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Gardener’s almanac (Jan. 18)

Seed starting under lights will be one of the topics at the master gardeners’ spring-garden classes.
Seed starting under lights will be one of the topics at the master gardeners’ spring-garden classes. McClatchy-Tribune

Garden events

Caring for indoor plants — Botanica is offereing a class on caring for indoor plants in the winter from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Horticulturist Katie Nance will troubleshoot winter infestations and diseases. After her lecture, she will answer questions, including looking at a problem plant if you bring it with you. The cost is $15, or $12 for members. To register, call 316-264-0448, Ext. 115, by Wednesday.



Spring gardening classes — The Sedgwick County master gardeners will offer a slate of spring-gardening classes for the public on Jan. 30. The classes will be from 3 to 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $10. Fifteen classes will be offered in all, three at a time, so that attendees can attend five classes over the course of the afternoon and evening. Here’s the schedule:

• 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.: creating natural landscapes, improving soils through composting, seed starting under lights

• 4:30 to 5:20 p.m.: perennial flowers, weed management, growing tomatoes

• 5:30 to 6:20 p.m.: container gardening, installing drip irrigation, growing and using culinary herbs

• 6:30 to 7:20 p.m.: water-wise landscaping, rain barrels, growing thornless blackberries

• 7:30 to 8:20 p.m.: pruning landscape trees, year-round color, growing low-maintenance roses.

You can register at the door, or in advance online at 2014springgardening.eventbrite.com, or by calling 316-660-0138.



Central Kansas Market Vegetable Growers Workshop — A workshop to give beginning and experienced vegetable growers skills for selling their produce will be Feb. 8 at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road.

It’s meant for anyone interested in high tunnel production, organic farming methods, networking with other growers, improving marketing skills, or learning new production and pest control techniques.

The workshop, which will be from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., is sponsored by K-State Research & Extension of Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, and Reno counties.

The workshop will cover basic vegetable and fruit production with an emphasis on high tunnel production. Topics will include high-tunnel cucumber production, soil management, crop selection, basic beekeeping, plasticulture strawberry production, cover crops, and management of spotted wing drosophila on fruit.

Speakers will be Mike Appel and Emily Oakley of Three Springs Farm, talking about organic vegetable production and marketing; Ajay Nair of Iowa State University, on soil management in high tunnels; and Raymond Cloyd of Kansas State University, on spotted wing drosophila.

Cost of registration is $20 by January 31, and $25 after. Register online at 2014ckmvgw.eventbrite.com or by calling 316-660-0100.

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Alaska talk — Botanica tour guide Gerald Schmitt will be at Botanica on Wednesday to show photos from his trip to Alaska, from Vancouver to Fairbanks. The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission.



“Oceans of Kansas” talk — Mike Everhart, adjunct curator of paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, will be at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston on Jan. 28 to give a talk about the creatures that lived in the oceans that covered Kansas during the final stages of the Age of Dinosaurs. The talk, at 6:30 p.m., is part of the arboretum’s winter lecture series. The cost is $2, or $7 if you want to have supper too. Call 620-327-8127 by noon Jan. 27 for supper reservations.