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Gardener's almanac

No tall grass for winter _ It sounds right to let the lawn go into winter at a tall height for insulation. But Ward Upham of K-State says that tall grass can get matted and be more prone to winter diseases. He recommends staying within the usual heights for whatever type of grass you have: tall fescue, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches; Kentucky bluegrass, 2 to 3 inches; perennial ryegrass, 2 to 3 inches; buffalograss, 2 to 3 inches; Bermudagrass, 1 to 2 inches; and zoysiagrass, 1 to 2 inches.

Plant — Tulip, daffodil, crocus and other spring-flowering bulbs, through October; garlic, through October; mums, pansies, kale and asters.

Family of Four Garden _ Salad greens are getting close to a fall harvest in the Family of Four Garden at the Extension Education Center. Extension agent Rebecca McMahon is taking a poll on her blog to find out what kinds of vegetables, herbs and flowers people would like to see the master gardeners grow next year. You can put your two cents in at http://thedemogardenblog.wordpress.com.

Daylily meeting _ The next meeting of the Prairie Winds Daylily Society will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Botanica. The program will be a review of the first year of the club. The public is invited to attend, and people are asked to bring their favorite garden tool for show-and-tell.

Plant a Row for the Hungry — Kevin Enz of the Kansas Food Bank reports that it has received 48,105 pounds of produce to date this year for the needy. The donations to Plant a Row for the Hungry have included 686 pounds of turnips from master gardener Ray Holt. "I am sure that Ray and others will be dropping a bit of produce before the snow blows," Kevin says. Ouch, I wish he wouldn't have mentioned snow.

Here's where you can donate:

* Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas

* Augusta Ace Hardware, 316 W. Seventh Ave. in Augusta

* Brady Nursery, 11200 W. Kellogg

* Hillside Nursery, 2200 S. Hillside

* Hillside Feed & Seed, 1805 S. Hillside

* Johnson's Garden Centers, 802 N. Ridge Road, 21st and Woodlawn, 2707 W. 13th St.

* Valley Feed & Seed, 1903 S. Meridian.

Celtic concert at arboretum — Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will feature a concert by Celtic musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It's the second performance in the Prairie Window Concert Series. The Heatons, of Boston, play updated and traditional Irish music.

The Prairie Window Concert series overlooks the prairie at the arboretum. Visitors can come early to walk the gardens and enjoy the fall color. A soup supper will be served between sets for a donation to offset the costs of vandalism at the arboretum this summer. To reserve tickets for the concert, call 620-327-8127. The cost is $17 for adults, $10 for children. Proceeds will help maintain the native plantings at the arboretum.

Dracula orchid talk _ Karlene Sanborn, owner and operator of Prairie Orchids in El Dorado, will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about growing Dracula orchids, natives to Colombia and Ecuador but able to be grown in Kansas. Karlene will also show several samples of Dracula. The lunchtime lecture, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., is included in Botanica admission. Lunch from Truffles will be available for $6.

Prairie exploration _ A group will set out from Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston at 4 p.m. Tuesday to gather seed, observe birds and insects, and identify prairie plants on high-quality prairie remnants. All ages are welcome; bring a sandwich. The trip will be over by twilight, about 8 p.m. The cost is $5; children under 14 are free. Call 620-327-8127 to reserve a spot.

Tropical bonsai workshop _ Botanica will have a workshop on the basics of bonsai featuring Bill Burrow on Nov. 14. Each participant will bonsai an aralia stump parsley to take home. Hours will be 9 to 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $35, $30 for Botanica members. Register by calling 316-264-0448.

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