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Gardener’s almanac (March 24)

Let the sun shine – But get out and weed before the moistness leaves the soil and makes weeding hard.

Plant – Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, onions, peas, spinach, strawberries, turnips and beets.

Fertilize some perennials – If foliage on your perennials is light green or yellow, they may benefit from a nitrogen fertilizer, Ward Upham of K-State says. Perennials that tend to need more fertilizer than others include astilbe, chrysanthemum, delphinium, lupines and summer phlox, he says, so you may want to fertilize them a second time during the summer.

Garden events

Tulips & Fairies Festival – Botanica’s tulip festival continues today and the next three Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each Saturday features a scavenger hunt and fairy activities, along with a Paint the Towne activity today in which participants can create their own tulip-themed art. It’s included in Botanica admission.

Organic Garden Club meeting – Rebecca Armstrong, owner of Gaia’s Way, will be at the next meeting of the Wichita Organic Club to discuss sustainable yard care. The meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Botanica, is free and open to the public.

Vegetable gardening talk – Marty and Jeremy Johnson of Johnson’s Garden Center will be at Botanica on Wednesday to give vegetable gardening tips. Their lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission. Sweet Basil will have lunch for sale for $7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Harvey County Home and Garden Show – “Garden for Tomorrow” will be the theme of the annual show, on March 31 and April 1 at the National Guard Armory, 400 Grandview, in Newton. It will feature seminars, vendors, garden antiques, barbecue for sale and a farmers market. Admission is $1.

Here’s the schedule of seminars:

March 31: 10 a.m., Considerations for Growing Fruit, by Butler County extension agent Larry Crouse; 11 a.m., Annuals vs. Perennials and Growing Great Flowers, by Harvey County extension agent Jason Graves; noon, Perfect Perennials for Our Wacky Climate, by master gardener Jan Longhofer; 1 p.m., A Garden for All Seasons, by Scott Vogt of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston; 2 p.m., Small Yard? We’ve Got Plants to Fit, by Cheryl Boyer of K-State; 3 p.m., Water-Wise Plants, by extension agent Bob Neier; 4 p.m., If You Plant It, They Will Come, about butterflies, by Bob Simmons of Newton.

April 1: 1 p.m., Heirloom Vegetables, by master gardener Jacque Spangler; 2 p.m., Rain Barrels by master gardener Diane Dorsch; 3 p.m., Kitchen Gardens, by Kay Neff of Neff Family Farms; 4 p.m., Rain Gardens by Diane Dorsch.

For more information, see the website www.harveycountyhomeandgarden.com.

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