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Gardener’s almanac (May 19)

Plant – Beans, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, okra, pumpkins, sweet corn, squash and tomatoes.

More sweet corn, please – Stagger sweet corn planting. Start a new row when the previous one is one-half to one inch tall, Ward Upham of K-State says.

Bacterial wilt – If you had cucumbers or muskmelons that suddenly turned brown and died last year, they may have had bacterial wilt, Ward Upham of K-State says. The cucumber beetle carries the disease. Once a plant is infected, there is no cure, so you have to try to prevent them. Young plants can be protected with row covers, cones or other barriers, Upham says. Seal the edges to keep the bugs out. Once plants outgrow the barriers, apply insecticides before beetles are noticed, Upham says, and continue to spray weekly throughout the season. You can use Rotenone or permethrin (under numerous trade names). Once plants have started flowering, spray late in the evening after bees have returned to the hive, Upham says, and check labels for waiting periods between when you spray and when the fruit can be picked.

Garden events

Garden tour – Seven gardens are on the master gardeners tour that continues today and Sunday. Details, garden information and map to gardens can be found at www.sedgwick.ksu.edu. Tickets are $10, and proceeds support the Extension Master Gardeners education program. Hours are 9 to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at each of the gardens: 3044 Forest Lakes Court, 7604 W. Shady Lane, 3837 N. Lakecrest Court, 932 Toh-n-hah Trail, 2724 N. Rushwood Court, 508 N. Stratford, 215 N. Ridgewood.

Organic pesticide discussion – The Wichita Organic Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Botanica. The guest speaker will be Kevin Davidson, sales representative from BFG Supply Co. in Kansas City, discussing the status and availability of organic pesticides. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Teddy Bear Picnic – Today is the return of the Teddy Bear Picnic at Botanica, where kids are encouraged to bring their teddy bears and explore the gardens in search of teddy bear vignettes. The vignette themes are children’s books including “Harry Potter,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” The Build A Bear will be walking around from 1 to 2 p.m. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is included in admission or membership.

Kelley Hunt concert – Kelley Hunt will perform Thursday at Botanica. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert is at 7:30. Members $13, non-members $15. Cash bar available and food provided for an additional charge. Buy tickets online at www.botanica.org or at the door.

Luminary stroll and concert – The brother-and-sister bluegrass duo The Roys will perform at 7 p.m. May 25 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, and tickets will double as admission to the arboretum’s annual Summer Luminary Stroll, which will follow the concert from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Reserve tickets aby calling 620-327-8127. Cost: $20 adults, $12 children.

If you just want to go on the stroll, tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $2.50 for children (under 4 are free).