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Gardener’s almanac (July 6)

If vegetables produce no fruit – Ward Upham of K-State lists these possible causes if you find that some of your fruit or vegetable plants aren’t producing fruit:

• Overfertilization. Too much nitrogen produces leafy growth at the expense of fruit growth.

• Lack of pollinators. Squash, cucumbers, watermelon and muskmelon need pollinators to produce fruit. If you see both male and female flowers on the plants (the female has a tiny fruit behind the blossom), you haven’t overfertilized and you don’t see any bees, try hand-pollinating several flowers. Use a painter’s brush to transfer pollen from the anther of the male flower to the stigma of the female flower. If you get fruit from only those flowers, you’ll know you need more pollinators. Make sure you aren’t killing them with insecticides.

• Tomatoes are wind pollinated, so they don’t need pollinators. But they normally won’t set if the night temperature is below 50 degrees or above 75 and when daytime temperatures are above 95 with dry, hot winds.

Plant – Snap (green) beans; last call for pumpkins and tomatoes.

Plant a Row for the Hungry Week – The city of Wichita and Sedgwick County have declared next week to be Plant a Row for the Hungry Week, extension agent Rebecca McMahon says. The Kansas Food Bank and the county’s Extension Master Gardeners hope to collect 87,000 pounds of produce for the needy this summer in order to push the amount collected over the 13 years of the program over the half-million-pounds mark.

Donations of fruits and vegetables can be taken to these locations during business hours for distribution to the needy: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas; Augusta Ace Home Center, 316 W. Seventh Ave., 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

“More Than Plants” talk – When the Derby Garden Club meets on Monday, the program will be “More Than Plants” – the things you add to the yard to highlight the plants: paths, borders, sculptures, whimsy, water features, seating. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, and is open to the public.

Canning program – A program on canning and preserving will be presented during the Suburban Garden Club’s meeting at 10 a.m. Monday at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. Visitors are welcome, and lunch will follow at Genghis Grill for those who are interested. For more information, call Sherryl at 316-721-4810.

Daylily meeting and photos – A photo review of tour gardens featured during the regional daylily meeting in June in Tulsa will be the program at the meeting Monday of the Wichita Daylily Club at Botanica. The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the program. There will be door prizes and refreshments. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Flower photography tips program – Gerald Weins, a member of the Great Plains Nature Photography group, will present flower photography tips and techniques at the meeting of the Wichita Rose Society on Tuesday at Botanica. Attendees are welcome to bring their garden photos to share; identify pictured rose varieties where known. Social time will be at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Last Bartlett Arboretum concert till September – Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine will be open Sunday for a concert by Darol Anger & the Furies. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Picnics are welcome, and there also will be food for sale. The next Treehouse concert at the arboretum will be Sept. 15.

Tuesdays on the Terrace – Dwarf Asters and Snow Whites will be the theme of Tuesdays on the Terrace from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Botanica. Carson Mac will perform, and drinks and dinner will be for sale. The gardens will be open until 8 p.m. Admission is $7, $3 for Botanica members.

Lecture on savory summer salads – Kay Neff of Neff Family Farms will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about making salads from fresh vegetables, greens, fruits and herbs. Samples will be available. The lunchtime lecture at 12:15 p.m. is included in Botanica admission.

Basil sampler program – Extension agents will show several varieties of basil growing at the Extension demonstration garden and give recipes and ideas for cooking with the different basil varieties at the Saturday Sampler on July 13. The program will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at 21st and Ridge Road and is free.