selection and before the daylilies sell out. Entry to the sale is free.

Garden railway visit — The Suburban Garden Club will visit a garden railway at 1425 N. Broadway at 10 a.m. Monday. Lunch will follow at La Chinita for those who are interested. For more information, call Sherryl at 316-721-4810.

Botanica director talk — Botanica director Marty Miller will give the program at the meeting of the Wichita Rose Society on Tuesday evening. Miller will show pictures of and talk about Botanica’s early days, what is going on there now, and future plans including the Joyland merry-go-round. The social half-hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7. Snacks and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Mums & Madras – That’s the theme of the next Tuesdays on the Terrace at Botanica. Aaron Lee Martin 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.

Monarch butterfly talk – Karla Jahn, a staff member at Botanica, will give a talk there on Wednesday about the flight of the monarch butterfly. After the lunchtime lecture, which is at 12:15, she will show how monarchs are tagged. The lecture is included in Botanica admission.

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